Immigration detainees in Lindsay jail stage protest and hunger strike

September 20, 2013

[Excerpt of article from] 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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Couple fined $120,000 for immigration fraud following government crackdown

October 6, 2012

[National Post] When Reha and Ecehan Ozcelik landed at Montreal’s Trudeau airport on Sept. 17, they told the border officer who questioned them they were permanent residents of Canada and lived in Montreal. And yet, they couldn’t answer basic questions about the city where they claimed to reside. On Wednesday, the Canada Border Services Agency…

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Corporate client successfully obtained Temporary Resident Permit (TRP)

August 10, 2012

Jeff, Thank you. The immigration officer completed the TRP and I was admitted. Apparently it was not customary to do so; however, since the application by mail failed due to the lack of immigration photos, he was willing to complete the process.  Your cover letter explaining the circumstances was extremely helpful. Best Regards, Multi-Wing America…

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Jason Kenney faces legal uprising over Conrad Black visa; Harper defends Kenney

August 3, 2012

[The Globe and Mail Reports] More than 80 lawyers have signed an open letter to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney challenging his insistence he played no role in granting Conrad Black a permit to live in this country even before the U.K. citizen had finished his jail time in Florida. The lawyers, all immigration specialists, say…

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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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Canadian citizenship not for sale: Minister Kenney provides update of investigations into citizenship fraud

December 23, 2011

  Note: The following is a news release by Citizenship and Immigration Canada provided here by Jeff Li Immigration Lawyer Montreal, December 9, 2011 — The Government of Canada is now investigating 6,500 people from more than 100 countries for fraudulently attempting to gain citizenship or maintain permanent resident status, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason…

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Important IRPR Amendments: Expanded Sponsorship Bar for Violent Crime

November 26, 2011

On November 18, 2011, as amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) came into force, persons who have been convicted of certain offences are no longer eligible to sponsor their family members. Effective the same date, the new amendments will be applied to all new applications, all applications in process for which a final decision…

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I overstayed in U.S. for 2 years and was recently denied a U.S. visa, what should I do?

September 24, 2011

Since you overstayed for almost 2 years, you are considered inadmissible to the U.S. and you are automatically subject to a 10 year bar from returning to the U.S. However, there is hope. You may apply for a waiver of inadmissibility (I-192 and/or I-212, depending on your situation). I presume that you have disclosed this…

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