Questions & Answers

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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LMO and Work Permit Application Updates

October 5, 2012

Disclaimer: The contents below are provided for general information only and does not constitute legal advice. Readers should consult a competent lawyer when dealing with their legal matters. Jeff Li is not responsible for any actions taken by reliance on the information provided in this article, nor for any consequences associated with such actions.  …

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CIC stops accepting parental sponsorship applications – To cut backlog and wait times

November 4, 2011

Ottawa, November 4, 2011 — The Government of Canada is taking immediate action to cut the backlog and wait times for sponsored parents and grandparents, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. Currently, more than 165,000 parents and grandparents who have applied to become permanent residents of Canada are still waiting for a…

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I am a U.S. green card holder and I am planning to travel outside the states for a few months. What should I pay attention to?

November 2, 2011

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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My application for permanent residency is taking very long time and CIC will not tell me the reason for the delay. What Can I do?

September 7, 2011

There may be various reasons for the delay. Often times your application is placed in a long queue in the CIC backlog, and your file might be stuck at the criminal/security or medical check stage. When CIC processes immigration applications, they are responsible only for assessing whether the applicants qualify for a specific immigration class…

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Can the spouse of a work permit holder in Canada apply for an open work permit?

August 27, 2011

Yes. The spouse may apply for an open work permit provided that the principal work permit holder is engaged in a position with skill level 0, A or B under the National Occupation Classification. Further, the work permit of the principal foreign worker must be valid for at least 6 months. If the principal foreign…

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What is an Arranged Employment Opinion (AEO)? And what is the current processing time for AEO applications?

July 25, 2011

An AEO is a document issued by Service Canada in support of a person’s application under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). Applicants with a valid AEO will score extra points in the FSWP point schedule. More importantly, they are not subject to the caps imposed on the FSWP since June 2010. Unlike the Labour…

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What are the 29 “priority occupations” for the Federal Skilled Worker Program?

June 27, 2011

Since June 26, 2010 and with an exception, only applicants with an occupation listed on the 29 “Priority Occupations” are eligible to apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Program. The only exception to this requirement is that applicants have received a valid job offer, including those who have obtained an Arranged Employment Opinion, and those…

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Due to the strike at Canada Post, I cannot mail out my application to renew my temporary resident status that has expired, what can I do?

June 23, 2011

To maintain your legal status in Canada, you need to ensure that the CIC receives your application before your status expires. For this you may consider using courier or online application. A little bit good news is that, if your status expired during the suspension of postal services and the options above are not available…

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