Immigration News

Top 5 Immigration Changes in 2015

2015 is looking to be a year of significant changes in the immigration law field.  Here are 5 important changes that may affect you (or people you know):  1. The new Express Entry system will allow many people to qualify for permanent residence (PR) who may not have been able to do so before. However,

The government just announced today that some applicants who apply for permanent residence under the Inland Spousal Sponsorship category will be able to obtain work permits before they receive approval in principal. Here are some things that applicants will need to have to qualify: The applicant and sponsor have submitted an Inland Spousal Sponsorship application. 

The government will bring in sweeping changes to permanent residence applications under economic class programs on January 1 (see here for information we had posted previously on the upcoming Express Entry System http://www.lmlawgroup.com/news/2014/12/2/new-express-entry-rules). At Long Mangalji, we have been working hard to find out what these changes will mean for our clients. We have recently

The government has announced that parental sponsorships will open again on January 2, 2015.  The quota for 2015 will be 5000 like last year.  Here are some things to keep in mind if you plan on sponsoring your parents or grandparents: The quota is very limited.  Last year, 5000 spots were filled in a matter

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New Express Entry Rules

Yesterday, the government finally announced the new rules for the Express Entry System which will come into effect on January 1, 2015.  The Express Entry system will govern permanent residence applications which are submitted under the economic categories of the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Provincial Nominee Programs, and the Federal

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New Caregiver Program Rules

Last Friday, the government announced major changes to the Caregiver Program, with the new rules to apply on November 30, 2014. The former Live-In Caregiver Program will be divided into two programs: Caregivers who take care of children Caregivers who take care of seniors or persons with disabilities or critical illness  Here’s a rundown of

Upcoming Student Seminars

Together with student groups at universities and colleges throughout Ontario, Long Mangalji will be offering free immigration seminars to international students this fall.  Come and join us if you are a member of one of the following groups:    McMaster University, International Graduate Students Association Date: October 8  Time: 4:00-6:00 pm Place: Council Chambers room,

The government is pressing on with its overhaul of the immigration system, and major changes coming in the new year will make permanent residence applications more difficult. Starting January 2015, applications for PR under the Economic Class programs (Federal Skilled Worker/Trades, Canadian Experience Class, and the Provincial Nominee programs) will be processed under the new

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The Toronto Star has reported a story about one of our clients today.  You can find the article here.  Here are some more details about the case: A few months ago, we met an amazing woman who had fled an extremely abusive relationship in Botswana.  She came to us after her refugee claim had been

Navigating the New Citizenship Act Rules

Although the new Citizenship Act amendments were passed on June 20, 2014, most of the provisions are not yet in force.  This means that if you submit your application before the government enforces the new changes, you will likely be assessed under the old rules.    If you want to submit an application for Canadian

Dependant Child Definition to Change

Citizenship and Immigration Canada will be changing the definition of dependant children for immigration applications this Friday, August 1, 2014.  All applications submitted after this date for temporary and permanent residence will be affected. Here is the new definition of a dependant child:  A child who is under the age of 19 (previously it was

This summer has been heating up with new rules for international students.  In one of our previous posts we had told you about the new rules regarding study permits and off-campus work permits that came into place on June 1, 2014.  Recently, the government cancelled the post-graduate LMO recruiting exemption for international students who are

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