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September 3, 2015

Criminal Lawyers and Immigration Law

Introduction Under present Canadian Immigration Law, Permanent Residents (PR) and Foreign Nationals (FN) can find him or herself inadmissible as a result of various kinds of criminal activity[1].  In this article I intend to briefly deal only with those issues related to offences committed in Canada.  I When a criminal lawyer handles the case of […]

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August 26, 2015

Cessation Applications

Until recently, refugees in Canada have correctly assumed that a positive determination would entitle them to remain in Canada permanently. In fact, until legislative changes in 2012, once a refugee obtained permanent resident status, refugees were guaranteed the right to remain in Canada permanently unless the claimant violated Canadian law, which in some cases resulted […]

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July 25, 2014

Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program – Part 1

On June 20, 2014 the Federal Government announced the much anticipated changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (“TFWP”). In this article we provide a brief overview of the changes as well as some of the areas that still remain uncertain. The New Program a. Wages and Skill Level The Federal Government previously introduced a […]

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April 12, 2014

Three reasons to get citizenship now!

In February 2014 the government tabled Bill C-24 which proposes a number of significant changes to existing citizenship law.  While some changes will work to the advantage of most applicants we are of the view that many permanent residents would be well advised to proceed under the present legislation. 1)   Under the present law a […]

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Toronto Immigration Lawyer
April 28, 2013

Board Abolishes Screening Forms

In the recent case of Zhen Xiang, 2013, FC 256, lawyers from Levine Associates argued that the Board member had erred by failing to put the claimant on notice, prior to the hearing, that it had concerns about the accuracy of the photograph in the claimant’s Resident Identity Card. The Court noted that the Screening […]

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January 25, 2013

Refugee Reform – One Month Later

Refugee Reform – One Month Later January 15, 2013 marked the one month anniversary since the government embarked on a radical reform of refugee law in Canada.  A common misconception amongst critics of Canada’s refugee system is that the old refugee system was beyond repair and in desperate need of overhaul.  They argue wait times […]

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January 17, 2013

Can I make a second refugee claim?

Q.  I made a refugee claim in 2005 and then was deported and have now returned and wish to make a refugee claim.  Am I eligible?   A.  No.  IRPA indicates at s. 101 that a person who has been rejected by the Board previously is not eligible.  The section is not limited by time […]

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December 13, 2012

Guarantee of Success misleads

S.SamuelLevine,Immigration Lawyer   Recently I have had two different prospective clients attend at my office asking whether I could guarantee the success of their case. In the first case, the client asked whether I could guarantee a victory before the Immigration and Refugee Board.  When I advised the client that even if I were of […]

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December 11, 2012

New Refugee Laws – Review

Canada’s new Refugee System: The good the bad and the ugly Introduction: After years of legislative amendments and delays, the government has finally announced a concrete implementation date of December 15, 2012 for Canada’s new refugee system. After that date people entering Canada or people already in Canada who make refugee claims will be subject […]

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November 12, 2012

The benefits of a Domestic Contract

     Article by Lev Abramovich The benefits of a Domestic Contract Levine Associates specializes in Immigration and Family law.   In this article we examine domestic contracts and some of the reasons why you should consider having one. Modern life is complex, fast paced and often filled with pressures and stress leaving less time for […]

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