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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...

May 10, 2013

Additional Employer Information Required for Labour Market Opinion Applications

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced today that it will be re-opening the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) allowing for the s...

May 10, 2013

Program for Sponsoring Parents and Grandparents for Permanent Residence in Canada Re-opens January 2, 2014

While the U.S. Immigrant Investor Program has come under closer scrutiny lately, criticized for granting immigrants with at least $500,000 an easy ...

May 9, 2013

Increasing Number of Families Reunited in 2012

The federal government has continued to implement changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) in their effort to preserve the integrity ...

May 7, 2013

Family Class immigration rates up 15% in 2012

On May 8, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced an extension of the Pilot Project which provides for the issuance of two-year open wor...

May 6, 2013

Federal Skilled Worker Program Sets New Selection Criteria for Permanent Residence Applications

On May 4, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada re-opened the Federal Skilled Worker Program with new selection criteria. The program introduces a new stream for applicants whose occupations fall under any one of 24 eligible occupations listed by CIC, viewable at: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/backgrounders/2013/2013-04-18.asp

Apr 30, 2013

Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Sweeping reforms to Canada?s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) were announced on April 29, 2013 as part of the government?s Economic Action Plan.

Apr 19, 2013

Minister Kenney launches videos to help newcomers settle

Sweeping reforms to Canada?s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) were announced on April 29, 2013 as part of the government?s Economic Action P...

Apr 18, 2013

Information for Applicants to the New Federal Skilled Worker Program

A pause on the intake of applications to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) in place since July 1, 2012 will be lifted on May 4, 2013 with a re-established eligible occupations stream.

Apr 8, 2013

Demand for H-1B visas in the U.S. jumps

A pause on the intake of applications to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) in place since July 1, 2012 will be lifted on May 4, 2013 with a...

Apr 1, 2013

Canada Open for Business to Start-Up Entrepreneurs

The MICC in Quebec has announced that the suspension of the receipt of applications under certain PR categories will be extended from April 1, 2013...

Apr 1, 2013

Quebec Announces Extension to the Suspension of Certain Permanent Residence Applications

Demand for the H-1B visa, which permits foreign workers to work temporarily in specialty occupations in the U.S., is so high this year that the U....