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Ukraine at the Crossroads

Ukraine at the Crossroads

  • February 19, 2014
  • Inna Kogan

Toronto immigration lawyer Inna Kogan lived and worked for more than five years in the capital of Ukraine and went back to the country very recently. She shares her personal insight into the situation, which may be somewhat different from what you expect after watching the news. Her perspective is that of an immigration lawyer anticipating claims by Ukrainians to come to Canada as “protected persons”.

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Communicating with Immigration Officials

Communicating with Immigration Officials

  • January 08, 2014
  • Teresa Wasilewski

Teresa Wasilewski gets answer from Immigration Program Manager Catherine Bailey at the Canadian Embassy in Manila, Philippines about preferred methods of communication, difficulties with counsel, time frames for processing and what lawyers can do to facilitate processing.

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Same Sex Sponsorship - Theory and Reality

Same Sex Sponsorship - Theory and Reality

  • December 09, 2013
  • Janice Warren

The author explains how gay and lesbian couples can prove they are genuinely spouses for immigration purposes, without acquiescing to paradigms for heterosexual relationships. The article makes reference to all three categories of same-sex spouses: married, common-law and conjugal.

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Say Good-Bye to Post-Grad LMOs

Say Good-Bye to Post-Grad LMOs

  • October 16, 2013
  • Barbara Jo (BJ) Caruso

The fall-out of changes to work permits for post graduate students, made in August, 2013 is immense. The author describes the history of the Relaxed LMO, why she thinks its elimination was procedurally unfair and ways that employers and lawyers can effectively protest.

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A Robust Approach to Medical Inadmissibility

A Robust Approach to Medical Inadmissibility

  • October 16, 2013
  • Michael Battista

Author Michael Battista presents his own step-by-step guide for gathering evidence to overcome medical inadmissibility concerns of a visa officer. What would you do?

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Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program -- July 31, 2013

  • October 15, 2013
  • John Petrykanyn

Obscure though some of the new policy around recruitment of temporary foreign workers may be, the author tries to understand reasons for the changes. To the extent he can, he clarifies new requirements for Labour Market Opinions and suggest ways of getting them approved.

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Lawyers React! Pre-removal Risk Assessments Stymied

  • April 01, 2013
  • Jennifer Luu

With the PCISA in effect, by the time refused refugee claimants are finally eligible for a PRRA, they would likely already have been deported to their home country. What's at stake?

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Lawyers React! Immigration Law's Entanglement with Criminal Law

  • April 01, 2013
  • Elizabeth Long Zahra Kaderali

Recent changes in criminal and immigration law make it more important than ever for practitioners in both areas to communicate. These authors comment on new criminal laws about pardons for convictions, immigration amendments about deportation and a Supreme Court of Canada decision.

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Lawyers React! New Biometrics Testing

  • April 01, 2013
  • Marvin Moses

Starting in 2013, temporary applicants from certain visa-requiring countries and territories who seek to enter Canada will have to provide biometric data before arriving in Canada.

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