IRCC News: Government of Canada Brings Medical Inadmissibility Policy in line with Inclusivity for Persons with Disabilities

Cristina Rozmarin, Will Chan

April 16, 2018: The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced today important changes to the medical inadmissibility provision of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to ensure that our immigration policies better align with Canadian values and reflect the importance that the Government places on the inclusion of persons with disabilities. This is […]

IRCC Program Delivery Updates: Express Entry – New Police Certificate Requirements

Cristina Rozmarin, Will Chan

The upfront requirements for police certificates have changed for permanent residence applications under the Express Entry system. As of February 27, 2018, police certificates are required for any country or territory, other than Canada, where the applicant has spent 6 months or more in a row within the last 10 years since the age of 18. Applications for […]

AINP News: Alberta Introduces New Appeal Process for Immigration Application Decisions

Cristina Rozmarin, Will Chan

Effective March 1, 2018, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has a reconsideration process for application decisions. Applicants can submit a reconsideration request for their application decision to be reviewed under certain conditions. The new process allows candidates to submit a request for reconsideration if the grounds for their appeal are: directly related to the reason(s) […]

IRCC News: Government of Canada facilitates access to Canadian Citizenship for Minors

Cristina Rozmarin, Will Chan

On February 16, 2018, the Government of Canada has announced that is committed to encouraging all immigrants, including minors under 18 years of age, to acquire citizenship. To help make that easier, the fee for minors applying under subsection 5(1) of the Citizenship Act has been reduced. Also, on June 19, 2017, the royal assent of Bill […]

IRCC News: Medical inadmissibility – new changes are expected in April!

Cristina Rozmarin, Will Chan

The Honorable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) and his department will soon address the controversial policy that refuses immigrants deemed likely to cause an “excessive demand” on Canada’s health-care system. <<Parliament’s Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration has recommended abolishing the “excessive demand” rules in Section 38 1(C) of Canada’s Immigration […]

IRCC News: Important Amendments to the Citizenship Act – Bill C-6 Receives Royal Assent

Cristina Rozmarin

The below charts explain some of the changes that have been made to the Citizenship Act and indicates when these changes are expected to come into force:   The most important changes that take effect immediately upon Royal Assent on June 19, 2017   Previous Citizenship Act Citizenship Act with Bill C-6 Amendments Applicants were required […]

IRCC News: Spouses being reunited more quickly in Canada – Feb 2018

Will Chan

On February 24, 2018 the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that the sponsorship process improvements have led to backlog reduction and shorter processing times. The IRCC new release states that, over the past year, the Government of Canada has made significant improvements to the spousal sponsorship process, making it faster and easier for Canadians and […]

AINP News – Alberta Government Makes Changes to Economic Immigration – Winter 2018 Updates

Will Chan

Following our November posting about AINP News (please see below), we are back with updates regarding the changes that Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program would implement probably later this year. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is an economic immigration program operated by the Government of Alberta with the Government of Canada’s department of Immigration, Refugees and […]