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HTMLKey Changes to Canada's Citizenship Act
Jacqueline J. Bonisteel, Warren L. Creates; Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 5, 2014, previously published on July 31, 2014
In June 2014, just before breaking for the summer, Canada’s parliament passed major amendments to the federal Citizenship Act. While many of the changes have not yet come into force, potential citizenship applicants should be paying close attention.

 

HTMLCanada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program: More Controversy, More Change
Jacqueline J. Bonisteel, Warren L. Creates; Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 5, 2014, previously published on May 30, 2014
The Canadian federal government has wasted no time in responding to the controversy surrounding McDonalds’ alleged abuse of the temporary foreign worker program. A moratorium on the food services sector’s access to temporary foreign workers was swiftly imposed. Employment Minister Jason...

 

HTMLCanada’s “Tour Tax”: Will New Foreign Worker Fees Cripple Music Venues?
Jacqueline J. Bonisteel, Warren L. Creates; Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 2, 2013, previously published on November 26, 2013
As a result of changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program, certain venues will need to pay $275 for each individual foreign musician and crew member when they book musical acts from abroad. However, music venues will be exempt from paying any fees in certain situations. It is...

 

HTMLLiving Without Status in Canada? You May Have Options
Jacqueline J. Bonisteel, Warren L. Creates; Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 12, 2013, previously published on August 9, 2013
An estimated 200,000 to 500,000 people are currently living without status in Canada. Many have lived under the radar for years, some since childhood. Others have more recently stayed beyond the validity of their temporary visitor, student or worker status—some without even realizing it.

 

HTMLStart-Up Visa Seeks to Attract the Next Zuckerburg to Canada
Jacqueline J. Bonisteel, Warren L. Creates; Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 24, 2013, previously published on June 19, 2013
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 up the next Google or Facebook. A...

 

HTMLMaking a Refugee Claim in Canada: What You Need to Know
Jacqueline Bonisteel, Warren L. Creates; Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 20, 2013, previously published on February 15, 2013
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 are now applied to claimants originating from...

 

HTMLNew Federal Skilled Trades Program Unveiled
Jacqueline Bonisteel, Warren L. Creates; Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 18, 2013, previously published on January 15, 2013
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 meet the labour demand...

 

HTMLCan Inadmissibility to Canada be Overcome? The Temporary Resident Permit Explained
Jacqueline Bonisteel, Warren L. Creates; Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 26, 2012, previously published on November 20, 2012
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 be permitted to return for any purpose....

 

HTMLImplications of Canada’s Crackdown on Citizenship Fraud
Jacqueline Bonisteel, Warren L. Creates; Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 26, 2012, previously published on September 20, 2012
This month, Canada’s Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced that the government is in the process of revoking the Canadian citizenship of up to 3,100 citizens who obtained it fraudulently. Furthermore, up to 5,000 permanent residents have had their files...

 

HTMLMeeting the Residency Requirement in Applications for Canadian Citizenship
Jacqueline Bonisteel, Warren L. Creates; Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 3, 2012, previously published on July 27, 2012
To be granted Canadian citizenship, the law requires a permanent resident to reside in Canada for at least three of the past four years (1095 days). Most courts have called for a flexible approach to this requirement, allowing for longer physical absences from Canada so long as an applicant can...