Immigration – Canada

Overview of the new study permit rules

Thousands of foreign students enter Canada every year to study at one of hundreds of colleges or universities. It’s a smart move.  Not only do you get to experience Canadian culture, but it can set you up for a... Read More

Disagree with CIC? How to appeal to the Immigration Appeal Division

Have you applied to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and been refused?  Did you think the decision was unfair? CIC Officers are bound by the rules and regulations laid out by the Canadian government.  They are following written procedures,... Read More

Holding multiple Canadian work permits at the same time

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... Read More

Is Your Child Over 18? Better Apply Before January 1, 2014

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... Read More

Important Changes to the Canadian Experience Class

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... Read More

Do You Know About The 4 Year Maximum Rule For Working in Canada?

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... Read More

Visa Officer Strike Is Over

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... Read More

Biometrics Are Here For Some Temporary Residents

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... Read More

Be Careful If You Volunteer in Canada Without a Work Permit

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... Read More

7 Keys To Getting A NAFTA Work Permit As a Professional

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... Read More