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June 20, 2012

News Release — Canada announces plans to resettle more Bhutanese refugees

Ottawa, June 20, 2012 — Canada’s plan to welcome up to 500 more Bhutanese refugees was unveiled today by Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, as World Refugee Day is celebrated around the world. “In May 2007, the government committed to resettling up to 5,000 Bhutanese refugees who had been living for nearly […]

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June 8, 2012


What is a Humanitarian and Compassionate Application? Immigration terminology is often arcane and complicated and no more so than when I was asked whether I was able to do an “agency” application for a client.  After some further questioning I realized that my client had misheard the term “H&C” which when spoken quickly sounds much […]

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June 7, 2012

I am a successful Refugee claimant. When can I apply for Permanent Residency?

Question: How long do I have to apply for Permanent Residency after the acceptance of my refugee claim? Answer: Under the current legislation a successful refugee claimant is required to apply for permanent residency status within 180 days of the Board’s positive determination.  Immigration’s own materials indicate that the 180 day clock begins when the […]

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May 29, 2012

Who is a refugee?

The notion of who does and doesn’t qualify for refugee status is one many countries grapple with. The formal, internationally recognized, definition of a refugee is set out in the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, which established the rights of people seeking asylum in a country other than their own and […]

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May 29, 2012

Health groups urge Ottawa to save refugee services

The heads of several of Canada’s leading health-care organizations have written a strongly worded letter to the federal immigration minister, urging him to rescind plans to cut health services to refugees and refugee claimants. “We are extremely concerned over the health impacts that this will have on the most vulnerable members of our society, many […]

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May 28, 2012

Citizenship in Canada: Who is a Resident?

Given the shocking amount of legislative change, both enacted and proposed by the Harper government over the past number of years I remain both puzzled and amazed that the government has not sought to bring some legislative clarity to the area of Citizenship law in Canada.  Some background is necessary in order to understand how […]

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May 21, 2012

How much does it cost to apply for Permanent Residency

The costs associated with processing various applications have changed over time so it is always best to check CIC’s he most current fee schedule. Presently a typical PR application would generally cost $550  for the principal applicant.  If the applicant was including a spouse there would be an additional cost of $475.00.  Any unmarried children […]

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May 17, 2012

IRB wrong to find no persecution in Guangdong Province

Immigration lawyer Shelley Levine of Levine Associates has succeeded in a Judicial Review application before the Federal Court, to overturn an Immigration and Refugee Board decision which found that there was no evidence of recent persecution of Christians in Guangdong Province.  The case is only the most recent instance of the Board’s failure to properly assess […]

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May 15, 2012

Li Hua Su v. M.C.I., 2012 FC 586

Facts: The applicant is a Christian from Guangdong province and fears returning to China for reasons of religious persecution.  The panel accepted the applicant was a genuine Christian.  The only issue was whether she would face persecution upon return to China.  The RPD determined that if the applicant was to return to her home province […]

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May 11, 2012

Success at the Federal Court – Court follows Wang and determines trivia questions are not an appropriate means of testing religious identity

Immigration and Refugee lawyers at Levine Associates have won another Federal Court case which follows in the footsteps of Wang v. M.C.I. which found that questioning claimants by “way of trivia” is not a fair way to assess religious identity.  Shelley Levine argued the case of Wang v. M.C.I. which was prominently reported in the […]

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