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Canadian government changes spousal visa procedures

On December 7, 2016 the Canadian government announced several changes to the procedures for processing sponsorship applications for persons who are married to Canadian citizens or permanent residents. These changes also apply to persons who are sponsored as common law partners. These changes are intended to make the process faster and to simplify the process. The changes include the following: There will now be a single application kit. Previously, there was one application for the “Spouse in Canada” category, and a different application kit for “Family Class” applications. Family class applications are used to sponsor persons who are not currently…

Parent born in Canada?

Was your mother or father born or naturalized in Canada? Under recent amendments to Canada’s Citizenship Act, nearly all persons whose parent was born or naturalized in Canada are now Canadian citizens. This is true even if your parent left Canada as a child; married an American citizen (or other non-Canadian); or became a U.S. citizen (or citizen of another country). These new laws apply to the first generation born abroad. So if your mother or father was born in Canada you are likely a citizen. However, with some important exceptions, your own children are generally not Canadian citizens if…

Huge changes to Express Entry program announced!

On November 10, 2016 Canada announced huge changes to the Express Entry immigration program. This program was introduced January 1, 2015. Express Entry is a competitive, points based system. Applicants are issued invitations to apply for permanent residence based on their ranking against one another, not on when they first filed their applications. Points are awarded based on language ability, age, education, and work experience. Points are also awarded for a job offer in Canada, and for a provincial nomination. Total points available are 1200. Draws are held about every two weeks. The top ranked candidates are issued invitations to…

Move to Canada after Trump election? It’s easier than you think!

We are receiving many inquiries from U.S. citizens and other persons living in the U.S. who are interested in moving to Canada in response to the shocking and unexpected election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Many were alarmed by the divisive rhetoric of the Trump campaign, especially as it applies to immigrants, women, and minorities. By contrast, Canada is a welcoming and pluralistic society with no anti-immigrant sentiment. At the same time, Canada is a separate country from the U.S., with its own rules relating to immigration and nationality. Americans cannot simply move to Canada without…

Nova Scotia launches two new provincial nominee programs, adds 300 Express Entry slots

On September 29, 2015, the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration announced two new provincial nominee programs. These are both designed for persons who want to start new businesses in Nova Scotia. One program is for recent international graduates of Nova Scotia colleges and universities. The other program is for potential entrepreneurs who want to start, buy, or manage a business in Nova Scotia. These programs are regular provincial nominee programs and do not involve the Express Entry system. They will begin January 1, 2016. In addition, Nova Scotia announced that it has obtained 300 additional slots for Express Entry nominations….

Express Entry is here!

On January 1, 2015, at high noon, Canada launched the new Express Entry program. Express Entry is a new means of managing applications for the Skilled Worker Class, Canada Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and a portion of the Provincial Nominee program. Initial applications under Express Entry may be filed for any skilled occupation, and no job offer is required. Initial applications must include language test results in either English or French. The best qualified candidates will receive invitations to apply for permanent residence. These applications will be processed to completion in six months or less in most cases….

Canada releases details on ranking system for Express Entry

On December 1, 2014, the Canadian government issued a 23 page set of “Minister’s Instructions” explaining the new Express Entry System that will go into effect on January 1, 2015. Express Entry is not a new immigration classification. Rather, it is a way of determining who will be allowed to apply under four economic immigration categories that already exist. These categories are the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; the Canadian Experience Class; and a portion of the provincial nominee class. Until December 31, 2014, applications for these programs have been managed through a system of quotas….

Canada confirms Express Entry to begin January 1, 2015

On November 19, 2014, the Government of Canada published an Order stating that the new Express Entry system will come into effect on January 1, 2015. The Express Entry system is a new pre-screening device for Skilled Worker applications, as well as for applications under the Canada Experience Class, Skilled Trades, and a portion of the Provincial Nominee programs. As of January 1, 2015, applicants will have to post a profile on a government of Canada website, but will not be able to apply directly under any of these programs. The government will then “invite” certain applicants to file a…

Canada Eliminates Investor Classes

On Friday February 14th, 2014, Canada announced that both the Federal Investor and Federal Entrepreneur immigration classes would be eliminated, effective immediately. In addition, most if not all pending applications will be cancelled, and the filing fees refunded. The Quebec investor program remains in place, as do several provincial investor programs.