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Canadian Citizenship Fraud Allegedly Perpetrated By Immigration Consultants

By Michael NirenDecember 9, 2019

As reported by Joe Friesen of the Globe and Mail, approximately 300 applications for Canadian citizenship directed to a single address in Mississauga, Ontario are subject of an RCMP Investigation. The suspicion is that applicants who live abroad may have retained the services of  unscrupulous Immigration Consultants to file these applications naming a fake address. […]

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Rules for Immigration to Canada Relaxed for Haitian Applicants

By Michael NirenDecember 7, 2020

New Rules for Haitian Immigrants As has been reported, the Canadian government has introduced new rules to ease the immigration of Haitians affected by the tragic earthquake. The earthquake, which was over 7.0 on the Richter scale, has left the country with devastation that was “instant, utter and widespread,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper said last […]

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Changes to the Live in Caregiver Program Announced

By Michael NirenJuly 20, 2020
Working in Canada

New Changes to the Live in Caregiver Program Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney said on Sunday that changes have been proposed to the rules that govern live-in caregivers. The proposed changes include that employers will have to cover the costs of the caregivers’ travel to Canada, their workplace safety insurance and any […]

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Leaving Canada for More Than 6 Months With a Canadian PR Card

By Michael NirenJanuary 23, 2021
Permanent Residency

Many times individuals who are living in Canada with a Permanent Resident card will want or need to leave for a specific reason and plan to return to Canada once that trip is over. We then receive messages from those concerned that they will face complications when returning to Canada, just like this one: “I […]

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Immigrant Sponsors Debt Ruling Requires Provincial Government to Act Fairly

By Michael NirenDecember 9, 2019

Immigrant sponsors not required to pay back debts that aren’t theirs A landmark ruling by the Ontario Court of Appeal held that Immigrant Sponsors are not automatically required to pay back immigrant debt of the relatives they sponsored despite having signed an immigrant Sponsors Agreement. Rather the Province now has to proceed with the debt […]

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Temporary Resident Visa

By Michael NirenDecember 19, 2019
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We are often approached by people wishing to come to Canada as visitors from all over the world. Many people are surprised to hear that getting a Canadian visitor visa, properly known as a Temporary Resident Visa, can be a challenge. Steps for Applying for a Canadian Visitor Visa In order to qualify, applicants have to […]

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I am on an LMO but was terminated from Work. What happens to my Work Permit?

By Michael NirenSeptember 16, 2009
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Hello. I was laid off from a construction firm early this year and I am on an LMO. Instead of going back home I stayed in Canada to find some work. Now my work permit is expired. I applied for a 90-days restoration of status to stay in Canada while waiting for a new job […]

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Study Permit for Canada a Success

By Michael NirenDecember 3, 2019
Study Permits

This is just a quick note to say thank you to all of the staff at your firm who assisted my son in obtaining a study permit to Canada. Everyone  I communicated with, either by phone or e-mail, were very professional, helpful and most of all courteous. My questions were  answered promptly and all correspondence […]

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Canadian PR Card Renewal on Humanitarian Grounds

By Michael NirenAugust 21, 2009
Permanent Residency

Dear Niren, My family have applied for citizenship and also PR Card renewal and meet the requirements.I do not have the residency requirements for renewal.Please advise me whether I qualify for the renewal on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds as I own property and my family resides in Canada. Regards Hillary _____________________ Applying for a PR […]

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Immigration to Alberta for H-1B Visa Holders in the USA

By Michael NirenDecember 31, 2019
Working in Canada

As of April 2009, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program has introduced a US Visa Holder Category focused on H-1B Visa holders. This immigration program enables skilled foreign workers on US Work Visas to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence with the intention of working in Alberta. This program is designed fill occupational shortages in certain high […]

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Is Same Sex Immigration to Canada possible for Gay and Lesbian couples?

By Michael NirenJuly 30, 2009
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We are a same sex couple from New York and wish to immigrate to Canada. How can this be achieved? ________________ For years, Canada has recognized the validity of same sex relationships and considers them on equal par with more traditional family unions. If you are married as a same sex couple or have been […]

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Sponsorship Application Refused because of my Previous Marriage

By Michael NirenJuly 29, 2009
Family ImmigrationSpouse/Partner

Hello Mr. Niren, I would like your opinion on my sponsorship. My husband was refused because of my previous marriage. Canada Immigration jumped to the conclusion that my second marriage is not bona fide because of my previous marriage was brief . I have reapply with more proof that my marriage is genuine. What do […]

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My Canadian Permanent Resident Application Was Refused. What Should I Do Now?

By Ella BergquistMarch 3, 2021
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There are many reasons why someone’s permanent residency application could be refused. A PR application could be refused because of criminality, health, misrepresentation, not meeting eligibility requirements, not providing with right documents or having incomplete or inconsistent forms, losing documents, missing deadlines, or confronting a mistake committed by IRCC or Immigration officers. What To Do […]

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Spousal Sponsorship Refusals are too High

By Michael NirenJune 30, 2009
Family Immigration

As reported by Torstar News, government documents reveal that just under 50% of spousal sponsorship applications are refused from certain regions  such as southern China, Western Africa. In other areas refusal rates are also unacceptably high. MP Olivia Chow calls this high refusal rate “cruel and arbitrary”. I cannot agree more.  At our office, we […]

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Canadian Work Permits Not Necessarily Needed for Workers in the Film and TV Industries

By Michael NirenJune 4, 2009
Working in Canada

A Canadian Work Permit Question Hello I am a Director of Photography and Director in Los Angeles , California. A local production company hired me to shoot their next feature film which will be shot in Los Angeles for about 80% of the production. However, some scenes have to be shot in Canada, and that […]

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