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Medical Examination Requirements for Canadian Immigration – Sponsored Spouses

April 17, 2008

The medical examination of a spouse being sponsored continues to frustrate some of our clients. A person being sponsored must go to a designated medical practitioner (“DMP”) whose name appears on the list of DMPs published by the Canadian government. The DMP forwards the results of the examination to the proper authorities but provides the potential Canadian immigrant with the IMM1017EFC form. This form is green in colour and must be submitted with the application to sponsor when submitted to the Mississauga Case Processing Centre. If a potential Canadian immigrant is having the examination completed by a DMP inside Canada, but is having processing of the spousal sponsorship completed outside of Canada, it is very important to advise the DMP before the examination to ensure that the DMP has the proper IMM1017EFC form to provide to the immigrant. Without the IMM1017EFC form, the Mississauga Case Processing Centre will return the application to sponsor and processing for Canadian immigration will not proceed.

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New Canadian Immigration Legislation Will Shorten Wait and Backlog

April 13, 2008

The governments response to the criticism of its negatively perceived new Canadian immigration legislation is that it believes these changes will shorten the wait and backlog. In truth they may be more interested in serving Canadian Business needs by trying to bring qualified business immigrants to Canada more quickly. Most Canadians, if asked would probably agree with the concept, but we believe they would not agree with amending the Regulations with significant policy changes whose manner of implementation is yet to be revealed, and making those changes retroactive to all applications received since February 27, 2008. The government has suggested that there will be an opportunity for Canadian immigration stakeholder groups to speak out about the proposed changes before the finance committee and they will have an opportunity to clarify some of what they call “misinformation” about the amendments to the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

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New Canadian Immigration Legislation Survives Key Vote

April 10, 2008

On April 9, 2008, the Conservative government’s new immigration legislation survived a key vote in the Canadian House of Commons, despite an attempt by the New Democrats to block the controversial reforms. Members of Parliament voted against the NDP motion that strove to block the Conservative budget implementation bill, which contains the new legislation to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. New Democrat and Bloc Quebecois MPs supported the confidence motion, while Conservatives and Liberals opposed it. An election would have been triggered if the motion had passed. Though the Liberals have slammed the reforms, calling them regressive and designed to attack immigrants, they were not expected to vote against them. But they have not ruled out doing so in future, as the budget bill is expected to face several more confidence votes, each of which could bring down the government. Once they become law, the proposed legislative amendments would give the government discretion to pick and choose which applicants to fast track or block, which critics argue gives the government too much power as there is the potential for discrimination.

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Amendments to Clear Backlog of Canadian Immigration Applications

April 2, 2008

The proposed legislative amendments are intended to cut through the back log of Canadian immigration applications that has grown to 900,000. As the opposition Liberals appear prepared to support the budget to avoid a federal election, it is likely the budget will pass and the proposed changes to the Canadian immigration application process will become law. It remains to be seen, however, how the implementation of new rules for all Canadian immigration applications received on or after February 27, 2008 will be received by those who submitted applications, unaware of the pending changes only introduced into Parliament on March 14, 2008.

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Immigration Minister Comments On Proposed Changes to Canadian Immigration Application Process

March 30, 2008

Immigration Minister Diane Finley defended her government’s proposed amendments to how the government will select new Canadians during a televised exchange on March 23, 2008.  The amendments came as part of the proposed federal budget tabled on March 14, 2008.  Critics argue that the changes will give the government unprecedented power over who  will be accepted  for immigration into Canada, however,  the Minister responded  be saying that the changes will enable the government to bring  potential Canadian immigrants with badly needed skills into Canada sooner by enabling Canada immigration visa officers  to accelerate the processing of some applications regardless of when they were received. A vote in Parliament is expected on this issue by mid April.

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Proposed Changes to Canadian Immigration Application Process

March 25, 2008

The proposed legislative changes to the way in which skilled worker applications for Canadian immigration are processed should have been enacted to take effect some time after the changes became law. Furthermore, it would have been preferable had the government published the types of applications it intends to fast track in advance of enacting the changes to provide more transparency to the selection system. Once the budget has passed, we hope to have more information regarding the nature of the proposed changes to the selection system for the applications for Canadian immigration, permanent residence in the skilled worker system.

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