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The Dawn of the USMCA Era: Facilitating Trade, Mobility, and Revisiting COVID-19 Temporary Travel Restrictions

Access the PDF version of this article here. Date: 30 June 2020 The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), will come into effect on 1 July 2020.  On its face, all its provisions dealing

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Case Commentary: Canada (Citizenship and Immigration and Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness) v. Kljajic, 2020 FC 570

Date of Decision: 30 April 2020                                              Commentary Date: 8 May 2020 Access the PDF version here. Introduction Applicants for status in Canada have an obligation to honestly disclose information required of them. The consequences of failing to do so

Consequences of Blocking Immigration During COVID-19

Access the PDF version of this article here. As of 23 April 2020, immigration to the U.S has been suspended for 60 days in an alleged attempt by President Trump to both protect public health and American jobs. This means

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COVID-19 and Immigration to Canada

Access the PDF of this article here. The global COVID-19 pandemic has caused massive and unprecedented disruption to most business, travel, international study, and migration.  Economists and business leaders, as well as government officials, are all predicting considerable long-term effects.

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Working in Canada: What is Work, and when is a Work Permit needed?

Last updated: 9 April 2020. Access the PDF version of this article here. In the Canadian immigration context, ‘work’ is broadly defined. Even volunteers, those providing services in a private residence, and student interns may require a work permit, and

Spousal Sponsorships and Appeals: What You Need to Know

Last Updated: 9 April 2020. Access the PDF version of this article here. A Canadian citizen or permanent resident is entitled to sponsor their spouse, common-law partner, same-sex common-law partner, or conjugal partner for Canadian permanent residence. The concept may

Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program: More Controversy, More Change

On April 22nd, the Federal Government barred access to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program for all food service operations. Further reforms are expected going forward, likely making the Labour Market Opinion process more restrictive and onerous across the board. The

Canada’s Start-Up Visa Program

Last Updated: 9 April 2020. Access the PDF version of this article here. While it is an uphill battle to lure Silicon Valley entrepreneurs away from California’s vibrant community of tech start-ups, Canada has been taking on the challenge. The

Criminal Inadmissibility Explained

Under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, SC 2011, c. 27  (“IRPA”), a non-citizen of Canada may be considered “inadmissible” to Canada due to past criminal convictions or the commission of certain criminal acts. Anyone planning to enter Canada to seek

Making a Refugee Claim in Canada: What You Need to Know

Last Updated: 9 April 2020. Access the PDF version of this article here. Are you or someone you know planning to come to Canada to claim refugee status? If so, you should know that the refugee determination process from within

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