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

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…

Did you know that certain professionals can work in Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)? They can do so without going through the normal requirement of obtaining a labour market opinion that most other temporary workers (and employers) must do. In this post, I’ll discuss what I consider to be the seven…

Since the foreign worker scandals at RBC and at HD Mining in BC,  the federal government has been scrambling to make changes to the program and eliminate so-called “loopholes” in the previous program that have garnered so much media attention. So as of July 31, 2013, the federal government has implemented a $275 processing fee for each…

There have been a number of media stories lately covering David Suzuki’s critical comments on Canada’s immigration system, and in particular, policies that have been put in place under our current government. For those who may not know, David Suzuki is a pretty famous scientist and environmental leader.  For many years he was the voice of…

For many individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada, there are minimum income or asset requirements that will determine whether an applicant is successful or not.  These requirements are quite apart from the educational, work experience, language and other hurdles. In terms of a Canadian spouse sponsoring a foreign resident for Canadian permanent residence –…