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Spousal Sponsorship Changes Looking Positive for 2017!

On December 07th 2016, Canadian Immigration Minister, John McCallum, announced that the department aims to process spousal sponsorship applications within 12 months of date of filing. Some visa offices have been taking several years to finalize applications, so this announcement is very welcoming news. In decreasing processing time, the department has also attempted to streamline […]

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A More Fair and Transparent Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program

On December 14th Immigration, Refuges and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced big changes regarding the process to sponsor grandparents and parents for Canadian permanent residence. Every year this program is flooded with applications, and many applicants are denied access to this program if they are not able to submit their applications within the first few days […]

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Exciting Changes Announced to Ontario’s Immigrant Nominee Program

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) will release two new business application streams, Corporate and Entrepreneur, to reflect the current economic and labour market needs of Ontario.  The main objectives of these new streams are to attract foreign talent and investment, create job opportunities for Ontario residents, and to strengthen the connection between Ontario and […]

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Work Permit Alternatives to the LMIA Process for the Entertainment Industry – Just How Valuable Is Your Employee?

Recent changes introduced to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program on June 20, 2014 have impacted employers in multiple industry sectors, requiring them to alter their business models. Of considerable note is the affect that the increased processing fee, now CAD $1000, and potential increased processing time of Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications will have […]

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The fastest vehicles on the planet…. provided they can get past the red tape

This weekend, I’m off to Montreal for the Formula One Grand Prix. We have dinner reservations at a restaurant I’ve been wanting to try for years, and a great group of friends from all over the country converging on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for an action packed, fun weekend. Every year at this time, I […]

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The Temporary Foreign Worker Program Under Unfair Scrutiny

Over the past few weeks, the federal government has been harshly criticized for its Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Critics claim that the program permits abuse and fraud, and that Canadian citizens and permanent residents are being denied employment opportunities as a result of employers favouring temporary foreign workers, who they then pay at rates lower […]

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