immigration law


  • Program unfair until cap lifted

    Program unfair until cap lifted

    Feb 4, 2019

    The Sponsorship of Parents and Grandparents program will retain an element of unfairness until the annual cap on applicants is lifted, according to some immigration lawyers.

  • Uncertainty around program causes concern

    Uncertainty around program causes concern

    Feb 4, 2019

    Just more than a year ago, the federal government confirmed the expiry in November 2019 of two pilot programs allowing caregivers for children and adults with high medical needs to apply for permanent residence following admission under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

  • Process for getting LMIAs should change

    Process for getting LMIAs should change

    Feb 4, 2019

    The process for obtaining a Labour Market Impact Assessment must change to better reflect the reality of global commerce, according to a Toronto immigration lawyer.

  • Debate over birthright citizenship emerges

    Debate over birthright citizenship emerges

    Feb 4, 2019

    Eliminating birthright citizenship would be an overreaction to fears about a growth in birth tourism, according to an Ottawa immigration law professor.

  • Immigration lawyers say report on IRB too mild

    Immigration lawyers say report on IRB too mild

    Oct 22, 2018

    OTTAWA — The House of Commons immigration committee has completed a study on the Immigration and Refugee Board and the problems around the lack of an independent complaints process against board members, especially around areas such as the credibility of LGBTQ refugee claimants and sensitivity to those who have experienced trauma, whether due to gender-based violence or they are survivors of torture or other vulnerable persons.

  • Habeas corpus arguments strengthened

    Habeas corpus arguments strengthened

    Oct 15, 2018

    Judges at the Court of Appeal for Ontario said they will allow an appeal on whether immigrants facing “virtual house arrest” meet the requirements for habeas corpus.

  • Ruling shows more immigration law knowledge needed

    Ruling shows more immigration law knowledge needed

    Sep 24, 2018

    Immigration lawyers say a recent decision by the Supreme Court of Canada drives home the need for criminal defence counsel to bolster their immigration law knowledge in order to properly represent non-citizen clients.

  • Safe Third Country Agreement challenged again

    Safe Third Country Agreement challenged again

    Sep 24, 2018

    Refugee advocates hope they will be successful in their second attempt to have the Safe Third Country Agreement declared unconstitutional.

  • CBSA may face legal challenge over flagpoling project

    CBSA may face legal challenge over flagpoling project

    Sep 24, 2018

    The Canada Border Services Agency could face a legal challenge if it continues to expand its flagpoling project limiting services to immigrants who seek to validate or renew their status in Canada at the country’s land borders.

  • Chaos theory

    Sep 24, 2018

    In the recent legal drama around Ontario’s move to chop the size of Toronto’s city council, it was common to hear some members of the public decry that something was terribly wrong with the judicial system as well as with our democratic institutions.

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