General

Our Response to the American Immigration Ban

U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that closed the U.S. border to people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen.  As we have seen in the news, enforcement of the order has unleashed chaos at airports and many people have been left in immigration limbo. 

To assist in responding to this crisis, Long Mangalji is currently offering free immigration consultations to those affected by this order and are interested in exploring immigration options to Canada.

If you are from one of these countries and would like to book a consultation with one of our lawyers, contact us at (416) 548-9101 or inquiries@lmlawgroup.com.

The Year Ahead: Immigration Changes to Look For in 2017

A new year is here and we thought we would take some time to highlight expected changes that are likely to happen to the immigration system in 2017.

Overall Numbers

  • It is projected that 300 000 immigrants will obtain permanent residency this year. This is the same as in 2016.
  • Permanent Residence granted under the economic categories are expected to rise from 160 600 to 172 500. The number of people being accepted through the refugee program is expected to decrease to 40 000 from 55 800. Family sponsorships are expected to increase from 80 000 to 84 000. 

Citizenship

  • The government has proposed Bill C-6,which proposes major changes to the Citizenship Act. Bill C-6 has passed at the House of Commons and has completed second reading before the Senate. On December 15, 2016 it was referred to a Senate committee. We expect that this bill will soon become law. 

Family Sponsorship

  • The government has stated that it will remove the requirement that those being sponsored must cohabit with their sponsor for two years to retain status.
  • The government has stated that the definition of a dependent child will be restored to under 22 years of age. 

Express Entry

  • The changes announced to the express entry program last November drastically altered who received  an Invitation to Apply. In the coming year the government has stated that it may once again make changes to the program by allocating Express Entry points to individuals that speak French and want to work outside Quebec, and also for individuals that have siblings in Canada. No announcements have been made as to when these changes may be implemented.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

  • The OINP has announced that the 2016 cap has been met and that all additional nominations for submitted applications will go towards the 2017 allocation. Since the program stopped accepting new applications many clients have sought out alternatives to the OINP program. No announcements have been made as to when they will re-open the program. 

We are really excited for the up-coming year! Book a consultation with one of our lawyers to determine if these changes will affect you by contacting us at (416) 548-9101 or at inquiries@lmlawgroup.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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, simply qualifying no longer guarantees PR.

2. In April 2015, the "4-in, 4-out rule" for work permits kicks in. If you have worked in Canada for 4 years or more in an occupation that is NOC B, C, or D, you may not be able to renew your work permit after April 2015 until after another 4 years have passed. If this applies to you, it is crucial that you apply for PR immediately.

3. Changes to citizenship rules will likely be in effect sometime in late spring or early summer. If you qualify for citizenship under the current rules, you should apply before the new rules come into effect.

4. The ability for spouses to apply for work permits upon submitting an in-Canada spousal sponsorship application may change strategies for many people. You can talk to us about which type of sponsorship application is best for you.

5. Many provinces will likely make adjustments to their Nominee Programs to accommodate the Express Entry System and the high number of applications. If you qualify for a PNP now, you may need to apply now before the system changes.