Canadian Law Group

Canadian Law Group

Crossing the U.S. Canada Border in 2018: What Documents Do You Need?

Prior to 2009, crossings between Canada and the United States could be done via oral declarations of citizenship, or by presenting unofficial documents, which consequentially led to the interception of 129,000 fraudulent documents, and the apprehension of over 118,340 individuals at several United States land and sea ports of entry.

Cap for Grandparents Sponsorship to Canada Goes Up Again!

Good news for those interested in family reunification! The numbers of parents and grandparents that can be sponsored to live in Canada has just gone up again. The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), announced recently that Canada will increase the application cap for parents and grandparents to 20,000 (from 17,000 in 2018).

CKR Law Canada: Entrepreneur/Investor Series

Ontario is Canada’s most populous province, housing the National Capital Region of Ottawa as well as Toronto, Canada’s most populous city. Ottawa’s population is just under 1 million people, while the Great Toronto Area (GTA) has around 7 million inhabitants.

Northern Crypto Opportunities: Canada as Choice Investment & Mobility Destination for Blockchain Tech Startups

Why are so many Blockchain technology startups looking to Canada? Strategic advantages abound, including Canada’s sandbox regulatory regime and cheaper business start-up costs. This article goes over some of the distinct benefits of Canada’s blockchain industry, for those looking north to expansion.

Expediting Travel to Canada for Chinese Travelers

The IRCC has introduced a number of recent changes that will facilitate travel to Canada for Chinese travelers, including Chinese investors. 2018 is the Canada-China Year of Tourism because of the record number of applications processed in China this year. Chinese residents made up 23% of all TRV applications received in 2017 while Chinese residents have enjoyed a TRV application approval rating of over 88.5% since 2015. The changes discussed in this post will facilitate two-way flow between both countries solidifying economic and cultural ties, in 2018 and beyond.

CKR Law Canada: Entrepreneur/Investor Series

High-income individuals have different and unique needs than your average applicant for immigration to Canada. If you own a business and want to expand to Canada, then this is the blog series for you. Most provinces in Canada have an entrepreneur visa, save the exception of Alberta, with similar hallmarks.

The Cannabis Act and Its Effects on Canadian Immigration

There has been a great deal of talk about the legalization of marijuana in Canada, and regardless of what side of the debate you are on, legalization may affect your travel plans. Legalizing marijuana (or “cannabis”) in Canada has been one of Prime Minister Trudeau’s biggest projects yet and the revised Cannabis Act will soon become law.

Traveling to Canada from Europe, the Middle East or Africa? You may need to get fingerprinted

The Canadian government is expanding the list of continents needing biometrics when applying for a visitor visa, study or work permit, or permanent residence. Starting July 31, 2018, applicants from Europe, the Middle East and Africa will be required to provide biometrics.

New Alberta Opportunity Stream

Alberta’s beautiful landscapes and booming economy should be a destination for immigration considered by every foreign national. With an unemployment rate of only 6.9%, job opportunities for skilled workers are multiplying by the minute, and with a demand rate so high, the province is looking to foreign nationals to immigrate there permanently.

New Student Direct Stream for China, India, the Philippines and Vietnam

Coming to Canada first as a student is a very creative way to carve a path for long term or permanent immigration to the country. Canada values its international students and has created the Canadian experience class as a program to keep international students as permanent immigrants down the road. This is very different from the F1 student visa in the US which cannot lead to a permanent green card.