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Canada Immigration Blogs by Attorney David Cohen


Citizenship Takes a Back Seat

November 27th, 2013

Canada, like most developed countries competes for talented would-be immigrants. Part of what makes Canada desirable is the clear path it offers to citizenship and a Canadian passport. The law stipulates that after residing in Canada for three years, the holder of a permanent resident visa may apply for Canadian citizenship. That much is clear, at least for now. Read More »

The Numbers Don’t Add Up

October 30th, 2013

As noted on CIC News, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration this week tabled the Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration 2013. Not only does the report paint a picture of the current state of affairs in the sphere of Canadian immigration, it also provides a peek as to what’s in store for 2014. Read More »

Something To Think About

September 25th, 2013

Last Saturday’s terrorist attack on innocent men, women and children in a Nairobi shopping mall claimed at least 67 lives, at last report. Tragic as that is, many many more will spend the rest of their lives trying to cope with the images of the carnage they survived. Read More »

Let the Court Decide (Que la Cour statue)

August 29th, 2013


I thank my colleague and good friend Mario Bellissimo for bringing the following quotes to my attention.

“…That is a principle of Canadian law that is sacrosanct…you can’t revise things retroactively.” Read More »

Monkey See, Monkey Do (Singe qui voit, singe qui fait)

July 30th, 2013


Taking a page from the Federal government’s book on unethical behaviour, the provincial lawmakers in Quebec City recently made it clear that they too can play fast and loose with the lives of would-be immigrants. Read More »

When Objectives Compete

June 26th, 2013

Until quite recently, Canadian immigration law and Canadian immigration policy were in sync, when it came to keeping families together.

The law, as it is laid out in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) states that one of its objectives is “to see that families are reunited in Canada.” Likewise, government policy, as noted in manuals published by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) instructs visa officers to avoid splitting or separating families at the time of selection. Read More »

Hurry Up and Wait

May 29th, 2013

Most readers are far too young to identify with the expression “hurry up and wait”. This expression dates back to the 1940’s and was used to describe the non-combat daily lives of infantrymen during World War II. Nowadays, the same expression applies to preparing for the Canadian immigration process. Read More »

For the Price of a Cup of Coffee

April 30th, 2013

Ponder the following questions:

Why haven’t we seen a drop in unemployment rates for certain groups of job-seekers – recent graduates, new immigrants, aboriginals, the unemployed?

Why aren’t wages increasing, even in high demand occupations?

Why don’t people move from one part of the country to another for a job?

The answer to all of these questions, at least in part, can be found in Canada’s increased reliance on temporary foreign workers. This is especially the case when it comes to workers in lower-wage jobs. Read More »

Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

March 27th, 2013

Citizenship and Immigration Canada is patting itself on the back these days for having reduced the backlog of permanent resident applications by forty percent since its high water mark in 2008. Read More »

What’s in a Name?

February 27th, 2013

When it comes to Canadian immigration, actually quite a bit is in a name, especially if the name is “Murphy” or “Sharma”.

Canada has become a magnet for young unemployed and underemployed workers from Ireland. The Murphys of the world and their countrymen have seen a dramatic rise in their fortunes when it comes to Canadian immigration. They are among the beneficiaries of Canada’s International Experience Class (IEC) of immigration. Under the program, Irish citizens below the age of 36, can come and work in Canada for up to two years, without a prearranged job. After one year of skilled work in Canada, they can apply for a Canadian permanent resident visa. Read More »

Pre-February 28th, 2008 Applicants Have Had Their Day in Court

January 30th, 2013

Earlier this month, the Federal Court heard arguments in a number of joined cases against the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration in relation to the government’s plan to terminate almost 98,000 Skilled Worker permanent resident applications. Including dependents, some 280,000 people will be affected by the court’s decision. Read More »

The Measure of Canada’s Compassion?

January 3rd, 2013

It is a trite, but true, saying that the measure of a society lies in its treatment of its weakest and most helpless citizens. By this standard Canada comes up quite small, particularly when you consider the treatment accorded to one young and extremely vulnerable Canadian citizen. Read More »