Rethinking Business Immigration: The Rise of Innovation Visas

October 27th 2020 – Start-up Visas for Innovators Since their inception in the 1980’s, business immigration programs have been characterized by the concept of passive investment, i.e. individuals being allowed to acquire permanent or temporary residency in exchange of an…

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The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program discussed at the National Assembly

September 28th 2020 – Debates were held during a Committee on Citizen Relations at the National Assembly during which the opposition member of parliament Mr Gaétan Barette questioned the Minister of Immigration, Francization and Integration Mrs. Nadine Girault and her…

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Canada Startup Visa: How the courts decided SUV cases

August 26, 2020 – In April 2013, Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) adopted rules to manage business immigration applications under the Start-Up Visa Program (SUV) category. At first a pilot project, SUV became a permanent federal immigration program in 2018….

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Start-Up Visa and Work Permit: the essential applicant

July 31, 2020 – Start-up Visa’s applicants are eligible to obtain a temporary work permit during the processing of their permanent resident application.  It is a requirement for applicants requesting a work permit to be qualified as “essential” and be needed in…

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Canada Start-up Visa: the immigration intent at the center of IRCC decisions

July 22, 2020 – The Canadian federal court dismissed another judicial review application by a start-up visa entrepreneur in the case Truong v. Canada (IMM-5162-19). Ms. Truong, a Vietnamese citizen with a bachelor degree in marketing and management, had acquired…

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Canada Startup Visa: Peer Review

July 21, 2020 – The immigration officer in charge of deciding on a startup visa application has the discretion to call for a peer review, i.e. a panel formed by members who have the expertise to assess the application, business…

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Canadian Citizenship: IRCC changes the definition of “parent”

July 9, 2020 – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced a change in its interpretation of “parent” under the Citizenship Act, allowing non-biological Canadian parents who are the legal parents of child born abroad to pass down Canadian citizenship in…

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Quebec investors immigrant program: where are the applicants from?

July 7, 2020 – Created in 1986, the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP) attracts investors from all over the world, who are interested to settle in Quebec with a Canadian permanent resident visa.  According to official record obtained from the…

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Quebec Government Appoints a New Immigration Minister

June 22, 2020 – Quebec’s Prime Ministre Francois Legault reshuffled his cabinet, appointing a new Minister of Immigration, Francization and Integration, in the person of Mrs. Nadine Girault.  Before entering politics, Mrs. Girault held important managerial positions, including as member…

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4 Reasons to Immigrate to Canada

June 11, 2020 – People looking for immigration solutions (residency, citizenship) have several options, from skilled workers to investment immigration programs. While new countries, not traditionally known as immigration destinations, have established solid immigration programs in the recent past, Canada…

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