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Feb 28, 2013

Canada Continued to Welcome Highest Sustained Level of Immigration in Canadian History in 2012

An agreement between the Government of Quebec and the Government of Canada allows for a simplified application process for applications for a Quebe...

Feb 26, 2013

Over 100,000 international students welcomed to Canada in 2012

A record number of over 100,000 international students were welcomed into Canada in 2012, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. This represents a 60% increase from 2004.

Feb 15, 2013

Making Canada's asylum system faster and fairer?

A record number of over 100,000 international students were welcomed into Canada in 2012, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Ja...

Feb 4, 2013

Partner Evan Green explains why it is critical to plan now for compliance reviews under the new Accelerated LMO process

In this month?s issue of "HR Professional", partner Evan Green explains why it is important to begin planning now for the compliance reviews under Canada?s new Accelerated Market Opinion (A-LMOs) process.

Jan 29, 2013

Canada Announces new Start-Up Visa Program

In this month?s issue of HR Professional, partner Evan Green explains why it is important to begin planning now for the compliance reviews under Ca...

Jan 28, 2013

This month's Condo Life features article by partner David Nakelsky

An article, written by David Nakelsky, a senior partner at Green and Spiegel LLP, has been published in the January 2013 issue of Condo Life. Entitled "Establishing a new legal framework for condominiums," the article explores the changing legal framework governing condominium sales in Ontario and the challenges this creates in a very faced-paced high-volume market such as exists in downtown Toronto. David Nakelsky specializes in real estate law and acts for both purchasers and vendors of residential, commercial and industrial properties throughout Ontario.

Dec 20, 2012

New Federal Skilled Worker Program beginning May 4, 2013

Passport Canada has indicated that fees for obtaining passports will be rising significantly in the New Year. As of July 2013, the cost of obtainin...

Dec 20, 2012

Passport Canada Announces Increase in 2013 Fees for Passports

An article, written by David Nakelsky, a senior partner at Green and Spiegel LLP, has been published in the January 2013 issue of Condo Life. Entit...

Dec 19, 2012

Bridging Open Work Permits to be granted for Certain Federal Economic Class Applicants

The Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism announced today that a new selection system for the Federal Skilled Worker Program w...

Dec 14, 2012

Green and Spiegel Lawyer Awarded Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Foreign nationals in Canada who wish to extend their Labor Market Opinion (LMO) based work permits are usually required to obtain a new LMO and sub...

Dec 12, 2012

Changes to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Program Announced

Green and Spiegel, LLP is delighted to announce that Ravi Jain, Partner at Green and Spiegel LLP, has been awarded the prestigious Queen Elizabeth ...

Dec 11, 2012

Biometrics to be Required for Visa Applicants From Thirty Jurisdictions

On December 10, 2012, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced that a new Federal Skilled Trades Program is go...

Dec 11, 2012

New Federal Skilled Trades Stream to Begin Accepting Applications on January 2, 2013

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has announced upcoming changes to the Canadian Experience Class. These changes ...

Oct 26, 2012

The Jig is Up on Marriage Fraud? says Minister Jason Kenney

Nationals of thirty jurisdictions will be required to provide fingerprints and a digital photograph when applying for a Canadian visitor visa, stud...

Aug 17, 2012

Proposed Changes to Federal Skilled Worker Program Unveiled

On October 26, 2012, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minster Jason Kenney announced a new regulation requiring spouses or partners, i...

Jul 31, 2012

Immigration Board Must Consider Culture and Personal Circumstances When Assessing Genuineness of Marriage, Immigration Appeal Division Confirms

In a recent important case successfully argued by Green and Spiegel LLP partner Shoshana Green, the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD) confirmed that, in determining whether the marriage between a sponsor and sponsored spouse is genuine or merely one of ?convenience?, the Board must begin with the assumption that sworn testimony is truthful, must take into account the culture and personal circumstances of the spouses and cannot reject their testimony as implausible merely because they have an interest in the outcome of the hearing.

Jul 31, 2012

Best Possible Immigration Advice Now From Both Sides of Canada/U.S. Border

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney proposed the following changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (?FSWP?) t...

Jul 17, 2012

Law Eliminating Skilled Worker Backlog Goes Into Effect

In a recent important case successfully argued by Green and Spiegel LLP partner Shoshana Green, the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD) confirmed tha...

Jul 3, 2012

Freeze on New Skilled Worker and Immigrant Investor Applications Immigration

The federal government?s proposed legislation eliminating the longstanding backlog of applications in the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) class is now...

Jun 7, 2012

Government Closes 19 CIC Offices and Eliminates ?Front Counter? Service Across Canada

Effective June 1, 2012, the Government of Canada has closed 19 local Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) offices and has eliminated ?front counter? service at all of its remaining offices across Canada.