Government of Canada Revoking 1800 Grants of Citizenship

Posted by Donna Habsha|Canada Immigration
Jul 11

The Government of Canada is beginning the process of revoking the citizenship of up to 1,800 citizens who have obtained their status fraudulently.

Many of the people under investigation are suspected of using consultants to falsely establish evidence of residence in Canada while continuing to live abroad most, or all, of the time. It has been found that a family of five may pay upwards of $25,000 over four or more years to create the illusion of residence in Canada. To date, individuals from over 60 different countries have been implicated in this fraud.

The Government of Canada is taking action to crack down on the actions of crooked consultants during the immigration process. Bill C-35, originally introduced as the Cracking Down on Crooked Consultants Act, came into force on June 30, 2011.  The Act imposes penalties on unauthorized representatives who provide, or offer to provide, advice or representation for a fee at any stage of an immigration application or proceeding.

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First-Stage Approval for Sponsorships of Parents and Grandparents is now at 46 months

Posted by Veronica Zanfir|Canada Immigration
Jul 11

Recent statistics published by Citizenship and Immigration Canada on July 13, 2011, confirm that first-stage processing for applications to sponsor a parent or grandparent have nearly doubled, from 29 months to 46 months. This further delay in processing comes on the heels on rumors that the Parental Sponsorship program may be placed on hold in the future.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
For assistance with the sponsorship of your parents or family members for immigration to Canada please contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP at 1-800-993-9971 or 1-416-554-7735 or

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Sponsored Parents and Grandparents Receive Greater Access to 10 year Visitor Visas

Posted by Veronica Zanfir|Canada Immigration
Jul 11

If you are a Canadian Permanent Resident or Citizen and have sponsored your parents or grandparents for immigration to Canada, you will be happy to find that, as of Monday, they may now also apply for the new 10 year visas to come to Canada and visit you while their sponsorship application is in process. As the processing times for sponsorships of parents and grandparents are significant, the Canadian government is ensuring that parents and grandparents can visit their children and grandchildren in Canada while awaiting the approval of their sponsorship. Policy already exists to facilitate the quicker processing of visitor visas for applicants if they are a parent or grandparent who is being sponsored by a Canadian Permanent Resident or Citizen. With this new announcement, Citizenship and Immigration Canada ensures that parents and grandparents are able to secure visitor visas for longer periods of time, up to ten years.
For assistance with the sponsorship of your parents or family members for immigration to Canada please contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP at 1-800-993-9971 or 1-416-554-7735 or

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10-Year Visas to Canada Coming Soon!

Posted by Melodie Hughes|Canada Immigration
Jul 11

Yesterday, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced the government’s intention to introduce a 10-year temporary resident visa. Temporary Resident Visas are required for citizens of certain countries to enter Canada.

Currently, the maximum validity period of a multiple-entry visa is five years. As more and more countries are issuing passports that are valid for ten years, however, CIC has announced that it will soon be changing its policy for visa issuance. Where applicants apply for multiple-entry visas, they may now be issued to the maximum validity according to the length of the passport validity (up to ten years, minus one month).

This practice, already recommended for parents and grandparents with sponsorships in process, may now be extended to other clientele, such as business visitors. All applications will, however, continue to be assessed on a case-by-case basis and the ultimate duration of the visa issued will remain at the discretion of the visa officer. However, with the possibility of being issued ten-year visas, this comes as welcome news for many business travellers around the world!

For more information on this and other Canadian immigration requirements, please contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP.

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H-1B Cap Update.

Posted by Karen|US Immigration
Jul 11

In a sign that the U.S. economy is still slow, USCIS has recently updated its count of FY2012 cap-subject H-1B petitions and advanced degree cap-exempt petitions receipted. As of July 15, 2011, only 20,500 H-1B cap-subject petitions were receipted. USCIS has receipted 12,800 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees.

What this means is that there is still time to apply for an H-1B visa with a start date of October 1, 2011.  Please contact the attorney’s at PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP to discuss your visa options and business strategies.

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Federal Immigrant Investor Program Cap Reached in 18 Days!

Posted by Donna Habsha|Canada Immigration
Jul 11

The Federal Immigrant Investor Program is now closed as 700 complete applications have been received at the Centralized Intake Office.  This new annual cap was introduced through ministerial instructions, which came into force on July 1, 2011. The cap will reset on July 1, 2012, unless otherwise indicated in a future ministerial instruction. The cap does not apply to the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program.

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Immigration to Canada Drops by 25%

Posted by Donna Habsha|Canada Immigration
Jul 11

Over the last 15 years, Canada’s annual immigration levels have remained around 250,000, about 0.8 per cent of the population.

Canada let 25 per cent fewer immigrants into the country in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2010 raising concerns the Conservative government is going to restrict the country’s immigration levels.

The number of permanent resident visas issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada between January and March fell from 84,083 in 2010 to 63,224 this year, according to a Toronto Star article.

Canada has a capacity to take in as many as 450,000 immigrants a year by including the 200,000 temporary foreign workers that it lets in to fill labour market needs on a perennial basis. Canada should be increasing immigration to nearly 4 per cent of the population in order to stabilize the country’s dependency on its aging population.

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New Cap, Occupation List for Federal Skilled Worker Category

Posted by Melodie Hughes|Canada Immigration
Jul 11

As of July 1, 2011, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has announced that it is now accepting applications for permanent residence under the Federal Skilled Worker category in accordance with new restrictions, including a new cap on the number of applications it will accept each year and the announcement of this year’s list of restricted occupations.

New Cap for Federal Skilled Worker Applications

In an effort to reduce backlog and increase processing times in 2010, Citizenship and Immigration Canada implemented a cap in the number of applications it would process each year under the Federal Skilled worker category. Specifically, CIC accepted a maximum of 20,000 complete applications under the Federal Skilled Worker category, and no more than 1,000 applications under each occupation for the period from June 26, 2010 to June 30, 2011.

Effective July 1, 2011, this cap has changed. Now, a maximum of 10,000 federal skilled worker applications will be considered for processing in the next 12 month-period. Within this cap, a maximum of only 500 Federal Skilled Worker applications per eligible occupation will be considered for processing.

No change has been made to Federal Skilled worker applications with an offer of arranged employment, where there is no cap.

List of Restricted Occupations

In addition to introducing a new cap, CIC also released this year’s list of restricted occupations. All federal skilled worker applicants who do not have a valid job offer in Canada must show, in addition to meeting the minimum points criteria, that they have at least one year of recent work experience in one of the following 29 occupations, which have been recognized to be “in-demand” in Canada:

0631 Restaurant and Food Service Managers
0811 Primary Production Managers (Except Agriculture)
1122 Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management
1233 Insurance Adjusters and Claims Examiners
2121 Biologists and Related Scientists
2151 Architects
3111 Specialist Physicians
3112 General Practitioners and Family Physicians
3113 Dentists
3131 Pharmacists
3142 Physiotherapists
3152 Registered Nurses
3215 Medical Radiation Technologists
3222 Dental Hygienists & Dental Therapists
3233 Licensed Practical Nurses
4151 Psychologists
4152 Social Workers
6241 Chefs
6242 Cooks
7215 Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades
7216 Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic Trades
7241 Electricians (Except Industrial & Power System)
7242 Industrial Electricians
7251 Plumbers
7265 Welders & Related Machine Operators
7312 Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
7371 Crane Operators
7372 Drillers & Blasters – Surface Mining, Quarrying & Construction
8222 Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Service

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