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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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14 November, 2016

How Do I Study In Canada?

Luba Dinkova – Pace Immigration: If you are an international student and you wish to study in Canada, you aren’t alone.  Every year, hundreds of thousands of international students come to Canada to earn a diploma or a degree. Students And Express Entry In the past, it was relatively easy for …

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9 November, 2016

How Can I Immigrate To Canada?

How Can I Immigrate To Canada? After an election in the US, it’s not unusual for people on both sides of the political divide to send us questions about immigrating to Canada. With the election of Donald Trump, right now is no different. Most of the questions revolve around moving …

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3 November, 2016

Is It Time For An Amnesty For Undocumented Immigrants?

Jim Metcalfe – Pace Law Firm: While “amnesty for illegals” is a hot topic in the US right now, Canada has had its share of amnesty discussions, too. Indeed, every twenty years or so, the government of Canada has had some form of amnesty for unauthorized immigrants who have overstayed their visa …

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31 October, 2016

Canada Will Welcome 300,000 Immigrants In 2017. But Why Not More?

Jim Metcalfe – Pace Law Firm: The Canadian government has stated that it will allow 300,000 immigrants into Canada in 2017. When you factor in Syrian refugees, this is approximately the same number as 2016: The previous target from 2011 to 2015 was 260,000, but that swelled to 300,000 this year because …

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27 October, 2016

Birth Tourism: A Looming Problem For Canada And The US

Andy Semotiuk – Pace Law Firm: Roughly one out of every 12 newborns in the United States can be classified as a so-called ‘anchor baby.’ Pew research shows that some 295,000 children were born to undocumented immigrants in 2013. The number of pregnant ‘birth tourists’ who come to the US legally …

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24 October, 2016

Stephen Colbert Takes The Canadian Citizenship Test. Sort Of.

In this clever video from the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the show’s host tries his hand at passing a Canadian citizenship test. Stephen Colbert: Gordon Lightfoot Expert The results don’t go so well for Colbert, though they are entertaining. Note that you will not be required to sing Gordon …

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17 October, 2016

Remembering Jim Prentice

Hon. Gerry Weiner – Pace Law Firm: I spent a lot of time thinking about my friend and colleague Jim Prentice this weekend. I was stunned last week to learn of his untimely death in a plane accident late Thursday evening. I got to know Jim during his bid for party leadership at …

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13 October, 2016

Immigration News: Lost Citizenship, Business In Arizona, and Real Estate Rules

In this interview, Toronto immigration lawyer Andy Semotiuk discusses some recent immigration news items in Canada and the USA. Andy, it has come to light that the Trudeau government has been revoking the citizenship of people that it says have misrepresented themselves in becoming Canadians. In fact, the government is revoking citizenship at …

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30 September, 2016

It’s Time To Move On From The Maryam Monsef Controversy

Jim Metcalfe – Pace Law Firm: Maryam Monsef, the federal Minister of Democratic Institutions, has been “outed” because she was not born in Afghanistan but in Iran: Canadian immigration lawyers say Democratic Reform Minister Maryam Monsef could suffer consequences if her refugee or citizenship applications included false information. “It’s extraordinarily …

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28 September, 2016

Immigration News: Immigration To Canada, China, And Trump

In this interview, Pace lawyer Andy Semotiuk talks about some recent immigration news. Andy, a recent government poll says that about 75% of Canadians are either happy with the current number of people immigrating to Canada, or they think that it might be too many. Meanwhile, Minister McCallum says that …

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26 September, 2016

Chinese Visit An Important Step For Canadian Business

Hon. Gerry Weiner – Pace Law Firm: I was very pleased to attend the Business Forum of the Canada China Business Council last week in Montreal. In attendance were Prime Minister Trudeau, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, and other high ranking political and business people from both countries. Tickets to the event …

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13 September, 2016

What Should A New Canadian Investor Immigration Program Look Like?

Andy Semotiuk – Pace Law Firm: I recently interviewed the Honourable Gerry Weiner, Canada’s former Minister of Immigration and now a member of Pace Law Firm. We talked about a prospective new investor immigration program for Canada. AS: You were the Minister of Immigration under Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and you …

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2 September, 2016

Time To Restart The Canada Immigrant Investor Program

Hon. Gerry Weiner – Pace Law Firm: It was announced during the Prime Minister’s current visit to China that Canada will open seven new visa offices in that country in order to bring more Chinese citizens to Canada, whether as visitors or workers. It has also been revealed that Prime Minister Trudeau …

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1 September, 2016

A Report Card For Trump’s Immigration Plan

Andy Semotiuk – Pace Immigration: In a speech in Arizona last night, Donald Trump laid out his vision for a new U.S. immigration policy. Having met with Mexican President Peña Nieto earlier that day, Trump returned to the United States to give his address to an enthusiastic crowd. Included at …

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29 August, 2016

Dual Citizen Canadians Feel The Pinch Under New Air Travel Requirements

Hon. Gerry Weiner – Pace Immigration: The bureaucracy in Ottawa has come up with a new way to make life harder on Canadian travelers: Canadian citizens with dual citizenships will soon be allowed to fly into the country only if they have a Canadian passport. The policy will come into …

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24 August, 2016

A Second Passport For Opportunity And Security

Hon. Gerry Weiner – Pace Immigration: I was recently honoured to be invited to Newfoundland for the 30th anniversary of the Tamil refugees arriving to Canada. I stood in awe as survivors of the horrendous experience recounted leaving their homeland in a rusty old ship with just the shirts on …

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22 August, 2016

Learning From The Pros: How The Government Can Improve Immigration

Canadian and US Immigration Lawyer Andy Semotiuk: In the course of last year’s Canadian election campaign, Justin Trudeau promised a variety of measures to improve Canada’s immigration system. They included: speeding up family reunification proceedings and doubling the budget for that purpose eliminating the two-year wait time for obtaining permanent residence for spouses …

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17 August, 2016

30th Anniversary Of Tamil Refugees Arriving In Canada

A former Minister of Immigration and Secretary of State of Canada, Gerry Weiner has been the Director of Investor Relations for Pace Law Firm for the past ten years. He was recently asked to give a speech on the 30th anniversary of the arrival of Tamil refugees off the coast of Canada. …

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