Immigration Policy

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As of April 18, 2017, the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) repealed the conditional permanent residence requirement.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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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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New Citizenship Application Measures in Force June 11, 2015

June 9, 2015

Law Office of Jeff Jiehui Li On June 11, 2015, the last set of the new citizenship application measures stipulated in Bill C-24 will be implemented.  As a whole, the new measures set a higher bar for people to apply for Canadian citizenship.  Below are the main changes summarized by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and…

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Citizenship and Immigration Canada Caps Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Applications

November 9, 2013

Ottawa – November 8, 2013 —  Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced changes to improve the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) so that the program continues to attract top quality candidates. “The Canadian Experience Class has allowed more than 25,000 people to stay in Canada permanently to contribute their skills and talents,” said Alexander. “The…

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Immigration detainees in Lindsay jail stage protest and hunger strike

September 20, 2013

[Excerpt of article from torstar.com] GTA immigration detainees recently transferred to a jail in Lindsay, Ont., held a protest and staged a hunger strike this week over what they describe as unfair treatment. About 200 inmates being held in Greater Toronto have been relocated to the Central East Correctional Centre since August because of a…

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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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