What does Canada Day mean to you?

Posted by Allana|Canada Immigration
Jun 12
29


Citizenship ceremonies to be held across Canada on July 1

Get out your folding-chairs and face paint, it’s the Canada Day long weekend and it’s time for fireworks and festivities!

Fireworks may be the traditional go-to when people across the country think about celebrating “Canada’s birthday”, but it is also an opportunity for all Canadians, old and new, to celebrate everything that makes this country great.  Many Canadians will be celebrating Canada Day for the first time as a citizen after participating in the many citizenship ceremonies that will be held across the country this weekend.  The citizenship ceremony is a legal and symbolic event marking an applicant’s official transition from being a permanent resident to a Canadian citizen, as well as their acceptance of the responsibilities, values, and proud traditions of this country.

Existing Canadians can also recognize their ongoing commitment by attending citizenship ceremonies or organizing a reaffirmation ceremony in their community.  The reaffirmation ceremony is a way to remind present Canadians to value the rights and privileges of being a citizen, while celebrating the diversity and values that make this country attractive to new immigrants from all over the world.

Check the CIC website for a complete listing of all citizenship ceremonies happening across the country and information on how your community can organize a reaffirmation ceremony:

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/celebrate/canada-day-2012.asp

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/celebrate/menu-reaffirmation.asp

 

For more information on Citizenship applications please contact the PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP.

HAPPY CANADA DAY!


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Freeze on Incoming Federal Skilled Worker Applications

Jun 12
28


The government is expected to issue a freeze on new Federal Skilled Worker applications which were set to reopen to new applicants on July 1, 2012.  The government has stated that they do not want to accept new applications until they have dealt with the hefty backlogs that they are facing.

It is expected that Mr. Kenney will make an official announcement later today during a speech to the C.D. Howe Institute in Calgary.

For more information on Federal Skilled Worker applications and delays please contact the PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP.


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New citizenship judges appointed

Jun 12
27


The goverment announced today that Gerald W. Pash has been appointed as Citizenship Judge in British Columbia, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism. Two other citizenship judges, Aris Babikian and Floyd Babcock, have been reappointed in Ontario.

Citizenship judges  are appointed for a three-year period and are responsible for making decisions  with regard to citizenship applications, presiding over citizenship ceremonies  and administering the oath of citizenship to new citizens.

For more information on citizenship applications, contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP.


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The government introduces new legislation regarding deportation of foreign nationals

Jun 12
21


The government announced yesterday that it will seek to introduce the Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act, a piece of legislation aimed at expediting the removal of foreign nationals convicted of certain crimes from Canada by limiting their access to the Immigration and Refugee Board’s Immigration Appeal Division. In doing so, the government seeks to reduce the amount of time these foreign nationals can remain in Canada by up to 14 months.

Another change from this proposed legislation would prevent foreign nationals who are inadmissible on grounds of security, human or international rights violations, or organized criminality, from applying to remain in Canada based on a program for humanitarian and compassionate considerations.

For more information, please contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP.

 


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Court Ruling in Favour of Federal Skilled Worker Applicants

Jun 12
19


Ottawa has ruled that the Government of Canada is obliged to process all applications that it has accepted into its system in a timely manner.  This decision is a result of the approximately 900 federal skilled worker applicants who sued Minister Kenney for failing to assess their applications within a reasonable amount of time.

While the Minister can still set instructions which allow him to return some applications, the ones that are accepted will have to be processed in a timely manner.

While the court has not made an order for all 900 applicants, it is anticipated that they will require prompt processing as well.

The court has refused the Minister’s request for appeal.

For more information on federal skilled worker applications and processing time,  please contact the PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP.


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Centralization of Temporary Foreign Worker Units

Jun 12
14


Effective July 1, 2012, the Temporary Foreign Worker Units in Toronto and Montreal will become the sole points of contact for Canadian employers and their representatives.  The TFWU in Toronto will service employers in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut; and the TFWU in Montreal will be responsible for providing services to employers in Quebec, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Commencing June 15, 2012, the offices will undergo transition period whereby the offices in Vancouver, Calgary and Moncton will stop accepting opinion requests and will only focus on pending applications.  New requests from June 15 onwards should be directed to Toronto and Montreal.

TWFU opinions are strictly limited to whether or not a case will meet the requirements for a Labour Market Opinion exemption and/or work permit exemption for workers who are outside of Canada.

For more information on the reform of the Temporary Foreign Worker Unit reform please contact the PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP.


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Overview of restructuring of visa offices in the United States

Jun 12
13


In light of the recent changes occuring south of the border with respect to Canadian visa offices, Citizenship and Immigration Canada recently released Operational Bulletin 435, outlining information regarding further changes to the North American processing network.

The following is an overview of the re-structured U.S. visa office network effective June 18, 2012. Applications should be directed to visa offices as follows:

New York Los Angeles Washington D.C. Detroit Seattle
 

Temporary Resident
Visa

Study or Work
Permit (Canada, U.S. Residents East of the Mississippi River and Residents of
Puerto Rico, Bermuda, St. Pierre et Miquelon, U.S. Virgin Islands)

PRTD

Verification of
Entry

 

 

Temporary Resident
Visa

Study or Work
Permit (Canada, U.S. Residents West of the Mississippi River)

TRP, ARC and
Rehabilitation (U.S. Residents West of the Mississippi River)

PRTD

Verification of
Entry

 

 

TRP, ARC,
Rehab (U.S. Residents East of the Mississippi River and Residents of Puerto
Rico, Bermuda, St. Pierre et Miquelon, U.S. Virgin Islands)

 

Temporary Resident
Visa

PRTD

Verification of
Entry

 

 

Temporary Resident
Visa

PRTD

Verification of
Entry

 

 

For more information, please contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP.


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In-Canada Office Closures and the Elimination of Front Counter Service

Jun 12
11


Effective June 1, 2012, 19 local CIC offices across Canada have closed. In particular, the following offices are no longer open:

  • Kelowna, Nanaimo, Prince George, Victoria, Lethbridge, Regina, Barrie, Kingston, Oshawa, Sault Ste-Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Gatineau, Québec, Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières, Saint John, Moncton, and Charlottetown.

In addition, local CIC offices across Canada that remain open will no longer provide front counter service and clients will only have access to these offices by appointment. Signs have been posted at all offices inviting clients to access CIC services through CIC’s website or by contacting CIC’s Call Centre.

Where to submit new applications?

As of June 1, 2012, new applications that would normally be sent to a closed office will be referred according to the table below. Note that closed offices may continue to receive files sent to them prior to June 1.

Office Closing

PR Cards and
Investigation Referrals will be transferred to

CPC-V Referral
Files will be transferred to

Citizenship Files
will be transferred to

BC CIC Kelowna CIC Expo Office in Vancouver CIC Vancouver CIC Vancouver
CIC Nanaimo CIC Expo office in Vancouver CIC Vancouver CIC Vancouver
CIC Prince George CIC Expo Office in Vancouver CIC Vancouver CIC Vancouver
CIC Victoria CIC Expo Office in Vancouver CIC Vancouver CIC Vancouver
AB CIC Lethbridge CIC Calgary CIC Calgary CIC Calgary
SK CIC Regina CIC Saskatoon CIC Saskatoon CIC Saskatoon
ON CIC Barrie CIC St. Clair CIC Etobicoke CIC Scarborough
CIC Kingston CIC Ottawa CIC Ottawa CIC Ottawa
CIC Oshawa CIC St. Clair CIC Scarborough CIC Scarborough
CIC Sault Ste. Marie CIC St. Clair CIC Etobicoke CIC Mississauga
CIC Sudbury CIC St. Clair CIC Etobicoke CIC Mississauga
CIC Thunder Bay CIC St. Clair CIC Etobicoke CIC Mississauga
QC CIC Gatineau CIC Ottawa CIC Montréal CIC Ottawa
CIC Quebec City CIC Montréal CIC Montréal CIC Montréal
CIC Sherbrooke CIC Montréal CIC Montréal CIC Montréal
CIC Trois Rivières CIC Montréal CIC Montréal CIC Montréal
NB CIC Moncton CIC Moncton1 CIC Moncton1 CIC Moncton1
CIC Saint John CIC Fredericton CIC Fredericton CIC Moncton1
PEI CIC Charlottetown CIC Halifax CIC Halifax CIC Moncton1

Note 1: CIC Moncton will continue to receive and process files until October 2012 while remaining fully closed to the public. As of October 2012, processing will be transferred to CIC Fredericton.

For more information, please contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP.


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