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

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 –…

Recently, an individual contacted me who was quite upset.  She and her husband and her nineteen year old son are in Alberta.  They are from a foreign country and the husband is working in Alberta on a work permit as a construction worker. They had heard that spouses and dependent children were entitled to open…

As many of you are painfully aware, the sponsorship program for parents and grandparents has been suspended since November 2011. That’s right – since 2011 Citizenship and Immigration Canada have not been accepting sponsorship applications from citizens or permanent residents to bring their parents and grandparents from their home countries to Canada. This has caused…

As I’ve mentioned in the past, if you want to immigrate to Canada and you qualify, you should begin the process immediately, as rules seem to change often these days, and it seems increasingly more difficult to qualify. Following the public outcry after the Royal Bank hired foreign workers from India to replace Canadians.  Some…

As you may know, the Federal Skilled Worker Program has been suspended since July 1, 2012 (except for arranged employment applications and those under the PhD. class).  Today, CIC announced that the program will commence on May 4, 2013. It is still a points system, and 67 points (out of a possible 100) is still required in order to…