One of the principal objectives of the Canadian Immigration program is to promote family reunification. A Canadian citizen or permanent resident may apply to sponsor a family member to become a permanent resident in Canada under the Family Class. Currently, 25%-30% of all new permanent residents to Canada are derived from the family class stream.
Since June 2002, when Canada’s immigration laws were amended to provide refused applicants for permanent residence with a right of appeal to the Federal Court of Appeal, with permission (known as “Leave”), the number of immigration related appeal cases before the Federal Court has been drastically reduced. In immigration matters, leave applications to the Federal
The issue of medical inadmissibilty underwent an important clarification in a recent decision rendered by the Supreme Court of Canada. In the decision of Hilewitz v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration), 2005 SCC 57, the court in defining the obligation of the Immigration authorities when assessing medical inadmissibilities, ruled that the Minister of Immigration,
A judicial review of a decision made under Immigration and Refugee Protection Act involves a two stage process. At the first stage, known as the “permission / leave stage” an application for leave and judicial review undergoes a paper review. At the “permission / leave stage” the applicant must persuade the Court that the application
Criminality has profound and long lasting consequences for individuals entering Canada or visiting the United States. Canada’s immigration laws prevent the admission of a foreign national who has committed an offence that if committed inside Canada could be considered an indictable offence in Canada. Many minor offences for example where an individual has been convicted