immigration law

  • Re-opening at the IAD; justice overcomes nonsense

    Jul 15, 2019

    One of the most confusing aspects of reporting conditions for a non-citizen in Canada under reporting terms is the simple fact that Canada Border Services Agency and the Immigration and Refugee Board are not the same entities.

  • Quebec’s immigration reforms aim to address labour shortages

    Quebec’s immigration reforms aim to address labour shortages

    Jun 19, 2019

    Quebec’s recent immigration reform bill gives the province more control over immigration.

  • SCC forces habeus corpus into the scandalous immigration detention review process

    May 20, 2019

    In Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness) v. Chhina, 2019 SCC 29, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld the ancient writ of habeas corpus as having direct application to non-citizens held in immigration detention — held as in held and held and held and held for lengthy, protracted periods of detention with no apparent hope of release

  • New program will train immigration and citizenship consultants

    New program will train immigration and citizenship consultants

    May 2, 2019

    Queen’s University Faculty of Law and Université de Sherbrooke are developing a new program to train immigration and citizenship consultants

  • Lawyers criticize government for misleading information on Legal Aid Ontario

    Lawyers criticize government for misleading information on Legal Aid Ontario

    Apr 25, 2019

    A number of lawyers spoke out in support of Legal Aid Ontario at Queen’s Park, saying the provincial government has released incorrect figures that are misleading the public about the number of clients it serves.

  • LAO keeps three refugee law service offices open, amidst cuts

    LAO keeps three refugee law service offices open, amidst cuts

    Apr 16, 2019

    Legal Aid Ontario says that for now it plans to keep three legal centres that offer refugee law services, despite an announcement that the province will no longer provide funding for the services.

  • The Federal Court slices and dices more Harper law

    Apr 15, 2019

    Canadian Courts have been systematically erasing the Harper legacy in immigration and refugee law since Harper relinquished power to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his crew in 2015 – and rightly so. Now we have a new rebuke of human rights law carrying the stain of political whims – an apt description of how Harper’s government carried on refugee law. Whims usually don’t lead to smart decision-making. Perhaps even less so when those whims are politically driven, and not based on reason, logic or any sense of compassion.

  • New rules for immigrant caregivers lessen exploitation

    Mar 11, 2019

    Canada had a program to bring nannies into Canada to care for children or adults who could not care for themselves. The program worked, more or less effectively, for decades. The nanny had to have a high school degree, basic English skills and either a six-month training program in a related field or one year of relevant work experience. The nanny could then come to Canada to work for the family who had sponsored them and then qualify for permanent residency if they had lived in and worked under their work permits for two years of a four-year period.

  • The power of language: How a regulatory impact analysis statement kept a family united

    Jan 28, 2019

    Sometimes in immigration law, the small victories go unnoticed. They slide by with no grand fanfare, press conferences or lawyers slapping themselves on the back in a self-congratulatory orgy of promotion. Sometimes, the law is simply corrected, an injustice made right and we move on.

  • Goodale owes hero, not public-safety threat, an apology

    Dec 17, 2018

    Through his bureaucrats, and by signing the decision directly, Ralph tried to do Than Soe harm for an act of profound heroism 29 years ago.

  • Criminal equivalency under IRPA: A crime is a crime is a crime, unless it’s a crime in the U.S.

    Oct 22, 2018

    Criminal equivalency under immigration law is the art of judging a criminal law conviction rendered beyond our borders by a legal system that is foreign to ours. It is art because it requires a nuanced assessment of that foreign legal system and the nature of the crime convicted or committed, which can be two different things. It is often misunderstood, confused and complex — and yes, it is the job of the immigration division of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada — those folks that also keep people detained for no better reason than the whims of the Canada Border Services Agency — to render such decisions.

  • Starseed GC educating employers on medicinal cannabis

    Starseed GC educating employers on medicinal cannabis

    Sep 25, 2018

    As with many general counsel in the cannabis industry in Canada, Jason Alexander is juggling all the issues in-house in the sector face every day, including whether or not travelling to the United States is a good idea right now.

  • The rights of foreign-trained workers just got stronger

    Sep 24, 2018

    When a young and enthusiastic international medical school graduate student arrives in Canada, they are largely unprepared for what lies ahead.

  • Adapting to change: Top Ten Immigration Boutiques

    Adapting to change: Top Ten Immigration Boutiques

    Sep 10, 2018

    Immigration boutiques have evolved to serve their clients as legislative and political priorities shift

  • Adapting to change: Top Ten Immigration Boutiques

    Adapting to change: Top Ten Immigration Boutiques

    Sep 10, 2018

    Immigration boutiques have evolved to serve their clients as legislative and political priorities shift

  • Through the lens of compassion; new decisions on the meaning of s. 25

    Aug 20, 2018

    Over the past year, the Federal Court, in a small but growing list of decisions, has signaled that the effect of the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Kanthasamy v. MCI is finally making a difference in decisions rendered under s. 25 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

  • Roma man allowed to stay in Canada, says federal AG

    Roma man allowed to stay in Canada, says federal AG

    Aug 13, 2018

    An Ontario lawyer has successfully persuaded the federal Minister of Justice not to extradite a 49-year-old man wanted in Romania.

  • Those working in Canada’s legal cannabis industry at risk entering U.S.

    Those working in Canada’s legal cannabis industry at risk entering U.S.

    Jul 25, 2018

    Even while cannabis use and sale is legal and regulated in several U.S. states, those employed at legal and licensed Canadian cannabis companies could face denial of entry and lifetime bans from the U.S. if they tell a border official where they work, say immigration lawyers.

  • Attracting foreign workers

    Attracting foreign workers

    Jul 9, 2018

    Immigration lawyers say federal and provincial business immigration programs have improved but challenges remain.

  • Feds need to end detention of children, say human rights groups

    Feds need to end detention of children, say human rights groups

    Jul 6, 2018

    Human rights groups are calling on Ottawa to reform the immigrant detention system by legislating against indefinite detention, detaining non-citizens with mental health conditions and eliminating the detention of children.