Business Immigration

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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Imporptant Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

August 4, 2013

On July 31, 2013, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) announced the latest changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). The changes concern mostly about Canadian employers’ application for Labour Market Opinion (LMO), with the aim to “ensure that Canadians are given the first chance at available jobs.” In this direction, significant changes…

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Latest update on Quebec Immigrant Investor Program – Quota, fees, etc.

July 9, 2013

[Source of Information: Industrial Alliance] Effective August 1, 2013, several changes will be made to the Quebec  Immigrant Investor Program. New rules have been adopted regarding procedures for the intake and processing of certain applications for a selection certificate submitted by permanent workers, investors, business people and self-employed workers. These new rules will be in…

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New Start-Up Visa Program In Force April 1

February 5, 2013

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced on January 24, 2013 the launch of a new entrepreneur program – the so called “Start-up Visa” program that is expected to help innovative immigrant entrepreneurs. Toronto lawyer Jeff Li, who provides both immigration law and business law services to clients, welcomes the new program, and believe that it may…

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Chinese citizens pressure P.E.I. for refunds after immigration rejected

August 12, 2012

[By Canadian Press] Chinese citizens who gave money to Prince Edward Island’s troubled immigration nominee program say they’re angry they haven’t been refunded, two years after Ottawa rejected their visa applications. Qiu Chuanbo, 47, said in an interview that he is owed close to $91,000 after giving money to the program, which was intended to…

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Quebec suspends intake of investor program, retroactive to April 14, 2012

July 4, 2012

On June 29, 2012, the Ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles (MICC) of Quebec published a decision in Gazette officielle du Québec, and suspended the intake of applications for a selection certificate that can be submitted by candidates of the Quebec investor program and some other economic immigration programs. For the applicants under the…

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Federal skilled worker and federal investor programs put on hold, again

June 28, 2012

There has been rumour circulating that the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Federal Investor Program will be paused. Today the rumour was confirmed. Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, announced today in Calgary that the two programs will be put on a temporary hold, until probably early next year. But who knows…

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Quebec caps its business immigration program

March 22, 2012

After three years of receiving numerous applications for the Quebec Selection Certificates, the Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities (MICC) has decided to cap the number of applications it will process on March 21, 2012. come to a decision regarding the intake of applications for selection certificates. Pursuant to the decision, the Minister determines the…

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Minister Kenney outlines vision of a fast and flexible immigration system

March 1, 2012

Toronto, March 1, 2012 – In a keynote address to the National Metropolis Conference today, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney outlined his vision for a faster, more responsive immigration system that better meets Canada’s economic needs. “Immigration is playing an increasingly important role in our economy and we need a system that does a…

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10 most important immigration policy changes in 2011

December 29, 2011

 There are many changes, expected or unexpected, with respect to Canadian immigration in 2011. While some of the changes like super visa will facilitate some people’s entry to Canada, most are to fight immigration fraud and to limit immigration to Canada. “It is apparent that the Conservative Government is tightening immigration policy as a whole,”…

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