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RCMP Arrests Federal Immigration Official

The RCMP has charged five people, among them an Immigration Canada official, with corruption and fraud after several raids in Ottawa. The RCMP are alleging the group received up to $25,000 in fees from at least a dozen Arab immigrants seeking permanent resident status. The arrests are the culmination of an investigation that began in […]

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NEXUS Air off to a flying start at the Vancouver International Airport

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and United States Customs and Border Protection have launched the NEXUS Air pilot project at the Vancouver International Airport. The program is designed to speed up the border clearance process for pre-approved, low-risk air travellers. NEXUS Air uses biometric iris recognition technology to ensure the highest level of border […]

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Embassy update: Reopening of Canadian Empbassy in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

The Canadian visa office in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, reopened mid- November, and resumed normal operations. The office is doing its utmost to eliminate the delays caused by the recent civil unrest in that country. The visa office is now processing applications for temporary resident visas and study permits from all its satellite offices (Libreville, Yaoundé, […]

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David Cohen’s Blog: To Thine Ownself Be True

Draft-age Americans and their kin will no doubt be interested in the fate of Jeremy Hinzman, a former paratrooper who deserted from the 82 nd Airborne Division after his application as a non-combatant conscientious objector was turned down. Mr. Hinzman is now in Canada seeking asylum. He is arguing that U.S. soldiers committed war crimes […]

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Attorney David Cohen launches Canadian Immigration ‘Blog’

David Cohen, of the law firm Campbell, Cohen, one of Canada’s leading immigration lawyers, announced the launch of the Canadian Immigration Blog The purpose of this new site is to express personal views on the cross-border movement of people in general and the Canadian experience in particular. Topics which will be touched upon include foreign […]

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Q & A: Convictions for impaired driving

Question: I am US citizen who was recently convicted of driving under the influence (D.U.I.). I have heard that this might prevent me from being admitted into Canada. Is this true? Answer: A conviction for impaired driving may prevent you from entering Canada, even if the conviction or guilty plea was treated as a misdemeanor […]

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Canada introduces legislation to establish a new border agency

The Government of Canada has introduced legislation to establish the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). “With the creation of the Canada Border Services Agency within the new portfolio of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Government of Canada is adopting an integrated approach to border management to facilitate the flow of people and goods while […]

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Embassy update: Vienna

A processing factor which continues to feature prominently in Vienna is the requirement to screen for war crimes and crimes against humanity. This applies not only to immigration applicants but to many visitors as well. Approximately fifty five percent of all immigration applicants and just over half of all visitor applicants come from the countries […]

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