How To Prevent  Delays Due to New Canada Biometric Requirements | Evelyn Ackah | Immigration Lawyer

Canadian lawyers are concerned the new biometrics requirements can create delays and confusion for those coming into Canada on business or international students who are coming to study in Canada as well as tourists, and there are potential privacy concerns for clients as the information is being shared with four other partner countries.

According to IRCC, the time allotted for the collection and screening of biometrics is not a part of the Visa application processing times.

How To Prevent  Delays Due to New Canada Biometric Requirements

Applications filed online will receive a request for biometrics within 24 hours, giving the applicant 30 days to complete their biometrics.

  1. Submit your biometrics as quickly as possible after receiving the Biometric Instruction Letter so IRCC can start processing your application.
  2. Don’t mail in your application; either apply online or in person at a visa application center (VAC).
  3. Include time for a biometrics check when making your travel plans to Canada.

How your identity is checked using biometrics depends on where you enter Canada: 

  • At 8 major Canadian airports
    • your fingerprints will be checked automatically at a primary inspection kiosk
    • the system will check your identity against the information collected when your application was submitted
  • At smaller airports and all land ports of entry
    • your fingerprints may be checked if we refer you to a secondary inspection, where a border services officer will use a fingerprint verification device to check your fingerprints

Learn More: Canada Biometrics Requirements Could Cause Delays for Business Travelers, International Students and Visitors

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Evelyn Ackah is a US and Canada immigration law expert and founder and managing lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. Business immigration law focuses on helping people move into new opportunities — both personally and professionally. Ackah Immigration Law helps you to navigate the complex maze of rules and regulations involved with Canadian, U.S. and international immigration law with confidence. Headquartered in Calgary and with offices in Vancouver and Toronto, Ackah Business Immigration Law provides legal immigration advice for those looking to move for work, education or personal reasons.

We provide expertise in all areas of immigration law ranging from corporate immigration to personal and family immigration matters. We provide comprehensive immigration services to clients around the world representing corporations, institutions, not for profit organizations and individual clients. As your immigration lawyers and paralegals, we provide you with timely and strategic advice relating to the constantly changing immigration laws and regulations.

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North America: 1 (800) 932-1190

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Case Study Expedited Canadian Citizenship to Compete in the Kendo World Championships | Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah

Ackah Business Immigration Law obtained expedited Canadian Citizenship application processing so our client could participate in the Kendo World Championships as a member of Team Canada. 

From South Korea to Representing Canada at the Kendo 2018 World Championships

Our client is a South Korean citizen who came to Canada to study. He began doing Kendo in Korea when he was 10 years old. When he came to Canada in 2006 he immediately joined a Kendo team at the University of Toronto where he was able to meet many of the coaches, players mentors on Team Canada’s Kendo team. While practicing with Team Canada, he earned a fifth-degree black belt and has placed at many different national and international championship events over the years. He is highly regarded and an incredibly skilled Kendo player. As a permanent resident of Canada he is not allowed to compete for Team Canada, as regulations allow only Canadian citizens to compete. The Kendo World Championships are held every 3 years and he was not eligible to compete for Team Canada in 2018. The deadline for the final roster submissions was April 2018.

Our client came to Ackah Law in November 2017, after the Canadian government made changes to the Canadian Citizenship Act, Bill C-6. Previously, applicants for permanent residence had to be physically present in Canada for 4 out of 6 years to be eligible. In October 2017, IRCC changed the permanent resident physical presence regulation to ‘you must be physically present in Canada for 3 out of the last 5 years with no minimum number of days per year before applying for citizenship.’ This change meant our client became eligible a whole year earlier: under the old rules he would not have been eligible and not been allowed to compete for Team Canada in 2018 and would have had to wait another 3 years to compete at the Kendo World Championships.

As soon as he became eligible to apply for citizenship we submitted the application with a request for urgent expedited processing. We continuously followed up with IRCC: calling IRCC daily, submitting a Case Specific Enquiry as our client’s representatives, contacting his MP, and contacting the Minister of Immigration and Citizenship. Our strategy and diligent oversight resulted in the government processing his application very quickly. Normally, citizenship applications take up to 12 months; we were able to have his application expedited and processed in just under 6 months.

As a result of our intervention, our client was able to meet the deadline and become a Canadian citizen one week before the roster deadline and now will compete for Team Canada in September 2018 at the Kendo World Championships.

We are all very excited and thrilled that he received citizenship based on our efforts lobbying on his behalf and our client is over the moon to represent Canada at the World Championships.

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Please Vote Now: Ackah Law Nominated for Calgary People's Choice Award | Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah

Ackah Business Immigration Law is honored to be nominated for two awards during Small Business Week Calgary by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, the Calgary People’s Choice Award and the Innovation Award. Winners will be announced during the Small Business Week Calgary Awards Show happening the evening of October 19, 2018 as part of the Small Business Week Calgary.

The People’s Choice Award is presented to a Calgary small business that demonstrates they have the support of their community. This award is the only Small Business Week Calgary Award determined by public vote. VOTE NOW: Voting for the People’s Choice Award starts July 3 and continues through August 10, 2018.

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The Innovation Award is presented to the Calgary small business that pushes conventional boundaries and is reshaping their industry through groundbreaking achievements in bringing innovation to market.

Small Business Week Calgary
October 15 – 18, 2018

As a small business, Ackah Law’s clients are our priority and we work hard to ensure that we exceed their expectations, and we are committed to being active and involved in the Calgary community.

Our Community Involvement

Evelyn Ackah, founder and managing lawyer, is proud to be a part of Calgary’s thriving business community. Giving back is important to the Ackah Business Immigration Law team. We are proud to be part of Calgary’s thriving community. Throughout the year, we volunteer our time, giving donations and providing sponsorships to various organizations. Non-profit agencies that are close to our hearts are the Canadian Women’s Foundation, YWCA, Samaritan’s Purse and the Mustard Seed. In addition to these agencies, we also assist on a number of pro-bono files each year to individuals requiring our legal services from various communities across Canada.

We also share our business immigration law expertise, offering pro-bono legal immigration services to recognized non-profit agencies. We are honoured to help facilitate new opportunities for people and local businesses by providing corporate immigration counsel.

Learn more about Ackah Law’s involvement in our community.

Carry ID When Traveling Near the US/Canada Border, Advises Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah

People who live or are traveling near the US/Canada border should carry identification that proves their citizenship and home country. Canada immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah advises,

Recent actions heavily reported in the media by the United States Border Patrol are making many Canadians and Americans who live in border states carry IDs at all times so they can prove where they live and avoid delays, interrogation and even arrest. If you traveling this long holiday weekend, be sure to carry proper identification to prevent delays – and even detention. 

Recent news articles highlight the need to carry ID when traveling near the US/Canada border:

U.S. Border Patrol immigration inspection guidelines allow agents to work within 100 miles of the United States perimeter, and have issued a travel advisory for the Canada Day and Fourth of July long holiday weekends:

to make sure they have their proper documents and to plan ahead. Border traffic volumes peak at various times during this period, especially on weekends.

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Evelyn Ackah is a Canada immigration and refugee law expert and founder and managing lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. Ackah Immigration Law helps you to navigate the complex maze of rules and regulations involved with Canadian, U.S. and international immigration and refugee law with confidence. Headquartered in Calgary and with offices in Vancouver and Toronto, Ackah Business Immigration Law provides legal immigration and refugee advice for those looking to move for work, education or personal reasons.

We provide expertise in all areas of refugee and immigration law ranging from corporate immigration to personal and family immigration matters. We provide comprehensive immigration services to clients around the world representing corporations, institutions, not for profit organizations and individual clients. As your immigration and refugee lawyers and paralegals, we provide you with timely and strategic advice relating to the constantly changing immigration and refugee laws and regulations.

Contact Ackah Business Immigration Law

Calgary: (403) 452‑9515     Vancouver: (604) 985‑9512     Toronto: (416) 643‑7177

North America: 1 (800) 932-1190