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Nov 12, 2013

Annual Cap on Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Applications

Overturning an earlier decision of the Immigration Division, the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD) has held that cultural context should be conside...

Nov 12, 2013

Cultural context must be considered when assessing the genuineness of a marriage, the IAD has ruled

Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has announced that, effective today, Czech nationals are not required to obtain a temporary resident visa (TRV...

Oct 30, 2013

CIC Tackling Live-In Caregiver Program Backlog

By the end of 2014, the backlog of Parent and Grandparent program applications will be 50 percent lower than two years ago, Citizenship and Immigra...

Oct 30, 2013

IC Makes Progress: Backlog of Parent and Grandparent sponsorship applications reduced, new applications to be accepted in January 2014

On November 8, 2013, Citizenship Immigration Canada (CIC) announced that from November 9, 2013 to October 31, 2014 they will accept a maximum of 12...

Oct 25, 2013

Federal Skilled Trades class: cap updates, certification requirements and valid offers of employment

Minister Alexander announced today that ?wait times in the Live-In Caregiver Program have grown to levels that are unacceptable to caregivers?. Con...

Oct 22, 2013

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Announces New Visa Stream

Citizenship and Immigration Canada?s overall cap for Federal Skilled Trades applications between May 4, 2013 and April 30, 2014 is 3,000. Citizensh...

Oct 11, 2013

Hon. Jason Kenney to tackle Canada's skills mismatch

Beginning October 26, 2013, CIC will begin accepting applications under the new Business Incubator stream Start-Up Visa (SUV) Program. Minister Chr...

Oct 2, 2013

U.S. Government Shutdown Affect Immigration via Department of Labour

After thanking Green and Spiegel's founding partner Mendel Green for his introduction at an Economic Club of Canada luncheon on October 8, former I...

Sep 27, 2013

Tentative Deal Reached with Canada's Foreign Service Workers

As of 12:00am on October 1, 2013, the U.S. Government has gone into shutdown mode. Specifically, there is a budget impasse in Congress and until it...

Aug 21, 2013

Possible U.S. President Contender is a Canadian, says Partner Stephen Green

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is "a Canadian" says Green and Spiegel partner Stephen Green in a recent article of the Globe and Mail. The Texas Republic Senator, who is being touted as a possible presidential candidate for 2016

Aug 1, 2013

Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) came into effect on July 31, 2013

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is "a Canadian" says Green and Spiegel partner Stephen Green in a recent article of the Globe and Mail. The Texas Republic Se...

Jul 8, 2013

New Visa Application Centre (VAC) is opening in New York City on July 10th, 2013

The changes to the TWFP announced by the Government of Canada in its Economic Action Plan 2013 were aimed at strengthening and improving the TFW Pr...

Jul 3, 2013

New 10-year ePassports are now available to Canadians

The VAC will be located on 6th Avenue at West 55th Street and will accept temporary resident visa applications, work permit applications, study per...

Jun 27, 2013

Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act becomes law, resulting in significant changes to admissibility, appeals and humanitarian and compassionate considerations

According to Minister Jason Kenney, the new 10-year ePassport will provide more convenience and would facilitate safe and secure travel for Canadia...

Jun 11, 2013

Employers of Foreign Workers Face Increased Requirements and Conditions Under Proposed Amendments to Canada?s Temporary Foreign Worker Program

On June 19, 2013, the Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act (FRFCA) received royal assent. The new provisions will result in important changes to...

Jun 6, 2013

Foreign Service Officers at Twelve Canadian Missions Walk of the Job

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced this week that a re-testing option will be made available to citizenship applicants who fail the...

Jun 6, 2013

Citizenship and Immigration Canada announces new re-testing option for Citizenship Test

On June 8, 2013 the Government of Canada published a number of proposed amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations that will ...

Jun 3, 2013

Green and Spiegel lawyers Karen Jensen and Jonathan Grode explain how to avoid stumbling blocks in acquiring TN status in the U.S.

Immigration Officers, stationed at 12 Canadian missions abroad, walked off the job on June 6th, 2013 in the most significant escalation since Forei...

May 23, 2013

U.S Immigrant Investor Program can be the Wild West without proper advice

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced on May 22, 2013 operational guidelines for implementing the four-year maximum for Temporary ...

May 23, 2013

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Implements Four-Year Maximum for Temporary Foreign Workers

In the May 2013 issue of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) New Members? Newsletter, Green & Spiegel U.S. lawyers Karen Jensen...