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Legal Update: Meaning of “Residency” for Citizenship Purposes

In order to become a Canadian citizen, landed permanent residents of Canada must satisfy a Citizenship judge that they have “resided” in Canada for a total of at least 1,095 days (three years) during the four years preceding their application for citizenship. The principle behind this residency requirement is that in order to be granted […]

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Q & A: Addressee of Letter of Reference

Q. I will be attending my interview in early May, I am worrying about my employer’s reference letter. The Company won’t write me letter “TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN”, the Company has a policy that every letter must state recipient’s address and the purpose clearly, I don’t want the Company know I am applying Canadian […]

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Q & A: Interview Waiving

Q. If an individual applies for immigration through a quicker visa office (i.e., Buffalo) and requests an interview waiver, what if visa waiver is not granted; can he move his interview to a local visa office in that situation because he may not get US visa to come and take the interview in Buffalo. Answer: […]

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Quebec Investor Program Update

The Quebec Government recently announced that the number of Quebec Investor applications submitted since the fall of 1998 has increased dramatically, particularly from Asian applicants. The volume of applications reached an all-time high in the month of March 1999, when over 2,000 Investor files were submitted – the vast majority of them from Asia. On […]

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Case Comments: Summarization of some recent court rulings

Visa officer must advise of specific concerns: In the recent case of Hussain v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship & Immigration), the applicant, a citizen of India, had applied for a Canadian permanent resident visa under the Skilled Worker category. The applicant’s intended occupation in Canada was that of “Executive Secretary” and at his selection interview, […]

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Federal Report On Economic Performance Of Immigrants: The Effect Of Language Skills

A recently released Federal Report sought to determine some of the telling factors that correspond with the economic success of immigrants. Basing itself on income tax returns submitted by immigrants landed between 1980 and 1995 and over the age of 18, the report indicated that individuals who spoke both official languages at landing reported significantly […]

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Q & A: US Fingerprints

Q. I have contacted with my local police department and was informed that they are not allowed to do the finger printing for immigration since last year. The local police department also do not know where to get the finger printing for immigration. How do I get the fingerprints done? Answer: Although it does relate […]

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Q & A: Interview Waiving

Q. I am fluent in French. My self-assessment suggests that I will get 68 points counting this. If I get 68 points, then I go through without an interview. Therefore, how do the authorities know I can speak French at all ? Answer: In the absence of any evidence of your skills in French, an […]

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CCPE refusal due to disruption during the cultural revolution

Following correspondence between members of the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers, a shift in the policy regarding informal assessments for cases where applicants’ educations were disrupted due to the Cultural Revolution. The following is the text of the response of the CCPE: At the February 12, 1999 meeting of the […]

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