One of our partners, Rebecca Norton, was recently interviewed by CNN Travel regarding the Canada-US border closure. See what Rebecca had to say by clicking on the following link: https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/canadian-travel-ban-us-travelers/index.html.
The Canadian Government has made numerous patchwork changes to immigration procedures in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize the anxieties associated with the current situation so have consolidated a list of the key changes here.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada issued 3,500 invitations to apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence under the Express Entry System today. The lowest score to receive an ITA today was 472. There was no program specified for this draw.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada issued 3,400 invitations to apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence under the Express Entry System today. The lowest score to receive an ITA today was 471. There was no program specified for this draw.
Foreign nationals whom apply to immigrate to Canada are required to declare and have all of their family members (e.g. spouse or common-law partner, dependent children, etc.) examined even if those family members are not accompanying them to Canada.
If a principal applicant fails to declare and / or have a non-accompanying family member examined, they are forever excluded from being able to sponsor that person under the family class or the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class pursuant to paragraph 117(9)(d) or 125(1)(d) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.
Starting today, the Government of Canada has introduced a 2-year pilot program that allows these family members to be sponsored. This pilot program applies to:
Applications still in process on May 31, 2019;
Applications received between May 31, 2019 and September 9, 2021;* and
Applications pending reconsideration between May 31, 2019 and September 9, 2021.*
*The Government of Canada has introduced this pilot program via temporary public policy. Therefore, this pilot program can be cancelled at any time.
To book a consultation with one of our lawyers to discuss sponsoring a family member, please contact us on (403) 407-2733 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today, our Partner, Rebecca Norton, Michael Scott from the Canada Border Services Agency, Carter Hoppe, a fellow immigration lawyer, and The Honourable Alan Diner from the Federal Court of Canada spoke on the topic of re-availment and port-of-entry examinations at the National Canadian Bar Association Immigration Law Section's Annual Conference in Winnipeg.