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Consistency Increases Interview Waivers and Approval in the Canadian Immigration Process

March 3, 2008

With the use of the simplified application forms, eventually  Canadian Immigration visa officers request a complete set of application forms and supporting documents.  It is most important that the information on the complete set of application forms is consistent with the information initially supplied on the simplified application forms.  If any information requires a revision, it would be prudent to provide an explanation for the change from what was on the simplified form.  Consistency is important in maintaining credibility, as unexplained material changes will rightfully create a doubt in the  Canadian Immigration visa officer regarding the truthfulness of the evidence submitted.  With the presentation of verifiable and objective evidence, consistent with the data provided in the application forms, the likelihood of a waiver of interview and approval of the application will increase.

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Change in Marital Status During the Canadian Immigration Application Process

February 27, 2008

It is very important to remember that if a person who has applied alone for Canadian permanent resident status gets married or has lived with a partner for twelve consecutive months before becoming a permanent resident of Canada, then the potential Canadian immigrant MUST advise the visa post of the change in marital status prior to landing in Canada. It is not an option as those applying for immigration to Canada must confirm their marital status on the day they land in Canada. If someone lands as a single person when in fact they are married or have a common-law partner, they risk losing their Canadian permanent resident status in the future, especially if they attempt to then sponsor their spouse or common-law partner for Canadian Immigration.

Permanent Residence Card Renewals

February 22, 2008

Now that it has been over five years since the new Regulations for Canadian immigration were introduced, many permanent residents find it necessary to apply to renew their Canadian permanent resident cards. The volume of these applications submitted to the Sydney Case Processing Centre has greatly increased, from 150 applications per week back in April of 2007 to 1900 applications per week as of January 2008. Persons who need to extend their permanent resident cards should allow at least seventy days for the issuance of the new cards.

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Canadian/US Refugee Claims On Hold

February 14, 2008

The Canadian government is appealing a recent Federal Court of Canada decision concerning the ability of refugee claimants already in the USA to commence refugee claims in Canada. As a result of a stay of the decision pending the outcome of the appeal, persons currently in the USA are prohibited from commencing refugee claims in Canada. The Canadian and American governments passed legislation preventing persons in one of the two countries from applying for refugee status in the other, believing that the legislation would prevent an abuse of the refugee system. Opponents of the legislation in Canada seek to enable persons who are in the USA or whose refugee claim in the USA has been refused, to commence a refugee claim in Canada. The Federal Court of Appeal has a thorny issue to resolve as it will have great implications on Canadian immigration procedure.

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Study Permits and Postgraduate Work Permits

February 11, 2008

Persons who have studied in Canada with a valid study permit may apply for a postgraduate work permit following the completion of their course of study. Those people who have attended postsecondary institutions outside of the Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver areas who intend to work outside of those areas can obtain postgraduate work permits for a two year period of time. Persons who have studied in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver or who intend to work in one of those cities can obtain postgraduate work permits for a one year period of time. Prior to the expiration of the postgraduate work permit, a person would require a labour market opinion from Human Resources Skills Development Canada before being able to extend the work permit.

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Immigration and Language Proficiency

February 7, 2008

Prior to June 2002, a Canadian immigration applicant’s language ability was assessed at an interview with a visa officer. Now under the current Regulations, an applicant for immigration to Canada can submit evidence of English language ability with results from the IELTS examination; and evidence of French language ability with results from the TEF examination. Often, clients choose to submit alternate evidence of their language ability, which our firm strongly discourages. If a visa officer at the Canadian Consulate cannot assign full marks for English or French based on the alternate evidence submitted, a request for IELTS or TEF will be made to give the Canadian immigration applicant the opportunity to submit the test results. However, other visa offices may render a decision based on the alternate evidence provided, without giving the opportunity to provide IELTS or TEF results, which could result in the refusal of the application. For this reason, Abrams & Krochak strongly advises its Canada immigration clients to submit IELTS or TEF results when required to do so and not to submit alternate evidence of language proficiency.

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