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

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 may run into trouble if they do not have one. This article helps

Spousal Sponsorships and Appeals: What You Need to Know

A Canadian citizen or permanent resident is entitled to sponsor their spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner for Canadian permanent residence.  The concept may be simple, but the process can be fraught with complications and delays. This article describes some

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

Start-Up Visa Seeks to Attract the Next Zuckerburg to Canada

While it is an uphill battle to lure Silicon Valley entrepreneurs away from California’s vibrant community of tech start-ups, Canada is taking on the challenge. The new Start-Up Visa program is seeking to bring to Canadian soil the minds dreaming

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

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 Canada has recently undergone some dramatic changes. Timelines are shorter, and stricter standards

New Federal Skilled Trades Program Unveiled

On January 2nd, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada began accepting applications to the new Federal Skilled Trades Program. The Program offers permanent resident status to foreign nationals qualified in a skilled trade. It is intended to improve Canada’s ability to

Can Inadmissibility to Canada be Overcome? The Temporary Resident Permit Explained

Unless your name is Lord Black of Crossharbour, a determination that you are inadmissible to Canada is not easily overcome. Where the Canadian authorities find a permanent resident or foreign national inadmissible, that person must leave Canada, and will not

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