Immigration

Updates for 2018 Parent/Grandparent Sponsorship Program

The Parent and Grandparents sponsorship program re-opened for online expressions of interest from January 2 to February 1, 2018. On March 19, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) emailed out invitations to potential sponsors who were randomly selected to submit their sponsorship application.

Potential sponsors will have 60 days from the date of their invitation to submit a complete application.

Some key points to note:

  • Individuals who submitted the online form are urged to check their email inbox and junk mail, or to look up their unique confirmation number using IRCC's list of selected numbers here.  
  • Invitations are not transferrable; you cannot use an invitation to sponsor another parent/grandparent who was not listed in the initial online form.
  • It is vital to ensure that you provide proof of meeting eligibility criteria and that your application is submitted without any mistakes to avoid refused/rejected applications and thereby having to start again and re-enter the pool of interested sponsors.

Interested individuals who did not receive an invitation letter should continue to monitor their email for news on further draws. If IRCC does not receive 10,000 complete applications, additional potential sponsors will be invited to apply later in the year.

To speak with one of our lawyers to discuss your case, contact us at (416) 548-9101 or by email at inquiries@lmlawgroup.com.

Updates to Ontario's Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) for 2018

With the start of the new year, Ontario has announced some changes to their provincial nominee program. Here are some of the key details:

  • Ontario's nomination allocation has increased by 600 to 6,600 for the year 2018
  • An applicant has 45 calendar days from the day they receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) to submit their Human Capital Priorities application
  • To-date, Ontario has only issued NOIs to applicants with express entry profiles created on January 1, 2018 or after
  • The eligibility requirements for the PhD graduate stream now include 1. settlement funds and 2. residency in Ontario for a period of 12 months in the 2 years before submission

On January 18, most nomination streams re-opened and Ontario resumed issuing Notifications of Interest. The Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate streams re-opened on January 29, with the Masters' stream remaining open for only 1.5 hours before being paused for reaching the intake level.

Given the popularity of the program, it has become vital to prepare early to ensure that your application is submitted as soon as possible and without mistakes. To speak with one of our lawyers to discuss your case, contact us at (416) 548-9101 or inquiries@lmlawgroup.com.

New Citizenship Rules to be In Force

The wait is almost over!

Many of the integral changes to the Citizenship Act brought by Bill C6 will be coming into force on Wednesday, 11 October 2017. The main changes include:

1. The requirement for physical residency in Canada will now be changed to 3 out of the 5 years preceding the application date.

2. Time spent in Canada prior to becoming a permanent resident will count towards the 3-year residency requirement. Applicants may count each day spent in Canada as a temporary resident as a half-day, up to a maximum of 1 year, and;

3. Language and citizenship knowledge tests will only be required for those applicants who are between 18 and 54 years of age.

For more information or to book a consultation to determine whether you or someone you know can apply for citizenship, contact us at (416) 548-9101 or at inquiries@lmlawgroup.com

Ontario PNP Quotas Filled for 2016

The Ontario government has just announced that its quotas for accepting most applications under its provincial nominee program (OINP) are full.  The following applications will no longer be accepted for at least the next 6 months and will be returned:     

  • Masters and PhD Graduate program applications submitted after May 9, 2016.

  • Invitations for the Express Entry stream for those in the Human Capital Priority Stream (Express Entry applicants with over 400 CRS points) will no longer be issued during this period.  Invitations for those in the French-speaking stream are still being issued.

  • Employer Pre-screen applications for Foreign Workers and International Graduates submitted after May 9, 2016.  Those applications with Employer Pre-screens approved are still able to submit their applications within the 60 day deadline period.

If you are affected by these changes, contact us at (416) 548-9101, or at inquiries@lmlawgroup.com.  

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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 citizenship, you will probably benefit from submitting your application under the old rules.  Here are some of the upcoming changes you should know about:

1. Under the old rules if you have been in Canada for at least 3 out of 4 years, you can qualify for citizenship.  At least two of these years must be after you became a permanent resident.  One of these years can be from before you became a permanent resident (see number 2 below).

Under the new rules you will have to:

  • be in Canada for at least 4 out of 6 years in order to qualify for citizenship;

  • be in Canada for at least 183 days for each of the four years before your application; and

  • file your income tax for each of the four years before your application.

2. Under the old rules if you have lived in Canada before becoming a permanent resident, you may be able to get up to one year credit of residence towards qualifying for citizenship.

Under the new rules you will no longer be able to get credit for being in Canada before you were a permanent resident.

3. Under the old rules if you're over the of 55 or under the age of 18, you are currently exempt from having to take the Citizenship exam or English exam.

Under the new rules anyone between the ages of 14-65 will be required to write the English exam and take the Citizenship exam.

4. Under the old rules you do not have to show intent to remain in Canada after you apply for citizenship.

Under the new rules you have to show that you intend to remain in Canada after you become a citizen.

Please note: New provisions came into effect on August 1 which only allow complete applications to be accepted for processing.  If your application is incomplete it will be returned to you and will be assessed based on the rules that are in place when you resubmit your application.  

So far, the government has given little warning as to when the new rules will be in effect.  For example, on August 1 the provisions regarding citizenship judge powers, completion of files, and requirements for judicial review came into force on the same day this was announced.  There have been rumors that the new provisions regarding residency will come into force next spring or summer but these are unconfirmed.

It is very important, therefore, if you qualify under the old rules, to submit a complete application as soon as possible.

If you have any questions you can contact us at (416) 548-9101, or at

inquiries@lmlawgroup.com.