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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Ireland Immigrant Investor Program: Procedure

June 15, 2020 – Review and Submission – Following the review by an Irish legal advisor of the documentation provided the applicant, the Irish Immigrant Investor Program (“IIIP”) application is submitted to the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service (“INIS”) if…

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Ireland Immigrant Investor Program: Residency Requirements and Renewal

June 15, 2020 – To maintain the residency permission in Ireland, the applicant shall be required to travel to Ireland at least once a calendar year (e.g. January to December of each year) for an initial two-year period. At the…

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EB-5 Petitioner’s New Designation

June 13, 2020 – The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) recently updated their form I-526, an essential document part of an EB-5 petition. Previously, the petitioner was named “entrepreneur”. As per the recent change, the petition is now…

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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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Canadian Immigration: Start-Up Visa and Work Permit

June 8, 2020 – After receiving a commitment certificate and a letter of support from a designated organization (business incubators, venture capital funds or angel investor groups), the foreign entrepreneur can apply for a 12-month work permit.  This work permit…

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I-526 Processing Time Discrepancies

June 8, 2020 – To predict the processing time of an I-526 petition is not a simple matter. The USCIS website gives a wide range of how long it takes to process a case (between 29.5 months and 44.5 months,…

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