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28 February, 2017

Trudeau Must Act On Refugee Issue Before It Becomes A Crisis

Klaudios Mustakas – Senior Immigration Advisor: The southern influx of undocumented immigrants to Canada in the last several weeks is causing more press and water cooler chatter by the day. There is evidence that the welcoming attitude of the citizens of some Canadian border towns is wearing thin, as residents wonder if the Trudeau …

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28 February, 2017

US EB-5 Program vs. The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program

The US and Canada both have immigrant investor programs that lead to permanent residency. The two most popular are the US EB-5 program and the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP). Below is a brief overview of the programs, highlighting their similarities and differences. To talk about which program is right for …

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20 February, 2017

Police Certificates For Immigration To Canada

When a person applies for Canadian citizenship or permanent residence, they must obtain a police certificate – sometimes known as a background check or police clearance. There are no exceptions to this rule. The government of Canada wants to see whether a person has any criminal convictions in their past. If the …

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14 February, 2017

Immigration News: Trump’s Travel Ban, Trudeau’s Broken Citizenship Promise

Immigration News In this interview, immigration lawyer Andy Semotiuk discusses several immigration headlines that are making waves. Topics include: Refugees entering Canada from the US The Safe Third Country Agreement Dual citizens still being stripped of Canadian citizenship Trump’s travel ban Andy, there are reports that the number of refugees entering …

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10 February, 2017

Will Immigration Officials Ask For Your Social Media Password?

Klaudios Mustakas – Pace Law Firm: There’s some furious typing going on right now as social media keyboard warriors come to grips with the latest immigration/security story out of the US. According to reports, Homeland Security Chief John F. Kelly has been kicking around the idea of asking refugees and visa …

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9 February, 2017

Express Entry Draw At Lowest Score Ever With 447 Points

Canada’s latest draw for Express Entry was at its lowest score ever. Candidates with a score of 447 have been sent an Invitations To Apply (ITA). If you are interested in immigrating to Canada through the Express Entry program, contact us. Here is the government of Canada’s rundown on how …

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8 February, 2017

Can Immigration Officials Use Your Social Media Accounts Against You?

Jim Metcalfe – Pace Immigration: Can immigration officials use your social media accounts against you? This issue came up during a Federal Court judicial review of a woman who was seeking citizenship in Canada. The preamble from the decision sets the scene: This is a judicial review of a decision by an officer [the …

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31 January, 2017

Sponsoring A Spouse Or Parent To Canada

Klaudios Mustakas – Senior Immigration Advisor: With the ongoing financial crisis in Greece, not to mention other crises around the world, I have received many inquiries about immigrating to Canada. My Greek contacts have asked me if there are any special considerations in place for Greeks to come to Canada. The short answer …

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31 January, 2017

Video: Trump’s Executive Orders On Immigration

In this interview, US and Canadian immigration lawyer Andy Semotiuk discusses the fallout from President Trump’s executive orders on immigration. Topics include: The countries which will not receive visas to the US for at least 90 days The indefinite suspension of refugees from Syria The DACA and DAPA programs, which …

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29 January, 2017

Trump Executive Orders Cause Immigration Chaos

In this interview, immigration lawyer Andy Semotiuk talks about the recent Trump executive orders on US immigration. Andy, it’s been a bit of a busy week for immigration. To say the least. Over the course of the last week, President Trump was very busy, signing three new executive orders on …

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24 January, 2017

Canada And DUI Convictions

“Can I go to Canada if I have a DUI?” We get this question from time to time, sometimes from a person who is very surprised to find out that tomorrow’s trip to the border isn’t going to go so well. Generally, if you have been convicted of a criminal …

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18 January, 2017

Canadian Immigration News – Interview With Andy Semotiuk

In this interview with immigration lawyer Andy Semotiuk, we take a look at some current news making headlines in Canada. A recent article said that roughly 1,400 immigrants per year are being removed from Canada for non-compliance of their residency requirements. What are your thoughts on the matter? This is the …

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17 January, 2017

Catching Immigration Scammers

Klaudios Mustakas – Senior Immigration Advisor: The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has taken drastic enforcement action in the past several months. They have deported a number of people for using fraud to pretend that they have met permanent residency or Canadian Citizenship requirements. Here’s an example from last month: Fifteen former clients …

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30 December, 2016

Why Do Many Refugees Have A Birthday On January 1?

Did you know that some refugees who obtain permanent residency in Canada share the same birthday? It may seem strange, but refugees and asylum seekers who do not know their birthdate or are unable to prove it are often given “January 1” as their date of birth for all official documents, including …

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29 December, 2016

Immigration In Canada: Staying Positive For 2017

In this interview, the Hon. Gerry Weiner takes a look back at Canadian immigration policy in 2016 and where it might go from here. Gerry, what do you think were the biggest successes for Canadian immigration in 2016? There were actually quite a few successes worth mentioning, but the one that …

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27 December, 2016

Canadian And US Immigration Issues For 2017

In this interview, Pace immigration lawyer Andy Semotiuk looks ahead at issues that will make immigration headlines in 2017. Andy, it looks like Canada is on the path to legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Will this have an impact on Canadian/US immigration policy? If Canada does legalize marijuana, then …

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22 December, 2016

A Look Back At US And Canadian Immigration Issues In 2016

In this interview, Pace Immigration lawyer Andy Semotiuk takes a look at what happened in immigration in 2016. Andy, one of the biggest headlines of the year was the election of Donald Trump. How will his presidency affect immigration policy in the US? Donald Trump’s election likely marks a significant …

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19 December, 2016

Canada Needs A Federal Investor Immigration Program

Gerry Weiner – Pace Law Firm: Quebec has long been in control of its own immigration objectives, separate from those of the federal government. That remains true to this day. The result is that Canada still has an immigrant investor program, but it is centred in Quebec (a hodgepodge of provincial …

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12 December, 2016

Build The Bridge: Investor Immigration For Canadian Infrastructure

Hon. Gerry Weiner – Pace Immigration: Several years ago, my colleagues and I at Pace Law Firm developed ideas on how we could energize an investor immigration plan in Canada using an infrastructure program. That is, rebuilding Canadian infrastructure with new immigrant investor money. We have blogged about this numerous times. Investor …

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30 November, 2016

More Immigration Scammers Caught, More Immigrants Losing Status

Jim Metcalfe – Pace Immigration: To avoid being used by immigration scammers, would-be immigrants would do well to remember the old adage: If it sounds too good to be true, it is. Immigration Scammers Two stories. The first is from Nova Scotia a few years back, where a Halifax-based immigration consultant and hundreds …

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28 November, 2016

Sponsor A Parent Or Grandparent To Canada

Ambreen Husain – Pace Immigration: We get a lot of questions from clients asking how they can sponsor a parent or grandparent to Canada. Such interest has increased with the government’s announcement that Canada will double the number of accepted parents and grandparents from 5,000 per year to 10,000 per year. 10,000 might …

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14 November, 2016

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) Now In Effect

Jim Metcalfe – Pace Immigration: Starting November 10, 2016, persons who were exempt from obtaining a Canadian visitor’s visa began having to obtain an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before embarking by air to Canada. The eTA is nothing more than an electronic visa for which you pay a fee and complete an online form prior …

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