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Author Archive - Henry J. Chang

Henry J. Chang is a partner in the business immigration group of Blaney McMurtry LLP. A recognized authority in the field of United States and Canadian immigration law, Mr. Chang lectures extensively on the subject in both the United States and Canada. His written works have appeared in numerous nationally and internationally recognized legal publications, including Immigration Law and Procedure, which has been cited in over 300 federal court decisions. Read more

Notice to TIFF attendees: Watch out for Canada’s immigration laws

As in previous years, the Toronto International Film Festival (“TIFF”) is expected to receive thousands of visitors from around the World. However, many of these visitors are not aware that relatively minor offences can prevent them from entering Canada.

 

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Update on express entry

Since Express Entry began on January 1, 2015, it has been necessary for prospective permanent residents to first receive an Invitation to Apply (“ITA”) before submitting an application for permanent residence under one of the following categories:

 

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How foreign nationals can legally avoid Ontario’s foreign buyer tax

There is no doubt that the NRST (and other Ontario Government initiatives) has caused a significant drop in residential real estate sales. However, it may not have as significant an impact on many foreign nationals.

 

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Government of Canada amends the Citizenship Act

Bill C-6 received royal assent on June 19, 2017 and eases many of the key eligibility requirements for citizenship, including the physical presence requirement and the requirement to demonstrate knowledge of Canada and its official languages. Bill C-6 also eliminates some of the more controversial elements of the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, including the ability to revoke the Canadian citizenship of dual nationals based on national security grounds.

 

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IRCC announces details of global skills strategy

On June 12, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced details of its Global Skills Strategy. First announced in November 2016, the Global Skills Strategy is intended to help promote global investment in Canada and support the Government of Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan.

 

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Important corporate immigration updates

The following are important corporate immigration changes that have been announced in Canada: Cut-off age for dependent children raised; traveling visa-free to Canada for eligible Bulgarians, Romanians, Brazilians; and conditional permanent residence for spouses and partners eliminated.

 

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Update on Express Entry

As of May 17, 2017, IRCC had issued a total of 62 rounds of ITAs under Express Entry. A summary of these rounds are as follows…

 

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Update on Express Entry

As of April 12, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada had issued a total of 59 rounds of Invitation to Apply under Express Entry. A summary of these rounds are as follows…

 

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President Trump’s new travel ban: What you need to know

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new executive order (the “New Order”), implementing a new travel ban. However, unlike the original travel ban (which became effective immediately), the New Order will become effective at 12:01 am EDT, on March 16, 2017. This 10–day delay is intended to provide sufficient time for affected parties (including international airlines and government agencies) to prepare for the ban, in an attempt to avoid the same confusion caused by the original travel ban.

 

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Update on Express Entry

As of January 25, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada had issued a total of 53 rounds of Invitations to Apply under Express Entry.

 

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Temporary Resident Visa requirements lifted: Mexican citizens

As I previously reported, on June 28, 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally announced that the Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) requirement for citizens of Mexico travelling to Canada would be eliminated as of December 1, 2016. Mexican citizens may now enter Canada without first obtaining a TRV from a Canadian embassy or consulate.

 

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Donald Trump presidency: Americans’ escape to Canada

Despite the numerous media reports, which claim (truthfully) that moving to Canada is difficult, there are still many temporary options available to Americans. Any one of these temporary options could allow a disillusioned U.S. citizen to wait out Donald Trump’s presidential term from the comfort of Canada.

 

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Corporate immigration: Update on Express Entry

Since Express Entry began on January 1, 2015, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has issued several rounds of Invitations to Apply (“ITAs”). An ITA allows a foreign national to submit their application for permanent residence under one of the following categories…

 

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Quid pro quo: Barring U.S. citizens from Canada for DUI offenses

Last month, the Canadian media reported on several instances of Canadian citizens being barred from the United States because they admitted to smoking marijuana, even if they had never been charged with or convicted of controlled substance possession. Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale described the banning of Canadians as a “ridiculous situation” that needed to be addressed. However, in order to examine this issue in the proper context, we should consider how the Government of Canada treats United States citizens who seek entry into our country.

 

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Government of Canada announces termination of the eTA leniency period

I previously reported that Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada had published regulations implementing its Electronic Travel Authorization (“eTA”) program. The regulations initially required eTAs to be mandatory as of March 15, 2016. However, the new Liberal Government decided to delay the enforcement of the eTA requirement by implementing a “leniency period.”

 

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