Latest news: February 2014

Mr Andres Miguel Pareja

The firm is happy to announce that Andres Miguel Pareja has join the firm as lawyer after being recently sworn in as a lawyer. He underwent a six-month internship with the firm, during which he was exposed to numerous aspects of the practice of the profession. The official swearing in ceremony took place on February 19 in the Montreal Court House, in the presence of his family members in front of the President of the Montreal Bar, Mr. Luc Deshaies, esq. Welcome on board, Mr. Pareja, esq. ! To know more about him, click here.

Sponsorship program of parents and grands parents

On February 3rd 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced having reached the 2014 target of 5000 applications under the sponsorship program for parents and grandparents. New targets are to be announced in January 2015. Till then, family reunification can be done using the supervisa. To read more, click here.

New immigrant selection system in Canada as of January 2015

The Canadian Federal government set the table for a new immigrant selection system to be in place as of January 2015, the declaration of interest. Immigration applicants will need to post their credentials to a national data base, similar to a job bank, and employers interested by the credentials presented will make a job offer and consequently invite the immigrant to make a formal application with the embassy serving the country of the applicant. Canada is following in the footsteps of Australia and New-Zealand, in the hope of cutting the waiting times for the processing of applications. Read more, click here.

New Proposed Selection Method in Quebec as of January 2015

Quebec has tabled a draft bill aiming at changing the way immigrants are selected in the province. The draft bill modernizes the selection system in place since 1968 while being also a harmonisation with the process announced by the Canadian federal government, introducing the declaration of interest.

While confirming the aim of attracting French speaking applicants in the province, the bill will also help integrate immigrants in the work force by requesting them to present a declaration of interest by posting their credentials in order to immigrate to Quebec. Subject to conditions to be presented later, the chosen immigrant would be invited to officially submit an application, hoping in this fashion to reduce processing delays.  Read more, click here.

Listen to the initial comments on the draft bill by Mr. Langlais on CBC French radio network.

Facilitated Labour Market Opinion Process

ESDC and MICC, signed an agreement to enable employers in Quebec to apply for an LMO, to fill selected positions without having to include proof of recruitment efforts based of an agreed list of occupations.

Employers applying under the facilitated LMO assessment process are no longer required to provide proof of recruitment efforts.

If the job offered to the TFW falls outside the list of occupations, the LMO application will be assessed under the regular process, applicable across Canada, as per the TFWP minimum advertising requirements. Source.

Canadian citizenship : new rules proposed

Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, unveiled the first comprehensive reforms to the Citizenship Act since 1977. The Bill aims at Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, while protecting the value of Canadian citizenship and increasing the processing efficiency of applications.

This important legislation will streamline Canada’s citizenship program by reducing the decision-making process from three steps to one. It is expected that, by 2015–2016, this change will bring the average processing time for citizenship applications down to under a year.

The act will provide a clearer indication that the “residence” period to qualify for citizenship in fact requires a physical presence in Canada for a total of four out of their last six years and be physically present in Canada for 183 days per year. More applicants will now be required to meet language requirements and pass a knowledge test.

This legislation includes stronger penalties for fraud and misrepresentation (a maximum fine of $100,000 and/or five years in prison), and expanding the grounds to bar an application for citizenship to include foreign criminality. Want to read more, click here.

Listen to the initial comments on the draft bill by Mr. Langlais on CBC French radio network.

Want to read more, click here.

Listen to the initial comments on the draft bill by Mr. Langlais on CBC French radio network.

Immigrant Investor Program: End of the program by Canada surprises Quebec

Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, announced the government’s intention to terminate the federal Immigrant Investor Program (IIP) and Federal Entrepreneur (EN) Program, eliminate a large and longstanding backlog of applications, and pave the way for new pilot programs that will actually meet Canada’s labour market and economic needs.

Applicants will see their application terminated and refunded of the costs paid.

Despite the closing of the federal program, applications from investors and entrepreneurs submitted in Quebec will continue to be processed by Canada after selection by Québec.

Want to read more, click here.

Elimination of non-resident trust for immigrants

Canada Finance minister, Mr. Jim Flaherty, has put an end to the fiscal deductions offered to wealthy immigrants, known as the “non-resident trust”. The measure will become effective at the end of 2014. Want to read more, click here.