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Shelley Levine

August 1, 2016

What a Trump presidency could mean for Canadian Immigration

  Now that Donald Trump has become the official Republican candidate for the presidency of the United States, it is time to consider what impact his election might have on Immigration to Canada. 1)      Clearly, Trump has committed himself to removing millions of illegal Mexicans from the United States.  One would expect some percentage of these immigrants to attempt […]

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July 7, 2016

“Legacy Claims” The forgotten Refugees

Introduction of New Law In December 2012 Immigration completely revamped the refugee system.  Perhaps the most dramatic change, was to statutorily require that most new refugee claims complete within 60 days of the claimant’s arrival in Canada.  This timeline compares with the 1 to 3 year waits claimants faced prior to the introduction of the […]

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Toronto Immigration Lawyer
July 3, 2016

Understanding the “First Safe Country” Concept and Why it’s Obsolete

  Understanding the “First Safe Country” Concept and Why it’s Obsolete Until the Syrian refugee crisis, it was accepted by those who practice refugee law that a claimant’s failure to make a claim in the First Safe Country—also known as Forum Shopping—could be interpreted by decision makers as evidence that a claimant lacked a subjective […]

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April 20, 2016

Common mistakes when starting out a business — tips from our clients

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April 20, 2016

Navigating the ATO’s recent bout of SMB-targeted tax changes

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April 20, 2016

What you should know about this year’s budget changes

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March 8, 2016

Trump energizes Immigration inquiries to Canada

Has Trump’s bluster gotten you interested in Canada? The coming American presidential election has given way to a great deal of interest on the topic of “moving to Canada”. The question of whether this is feasible can only be answered on a case-by-case basis. There are a number of different avenues for immigration to Canada, […]

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March 8, 2016

RAD success

The RAD has power and sometimes they use it! Today I received a positive decision at the RAD which not only overturned the negative RPD decision but substituted its own positive decision, declaring the claimant a Convention Refugee.

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October 1, 2015

Sponsoring Refugees – What You Need to Know

1) Who can sponsor a refugee? a) Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAH). These are incorporated organizations which have signed sponsorship agreements with Immigration which sets out all the obligations that come with sponsorships. The SAH’s must be located in the area where the refugee will live. A SAH may act as an “umbrella” and enter into […]

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September 9, 2015

The Plight of Refugees – Why aren’t more Syrian refugees taking advantage of our Refugee system?

The refugee crisis sweeping across Europe has again shone a light on the topic of refugees in Canada. In particular, while many people are aware Canada accepts refugees, there is much confusion surrounding the question about how refugees are accepted and how they make their way to Canada.   There are two main systems for […]

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