About Gianpaolo Panusa

Gianpaolo Panusa is a Canadian immigration lawyer, writer, and founder of the PanCanadian Immigration Law Group based in Vancouver, Canada. Google+ Profile

Did you know that you can hold multiple work permits at the same time?  And why would you want to do that? Multiple work permits can provide a level of comfort for individuals working in Canada.  Suppose things go sour with your employer.  You both decide to part ways.  Now you are stuck with a work permit…

Just a quick note – as of today, in-Canada sponsorship applications (but not including open work permit applications for in-Canada spouses for now) are filed in Mississauga, Ontario. My understanding is that open work permits will go to Vegreville after stage 1 processing is complete.  This may change – stay tuned. At this time, some…

In the last few years, there’s been a shift in the immigration system towards favoring those individuals with either work experience or a job offer when granting permanent residence. In this post, I’ll discuss how a job offer in Canada can offer you a few routes to obtaining permanent residence. Any kind of job offer…

As of January 1, 2014, dependents of applicants under any immigration program – sponsorship, federal skilled worker, Canada Experience Class, and so forth – will be limited to 18 years of age. This is a drop of the age of dependents from 21 years of age. The full-time student exception to dependent age limits will…

On November 9th, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced new changes to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). As you may know from reading this blog, the CEC is open to individuals with 12 months of work experience in Canada, in a National Occupational Code O, A or B position. CIC announced that a maximum of 12,000 applications will…

For those who want to work temporarily in Canada, there is a 4 year maximum (cumulative duration) rule.  This means you can only work in Canada for a total period of 4 years. When you reach that 4 year limit, you have to wait another 4 years before you can work in Canada again. No…

It happens all the time.  An individual goes through the long (and sometimes painful) process of getting permanent residence. But then life happens, things change, and the new permanent resident has to move home to take care of family, or live overseas for a variety of reasons. There are a few circumstances where you can…

After dragging on for months – finally – the six month rotating strike of visa officers at Canadian consulates is over.  The battle was mainly over higher wages and the government struck a deal with visa officers for a higher wage scale. The visa officers had taken the government to the Public Service Labour Relations Board…

CIC has now introduced biometrics into the immigration system.  Biometrics are high tech methods to identify individuals.  They measure characteristics such as fingerprints and facial features which are placed into a computer for easy and accurate identification. Why are biometrics being imposed? CIC has been concerned that one individual would apply, and another would enter…

I’ve been approached numerous times by visitors in Canada asking whether they can volunteer or not without a work permit.  Sometimes these scenarios involve a barter for services or goods (but not money). It’s a very bad idea in most cases. I’ll discuss the Juneja case as an example of how trying to avoid the…