Canada Immigration and Visa Matters

Blog on Canadian permanent residency or temporary residency matters written by Toronto immigration lawyer Jeff Li.

Changes to Definition of Dependent Child – Age Increase to 22 Years Old

November 8, 2017

By: Law Office of Jeff Jiehui Li As of October 24, 2017, the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) increased the age limit under the definition of a “dependent child”. Individuals under the age of 22 years old now qualify as dependent children upon submission of an application for permanent residence, provided that…

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IRCC made changes to the Express Entry System

September 7, 2017

By: Law Office of Jeff Jiehui Li As of June 6, 2017, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) made a few changes to the Express Entry program. More Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points are awarded for candidates with strong French language skills with additional points for those who have siblings in Canada. Applicants under the…

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Elimination of the Two-Year Cohabitation Period in Spousal Sponsorship Applications

August 1, 2017

As of April 18, 2017, the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) repealed the conditional permanent residence requirement. The requirement for the two-year cohabitation period no longer applied to new and existing applicants under the spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner categories, as well as those that had the two-year requirement while being…

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Client obtained Permanent Residence Card

April 5, 2017

[Below is a message from a client who has successfully renewed her permanent residence card with help from the Law Office of Jeff Li] When I first approached Mary to renew my PR card, it had already expired and I hadn’t fulfilled my residency obligations. I’d travelled frequently and many other lawyers and consultants were…

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Thank for from an immigration client

August 2, 2016

August 1, 2016 Jeff J. Li Professional Corporation To whom it may concern, My friend T Zhao has received his passport. I would like to give a massive thank you to Mary Zhang who applied for a Canadian visitor visa for Mr. Zhao and guided us though the many hoops that we’ve had to jump through. In…

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Express Entry for Immigration to Canada

July 20, 2016
Express Entry for Immigration to Canada

By Ori Yang and Jeff Li Canada welcomes skilled people to apply for permanent residence. In 2015, the Express Entry system was introduced to expedite the immigration application process for skilled and experienced workers. It is “express” because once you are invited by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and you submit your completed application…

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Important Updates on Ontario Immigration Nominee Program

May 16, 2016

Note: The following information is provided in Ontario Government’s Website. As of May 9, 2016, the Government of Ontario stopped accepting applications under several categories of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). People who wish to apply to immigrate to Canada under the OINP program are encouraged to consult with the Law Office of Jeff…

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New Bill on Canadian Citizenship Makes Citizenship Applications Easier

March 3, 2016

By Mary Zhang, Law Office of Jeff J. Li Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) , John McCallum outlined proposed changes to Citizenship Act today aiming to repeal the old controversial Bill C-24. If the new bill passed, the following would take place: Terrorism or other crimes against the national interest would not…

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Immigrating to Canada: Where to start?

September 14, 2015

by Mary L. Zhang, Law Office of Jeff Jiehui Li Dreaming of immigrating to Canada? Confused about when and where to start? What about the minimum requirements? Who should be the principal applicant? These may be some of the few questions going through the minds of Canadian aspirants. Even though Canada whole heartedly welcomes people…

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Canada, a Dream Destination of Passionate Students

September 3, 2015

By Mary Zhang, Law Office of Jeff Jiehui Li When and where to start if you are interested in studying in Canada? Today Canada is not only a dream destination for immigrants but also for aspiring students. Those who dream of a promising career, Canadian universities and schools top their list. Canada is known for its advanced education system…

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