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Essential Businesses Allowed to Cross the US/Canada Border: Covid-19 Outbreak

By CaseyApril 5, 2020
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Beginning on March 22, 2020 the United States and Canada decided to go through with their plan to close the US/Canada border to non-essential businesses in attempt to stop the Coronavirus outbreak. The exception for traffic deemed “essential” as well as for trade transportation between the two countries announced appear to be an effort to […]

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Latest Updates on Coronavirus Impact on Canadian Immigration

By CaseyApril 5, 2020
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Note: This page is constantly being updated. Please visit regularly for the most recent information. Read about VisaPlace’s statement on operating during the Coronavirus pandemic. *Update 4/1: New immigrants have been stopped from coming to Prince Edward Island under the provincial nominee program until further notice because of the COVID-19 outbreak. *Update 3/26: Temporary foreign […]

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How the Coronavirus Will Affect US Immigration

By CaseyMarch 30, 2020
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Note: This page is constantly being updated. Please visit regularly for the most recent information. Read about VisaPlace’s statement on operating during the Coronavirus pandemic. *March 30 Update: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it will reuse previously submitted biometrics in order to process valid Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, extension requests due to the […]

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Can Temporary Residents Travel to Canada During Coronavirus Travel Ban?

By CaseyMarch 25, 2020
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Canada had announced previously that the only people allowed to enter Canada will be Permanent Residents and Citizens of Canada. Recently they retracted their statement by exempting International Students and Foreign Workers. International students are exempt from Canada’s Coronavirus travel ban as long as they have a valid study permit or have been approved for […]

Alyssa Lowe

By CaseyMarch 19, 2020

With a dual role as Client Services Manager and HR Generalist, Alyssa has the ability to work closely with both clientele and her colleagues on the VisaPlace team. Her focus is to provide optimal customer service as well as to assist the VisaPlace team with furthering their rapid growth. Alyssa works closely with the Director […]

Nadia Bakhtiari

By CaseyMarch 19, 2020

As an Associate Lawyer, Nadia assists with matters relating to litigation (RPD, RAD, ID, IAD, FC), humanitarian-based immigration, temporary residence (visiting, studying, working), express entry, and any other matters related to obtaining permanent residency. Nadia is client-focused, passionate, and is committed to helping clients realize their dreams in Canada.  Nadia received a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) […]

Zainab Jamal

By CaseyMarch 20, 2020

Since being called to the Bar of Ontario, Zainab has been exclusively practicing in the area of Canadian immigration, citizenship and refugee law. As such, Zainab has extensive experience advising and representing clients in various immigration applications. As an Associate Lawyer and Team Leader for VisaPlace’s affiliate, Niren and Associates, Zainab’s practice focuses on a […]

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Can I Travel to the US in April 2020?

By CaseyMarch 31, 2020
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March 20 Update: The US and Mexico announced they’re limiting nonessential travel across their shared border to curb movement during the pandemic. Exceptions include traveling for medical purposes or work, or to attend school, among others, according to a regulation notice set to be published March 24. The US also took the step of barring entry […]

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Hundreds of Anti- Pipeline Protesters Block Ontario Border

By CaseyFebruary 27, 2020

Beginning Monday afternoon on February 16, Indigenous Canadian citizens protesting a natural-gas pipeline in northern British Columbia, blocked access to a border crossing in eastern Ontario. This resulted in Thousand Island Bridge and the border in that area itself being shut down for about 3 hours. For hundreds of years, the Wet’suwet’en have laid claim […]

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Can a Person Enter Canada After Being Deported from the US?

By CaseyFebruary 14, 2020
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If you have been deported from the United States for any reason it could have devastating repercussions. During your deportation or removal, the agent officer will tell you how long you must stay outside of the US. Typically a border or immigration officer will require five, ten, 20 or forever until you can return. Depending […]

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Iranian Student Detained in US Airport

By CaseyFebruary 12, 2020
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An Iranian graduate student who planned to attend Michigan State University was detained at Detroit Metro Airport on Sunday, denied entry into the United States, then returned home, his attorney said. Alireza Yazdani, 27, was on a flight leaving Detroit on Monday, a day after he was detained and questioned by authorities. He had been […]

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Ontario Seeks More Immigrants to Work in Manufacturing

By CaseyJanuary 30, 2020
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Ontario has found itself in grave need for industrial workers. These foreign workers would include holding jobs such as painters, sewing-machine operators and electronic assemblers. Ontario is so desperate for these types of workers that they are promising them permanent residency in exchange for a job in manufacturing. The only requirement is that these newcomers […]

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Should a Canadian Receive a Pardon for Minor Crimes?

By CaseyJanuary 28, 2020
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Though most pardons are for minor crimes, Canadians can be given pardons, or record suspensions, for many serious crimes — in the most recent year, pardons were granted for manslaughter, kidnapping, attempted murder, hostage-taking and arson with disregard for human life, among other things. A senior RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) officer wrote, “When a Canadian […]

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Should I Sign My Child’s Passport?

By CaseyJanuary 16, 2020
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Melissa Biggs from Kingston, Ontario is warning parents travelling with young children not to sign their child’s passport because it will result in the passport being invalid. Biggs signed her infant son’s passport at a U.S. airport in March last year, as she was told to do by the TSA agent in order to board […]

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Nova Scotia Approves Record Number of Immigrants in 2019

By CaseyJanuary 14, 2020
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In 2019, Nova Scotia had a record level of immigration, claiming to target workers in specific branches. As of Dec. 27, the Office of Immigration had approved 2,780 applications from workers in key sectors, including health care. That’s up 21 percent compared to 2018 and a more than 300 percent increase from 2013. Since 2018, […]

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