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Question & Answer: Work Permit

Q. Is it possible to obtain to work permit while a permanent resident application is pending ? is HRDC approval required for all jobs? Answer: Yes, it is possible to apply for a temporary employment authorization while a permanent resident application is pending. Such an application would not have a negative bearing on the permanent […]


News Briefs – Injunction Granted Against Immigration Department

Canada’s immigration department was dealt a serious blow late yesterday afternoon after a Federal Court judge slapped it with an injunction preventing it from rejecting the applications of skilled workers who applied before Jan. 1, 2002, to immigrate to Canada. The move affects an estimated 100,000 people caught in a backlog when Canada decided to […]


Retroactive Immigration Laws Dismissed by New Zealand Court

A court ruling has offered new hope to thousands of would-be New Zealanders anxious to put down roots in their new homeland. The High Court in Auckland today ruled against the retrospective application of immigration rules changes introduced on 19 November last year. These changes restricted the issuing of temporary “Job Search” visas for General […]


March 31st 2003

At the time of implementation of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act of June 28th 2002, a transitional period was specified in the legislation. This period was recommend by Canadian Parliament as a necessary measure to allow as much of the existing backlog as possible to be cleared out under the Regulations in effect at […]


Shortage of Skilled Labour Forecasted

The country’s rapidly ageing population, coupled with a dearth of young workers, will cause a major shortage of potential employees and could mean immigrants will account for almost all of the labour force growth within a decade, Statistics Canada suggests. Census data for 2001, released yesterday, predicts potential worker shortfalls in a vast range of […]


Investment intended to help skilled workers

The government will spend $41.4 million over the next two years to attract more skilled workers and foreign students to Canada and to help workers find jobs once they get here. And at a time when the vast majority of immigrants settle in Toronto, part of the money will be earmarked for efforts to attract […]


Q & A: Which Criteria?

Q. How can I know that my case is assessed by the visa officer before March 31,2003. I want to know if application is being assessed under the new law or old criteria? Answer: Your application will be processed under the old regulations up until March 31, 2003. If you have not received an interview […]


Q & A: Delays After Interview

Q. Following the completion of my selection interview, I have not received any new information. What are the possible reasons for delays? Answer: It can take several months for the immigration officer to make a review of the application after the selection Interview. Average times vary from each processing post and can depend on a […]


Regulation 11

The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations implemented June 28th 2001 included legislation allowing Citizenship and Immigration Canada to restrict submission of immigration applications. Applicants would be required to submit the application only in a country in which they have resident status for a period for one year or more. Although these provisions were […]