Spousal Sponsorships – Processing Times

May 12

The approval of a Spousal Sponsorship application is a two (2) step process.  The first step entails the approval of the sponsor.  If the sponsor is approved, the sponsorship application will move to the next phase, whereby a decision is made on the application itself.

Spousal Sponsorship applications can be made both inside and outside Canada.  According to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website, the current processing times for applications made inside Canada are as follows:

Step 1- approximately 11 months

Step 2- approximately 8 months

For applications made outside Canada, the current processing times are as follows:

Step 1- 90 days

Step 2- varies from country to country

Please note that the timeframes on the CIC website should only be used as guidelines and the applications may take more or less time to process.

For more information on Spousal Sponsorships, please contact the PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP.

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Applying for a new Temporary Resident Visa from within Canada

May 12

If  you are currently a temporary resident in Canada with valid status (ie: valid  study or work permit) and want to apply for a new temporary resident visa to  return to Canada before you leave, you can now do so with Immigration Canada’s Case Processing Pilot office in Ottawa (CPP-O), an extension of CIC’s overseas network.


  • You must be legally admitted as a temporary resident (student or temporary foreign worker only) in Canada with a Canadian  residential address,
  • Your current temporary resident status must still be valid, and your existing counterfoil is expired and/or was valid for only one entry, and
  • You require a new temporary resident visa to return to Canada in the near future.


  • You should pay the fees a few days  before mailing the application, as financial institutions and credit card companies may  require up to five business days before they validate your payment.
  • Applications can be mailed to either of the following two addresses:

CPP –  Ottawa
P. O. Box 9640
Ottawa, ON, K1A 0C1


CPP –  Ottawa
Temporary Resident Visa Section
365 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa,  ON K1A 1L1

  • Apply at least 2 months in advance of your planned departure  from Canada in order to avoid disappointment.
  • Complete the new 2D barcode  forms on line. Hand filled applications submitted to the office and will result in delays and longer processing time.
  • Applications  will be processed in the order they are received.
  • Note that processing times for this procedure have not yet been established.

For more information on Temporary Resident Permits, please contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP.


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Canadian Experience Class – Proposed Changes

May 12

The Canadian Experience Class was introduced into the Canadian immigration system in 2008 as a method for temporary foreign workers with skilled work experience and/or education in Canada to apply for permanent residence.

The number of applicants in this stream has increased from 2,500 in 2009 to 6,000 in 2011.  It is anticipated that this number will continue to increase in 2012.

According to the current guidelines, applicants under the temporary foreign worker stream must have 24 months of full time experience in Canada within the last 36 months.  Under the proposed new changes, this number may be reduced to 12 months of work experience.

For more information on the Canadian Experience Class, please contact the PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP.

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Canadian consulate in Buffalo set to close

May 12

Fueled by federal budget cuts and more changes to Canada’s immigration rules, one of the country’s largest and oldest diplomatic outposts in the United States, the Canadian consulate in Buffalo , is closing its doors.

Hundreds of thousands of foreign students and temporary workers in the Toronto area who wanted to extend their status in Canada have been travelling to the Buffalo consulate to apply for these changes in person.

Along with the decision to shut down this office, the government is also putting an end to the requirement that foreigners have to leave the country for intervews when requesting a change to their visa. Instead, applicants will be able to apply and pay the fees online, and if an interview is deemed necessary, it will be conducted at an immigration office within Canada.

After the Canadian consulate in Buffalo closing, Canada will have 15 consular and trade offices across the U.S..

For more information, please contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP.

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Return of Federal Skilled Worker applications causes backlashes worldwide:

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May 12

In March, 2012, the government of Canada announced their decision to return Federal Skilled Worker applications which were submitted pre-2008.   Now, more than 40 would-be immigrants are taking the federal government to court to contest this decision.  Other backlashes of the decision include protests in India, Pakistan and China; as well as the creation of a Facebook group.

For more information on the Federal Skilled Worker category, please contact the PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP.

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Government issues statements following new arrests in the MV Sun Sea case

May 12

The government made the following statements in the wake of two new arrests in the MV Sun Sea case.

“We  congratulate the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on these important arrests.  Human smuggling is a crime that our Government takes very seriously.  That is why we introduced Bill C-31, the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act.  With this new legislation we enhance our ability to crack down on human  smugglers, including making it easier to prosecute them, and introducing  mandatory minimum sentences.”

“Canada is a generous  and compassionate country that welcomes newcomers but Canadians are not  naïve.  Canada will not tolerate abuse of  our immigration system for financial gain through the despicable crime of human  smuggling.”

The MV Sun Sea was a migrant vessel that brought 492 irregular migrants  to Canada  in August of 2010 as part of a human smuggling event. The RCMP announced on May 15, 2012 that two individuals have been charged with one count of Organizing Entry into Canada contrary  to Sec 117 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) for their  involvement with the MV  Sun Sea. These arrests follow the announcement in April  of the arrest of another individual in France.

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Consultations to be held to facilitate business travel between the US and Canada

May 12

Minister Kenney and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary announced that they will hold joint consultations with stakeholders regarding cross-border business travel.  The intended outcome of these efforts is to facilitate business travel between Canada and the United States.

These consultations are in accordance with the United States-Canada Beyond the Border Action Plan which was announced by Barack Obama and Stephen Harper in December 2011.



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Federal Internship for Newcomers to be expanded

May 12

The Government of Canada has stated that they will partner with CGI Group Inc. and CIBC to expand the Federal Internship for Newcomers (FIN) program so that it will include private companies.

This will add diversity to Canada’s multinational companies and allow for newcomers to obtain valuable temporary work experience.

For more information on the Federal Internship for Newcomers program please contact the PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP.

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