My thoughts respecting issues in Canadian immigration, deportation, citizenship & prison law

In-Canada Spousal Work Permit Policy

February 1, 2015

SINCE 2004, IF A SPOUSE or common-law partner was sponsored for permanent residency from inside Canada, he or she could apply for an open work permit by filing an application to […]

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House Arrest & Deportation

December 15, 2014

THANH TAM TRAN left Vietnam in 1989 and became a permanent resident of Canada.  Twenty-four years later he was convicted in British Columbia of producing marihuana and given a 12-month […]

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New Ways to Practice Law are Coming

October 31, 2014

HERE IN ONTARIO the practice of law is restricted within relatively narrow and traditional parametres.  To provide legal services one must be a lawyer or paralegal licensed by the Law Society […]

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What’s Sauce for the Goose is not Sauce for the Gosling

September 26, 2014

WHEN THE IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE BOARD considered the refugee claim of Jkwon Jaheim Corneille and his mother Jeannette Corneille, Jkwon was only eight years old.  During the hearing his mother maintained that […]

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You Spin the Wheel

January 3, 2014

ACCORDING TO  POLICE OFFICERS, motorist Matthew Duncan resisted arrest.  Was a crime actually committed?  Mr. Duncan said “no”, and made his case forcefully, first, to the officers; and then to the […]

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Visiting Canada

December 23, 2013

Not as Easy as You May Think FOUR HUNDRED YEARS AGO Sir Francis Bacon, the Great English philosopher and essayist, wrote that “Friendship increases in visiting friends, but in visiting […]

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For better or for worse

December 14, 2013

The Case of Jean Rosalie Morales Laomoc HERE’S A RIDDLE FOR YOU: when is a marriage not a marriage?  An answer that you may not anticipate is, “when it is assessed […]

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Can Rehabilitation Applications be Granted at a Port of Entry?

May 24, 2013

YOU MAY BE CRIMINALLY INADMISSIBLE to Canada if you were convicted of a crime outside the country.  Sometimes you may be inadmissible even if you were not convicted, if the […]

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Go Straight Home!

April 29, 2013

IT’S HARD IN PRISON, but it’s harder if you are not a Canadian citizen.  Jamaican citizen John McLeod, who is incarcerated in a Canadian prison, and who is the subject of […]

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A Closed Mind?

March 29, 2013

YVES LEBON, a Canadian man who is incarcerated in the United States, wanted to come home.  Vic Toews, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, thought that was a bad idea.  Does […]

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Citizenship & Language Skills

March 14, 2013

THE CITIZENSHIP ACT provides that Canadian citizenship shall be granted to any person who meets certain criteria. These criteria include having “an adequate knowledge of one of the official languages of […]

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Abandonment Issues

March 7, 2013

THE GRANT OF REFUGEE STATUS protects its subject from being returned to a country in which persecution might be experienced.  In many cases, the determination of whether or not status should […]

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Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

February 28, 2013

YUE LI ZHOA wanted to live in Canada, and so she applied for permanent residency as a Federal Skilled Worker.  She filed evidence that she was qualified to do so under […]

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Criminality and Refugee Claims

February 25, 2013

FEW WILL DENY that it is generally best to avoid criminal trouble.  Engaging in criminality risks not only a loss of liberty, but also the possibility that in future doors of […]

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Same-Sex Spousal Sponsorships

January 31, 2013

IN CANADA one can sponsor one’s same-sex partner to become a permanent resident.  Of course, in many parts of the world it is not possible to marry a same-sex partner, […]

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Schizophrenia and Deportation

January 27, 2013

CLEARLY, SCHIZOPHRENIA IS A SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS.  What has not been so clear is what that fact should mean for those who suffer from it and are facing deportation at […]

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The Art of the Advocate

January 17, 2013

AMERICAN KEVIN STORDOCK DISCOVERED, to his chagrin, that the materials he provided in support of his immigration application were insufficient to make the case that he should be allowed to remain with […]

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Keep it Clean

January 13, 2013

The Omar Ghazal case reminds us that sometimes mum really does know best: you should always keep your hands clean! Mr. Ghazal was convicted in Canada of criminal offences which are considered […]

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Be Careful Returning to Canada

May 26, 2012

IF YOU LIKE to cross into the United States for dinner and a few drinks, be careful driving home. A recent case decided in the Ontario Court of Appeal confirms […]

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Senior Citizens Behind Bars

March 26, 2012

AN EDITORIAL IN TODAY’S New York Times reminds us of yet another cost of get-tough-on-crime policies: when more people are required to spend more time in jail, the population of elderly inmates increases.   Amongst other serious […]

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If You Do the Crime, Be Sure to be on Time

November 8, 2011

“Punctuality is the thief of time”, said the Irish wag Oscar Wilde.  In this, as in perhaps other ways, it would seem Wilde’s position differs from that of the Federal Court of Canada. This […]

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It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane, it’s Super Visa!

November 6, 2011

IF YOUR MOTHER lives in Kenya, your father in Argentina, or your grandparents in Tanzania, you could expect to  wait over eight years to sponsor them to immigrate to Canada […]

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Foreign Workers and Kingston: The Numbers

October 8, 2011

AN URBAN ECONOMY must be dynamic to attract and secure foreign workers, particularly in difficult economic times, when the barriers to their admittance to Canada is understandably higher.  It would […]

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Irwin Cotler on Refugee Reforms

December 1, 2010

IRWIN COTLER is the Liberal Member of Parliament for the Quebec riding of Mount Royal, and a former federal Justice Minister and Attorney General. An expert on international and human […]

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Opportunities for Masters Degree Students

June 22, 2010

Are you a foreign student in a Masters degree program in Ontario? If so there is a new program that may assist you to become a permanent resident of Canada. […]

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Would I Li to you?

June 22, 2010

Perhaps in your case you would be glad if I did Li to you. The Federal Court case of Li v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration) 2009 FC 992 reminds us that it is an […]

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Paint It Black

June 13, 2010

A recent article by Conrad Black is good reading, but have a dictionary within reach: Lord Black likes you to remind you he knows fancy words! The article, “Canada’s inhumane […]

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Getting tough with crime seems to be an important part of the current federal government’s agenda

March 15, 2010

Getting tough with crime seems to be an important part of the current federal government’s agenda. Recent government initiatives include, amongst others, increasing the number of offences with minimum punishments. […]

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Are Canadians still a welcoming people?

March 8, 2010

According to a poll conducted by TransAtlantic Trends, the answer is “yes”. Of the Canadians polled, only 25% felt that immigration was more of a problem than an opportunity, a lower […]

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Be Careful What You File

March 5, 2010

Being consistent with Canada Immigration is very important. Conflicts between applications you wish to file and those filed in the past can not only lead to the refusal of the […]

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