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I’ve been following the discussions and debates around the investor program since it opened for a short thirty minutes last July before it closed again after reaching its 700 application cap.  Although many expected the program to re-open to new applicants July 1st of this year, there are now indications that it may remain closed…

I’m going to discuss the case of Adewusi v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration) decided January 19, 2012 at the Federal Court of Canada. This case illustrates that applicants can be successful at the court level when CIC does not follow due process required by law. Right to procedural fairness In this case, Mr. Adewusi was…

A commentary in on of Canada’s national newspapers – The National Post – argues the case that Canada’s new investor program should cost investors a lot more than the previous one. As readers of this blog may know, the Investor Program was suspended last year due to a couple of reasons.  First and foremost, the…

Typically you have the option to use a credit card to pay your Canada immigration application fees.  Various forms provide space for your credit card number, expiry date, signature and so forth. There is a risk to your application if you decide to pay with a credit card. Many credit card companies have security protocols…

As you may know, an alternative to immigrating to Canada through the Federal programs (such as the Skilled Worker Program, the Investor Program, the Entrepreneur Program, and so forth) is to “fast-track” through a provincial nominee program.  In essence, a provincial nominee program allows provinces to select certain individuals who contribute to the economy and…

As many of you may have seen, Canada is consistently ranked as the top (or one of the top) countries in which to live in the world.  Our standard of living, peaceful society, universal health care and education, and other factors always rank Canada tops for standard of living. Now Canada is also ranked as…

There have been many changes in Canada’s immigration program this summer. A significant one is that the Federal Investor Class immigration stream has been suspended. This stream allowed high net worth individuals with business experience to make a signficant financial investment in Canada in exchange for permanent residence. Applications received after June 26, 2010 will…

I felt is was important to post the entire speech given by the Hon. Jason Kenney, our Minister responsible for immigration. This speech outlines Canada’s approach to immigration now and in the coming years. If you are a potential applicant, I urge you to take a few minutes and read this speech. It may assist…

There is a new, simplified application process coming for permanent resident economic class applicants (i.e., skilled workers, investors, entrepreneurs) that is supposed to begin September 1, 2006. Under this process, a simplified application form (plus application fees) will be submitted to the appropriate CIC office. This will get the applicant in the queue. Once the…

Investor applicants for permanent residence take note: section 128.1 of the Canada Income Tax Act can provide substantial tax relief but it can also cause tax headaches once you become resident in Canada. Section 128.1 deems a new resident to have disposed of (and re-acquired) all capital assets at fair market value. The accountants among…