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November 5, 2012

New Regulations attempt to tackle marriage fraud.

By most estimates marriage fraud is a serious problem in Canada. [1] There are generally two kinds of marriage fraud the government has been focusing on.  The first typically occurs when a Canadian citizen or permanent resident enters into a contractual relationship with a foreign national whereby the person with status agrees to either marry […]

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October 31, 2012

Success at the Federal Court – Ye, Cungui v. M.C.I. – IMM-9703-11

Mr. Justice Zinn has handed down a very clear decision accepting the claimant’s application for Judicial Review.   The Court concluded that the Board’s decision was wholly based on a misinterpretation of the CHN42444.  Mr. Justice Zinn noted that unlike some of the other cases dealing with the issue of summonses, in the present case […]

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October 26, 2012

Lev Abramovich is the newest Levine Associate

October 25, 2012.  Immigration and family law firm, Levine Associates is pleased to announce that Lev Abramovich has joined the firm.  Lev intends to focus his practise on corporate and litigation immigration as well as family law.

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September 26, 2012

Divorce Opinions now offered

Levine Associates is pleased to announce that we are now offering clients Divorce Opinions. As more and more of our family law clientele are immigrants many have to contend with foreign divorce recognition when they wish to get married in Canada. Our family lawyers now offer Divorce Opinions to facilitate second marriages for people who […]

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September 11, 2012


I recently received an inquiry from a friend worried about relatives in Syria and wondering what steps could be taken to bring their relatives to the safety of Canada.  The question is complicated and requires a little background. Most people are unaware of the fact that we have laws which create two distinct refugee systems.  […]

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July 25, 2012

Remembering the Komagata Maru

A momument now stands to commemorate the Komagata Maru which stands out as one of the earliest examples of a rigid Canadian Immigration policy which denied entry.  After remaining at port for months the ship was eventually forced to return to India where upon arrival a conflict with British  soldiers resulted in many deaths.

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July 13, 2012

Levine gives interview to CTV regarding Taiwan smuggling ring

In an interview on CTV Express today Mr. Levine discussed a recent article in the Taiwan Times which reported that a massive smuggling ring was recently discovered operating in Taiwan.  The discovery of the ring was a result of an international effort involving authorities from Taiwan, Canada and Australia.  The smuggling ring had been sending […]

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July 13, 2012

Jie Ming Ma V. M.C.I., Imm-5821-11

Facts:  Claimant is a Christian and sought protection because of religious persecution in China.  The panel accepted the claimant was a genuine Christian but did not accept that he was being sought by the police in China.  The panel’s finding in this regard was based upon its finding that the summons tendered by the claimant […]

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June 26, 2012

‘Extreme hostility’ between lawyer-judge mars refugee hearing

A refugee claimant was handed a reprieve on his removal from Canada because of an angry blow-up between his lawyer and the immigration judge, a feud betraying such animosity the Federal Court ruled the bewildered client could not have expected an unbiased hearing. The decision raises the spectre of the “automatic disqualification” of judges to […]

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June 21, 2012

Government of Canada Introduces the Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act

Ottawa, June 20, 2012 — The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, introduced legislation today to expedite the removal of foreign criminals from Canada and to enhance the safety and security of Canadians. The Harper Government is putting a stop to foreign criminals relying on endless appeals in order to delay their […]

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