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Commentary

As of April 18, 1997, the provisions of sponsorship in the Family Class changed. If the application was submitted prior to this date, these changes would not affect the applicant. As of this date, the Low Income Cut-Off figures are the only factor in the determination of eligibility of a sponsor, and only the sponsor’s […]

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Historical Processing Times

The following information has been reproduced with the permission of Lexbase, a monthly immigration law journal, Editor-in-Chief, Richard Kurland, email: lexbase@interlink.net. The table indicates the time in months that is required to process 80% of all final cases in every overseas immigration processing post for the most recent quarter. Indication is also given of the […]

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Q & A: Impact of New Regulations on Existing Application

Q. Can anyone inform me of the proposed changes to Schedule I and its impact on the pending application process? Answer: If you had already submitted your application, there will be no impact as a result of the proposed Regulations. Comment: Applicants who examine the contents of the proposed amendments will not that this is […]

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Q & A: Absence in excess of 6 months

Q. I recently returned to a position in the USA when I was not able to find a suitable employment within Canada. I understand that you can only be out of Canada for 6 months. Is there a form I can file requesting an extension to leave Canada for a year without losing my PR […]

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Q & A: SVP

Q. If I (British citizen) have 8 years cooking experience in England but no formal qualifications because I learned on the job, can I still immigrate to Canada as an independent immigrant under the occupation of cook? Answer: In the event that you underwent sufficient training on the job, you may satisfy the SVP requirements […]

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Q & A: Submission Outside Jurisdiction

Q. I read in India Abroad that there was a proposal to discontinue the practice of allowing immigration via a third country. Is this true? So, If I am an Indian national, working in the USA and try to apply for a Canadian PR (from USA), will I become ineligible? Answer: Canadian Immigration policy specifically […]

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Critique of Proposed Regulations

The following has been prepared for the benefit of those who may be affected by the amendments to the Regulations affecting skilled workers which have been tabled on March 15, 1997, and for those responsible for the implementation of such. Readers may be aware that the Department of Citizenship and Immigration has proposed changes to […]

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Low Income Cutoff Figures: 1997/98

The following figures indicate the amounts of income required for sponsors submitting applications for members of the family class. Size of Area of Residence Size of Family Unit 500,000+ 100,000- 499,000 30,000- 99,000 Less than 30,000 Rural Areas 1 person $17,132 $14,694 $14,591 $13,577 $11,839 2 persons $21,414 $18,637 $18,239 $16,971 $14,799 3 persons $26,633 […]

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Q & A: Failure to Obtain RRP: Implications

Q. Shortly following landing, I and my family applied for the Returning Resident Permit in order to allow my spouse to complete her education abroad. This application was refused. What can we do now ? Some options are obvious : 1. My wife is leaving her PhD and we’re going in Canada : which is […]

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