FAQ: Is A “Withdrawn Criminal Charge” Considered A Charge When You Answer Questions On Immigration Forms?

Answer: YES One of the common background questions in immigration application forms is “Have you ever committed, been arrested for, been charged with or convicted of any criminal offence in any country or territory?” It is important to note that the question is a closed one – requiring an answer, either “yes” or “no”. If […]

Jennifer Roggemann Quoted By CBC For Canadian Citizenship Week

Earlier this week CBC interviewed Jennifer Roggemann for Canadian Citizenship week. Below is an excerpt of an article where Jennifer explains the complications that will occur for those seeking Canadian Citizenship as a result of Covid-19. This week was supposed to be filled with thousands of people taking an oath to become Canadian citizens. But […]

‘It’s devastating’: Cross-border couples separated for months due to travel restrictions

TORONTO — Olivia Walker hadn’t been able to see her fiance, Daryl Higgins, in person for more than seven weeks. Not since the border between Canada and the U.S. closed to all non-essential travel in mid-March as a result of the pandemic. The couple was set to marry in May, but everything changed after the […]

Canada-U.S. Border To Remain Closed To Non-essential Travel For Another Month

OTTAWA — An agreement has been reached between Canada and the United States to keep the border closed to all non-essential travel for another month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced. The extension on the existing agreement means that the border restrictions will stay in place until June 21, even as parts of both countries […]

Express Entry #148 Canadian Experience Class ONLY Min. CRS – 447

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system #148 – May 14, 2020 Canadian Experience Class See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,371Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,371th or above Date and time of round: May 15, 2020 at 12:46:53 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked […]

Express Entry #147 – Draw ONLY for Provincial Nominee Candidates MIN CRS 718

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system #147 – May 13, 2020 Provincial Nominee Class See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 529Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 529th or above Date and time of round: May 13, 2020 at 13:11:44 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked […]

Tech Draw: Issuance of Notifications of Interest under Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream

On May 13, 2020, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued targeted Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to candidates with Canadian work experience who may qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream. If you received a NOI, you do not need to contact the program. The OINP targeted candidates with a CRS between 421 and 451, and work […]

Federal Government Fast-Tracking Temporary Foreign Worker Approvals To Fill Labour Gaps

The federal government is fast-tracking approvals for temporary foreign workers already in Canada, to make them available to fill labour gaps in critical sectors such as agriculture and health care during the pandemic. Many foreign workers with employer-specific permits lost their jobs this spring due to the pandemic. Some have left Canada but others are still here […]

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program – COVID-19 Emergency Order

On March 17, 2020, the Government of Ontario declared an emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of all individuals and families in Ontario. This Declaration of Emergency was extended on April 14 and remains in effect. Attention applicants The […]

IEC Approved Work Permit Holder With Job Offer May Enter Canada After May 8, 2020

Do International Experience Canada participants fall under the temporary foreign workers exemption? Yes, the exemption includes International Experience Canada participants. Effective May 8, 2020, applicants in the Working Holiday, Young Professional or International Co-op categories can come to Canada only if they: have a valid job offer, and a port of entry letter of introduction […]

Express Entry Round #146 Canadian Experience Class – Min. CRS of 452

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system #146 – April 30, 2020 Canadian Experience Class See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,311Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,311st or above Date and time of round: May 1, 2020 at 11:33:47 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked […]

Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream Min CRS 432

April 30, 2020 Issuance of Notifications of Interest under Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream On April 30, 2020 the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued Notifications of Interest (NOI’s) to candidates who may qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream. To manage demand, NOI’s were issued to candidates who had a […]

Canadians With Foreign National Spouses Face Obstacles At Border

When Canada closed its border mid-March due to the pandemic, John Alan Aucoin and other Canadians were unequivocally assured their spouses from abroad would be allowed into the country despite the travel bans. Little did they know it would come with a catch. Canada Border Services Agency actually had its own rules when applying […]

“What is non-optional or non-discretionary travel?”

Travel for optional or discretionary purposes is broadly defined in the Orders as including (but not limited to) travel for the purposes of tourism, recreation and entertainment. Some examples of discretionary or optional travel are: to visit family for a vacation for the birth of a grandchild, nephew, niece, cousin, etc. (For the parent of a […]

Notifications of Interest by Targeted Occupations: Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream

On April 29, 2020 the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued targeted Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to candidates who may qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades stream.  If you received a NOI, you do not need to contact the program. The OINP targeted candidates with work experience in the following National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes: 7235   Structural metal and […]

Express Entry Round #145 Provincial Nominee Class – Min. CRS of 692

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – #145 April 29, 2020 Provincial Nominee Class See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 589Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 589th or above Date and time of round: April 29, 2020 at 11:17:20 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate […]

International Experience Canada Program Is On Hold Under COVID-19

IEC participants outside of Canada Are foreign youth who travel to Canada through a youth mobility agreement under IEC expected to quarantine for some time after entering Canada? Yes. Public health authorities require that all travellers quarantine for 14 days after arriving in Canada. This is mandatory. Please see New Order Makes Self-Isolation Mandatory for Individuals Entering […]

We Always Felt That She And Her Staff Cared About Us Personally

My husband and I originally met while working for the same company and working on various work projects together. While we had to overcome many roadblocks to get to the point where we are today, we knew our relationship was worth pursuing, and that we wanted to spend our lives together. When we realized that […]

OINP Entrepreneur Stream – Invitations to Apply issued between 132 and 200 points

Entrepreneur Stream – Invitations to Apply issued On April 22, 2020 the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued 26 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) under the Entrepreneur Stream (OINP:ES). Expressions of Interest (EOIs) received and scored by the OINP:ES between November 22, 2019 and April 17, 2020 were eligible for consideration for this ITA Round. ITAs were issued for EOIs that received a score […]

We Could Not Believe How Much There Was To Know

I became a widower two years ago, and on a trip to Scotland I met up with a lifelong friend of my late wife`s who was widowed over three years ago. This meeting developed into a relationship and we were married last year and we needed help for my wife to immigrate to Canada. We […]

Temporary Suspension Of 20 Hour Per Week Limit For International Students

To help battle the COVID-19 outbreak, starting immediately, the government will remove the restriction that allows international students to work a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session, provided they are working in an essential service or function, such as health care, critical infrastructure, or the supply of food or other […]

US Halts Immigration Applications For 60 Days

First came the big announcement: President Donald Trump declared via Twitter that he would suspend immigration to the United States. Now comes the considerable fine print. It appears the order will spare vast categories of temporary visa-holders, based on the initial details described by the president on Tuesday. In fact, some of Trump’s supporters complain it doesn’t actually […]

Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) For Victims Of Family Violence

If your client is (1) a foreign national (born outside of Canada) located physically in Canada (2) in an abusive family relationship, and (3) out-of-status (they have no legal right to remain in Canada; or they have expired legal status), Immigration Canada is willing to assist by issuing an initial fee-exempt (no fee required) TRP, […]

Canada And US Border Closed For Another 30 Days- May 21

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada and the United States have struck a deal to extend current border restrictions between the two countries by an additional 30 days, as the U.S. moves to exempt Canada and Mexico from export restrictions on personal protective equipment (PPE). “This is an important decision and one that will keep […]

Express Entry Round #144 – Min. CRS of 455

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – #144 April 16, 2020 Canadian Experience Class See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,782Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,782nd or above Date and time of round: April 16, 2020 at 15:20:02 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate […]

Express Entry #143 – Only PNP Candidates With 808 Points

#143 – April 15, 2020 Provincial nominee Program See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 118Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 118th or above Date and time of round: April 15, 2020 at 14:31:00 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 808 Tie-breaking rule: March 18, 2020 at 10:30:55 UTC If more than one candidate […]

Separated Families As A Result Of COVID-19

Federal government has repatriated more than 12,000 Canadians, but some families remain stranded or separated For Robert Turner, it wasn’t much of a choice. A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office on March 21 said flights would “prioritize stranded travellers who are Canadian citizens, Canadian permanent residents, or immediate family members of Canadian citizens … […]

Temporary Reduction Of Service At Canadian Land Border Crossings

April 14, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canada Border Services Agency In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CBSA is temporarily reducing service hours at a total of 27 Canadian land border locations. The temporary hour adjustments are in effect as of April 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT and will remain in effect until […]

Processing Changes For Visas Due To COVID-19

Ottawa, April 10, 2020—With the current travel restrictions in place, most foreign nationals are prevented from entering Canada, with some exemptions. With these restrictions, Canada is suspending processing of non-essential visitor visa applications. This allows Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to focus resources on critical services. This suspension also applies to some […]

464 points for Canadian Experience Class & 698 points for Provincial Nominee Class, without inviting Federal Skilled Worker

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – April 9, 2020 Canadian Experience Class See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,294Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,294th or above Date and time of round: April 9, 2020 at 17:36:14 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 464 […]

Transport Canada’s Updated COVID-19 Guidelines

The Minister of Transport has issued an Interim Order to Prevent Certain Persons from Boarding Flights to Canada Due to COVID-19 No. 4, pursuant to sub-section 6.41 (1) of the Aeronautics Act, effective April 6, 2020, which repeals the previous version signed on March 24, 2020, requiring that, for flights to Canada departing from the […]

New instruction On International Student & Eligibility For PGWP Under COVID-19

International students If you’re an international student who has a valid study permit or were approved for a study permit on or before March 18, 2020, you are exempt from the travel restrictions. If you’re travelling by air, you need to pass a health check conducted by airlines before you’re allowed to board your flight. Anyone […]

Guidance on Essential Services and Functions in Canada During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Canada’s National Strategy for Critical Infrastructure defines critical infrastructure as the processes, systems, facilities, technologies, networks, assets, and services essential to the health, safety, security or economic well-being of Canadians and the effective functioning of government. The Strategy classifies critical infrastructure in Canada according to ten sectors: Energy and Utilities Information and Communication Technologies Finance Health […]

Temporary Foreign Workers Allowed Into Canada, But There Are Complications

The federal government has allowed the temporary foreign worker program to go ahead with modifications to account for COVID-19, but employers are experiencing hurdles getting workers into the country. Some farmers and beekeepers are worried that their workers will arrive too late. Bill Termeer, owner of Moondance Honey near Sexsmith, Alta., brings about seven temporary foreign workers into Canada each year […]

You Can File For Your SIN Card Online

What you need before you apply To apply online you will need to upload copies of: a valid primary document that proves your identity and legal status in Canada; and a valid secondary document to confirm your identity; and a proof of address If the name indicated on your primary or secondary document is different than the name you […]

If You Are NOT A Canadian Citizen Or Permanent Resident And You Do Not Have Work Permit Or Study Permit

Reuniting with an immediate family member who lives in Canada but is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident To board your flight to Canada, you must have written authorization from the Government of Canada to fly to Canada To get the authorization, email IRCC at IRCC.COVID-TravelExemptions-Exemptionsdevoyage-COVID.IRCC@cic.gc.ca. We’ll contact you within 48 hours of […]

How COVID-19 Is Affecting Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship And Passport Services

To protect Canadians from the outbreak of COVID 19, the Prime Minister announced travel restrictions that will limit travel to Canada. Until further notice, most people cannot travel to Canada, even if they have a valid visitor visa or electronic travel authorization (eTA). These restrictions stop all non-essential travel to Canada by foreign nationals, but […]

Update On Opening Of Agri-Food Immigration Pilot

Ottawa, March 30, 2020—As the Government continues its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot is now scheduled to open on May 15, 2020, and will accept applications until May 14, 2023. Information on how to apply will be posted online and shared via social media closer to the launch date. Those currently preparing […]

Update On 2020 Parents And Grandparents Program

Ottawa, March 27, 2020—Due to the current focus on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will delay the opening of the 2020 Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program to accepting new applications. The launch of the annual call for expressions of interest to apply was anticipated in the coming weeks. Given […]

Covid-19 IRCC March 26 Update

Important to note: “Temporary foreign workers, some international students and approved permanent residents who haven’t yet landed are now able to enter Canada. The travel restriction exemptions that were announced are now in place. If you’re exempt, you can now travel to Canada. If you’re travelling by air, you need to pass a health check […]

Government Immigration Fees Increasing As Of April 30, 2020

295 (1) The following fees are payable for processing an application for a permanent resident visa: (a) if the application is made by a person as a member of the family class – THESE FEES STAY THE SAME (i) in respect of a principal applicant, other than a principal applicant referred to in subparagraph (ii), $475, (ii) in respect of a principal […]

Express Entry #139 – Min. CRS Of 467

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – March 23, 2020 Canadian Experience Class See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,232Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,232st or above Date and time of round: March 23, 2020 at 16:12:27 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 467 […]

Express Entry #138 – Provincial Nominee Only – Min. CRS Of 668 Only 750 Draws

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – March 18, 2020 Provincial Nominee Program See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 668Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 668th or above Date and time of round: March 19, 2020 at 02:04:06 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 720 […]

Another Important Notice for Immigration Stakeholders

The Government of Canada is providing an update on travel restrictions put in place to stem the spread of COVID-19. Exemptions to the air travel restrictions will apply to foreign nationals who have already committed to working, studying or making Canada their home, and travel by these individuals will be considered essential travel for land […]

Important Notice For Immigration Stakeholders From The Government Of Canada

Travel for the purpose of obtaining immigration services is non-essential. If you are in Canada, and are seeking to travel to the border in order to make an application for a work permit, study permit or permanent residence, you are asked to consider Federal and Provincial guidelines for self-isolation and social distancing. Do not travel […]

Canada-US Border To Be Closed To Travel Except Trade

Earlier this morning, Prime Minister Trudeau and President Trump announced that, “We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic. Trade will not be affected. Details to follow!” To emphasize what this means,– TRADES ARE NOT STOPPED. This is only to stop any non-essential trips, like getting gas […]

Government Warns Against All International Travel

The federal government is warning against all international travel and is limiting inbound flights as part of a series of measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau detailed the new measures during a news conference Friday. Trudeau is in self-isolation due to the confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis for his wife, Sophie. Trudeau said that, aside […]

Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) Appointments – Cancelled Until April 13, 2020

List Of Cancellations. Permanent residence landing: We’re cancelling all in-person permanent resident landing appointments until April 13, 2020. If you had a landing appointment already booked, it will be held by telephone at a new date. Refugee claimant appointments: We’re cancelling all refugee claimant appointments until April 13, 2020. If you had an appointment, we’ll contact you […]

Canada To Bar Entry To All Travellers Who Are Not Citizens Or Permanent Residents

Canada is barring entry to all travellers who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today — one of a set of extraordinary new measures being introduced to stop the spread of COVID-19. There will be exceptions for air crew, diplomats, immediate family members of citizens and, “at this time,” U.S. citizens, […]

Office Changes Regarding COVID-19

In order to do our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19, Jennifer Roggemann Law Office will be offering the following accommodations to our clients. We have made a decision to re-schedule all non-time-sensitive meetings for the next 3 weeks and to convert all in-person meetings to either phone call or Skype. We will be […]

Canada Announces Plan To Grow Economy And Create Jobs Through Responsible Immigration

March 12, 2020—Ottawa—Today the Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, tabled the 2020‒2022 Immigration Levels Plan in the House of Commons. The new plan will benefit all Canadians because immigration drives economic growth, spurs innovation and helps employers access the talent they need to thrive. Welcoming more newcomers will help to address […]

Express Entry #137 – Min. CRS of 471

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – March 4, 2020 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,900Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,900th or above Date and time of round: March 4, 2020 at 13:44:16 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate […]

OINP Received 1322 Successful Registrations In Less Than Half-business Day

Update: Employer Job Offer: International Student and Foreign Worker Streams The OINP received 1322 successful registrations during the March 3rd opening of the Employer Job Offer: International Student and Foreign Worker streams. Individuals who successfully completed registration and received a file number have 14 days to submit an application. The OINP will continue to monitor intake of applications across all […]

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Open For One Day

OINP has closed intake to the Employer Job Offer: International Student and Foreign Worker Streams Please note that the Employer Job Offer: International Student and Foreign Worker Streams are now closed, and no additional registrations will be accepted until further notice. The Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream remains open to applications at this time. […]

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Opened!

OINP now accepting applications to the Employer Job Offer: International Student and Foreign Worker Streams The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is now accepting applications to both the Employer Job Offer: International Student and Foreign Worker streams. Once the intake limits have been met, the system will automatically prevent further registrations from being submitted. Should the […]

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Update

Entrepreneur Stream – Invitations to Apply Issued On February 26, 2020 the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued 20 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) under the Entrepreneur Stream (OINP:ES). Expressions of Interest (EOIs) received and scored by the OINP:ES between November 22, 2019 and February 14, 2020 were eligible for consideration for this ITA Round. ITAs […]

Jennifer Profiled In JUST. Magazine

Shortly after immigrating to Canada from South Korea as a teenager, Jennifer Roggemann had an encounter with our justice system that opened her eyes to the impact someone with her particular background, academic drive and desire to help could have on the lives of other newcomers. “A family member got into legal trouble,” she recalls. […]

We Were Married Last Year And We Needed Help For My Wife To Immigrate To Canada

I became a widower two years ago, and on a trip to Scotland I met up with a lifelong friend of my late wife`s who was widowed over three years ago. This meeting developed into a relationship and we were married last year and we needed help for my wife to immigrate to Canada. We […]

Conestoga College Looking Abroad To Boost Enrolment

When twin brothers Meti and Massi Basiri left their home in Iran in 2011 to study at Conestoga College, they were some of the only international students in their programs, and two of just a few hundred on the entire campus. Now, students from abroad make up more than half of the nearly 20,000 full-time […]

Woman Faces Deportation 18 Years After Arriving To Canada As A Child

A 30-year-old woman, who was brought to Toronto when she was a little girl, is facing deportation to France after federal officials learned she was living in Canada without immigration status for 18 years. Laura Emmanuelle Souchet, a samba dancer who now owns her own cleaning business, said she came to Canada with her mother […]

Update To Post Graduation Work Permit Program

The instructions have been updated to reflect that students who have completed their program of study are allowed to work while they are waiting for a decision on their post-graduation work permit application applicants eligible to work full time without a work permit while waiting for a decision on their application under paragraph 186(w) of […]

Express Entry #136 – Min. CRS of 470

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – February 19, 2020 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 4,500Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 4,500th or above Date and time of round: February 19, 2020 at 13:19:54 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate […]

Waterloo Region Is The Fastest Growing Urban Area In Canada

Waterloo Region was the fastest-growing urban area in the entire country, according to new data from Statistics Canada. A new study looked at the growth in 35 census metropolitan areas, which are the biggest urban areas in the country with a population of 100,000 or more. Waterloo Region topped the list, growing by […]

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Updates

On February 13, 2020, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued targeted Notifications of Interest (NOI) to candidates who may qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream. If you received a NOI, you do not need to contact the program. The OINP targeted candidates with a Comprehensive Randing System (CRS) between 467 and 471, and work […]

Good News! Canada Added 35,000 Full-Time Jobs Last Month

Canada’s economy added 34,500 jobs last month, enough to push the jobless rate down to 5.5 per cent. Statistics Canada reported Friday that the economy added 35,700 full-time jobs during the month, but that was slightly offset by a loss of 1,200 part-time positions. Most of the new jobs came in Quebec, Manitoba and New Brunswick. Alberta […]

‘Why is this happening to me?’ Immigration issues keep B.C. man and wife apart for 20 years of marriage

Paramjit Basanti has been married to his wife for over 20 years. In all that time, they’ve only been together about 18 months because multiple attempts to sponsor her for Canadian permanent residency have failed. “My eyes get watery overnight. I can’t sleep,” Basanti, 68, said in his native Punjabi through a translator. “My mind […]

Exciting News For Kitchener Waterloo!

Google is upping its Canadian presence with a plan to open three new offices, giving it enough space to accommodate 5,000 employees by 2022. The tech behemoth revealed Thursday that it will build a trio of new facilities in Montreal at 425 Viger Ave., in Toronto at 65 King Street E. and in the Kitchener […]

New American Visa Restrictions Could Affect Canadian Immigration

OTTAWA — U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to slap visa restrictions on six new countries could affect immigration flows to Canada, if history is any indication, as those caught up in the changes find new reasons to come here. Past U.S. immigration policy moves on Haiti and Iran saw asylum claims and student visa applications […]

Express Entry #135 – Min. CRS of 472

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – February 5, 2020 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,500Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,500th or above Date and time of round: February 5, 2020 at 13:11:46 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate […]

Jennifer Roggemann: Investing In Your Workforce

Looking for new ways to recruit and retain talent? The Greater KW Chamber of Commerce and Immigration Partnership hosted an informative morning session on Investing in Your Workforce. Jennifer Roggemann (Roggemann Immigration Law) and Bill MacGregor (Gowling WLG) shared their vast experience in immigration law, and discuss opportunities to help fulfill talent needs.

Appreciation Of Jennifer Roggemann’s Community Leadership

The Immigration Partnership is a collaborative of over 100 residents and community leaders from more than 60 community service, business, municipal and post-secondary partners working together to facilitate the successful settlement and community involvement of immigrants and refugees in Waterloo Region through systems, policy and program change. Our work is based on the premise that […]

Update To Testing In Response To Coronavirus

The IELTS Partners are monitoring the Coronavirus situation very closely and are taking relevant measures to protect the health of our test takers and colleagues in affected areas, in line with the advice of national healthcare authorities. China, Hong Kong SAR, and Macau SAR All IELTS and IELTS for UKVI tests are currently suspended in […]

U.S. Border Officers Ordered To Interrogate Travellers With Iranian Links

An apparent U.S. Customs and Border Patrol internal memo adds credence to the recent numerous complaints from Iranian-born Canadian and American citizens that they were questioned and held for hours at the Canada-U.S. border in Blaine, Wash. Despite reports that up to 200 travellers of Iranian descent were detained at the Blaine Peace Arch crossing on […]

Express Entry #134 – Min. CRS of 473

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – January 22, 2020 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,400Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,400th or above Date and time of round: January 22, 2020 at 13:35:06 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate […]

Roggemann Spoke About Hiring Immigrants At Breakfast Seminar

On Jan 21, 2020 Jennifer Roggemann spoke at a breakfast seminar hosted by KW Chamber of Commerce and Immigration Partnership Council for hiring and retaining employees. Here are some pictures from that event.                        

Ontario Nominee Targeted Tech Draw CRS 460 – 472

On January 15, 2020, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued targeted Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to candidates who may qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream. If you received a NOI, you do not need to contact the program. The OINPtargeted candidates with a CRS between 460 and 472, and […]

Roggemann To Speak On How To Help Fulfill Talent Needs

Check out my breakfast seminar hosted by KW Chamber of Commerce and Immigration Partnership Council for hiring and retaining employees on Jan 21, 2020 https://greaterkwchamber.com/networking-events/events-calendar/#id=1783&wid=401&cid=325 Looking for new ways to recruit and retain talent? The Greater KW Chamber of Commerce and Immigration Partnership will be hosting an informative morning session on Investing in your […]

Employers In Waterloo Region Are Having A Tough Time Filling Vacancies

Hundreds of companies in Waterloo Region have jobs to fill, but they’re having an increasingly tough time finding the right candidates for those jobs. According to a new report from the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin, about 65 per cent of 542 employers surveyed last year had positions that were difficult to fill during […]

Going To USA Can Be More Tricky And Dangerous Now.

Concerns are mounting over added powers Ottawa has granted U.S. customs officers to strip-search, question and detain U.S.-bound travellers — on Canadian soil. The changes are part of Canada’s new preclearance act, which the federal government says will enhance border security and make travel to the U.S. easier. But Pantea Jafari, an Iranian-Canadian immigration lawyer, fears it could […]

Express Entry #133 – Min. CRS of 473

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system –January 8, 2020 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,400Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,400th or above Date and time of round: January 8, 2020 at 13:33:44 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate […]

No New ‘Parents Or Grandparents Applications’ Until April 2020

Ministerial Instructions with respect to the processing of applications for a permanent resident visa made by parents or grandparents of a sponsor as members of the family class and the processing of sponsorship applications made in relation to those applications. These Instructions are published in the Canada Gazette in accordance with subsection 87.3(6) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection […]

Update To The Cost Threshold For Excessive Demand On Health And Social Services

The annual cost threshold figure for excessive demand on health and social services has been updated. The average Canadian per capita health and social services cost has increased from $6,839 to $7,068, and 3 times that average has been updated from $20,517 to $21,204. For more information and access to the updated instructions, Click here.   […]

Canada Plans A New Immigration Program

The federal government plans to bring in a new immigration program that will allow cities and towns to pick newcomers based on local labour needs. The Liberals promised to create a municipal nominee program during the election campaign. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau instructed new Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino to begin work on the project in […]

2020 Parents and Grandparents Program Delayed

To ensure that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has sufficient time to complete the development of a new intake process for the 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program, the reopening of the program will be postponed until Ministerial Instructions are issued. This means that the opportunity to express interest in sponsoring a parent or grandparent […]

Express Entry #132 – Min. CRS of 469

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – December 19, 2019 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,200Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,200th or above Date and time of round: December 19, 2019 at 13:21:53 UTC CRS score […]

Merry Christmas!

Please note our office will be closed as of December 20th, 2019 for the Christmas Holidays.The office will reopen on Monday, January 6th, 2020. We wish you a fabulous holiday break. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from JR Law office and the family of Jennifer Roggemann.  

Notifications of Interest Under Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream

On December 11, 2019 the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to candidates who may qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades stream. NOIs were issued to candidates who had a Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) between 410 and 479. If you received a NOI, please visit the Skilled Trades stream webpage for information about […]

Express Entry #131 – Min. CRS of 472

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – December 11, 2019 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,200Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,200th or above Date and time of round: December 11, 2019 at 13:26:03 UTC CRS score of […]

I Felt Just Like Family There

I had come to Canada as a caregiver in the spring of 2018.  When I was eligible to apply for permanent residency, I knew I needed a lawyer to help me.  I googled ‘immigration lawyers in Kitchener’ and Jennifer’s website popped up.  I saw that they were close by and, as I didn’t have […]

U.S. Doubles Number of 5-year Bans on Travellers From Canada

The number of travellers from Canada hit with a long-term ban when trying to enter the U.S. has almost doubled, new data shows. Between October 2018 and September 2019, U.S. border officers issued expedited removals — which “generally” result in a minimum five-year ban — to 616 travellers attempting to enter the U.S. by land from […]

Removing in-Canada biometrics exemption

With the rollout of the in-Canada enrolment network on December 3, 2019, the following note has been removed from the instructions: Starting December 3, 2019, foreign nationals applying from within Canada to extend or renew their visitor visa, work permit or study permit or applying for temporary or permanent residence must provide biometrics. In […]

2019 Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Updates

December 2, 2019 Entrepreneur Stream – Invitations to Apply Issued Please be advised that the OINP has issued 16 Invitations to Apply under the Entrepreneur Stream. The minimum score was 118. Only those whose Expressions of Interest were scored by November 21, 2019 were eligible for consideration for this draw. For the full information click here.

How and Where to Give Biometrics in Canada

Please note that not everyone can give biometrics in Canada. Make sure you check to see if you’re eligible to give your biometrics in Canada before making the appointment. Where to go to give your fingerprints: You can go to one of these official locations to give your biometrics: visa application centres (VACs) worldwide application […]

It Felt Like A Burden Lifted Off Of Our Shoulders

When I first met my partner, I was working on a temporary work permit and it was due to expire fairly shortly into the start of our relationship. I continued to remain in Canada with a string of visitor’s visas until we decided that we both wanted to be together and have me stay in […]

Today We Have Lost Hydro On Our Block Until 5PM.

Today we have lost hydro on our block until 5PM. We will not be able to receive any calls or emails or faxes into the office. Anything urgent can be sent to “jennifer@jrlawoffice.com” for today. Thanks

Express Entry #130 – Min. CRS of 471

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – November 27, 2019 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,600Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,600th or above Date and time of round: November 27, 2019 at 12:44:41 UTC CRS score of […]

Visa Applicants From Africa Have More Difficulty Securing Permission To Visit Canada

Data shows visa applicants from Africa have more difficulty securing permission to visit Canada than do travelers from any other continent. “At the end of the day, it starts to feel like institutional racism.” Listen to the full interview here on Ottawa Morning with Robyn Bresnahan.

It Was Reassuring To Have Our Case In Their Hands So We Could Focus On Raising A Family.

My wife and I married in the fall of 2016. After entertaining our options, together we came to the decision that starting a life in Canada would be the best for us. Shortly after, to our joy we discovered that we were expecting our first child. Suddenly there was a sense of urgency to settle […]

The Main Purpose of a Study Permit in Canada is to Study in Canada – A Simple Yet Important Fact.

Canada issued Anass El Kamel a student visa to study at the Université de Moncton, but the Moroccan man never attended a single class or even lived in New Brunswick. Instead, upon arriving in Canada in 2017, he settled in Montreal and got a job with a parking management company, claiming illness prevented him from […]

Express Entry #129 – Min. CRS of 472

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – November 13, 2019 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,600Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,600th or above Date and time of round: November 13, 2019 at 12:40:01 UTC CRS score of […]

I Couldn’t Do This On My Own

I’ve been working as a farm supervisor here in Canada for a long time. I first came on the 8 month Agricultural worker program for several years, and then was able to switch to being able to work for a couple of years at a time. A few years ago it was time to see […]

FAQ: I Just Want to Visit Canada for Two Weeks. Why Doesn’t Immigration Canada Believe Me?

I just want to visit Canada for two weeks. Why does Immigration Canada believe that I won’t leave? It’s common sense that if someone visits your house, you expect them to leave at the end of their visit. If they don’t leave, even after you tell them to, you would call the police! Unfortunately, Canada […]

Express Entry #128 – Min. CRS of 475

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – October 30, 2019 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,900 Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,900th or above Date and time of round: October 30, 2019 at 12:50:09 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate […]

We Trusted Them That They Would Take Care of it – and They Did.

Little did I know that a year ago when I Googled ‘Best immigration lawyer’ that I would be writing a review for the same law firm that popped up first. I read all the reviews on Jennifer’s website and liked what I read. When we found out that she was in Kitchener; even better. My […]

FAQ: Will Poor Grades Affect My Ability to Re-enter Canada?

I did not do well in school. Will this affect my ability to apply for a study permit extension or my ability to re-enter into Canada? Yes. In Gursimran 2019 FC 2016, the Federal Court was faced with an applicant who had failed in three schools over 3 years, but wished to study continuously. Not only […]

FAQ: Do I Have 6 Months to Apply For My Post-Graduate Work Permit After I Complete My Studies?

Technically, you may apply for your post graduate work permit (PGWP) within 6 months, instead of 3 months, after you complete your studies as of mid-February, 2019. However, one of the conditions to apply for your PGWP is that you have a valid legal status in Canada. As a result, you must maintain your temporary […]

Express Entry #127 – Min. CRS of 357 Federal Trade Skilled Worker Only

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – October 16, 2019 Federal skilled trades See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 500Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 500th or above Date and time of round: October 16, 2019 at 12:56:58 UTC CRS score of […]

I Kept Getting Into Trouble, But They Were Able To Rescue Me

I’ve had a long road to get to where I am today. Fleeing from my home country as a teenager in the 1980’s, going through the refugee system in Canada where I was eventually successful in becoming a protected person. I filed for my PR on my own but it was refused in 2012. A […]

U.S. Border Guards Detain Canadian Woman For 5 Hours

A Vancouver woman is afraid to try to enter the United States after she was held for hours without reason and eventually denied entry at a border crossing — a situation immigration lawyers say is becoming more common. Software developer Jaklyn De Vos had planned to visit her godfather in Seattle, Wash., in April when she and her partner were […]

Saskatchewan Man Barred From U.S. For 5 years After Trying To Volunteer At Festival

A Saskatoon man says he’s been banned from entering the United States for five years after attempting to volunteer at an arts festival in Washington state this summer. Kyle Kuchirka, 25, an actor and recent graduate of the University of Saskatchewan’s drama department, said he tried to cross the U.S. border between Abbotsford, B.C., and Sumas, […]

Express Entry #126 – Min. CRS of 464

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – October 2, 2019 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,900Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,900th or above Date and time of round: October 2, 2019 at 12:16:25 UTC CRS score of […]

We Are So VERY Grateful

My husband and I are so VERY grateful to Jennifer and her team for working hard to help us obtain permanent residency for myself in Canada, so our little family could grow and thrive TOGETHER in Canada. It has been a long, tiresome, and stressful road for our little family and we appreciate Jennifer and […]

Question: I Got A Refusal Letter – Can I Re-apply Right Away?

When you get a refusal letter from Immigration Refugee Citizenship Canada (IRCC), you need to know clearly the reasons for such refusal first.  In general, most temporary resident applications (visitor, study or work permits) have a standard letter with a list of boxes only without any personalized reasons for your refusal.  Even though your […]

If You Need Help, Go See Them And They’ll Straighten You Out.

I met and married my wife a long time ago – before you even needed PR cards here in Canada.  I never left this country I’d adopted, but; I hadn’t applied for Citizenship either.  On the recommendation of my accountant, my wife and I went to see Jennifer to sort out my becoming a […]

Intake Closed For The Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream

Please note that the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has closed intake to the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream as of September 23, 2019. No new applications can be submitted as of this date. The Employer Job Offer Foreign Worker and International Student streams have seen a significant increase in applications in […]

OINP Updates: Invitations To Apply To Entrepreneur Stream

Please be advised that the OINP has issued 15 Invitations to Apply under the Entrepreneur Stream. The minimum score was 127.  Only those whose Expressions of Interest were scored by September 12, 2019 were eligible for consideration for this draw. For more information on these updates, click here.

Imperial Oil Ordered To Pay $116,000 To Engineer Rejected For Job Over Immigration Status

Imperial Oil has been ordered to pay a former international student more than $116,000 in lost salary and damages, four years after it rescinded a job offer after learning he was not a permanent resident of Canada at the time. Although the company had argued that Muhammad Haseeb was dishonest about his immigration status […]

Jennifer Came Up With A Plan, It Was A Bit Outside Of The Box – But It Worked

My Great Aunt is quite elderly and could no longer manage on her own.  She was alone here in Canada and so I needed to figure out a way to build my life here so that I could support myself while I was taking care of her.  My friend has contact with a lot […]

Visa Application Centres Are Updating Their Support

Ottawa, September 2, 2019 – Visa application centres (VACs) have contracts with the Government of Canada to give you visa application support services and biometrics services. Current contracts with the VACs in Europe, Africa and the Middle East will be expiring on November 1, 2019. New contracts will be starting on November 2, 2019, resulting in […]

Express Entry #125 – Min. CRS of 463

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – September 4, 2019 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,600Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,600th or above Date and time of round: September 4, 2019 at 13:36:34 UTC CRS score of […]

They Helped Me Through An Impossible Case

I knew my case was unusual and complicated.  My status had expired and my home country in South America was not a safe place any longer. I had not lived there for over 20 years and I had little reason and desire to go back given the crime and political instability.  I had contacted a […]

OINP Updates: Accepting Applications To The Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is now accepting applications to the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream. To apply, applicants must access the OINP e-Filing Portal directly from the OINP website. The link to the e-Filing Portal is located on the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream webpage. The Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream will remain paused […]

Be Careful With Cannabis Products At The U.S. Border

Thousands of Canadians have been denied entry to the U.S. simply for admitting they’ve smoked a joint once in their lives. Others have been banned from entering the country for life for carrying cannabis products to the border — a punishment that this unsuspecting CBD oil user could now face as well, according to immigration experts. While some U.S. states […]

Corporate Changes, Acquisitions, And Restructurings – How They Affect Temporary Foreign Workers

Canada’s immigration department, IRCC, has a guideline on work permit considerations for mergers, acquisitions and company changes:  IRCC Guidelines on Employer Restructurings and Name Changes. Work permits, including any employer name specifically indicated, must be treated carefully.  Any material change to the work itself, as well as the changes to the specific employer indicated on […]

Express Entry #124 – Min. CRS of 457

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – August 20, 2019 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,600* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,600th or above Date and time of round: August 20, 2019 at 11:51:30 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked […]

OINP Updates: Notifications Of Interest By Targeted Occupations

On August 15, 2019, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued targeted Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to candidates who qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream. The OINP targeted candidates with work experience in the following NOC codes: 0114 Other administrative services managers 0601 Corporate sales managers 1122 Professional occupations in business management consulting […]

Canada Recognizes The Extension Of Validity Of Venezuelan Passports

August 19, 2019 – Ottawa – Canada recognizes the decree published by the Venezuelan National Assembly on June 7, 2019, regarding the validity of expired Venezuelan passports. Venezuelan passport holders wanting to travel to or stay in Canada can now continue to use their passport if it expired less than 5 years ago or will soon expire. Venezuelans can […]

Express Entry #123 – Min. CRS of 466

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – August 12, 2019 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,600* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,600th or above Date and time of round: August 12, 2019 at 12:36:51 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked […]

OINP Updates: Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream

On August 1, 2019, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued targeted Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to candidates who qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream. The OINP targeted candidates with work experience in the following NOC codes: 2173 Software engineers and designers 2174 Computer programmer and interactive media developers 2147 Computer engineers 2175 Web designers and […]

Express Entry #122 – Min. CRS of 459

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – July 24, 2019 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,600* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,600th or above Date and time of round: July 24, 2019 at 12:55:38 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate […]

Senate Report Shows Need For More Temporary Foreign Workers

Canada should make it easier for some temporary foreign workers to get into the country and stay, says a Senate report. The recommendation is part of Made in Canada: Growing Canada’s Value-Added Food Sector, a report of the Senate committee on agriculture and forestry. It was released Monday morning in Charlottetown. The report says there […]

OINP Updates: Issuance of Notifications of Interest by Targeted Occupations

On July 12, 2019, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued targeted Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to candidates who qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream. The OINP targeted candidates with work experience in the following NOC codes: 2173   Software engineers and designers 2174   Computer programmer and interactive media developers 2147   Computer engineers 2175   Web designers and […]

Be Cautious About The Info You Share At The Border

Border agents will be able to share information about U.S. and Canadian citizens more freely as the third phase of a 2011 border agreement meant to make it easier for trade and travel across the Canada-U.S. border comes into effect. It was announced on Thursday that U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Canada Border Services Agency […]

The Entire Office Is Friendly, Organized And Very Professional

I first came to Jennifer’s office on the recommendation of a family friend.  I was having trouble with my Post-Graduate Work Permit back in 2016.  Jennifer was very helpful in sorting out my situation and so when it came time for figuring out how to get permanent residency, she was the one we turned to. […]

Public Policy Driven Permanent Resident Application For GTA Construction Workers

The Temporary Public Policy for Out-of-Status Construction Workers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) recognizes the economic contribution of long-term resident construction workers and seeks to regularize individuals who have been contributing to the Canadian economy by filling a regional labour market need. At the same time, this public policy addresses the vulnerable position of these workers […]

Canada Announces New Agri-Food Immigration Pilot Program

Canada is launching a new 3-year economic immigration pilot that will fill labour shortages, particularly in meat processing and mushroom production, within the agri-food sector and help meet Canada’s ambitious export targets. Over the past several years, industries such as meat processing and mushroom production have experienced ongoing difficulty in finding and keeping new employees. […]

Interim Pathway For Caregiver Is Re-opened On July 8 For The Next 3 Months!

The Interim Pathway for Caregivers is reopening for 3 months, starting on July 8, 2019. The related instructions have been updated to remove references to the 3 month limit of the program. Updated instructions Pathways for caregivers Interim Pathway for Caregivers Application process and who can apply (Interim Pathway for Caregivers)

Overview Of Major Changes In OINP Programs

There are some major changes being made in the OINP programs.  Here are the highlights only – for anyone interested in OINP, we highly recommend for you to review your eligibility in light of these regulatory changes and other eligibility requirements: For any programs for international students (job stream, Master or Ph.D.), applicants now can […]

Express Entry #121 – Min. CRS of 460

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – July 10, 2019 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,600* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,600th or above Date and time of round: July 10, 2019 at 12:31:36 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked […]

Our Experience Is Proof That They Know What They’re Doing

My wife and I came from overseas because I was offered a job at a Canadian company. We loved it here and started a family. My employer had been handling all my immigration paperwork and had started collecting items for our permanent residency applications, then the unexpected happened and I was no longer working for […]

Regulations Under The Ontario Immigration Act, 2015 Have Been Amended

Important Notice – Regulatory Amendments Please be advised that the regulations under the Ontario Immigration Act, 2015 have been amended. New applications will be processed in accordance with the amended regulations posted on e-Laws on July 8, 2019. Amendments were made to simplify program requirements, add greater clarity and consistency to stream criteria, and introduce changes to […]

Jennifer Cared About Us As People, Not Just Clients

I had tried to sponsor my husband before when I lived in another city. When my application was refused, I didn’t know what to do. The person who had assisted me with my application, helped me search online for a lawyer in my new city and I decided to spend the money on a consultation […]

Express Entry #120 – Min. CRS of 462

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – June 26, 2019 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,350* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,350th or above Date and time of round: June 26, 2019 at 12:30:54 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked […]

When People Ask Me For Advice, I Point Them To Jennifer

My brother-in-law was a client of Jennifer’s and he had me tag along during one of his appointments to see Jennifer.  I knew she’d done a good job for both my brother-in-law and his parents and so I had confidence that she could help me as well. All of my immediate family is now here […]

Learning English In Waterloo Region

We have been connecting with Immigration Waterloo Region recently, and they provide many incredible resources for newcomers to the area. If you have recently immigrated to the region, and are struggling in any way, check out all the resources that they have to offer. One thing that many people struggle with when entering […]

Update On Construction Around The Office Today

The region of Waterloo is continuing their road work today and tomorrow as they repave King St E and their work will interfere with access to our business today (weather depending).  If you were planning on coming in, or if you need any more information, let us know at info@jrlawoffice.com or call us at (519) 744-3570. […]

Jennifer Helped Us To Have The Freedom To Choose Our Future Adventures Together

My wife and I came to Jennifer’s office on the recommendation of my mother-in-law’s lawyer in Guelph, Ontario.  We were looking for help with getting my permanent residency and wanted to talk to a professional.  I had used a consultant who was based in Vancouver for my previous study permits, and I wasn’t really happy […]

Road Closure Around Our Office On June 20

The region of Waterloo is repaving King St E and their work will interfere with access to our business for Thursday June 20th (weather depending).  If you were planning on coming in, or if you need any more information, let us know at info@jrlawoffice.com or call us at (519) 744-3570. We are excited for the […]

The Price Of A Lawyer

This article recently appeared in CBA National Magazine as an interest piece. The legal system in Canada is complicated, arcane, and out of reach for the majority of people. One important reason for that is that the cost of getting answers to legal questions is generally very high. Lawyers are expensive relative to other […]

Ottawa Announces New Pilot Immigration Project For Select Rural Communities

The federal government has picked 11 communities from across Canada to kick off a new pilot program aimed at attracting immigrants to rural and northern communities. The goal of the program is to bring newcomers to regions confronting severe labour shortages due to a youth exodus, declining birth rate and aging population. The selected communities […]

Express Entry #119 – Min. CRS of 465

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – June 12, 2019 No Program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,350Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,350th or above Date and time of round: June 12, 2019 at 11:59:22 UTC CRS score […]

Canada Closes Its Embassy In Venezuela

Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, has announced that Canada is temporarily closing their embassy in Venezuela. Canada will also be “evaluating the status” of Venezuelan diplomats to Canada appointed by President Nicolas Maduro. Canada is part of a group of countries who believe Maduro’s re-election last year was fraudulent. Canadian officials have called […]

OINP Made a Targeted Draw on Specific Occupations

Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream: Issuance of Notifications of Interest by Targeted Occupations On May 31, 2019, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued targeted Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to candidates who qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream. The OINP targeted candidates with work experience in the following NOC codes: 0114   Other administrative […]

From Work Permit To Permanent Residence: They Make The Process Easy

My employer was the one that introduced me to Jennifer and her team.  They were working on getting me a Work Permit through a Labour Market Impact Assessment.  They were very helpful through that process and so; when it came time for me to think about permanent residency here, it was a no brainer to […]

Express Entry #118 – Min. CRS of 470

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – May 29, 2019 No Program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,350Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,350th or above Date and time of round: May 29, 2019 at 12:09:37 UTC CRS score of […]

I Can Build A Future And A Life With The Woman I Love – I Belong

I met my wife online, and we visited each other a few times.  On one visit I was refused entry at the border.  That denial really started us thinking about how to do this immigration process so that we could be together.  I had figured out that I could come and visit for six months, […]

You Want Success?  Look At Our Case.

I came to Jennifer because we needed help.  We had tried a couple of times to get my then girlfriend to come for a visit to Canada.  We’d been refused both times, and we found the IRCC website confusing.  We wanted someone to assist us with figuring out the system.  One of the most valuable […]

They Overcame The Challenges – I Was Never Alone Through This Process

I initially came to Jennifer through the recommendation of my employer – who had used her for other clients and was happy with their services.  I can now say that I add my recommendation to hers.  When I first came to Jennifer and her team for my permanent residency, both of us thought it was […]

Alberta invites 3,357 Express Entry candidates with CRS scores as low as 300 to apply for provincial nomination

Alberta has released new information showing it held 14 draws through its Express Entry-aligned immigration stream so far in 2019, issuing a total of 3,357 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence to Express Entry candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System scores as low as 300. Candidates first need to get a […]

Express Entry #117 – Min. CRS of 332

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – May 15, 2019 IRCC made a draw, specifically for Federal Trade Skilled workers ONLY – that’s why the score is so low. Program specified: Federal Skilled Trades See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 500

International Student Arrested, Facing Deportation For Working Too Many Hours

Recently an international student was arrested in Ontario and it created a discussion about a hot issue. The issue is that the international students’ primary goal is to study in Canada, not to work. However, he did not have a working visa, only a student visa. It raises the question that if domestic students are […]

We Are Able To Stay Here In Our Home With The People We Love

My partner and I found Jennifer online and read her reviews. We had tried to apply for Express Entry on our own and found the information on the Immigration Canada website confusing. We were going around in circles and precious time was passing. We liked that Jennifer’s office is a small business and that the […]

2019 Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Masters Graduate Stream Update

OINP announced an opening of  667 applications to the Masters Graduate Stream on April 30, 2019. As of April 30th, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) accepted 667 applications to the Masters Graduate Stream. The limit was reached on the same day, and intake was paused. Both International student job offer stream and Job offer […]

A Nice Welcome Back to The Office

When I got back from the vacation, this card was waiting for me. It made for a great return to the office. -Jennifer “They are blessed who hunger and thirst after justice, for they will be satisfied. They are blessed who show mercy to others, for God will show mercy to them.” – Matthew 5:6-7 […]

My Mom Gave Us A Great Christmas Gift: A Consultation With Jennifer

My mom gave my now wife and I a great Christmas gift.  She gave us a consultation with Jennifer.  Both of us were overwhelmed by the minutiae of the process; and the options we had to have Rebecca stay here with me.  We really didn’t know where to start.  As we’ve told others since, Jennifer’s […]

They Keep Up With the Latest Laws

I came here from Portugal to go to school; then, I was working after graduation. After I met, and fell in love with my Canadian husband, we were looking for ways that I could stay. I had an idea that we would do this process ourselves but I got overwhelmed with trying to figure it […]

Express Entry #116 – Min. CRS of 450

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – May 1, 2019 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,350Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,350th or above Date and time of round: May 1, 2019 at 12:03:02 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked […]

We Had Been Forced To Be Apart Before, And We Didn’t Want To Do That Again

I’m a Canadian and my American wife and I have been living in the USA.  We wanted to return to my home country and were thinking of settling near family in the Waterloo area.  I’m one of those techie guys who can see if people are ‘inflating’ their Google ratings.  I was impressed by the […]

Student, Post-Grad, PR… Future Citizen!

I originally came to Jennifer when I was planning to study in Canada. She was able to get me my study permit and then my post graduate work permit. I’m very happy with the service I received then and there was no need to go anywhere else when it was time to apply for permanent […]

OINP Proposes Amendments To Expand Program

OINP announced proposed amendments to Ontario Immigration act, open for public comment until May 30, 2019. OINP proposed an expansion to the in-demand program that would add 3 more occupations, including transport truck drivers. The amendment would also mean a simpler Employer – Job Offer program that would remove the requirement of a Canadian Employee. […]

Express Entry #115 – Min. CRS of 451

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – April 17, 2019 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,350Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,350th or above Date and time of round: April 17, 2019 at 15:26:33 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked […]

I can now work and live here with my husband

I think I heard an ad on the radio that sent me to check out Jennifer’s website.  My husband and I were looking for someone to take care of the process of me being able to live with him here in Canada.  I read some of the reviews on the website and called the office.  […]

Canada Is Now Our Home

We initially came to Jennifer because my mother-in-law heard an ad on the radio. We knew that Canada was where we wanted to call home. My wife was really pregnant with our daughter and we needed help to figure out how to apply for permanent residence and allow me to work during the process. We […]

Canadian Job Vacancies Rise By 16 Per Cent

This post is an excerpt of an article originally posted by Jessy Bains (Yahoo Finance Canada) on March 25th, 2019. To read the full article, click here.  Canadian employers continue to look for workers, as the number of job vacancies rises for the 9th straight year-over-year increase. In the fourth quarter of 2018, vacancies […]

Express Entry #114 – Min. CRS of 451

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – April 3, 2019 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,350Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,350th or above Date and time of round: April 3, 2019 at 17:37:40 UTC CRS score of […]

Canada To Start Collecting Data On Travellers Leaving The Country

This post is a summary from an article originally posted by Nickolas Keung (The Star) on March 19, 2019. Read the article here. Canada will begin to collect data on every traveller leaving the country by land and by air. The new measures are set to start later this year, in an effort to […]

Express Entry #113 – Min. CRS of 452

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – March 20, 2019 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,350Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,350th or above Date and time of round: March 20, 2019 at 11:44:52 UTC CRS score of […]

OINP Masters Graduate Stream: Registrations To Reopen When Technical Issue Is Solved

OINP Masters Graduate Stream aimed for 1,000 applicants, but only 333 applications were successfully registered. Update – Masters Graduate Stream The Masters Graduate Stream opening of March 5, 2019 was closed before achieving its target of 1,000 registrants due to technical issues. The program can confirm that 333 applicants successfully registered while the stream was […]

She Gave Us Hope

My partner and I originally heard about Jennifer’s office through her niece. Vicky and I originally met, and fell in love, while she was here as a temporary worker. When her work visa wasn’t renewed, we didn’t think we had any choice but for her to return to the Philippines; so she left. Eversince, we’d […]

OINP Masters Graduate Stream Registrations Closed Due To Technical Issues

OINP Masters Graduate Stream Applications closed less than two hours after opening because of technical issues. The Masters Graduate Stream was opened at 10:00 am on Tuesday March 5th with an intake limit of 1,000 registrations. Due to technical issues, the stream was closed at 11:42 am. The issue is being investigated and an update […]

Express Entry #112 – Min. CRS of 454

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – March 6, 2019 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,350Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,350th or above Date and time of round: March 6, 2019 at 14:56:03 UTC CRS score of […]

OINP Is Accepting Applications To The Masters Graduate Stream Today

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is now accepting applications to the Masters Graduate Stream. The opening is limited to 1,000 registrations. A notice will be posted on this page once the intake limit has been met. You must access the OINP e-Filing Portal directly from the Masters Graduate Stream page on the OINP website. Please click […]

OINP To Open Masters Graduate Stream on March 5th, Limited To 1,000 Registrations

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program will open the Masters Graduate Stream at 10 AM tomorrow, March 5th, 2019: Important notice Please be advised that the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) will open the Masters Graduate Stream at 10:00 am on Tuesday March 5, 2019. The opening will be limited to 1,000 registrations in the e-Filing Portal. […]

Jennifer Roggemann Interviewed On CBC News Regarding Types Of Permits For Temporary Workers

On interview with CBC News, Jennifer Roggemann explained that there are two types of permits for temporary workers in Canada: This post is an excerpt of an article originally posted by Robin De Angelis (CBC News) on Feb 27, 2019. To read the full article, click here.  Emilio Carro was just days away from […]

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Results For 2018

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is in strong demand. The province’s nomination allocation from the federal government was 6,600 in 2018. The OINP met its full 2018 nomination allocation in early November. In December, the federal government granted Ontario an additional 250 nominations, which were allocated before year end. This brought the total number […]

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Changing to Electronic Only

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Will Now Use Electronic Documents Only As of February 26th, 2019, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) will issue Certificates of Nomination and additional program correspondence (i.e. work permit support letters, applicant and employer approval letters) by email as PDF documents only. The OINP will no longer send these documents by courier. Please monitor this […]

Canada Implementing New Entry/Exit Tracking Program

New Entry/Exit Tracking Program For Travellers Starting This Year Until now, the Government of  Canada only tracked entry information for travellers who enter Canada. Canada will now track both entry and exit information for travellers. The program will start on June, 2019 for people who enter by land, and December, 2019 for travellers who enter […]

New Caregiver Application Opportunities For Permanent Residence

New Caregiver Application Opportunities: Launching two new 5-year caregiver immigration pilot programs Caregivers will soon have access to two new 5-year caregiver immigration pilots that will replace expiring and ineffective pilot programs. The new pilots will allow caregivers to come to Canada together with their family and provide a pathway to permanent residence. Caregivers will […]

Express Entry #111 – Min. CRS of 457, Up Significantly From 438

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – February 20, 2019 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,350Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,350th or above Date and time of round: February 20, 2019 at 01:43:14 UTC CRS score of […]

Canada Changes Post-Graduate Work Permit Requirements

Change to Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) – Perhaps a “Happy Valentine’s Day” gift from IRCC? In summary the major changes are: An international student no longer needs to have a valid study permit to apply for PGWP The deadline of 90 days got extended now to 6 months along with a number of minor changes. […]

Express Entry #110 – Min. CRS of 438

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – January 30, 2019 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,350Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,350th or above Date and time of round: January 30, 2019 at 12:09:10 UTC CRS score of […]

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) Erroneously Issues Notifications of Interest (NOI)

Important notice: Notifications of interest under Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream Please note that on January 24, 2019, through a search in the federal Express Entry pool for qualifying candidates under Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream, a number of Notifications of Interest (NOIs) were issued in error to candidates who do not meet […]

Canada Border Services Agency – Citizens of Venezuela to Not be Removed from Canada

What this means that citizens of Venezuela will not be removed from Canada, in light of danger in the home country, until such danger is settled. Administrative deferral of removals (ADR) – The ADR is meant to be a temporary measure when immediate action is needed to temporarily defer removals in situations of humanitarian crisis. […]

Work Permit for Spouses Extended Until July 31, 2020

Work permit pilot extended for in-Canada family class spouses and common-law partners The Government of Canada is extending the open work permit pilot for spouses and common-law partners applying for permanent residence under the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class until July 31, 2020. Originally the due date was Jan 31, 2019. To be eligible […]

First-come, First-served Family-Immigrants-Sponsorship System Fills in 7 Minutes

It took just 7 minutes for people to snap up 27,000 online application spots for bringing parents or grandparents into the country — fuelling frustration and fury among people who say the new system is flawed and unfair. Parents/Grandparents notice of interest form was posted at 12:00 p.m. and closed at 12:07 p.m.  – within […]

Express Entry #109 – Min. CRS of 443

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – January 23, 2019 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,900Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,900th or above Date and time of round: January 23, 2019 at 14:19:24 UTC CRS score of […]

“Person of Concern” was Accidentally Granted Permanent Residency

A person of “national security concern” was granted permanent residency “due to a series of failures” by the Canadian border agency and immigration department. 2 departments make changes after ‘completely unacceptable’ mistake The Canada Border Services Agency said its internal review policies and procedures have been ‘refined’ in light of the granting of permanent residency […]

OINP Jan 11 Draw, 38 NOI’s Issued

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Jan 11 Draw Notifications of Interest The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) will be issuing Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to candidates in the Express Entry pool who qualify for one of Ontario’s Express Entry streams on a regular basis. After each round of the NOIs, the OINP will post the details […]

Warning for Permanent Residents: “Get your Canadian citizenship”

Cornelis  couldn’t return to Canada after his permanent resident card was stolen. After a few calls, he realized it would take some time to replace them and left his family vacation to go to the Netherlands. He found out he’d have to travel to Vienna to get a new permanent resident card, so instead he […]

New and Improved Sponsorship Intake Process to Launch on January 28, 2019

Today, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, announced the Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program interest to sponsor form will be available to potential sponsors starting at noon EST on January 28, 2019. The launch of the 2019 PGP Program will include a new and improved intake process. The Government of Canada […]

Express Entry #108 – Min. CRS of 449

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – January 9, 2019 See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,900Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,900th or above Date and time of round: January 10, 2019 at 12:20:46 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 449 To read the original release 

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Update

1.       If you are interested in the Express Entry for OINP, we usually recommend you re-create your profile to refresh your profile to get picked- up by OINP 2.       If you are interested in a paper application under OINP, the 2019 quota has not been started since the 2018 quote completed on Nov 9, 2018; but […]

We Would Certainly Make the Same Decision Again!

I work in a law office in the area and so when my partner and I were trying to figure out how to do this immigration process, I asked my colleagues for a recommendation.  I received Jennifer’s name from several colleagues and a friend who was a former client.  I called the office and we […]

Applications: What Biometrics are Collected

Applicants from the countries and application types listed below must provide their biometric information in support of their temporary residence or permanent residence application. There are exemptions, which can be found at Biometrics exemptions. -Countries from the Temporary Resident Biometrics Program from 2013 to July 31, 2018-Countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East whose […]

Merry Christmas!

Please note our office will be closed as of December 22nd, 2018 for the Christmas Holidays. We will reopen on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 We wish you a fabulous holiday break. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from JR Law office and the family of Jennifer Roggemann.

We Liked Their Sense of Certainty…

My husband and I had lived in the USA for many years before we decided to move back to John’s home country of Canada.  John wanted to use a local immigration lawyer and so we did some research and located Jennifer.  We listened to her interview clip on CBC and she sounded knowledgeable. I liked that the office […]

Express Entry #107 – Min. CRS of 439

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – December 19, 2018 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,900Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,900th or above Date and time of round: December 19, 2018 at 12:35:17 UTC CRS score of […]

Parents & Grandparents Program Update Coming Soon

The details of the 2019 Parents & Grandparents Program have yet to be released, but below is an update from IRCC. We have not received any further updates as of yet, but will post again on our blog as soon as we do! Ottawa, December 10, 2018 – Family reunification is a top immigration priority for […]

Express Entry #106 – Min. CRS of 445

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – December 12, 2018 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,900Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,900th or above Date and time of round: December 12, 2018 at 14:10:54 UTC CRS score of […]

We Never Regretted Our Decision

I came from France to Canada on a University exchange program in Quebec.  Little did I know that I would meet my life-partner, a girl there only for a year from Ontario.  I fell in love with the girl and also her home country.  After trying for two years to get information on how to do this process; calling […]

Express Entry – 185 NOIs Sent for HCP Stream

Express Entry – Targeted Notifications of Interest under Human Capital Priorities Stream Please be advised that the OINP has issued Notifications of Interest (NOI) under the Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream to targeted candidates in the Express Entry pool who meet the HCP stream criteria and have a job offer in Ontario with points for […]

Express Entry #105 – Min. CRS of 445

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – November 28, 2018 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,900Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,900th or above Date and time of round: November 28, 2018 at 12:14:58 UTC CRS score of […]

CBC News: Increased DUI Penalties Could Mean Deportation for Some

This post is an excerpt of an article originally posted by Karen Pauls (CBC News) on November 22nd, 2018. To read the full article, click here.  On Dec. 18, amendments to the Criminal Code come into effect that will increase the maximum sentence for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol to 10 years from five. […]

My Daughter Wants to be a Lawyer Because of Jennifer…

My husband’s friend recommended Jennifer to us when we were in trouble with our immigration process. We had hired another consultant and applied for the Ontario Provincial Nominee Program. There were mistakes in our application and we wanted to have a second opinion. We looked at Jennifer’s reviews and everyone seemed to like her so […]

CBC News: Canada to Increase Annual Immigration Admissions

This post is an excerpt from a CBC News article posted on October 31 by The Canadian Press. Click here to read the rest of the article. Canada will take in 40,000 more immigrants in 2021 than it plans to accept this year, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said Wednesday. The target for new arrivals in […]

Express Entry #104 – Min. CRS of 449

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – November 14, 2018 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,900Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,900th or above Date and time of round: November 15, 2018 at 14:06:07 UTC CRS score of […]

New Impaired Driving Penalties Could Bar Immigrants

This post is an excerpt of an article by The Canadian Press (October 25, 2018). To read the full article, click here.  …On Dec. 18, new impaired driving penalties take effect, and the maximum penalties for most of these offences will increase to 10 years from five. It means they will fall under the […]

The Real Trust Came From Having Jennifer On My Side

My wife and I came to Jennifer’s office terrified that I wouldn’t be able to stay here. We had a horrible experience at the Sarnia border and I was only given a short visitor visa. Because our relationship isn’t legal in my state, we had chosen my wife’s home as the place we wanted to […]

Important: 2018 OINP Nominations Reached

IMPORTANT NOTICE The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has reached its 2018 nomination allocation, a total of 6,600 nominations for successful applicants across all streams. New applications, and applications which have already been submitted to the OINP, will continue to be accepted and considered under the OINP’s 2019 nomination allocation, with the exception of the […]

International Experience Canada Welcomes Portugal!

Earlier this week, International Experience Canada posted an update announcing not only clarification and expansion on eligibility requirements in Australia and Denmark, but welcoming Portugal as a partner nation! Read the full announcement below, or click here to see the original post: The program delivery instructions (PDIs) on the International Experience Canada (IEC) Program related to […]

CBC News: Liberals Launch Pro-Immigration Campaign

This post is an excerpt of an article originally posted by Kathleen Harris (CBC News) on November 1, 2018. To read the full article, click here.  “…We cannot take what we have for granted. The anti-immigrant, anti-refugee rhetoric that is all around us — we are not immune to that,” [Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen] said […]

CBC News – Deportation of Failed Refugee Claimants on the Rise

This post is an excerpt from the article “Canada Border Services Agency moves to ‘substantially’ increase deportations” by Kathleen Harris (CBC News – Oct 30, 2018). To read the full article, click here. Canada’s border agency is stepping up efforts to deport failed refugee claimants and other foreign nationals not welcome in this country, […]

Construction Notice: King St Closed

Please note that King Street will be closed between Sheldon Avenue and Ottawa Street from October 29th for 3 weeks (until approximately November 18th, 2018). We recommend that you approach our office from Ottawa Street or Charles Street, if you plan to visit us in person during that period. Some of the King Street through traffic […]

Express Entry #103 – Min. CRS of 442

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – October 29, 2018 No program specified Number of invitations issued: 3,900Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,900th or above Date and time of round: October 29, 2018 at 16:36:30 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 442 Tie-breaking rule: October 16, 2018 […]

Accessible, Knowledgeable, and Understanding

I came to Canada from Korea for college and ended up staying and working in my field. When I was eligible to apply for Permanent residency through the Canadian Experience Class, I was looking for some help. I was introduced to Jennifer through the Korean community and I went for a consultation. She sounded confident […]

CTV News: Jennifer Speaks to Troubling Adoption Scenario

It is a difficult time for John & Erin Nymann and their family. The Nymanns are residents of Waterloo Region who recently adopted a 6-year-old girl, Favor, from Nigeria 6 months ago. Despite John & Erin’s official legal guardianship, Favor’s immigration application has not yet been processed, meaning the family (who has to return to […]

Impact of New Impaired Driving and Marijuana-related Penalties on Immigrants

Announcement from the Government of Canada on October 22nd, 2018: “Canada has made marijuana (cannabis) legally available to adults under strict new laws. We’re also imposing tough new penalties on those who: drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including cannabis, or commit cannabis-related crimes The new cannabis-related penalties took effect on October […]

My Family Has Safety & Security

I was actually referred to Jennifer’s office by her former competition. A member of my church gave me Jennifer’s name and said that she’d been ‘good competition’. I looked her up online when my now wife and I were trying to figure out how to have her and her children move to live with me […]

Q&A with Jennifer Roggemann: Oops, I made a mistake!

Question: What do I do if I realize I’ve made a mistake on my immigration application? Jennifer’s Answer: I usually advise a three-step response: Investigate whether you in fact did make a mistake (calmly go back through the requirements and your submission, seeking professional input where necessary, and identify the extent of the error); Find options or […]

Guelph Panelists Promote Value of Immigrant Workers to Local Economy

This post is comprised of an excerpt (and photo) from the article “Shedding the Myths and Misconceptions About Immigration” which was originally posted in Guelph Today on October 12, 2018. To read the full article, click here. “A common complaint by those critical of Canada’s immigration and refugee policies is that immigrants take jobs […]

Express Entry #102: Min CRS of 440

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – October 15, 2018 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,900Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,900th or above Date and time of round: October 15, 2018 at 12:11:46 UTC CRS score of […]

Friendly, Fast, Smart, and Helpful

A Canadian-American couple, we have been married for a long time and had been living in the United States. We’re both college professors, and have struggled for years with balancing our two careers. When Martin got a job offer “back home” in Canada, we decided it was time to start a new chapter and made […]

Proceed With Caution at Border Following Legalization of Marijuana

This post is an excerpt from an announcement made by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on September 21, 2018. To read the full statement, click here.  “U.S. Customs and Border Protection enforces the laws of the United States and U.S. laws will not change following Canada’s legalization of marijuana. Requirements for international travelers wishing to […]

Exciting Local Conference Reflects on “Choosing Welcome” in the Face of Our Global Refugee Crisis

The Mennonite Central Committee Canada, Refugee Sponsorship Training Program, Catholic Crosscultural Services, and the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada, are excited to be partnering with award-winning singer-songwriter and daughter of a Syrian refugee, Audrey Assad, this month for 2 meaningful nights of community and teaching. The events, hosted in Waterloo […]

Express Entry #101: Min CRS of 445

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – October 3, 2018 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,900Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,900th or above Date and time of round: October 3, 2018 at 11:20:04 UTC CRS score of […]

We Were Pleasantly Surprised by the Speed of Our Approval!

My husband and I have known each other for a long time but only recently did we become involved. He had emigrated to Canada many years ago and we lost touch. When he came back to visit my country, we attended the same party and it was like no time had passed. We wanted to […]

Express Entry #100 (Federal Skilled Trades) – Min. CRS of only 284!

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – September 24, 2018 Round #100 Federal Skilled Trades See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 400Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 400th or above Date and time of round: September 24, 2018 at 05:34:21 UTC CRS […]

Calculation of the Excessive Demand Cost Threshold

From Immigration, Refugee, & Citizenship Canada (Sept 18,2018): This report describes how Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) calculates the excessive demand cost threshold and uses the cost threshold to make excessive demand decisions. In 2017, the excessive demand cost threshold was $33,275 over 5 years (or $6,655 per year). In April of 2018, the Government […]

Express Entry #99 – Min CRS Score of 441

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – September 19, 2018 Round #99 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,500Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,500th or above Date and time of round: September 19, 2018 at 11:29:46 UTC CRS […]

Q&A with Jennifer Roggemann: Supporting Documentation

Question: How many supporting documents do I need to file? Jennifer’s Answer: This is one of the most frequently asked questions we get from clients. They need clarity on how many (and which) supporting documents are required when applying for permanent residence in Canada. As of June, 2018, the Family sponsorship application kit requires far fewer […]

VAC Service Changes in Many Regions

Posted on September 6th, 2018 by Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada. To read the full release, click here. “Visa application centres (VACs) have contracts with the Government of Canada to give you visa application support services and biometrics services. Current contracts with the VACs in Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas will be expiring on […]

“Their friendliness and business ethics…cannot be overstated!”

My wife and I first met when we were just a few days old – our Mothers were great friends – but we didn’t really get together until later in life. Sonja had emigrated to Canada from our native Great Britain as a young child with her Parents. We kept in touch over the years […]

Express Entry #98 – Min. CRS of 440

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – September 5, 2018 No program specified Number of invitations issued: 3,900 Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,900th or above Date and time of round: September 5, 2018 at 13:10:19 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 440 Tie-breaking rule: April 29, 2018 at 14:28:34 […]

We’re Humbled By Your Gratitude!

We have been overwhelmed by thankfulness recently! We are so honoured and humbled that even after many months, our clients continue to remember us…. Chocolates and gifts provide welcome energy boosts mid-day, but it is your continued gratitude that encourages and motivates us to continue our best efforts for our past, present, and future clients. Thank […]

They Celebrated Each Milestone In Our Journey

My wife and I had been working here on Work Permits. Unfortunately, things did not go as we expected with my employer. We didn’t want to rely on our previous lawyer to make sure that things got sorted out for our permanent residence application so we got a referral to Jennifer’s office. We looked her […]

Farewell, Lama! Best Wishes…We’ll miss you!

Many of our clients have come to know and love Lama, who has been a special member of our team for almost 5 years now. As of August 22nd, 2018, though, Lama has left our office to pursue her dream of becoming a software engineer! We are, of course, extremely proud of her and her accomplishments, […]

Video: Biometrics Explained

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has made the following video to provide a brief, visual explanation of what biometrics are (read our post on biometrics here), why they matter to you (as a visitor or immigrant to Canada), and how they will be used moving forward. Please watch the video below if you are interested […]

NEWS: Immigration “Lottery System” Replaced by “First-Come-First-Served” Process

The following is excerpted from an article written by The Canadian Press on August 20th, 2018 (posted on GlobalNews.ca): “The Trudeau government is scrapping an unpopular lottery system for immigrants looking to reunite with their parents and grandparents and is increasing the number of sponsorship applications it will accept next year… …The changes, which will […]

Employers – Are You Sure You’re IRCC Compliant?

If you are a Canadian employer employing foreign workers, are you complying with what you promised to Immigration Refugee Citizenship Canada for Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)-exempted work permit or Employment Social Development Canada (ESDC) for LMIA-based work permit? “Employer compliance” is a term that has been coming up in conversation a […]

Caution re: Legal Recreational Marijuana & US Border Crossings

With the legalization of marijuana on the very near horizon, we recommend caution to any residents of Canada who intend to use marijuana and are hoping to travel to/through the United States. The article below provides several useful precautions to take and things to be aware of before you arrive at the border, to ensure the smoothest […]

CBC News: Trump Tax Deals New Blow to Canadian Residents

Article by Elizabeth Thompson (senior reporter). Originally posted by CBC News on August 13th, 2018. To read the full article, click here. “Thousands of Canadian residents hit hard by a retroactive tax signed into law by U.S. President Donald Trump have been dealt another blow, CBC News has learned. Newly proposed regulations issued by […]

Express Entry #96 – Min. CRS of 440

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – August 8, 2018 No program specified Number of invitations issued: 3,750Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,750th or above Date and time of round: August 8, 2018 at 11:56:30 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 440 Tie-breaking rule: January 31, 2018 […]

Updates & Invitations: Parent/Grandparent Sponsorship Program

To read the ministerial instructions with respect to the processing of applications for a permanent resident visa made by parents or grandparents of a sponsor as members of the family class, click here. More invitations to sponsor parents and grandparents went out last week: “Family reunification is a top immigration priority for the Government […]

International Experience Canada: Program Update (July 2018)

Four program delivery instructions (PDIs) on the International Experience Canada (IEC) program were updated in early July, 2018. The updates to the PDIs are summarized as follows: Bilateral agreements and arrangements Austria: Working Holiday category added. Chile: Frequency of participation changed to 2 participations. Repeat category is permitted to participants from Chile (under the 3 categories) instead of 1 […]

…Very Sincere and Hopeful…

I was born and raised in the UK and never thought I would find love in Canada, but the internet is a wonderful thing.  I flew to Canada for our first date and then Barb came to England a month later.  Basically, since then we’ve split our time between our two countries.  Once we decided to […]

Make an Informed Decision

I was referred to Jennifer by my friend. I had no clue about how to apply for PR through the economic stream. I realized it was time for me to settle down. I had a good job now and was ready to get on with my adult life. I had multiple consultations with Jennifer – […]

Express Entry #94 – Min. CRS of 442

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – July 11, 2018 No program specified Number of invitations issued: 3,750 Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,750th or above Date and time of round: July 11, 2018 at 12:09:46 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 442 Tie-breaking rule: June 26, 2018 at 13:18:55 […]

Bill C-46: The Impact of New Impaired Driving Sentence on Immigration Law

The Royal Assent of Bill C-46 has increased the maximum sentence for impaired driving from 5 years to 10 years’ imprisonment. Effectively, it has escalated an impaired driving conviction from ordinary criminality under the Immigration Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) to serious criminality with severe consequences for both permanent residents and foreign nationals. There […]

“Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!” – Misrepresentation at the Border

Question: I am crossing the border (or working through other immigration travel procedures and documentation). What will cause Immigration Refugee Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to declare I am “misrepresenting” myself? Answer: It requires two main elements: Your information was incorrect, by giving a misleading statement or by not disclosing actual information; AND As a result of […]

Pause on PR Card Online Application (IRCC)

Please note the following announcement from IRCC: “Thanks to [the participation of the CBA Citizenship & Immigration Members] we were able to uncover and resolve many issues. There are still issues that need to be fixed before we can safely launch to all the clients. To be in a position to fix all the issues, the […]

Update for temporary residents re: China Transit Program

The following is a recent update from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada on the China Transit Program. Chinese foreign nationals must: be in possession of a valid United States (U.S.) visa; be in possession of a valid passport issued by the authorities of the People’s Republic of China, and either: transiting through the Vancouver International […]

Planning for Your Summer Travels (2018)

eTA (electronic traveling authorization) became a mandatory travel requirement in November, 2016; now, Immigration Canada is rolling out another travel demand for foreign nationals – biometric requirements. As of July 31st, 2018, people from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa seeking temporary or permanent status in Canada will be required to provide biometrics (fingerprints […]

Express Entry #93 – Min. CRS Score 442

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – June 25, 2018 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,750Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,750th or above Date and time of round: June 25, 2018 at 12:11:51 UTC CRS score of […]

Deadline to Submit PR Applications Reduced

If you are currently awaiting an invitation for application through the Express Entry system of OINP, please note that the deadline to submit your application for permanent residence is now 60 days. *   If you were invited to apply before June 26, 2018, you still have 90 days to complete your application. *   If you’re […]

Express Entry #92 – Min. CRS of 451

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – June 13, 2018 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,750Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,750th or above Date and time of round: June 13, 2018 at 11:31:36 UTC CRS score of […]

Updated Visa Requirements for Romanian Passport Holders

Program delivery update: New visa requirement for Romanian non-electronic passport holders – As of June 5, 2018 Earlier this month, subsection 190(2.1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) was amended to restrict visa-exemption status to Romanian citizens who hold electronic passports. Citizens of Romania who are holders of a non-electronic passport, such as a […]

Q&A With Jennifer Roggemann: Drinking & Driving…and Crossing the Border?

Question: If I have a drinking & driving conviction in Canada or the US, can I travel to/from the US/Canada? Jennifer’s Answer: In Canada, Drinking Under the Influence, or “DUI,” is a federally governed criminal act in Canada – section 253 of Canada’s Criminal Code. As a result, if you have earned a DUI conviction outside […]

NOTICE: Road Construction On Our Street

We have received a notice that our street will be under construction from June 4 until August 31, 2018. This work is being completed as part of the City of Kitchener’s Contract T2017-102 King Street Improvements, Ottawa Street to Montgomery Road. The following is a summary of key points from the City of Kitchener’s notice that […]

Program delivery update: Visa lift on United Arab Emirates

From the government of Canada website: As of 5:30 a.m. Eastern Time (ET), on June 5, 2018, Canada has lifted the visa requirement for nationals of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Nationals from the UAE now require an electronic travel authorization (eTA) to travel to or transit through Canada by air… Citizens of the UAE […]

Express Entry #91 – 700 Invitations Issued (2 Programs Specified)

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – May 30, 2018 Programs specified: Federal Skilled Trades Program Provincial Nominee Program See full text of Ministerial Instruction Candidates invited under the Federal Skilled Trades Program Number of invitations issued: 500 Rank required to be invited to apply: 500th or above Date […]

Express Entry #90 – Min. CRS of 440

#90 – May 23, 2018 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,500Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,500th or above Date and time of round: May 23, 2018 at 11:20:42 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 440 Tie-breaking rule: December 30, 2017 at 06:39:40 UTC If more than one candidate has […]

Global News: Canada Ranks 5th in World for “Most Powerful Passport”

The following text and video are excerpted from an article by Maham Abedi for Global News on May 22, 2018. You can read the full article here. “The Canadian passport is among the strongest in the world, according to an index released Tuesday… The Henley Passport Index measures how powerful the national identifications are based […]

Current Status of Citizenship Application Processing

Currently, the citizenship application takes about 12 months, for applications received as of April 1, 2015.  As of March 25, 2018, there are 193,827 applications in the processing line. In April 2015- March 2016, 100,175 applications were received and 253,053 applications were granted with citizenship. In April 2016-March 2017, 113,667 applications were received and 109,554 […]

OINP Issues 10 New Invitations to Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur Stream – Invitations to Apply Issued Please be advised that the OINP has issued 10 Invitations to Apply under the Entrepreneur Stream. The minimum score was 127. To read more Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program updates, click here.

Express Entry #89 – Min. CRS Score: 441

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – May 9, 2018 No program specified Number of invitations issued: 3,500 Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,500th or above Date and time of round: May 9, 2018 at 12:28:41 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 441 Tie-breaking rule: December 12, 2017 at 01:51:38 […]

New Opportunity: IEC Program Expands to Portugal

This post is an excerpt quoted from the original news release by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada on May 3, 2018. Memorandum of Understanding will give young Canadians the opportunity to live and work in Portugal through the International Experience Canada Program “The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and José Luís […]

Go and Talk to Them…Then You’ll Know Your Options…

I received an email from Immigration Canada telling me that I had to leave the country because I was out of status – my work permit had expired. So, I packed my bags and was ready to leave but a friend said that maybe I should see a lawyer before I left. I did a […]

Express Entry #88 – Min. CRS Score: 441

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – April 25, 2018 No program specified Number of invitations issued: 3,500 * Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,500th or above Date and time of round: April 25, 2018 at 12:40:15 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 441 […]

We Trusted Them and Knew That They Had Our Back

My wife and I first came to Jennifer’s office because I was close to the end of my Post Graduate Work Permit and we knew that we wanted to do a spousal sponsorship for my permanent residency. We googled to see who in the area would be able to assist us. We knew that our […]

OINP Entrepreneur Stream – Invitations Issued

Entrepreneur Stream – Invitations to Apply Issued Please be advised that the OINP has issued 13 Invitations to Apply under the Entrepreneur Stream. The minimum score was 132. In addition to issuing ITAs, registrants with an expression of interest (EOI) that was one (1) year or older have been removed from the EOI selection pool. […]

Liberals Loosen Immigration Rules re: Medical Grounds

This article (including image) was originally written for CBC News by Kathleen Harris on April 16, 2018. To read the full article, click here.  The Liberal government is loosening the rules than deem some prospective immigrants inadmissible on medical grounds — but is not yet eliminating a policy that many have called discriminatory. Immigration […]

Thank You for Your Patience

Hi, I would like to thank you all for your patience and kind support over the last two weeks during my illness – I got struck with a bad case of shingles in my left eye on March 28, 2018, ending up St. Mary’s emergency room.  It took me about 10 days to be able […]

Greater Immigration Accessibility for Canadians with Disabilities

Ottawa, April 16, 2018 One of the Government of Canada’s priorities is to ensure greater accessibility and opportunities for Canadians with disabilities. Today’s announcement by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen of changes to the medical inadmissibility provision of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act ensures that our immigration policies better align with Canadian values and […]

Express Entry #87 – Min. CRS Score: 444

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – April 11, 2018 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,500Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,500th or above Date and time of round: April 11, 2018 at 12:50:17 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked […]

OINP Update to Masters Graduate Stream

April 5, 2018 IMPORTANT NOTICE Re: OINP has paused intake to the Masters Graduate Stream Please note that the Masters Graduate Stream has reached its application intake limit. No additional registrations for this stream can be accepted at this time. To ensure processing efficiency and quality customer service, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is […]

Express Entry – Targeted NOI under HCP Stream

Express Entry – Targeted Notifications of Interest under Human Capital Priorities Stream Please be advised that the OINP has issued Notifications of Interest (NOI) under the Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream to targeted candidates in the Express Entry pool who: 1) meet the HCP stream criteria and have a job offer in Ontario; or 2) […]

I’ve Got My Love, My Job, and a Community Here

I am originally from Bermuda and while that may sound like a great place to call home, I realized that I no longer fit in with that culture. I realized that I fit in Canada like a hand in a really nice glove. I had come to Canada for University and had stayed and found […]

Express Entry #86 – Min. CRS Score: 446

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – March 26, 2018 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,000Footnote*Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,000th or above Date and time of round: March 26, 2018 at 12:00:18 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 446 […]

Excellence and Customer Service

I came to Jennifer for one thing and ended up getting so much more. She was recommended to me and so I called and booked a consultation and then looked her up online. I didn’t know then that I would be writing one of those reviews now. I was in the middle of sponsoring my […]

Express Entry #85 – Min. CRS Score: 456

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – March 14, 2018 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,000Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,000th or above Date and time of round: March 14, 2018 at 12:08:58 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate […]

I Felt It Was Impossible But They Made It Happen

I was in Canada on a post graduate work permit and it was expiring soon. I didn’t know where to turn and so I googled “best immigration lawyer in K/W” and Jennifer’s office came up. I looked at their google reviews and decided to give them a call. I ended up booking a consultation and […]

New Ministerial Instructions: Moratorium on Self-Employed (Farm Management)

Ottawa, February 23, 2018 IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE PROTECTION ACT Ministerial Instructions Regarding the Processing of Applications under the Federal Self-Employed Persons Class (Farm Management) Notice is hereby given, under subsection 87.3(6) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, that the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration has established the following Ministerial Instructions that, in the opinion of the Minister, […]

The Team Was Cheering For Every Milestone Along With Me

I had a complicated work history and I wasn’t sure how to even go about the process of becoming a permanent resident here in Canada. I am an American whose partner was here in Canada but I traveled so much for work that we didn’t meet the requirements for the family class. I knew that […]

Express Entry – HCP NOI Update

Express Entry – Human Capital Priorities Notification of Interest Please be advised that the OINP has commenced issuing NOIs under the HCP stream. The results of yesterday’s round are as follows: Number of invitations issued: 511 Date and time of portal search: February 26, 2018 at 2:00PM EST CRS score range: 441-433 Date Express Entry profile submitted: January 1, […]

Express Entry #84 – Min CRS Score – 442

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – February 21, 2018 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,000Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,000th or above Date and time of round: February 21, 2018 at 13:29:23 UTC CRS score of […]

They Freed Me From Having to Worry

I met my husband while we were both on vacation in the Caribbean and, after a couple of visits back and forth, we decided that it made sense for me to come to Canada to see if this was really going to be something lasting. I applied for a working holiday visa and came to Canada. We ended […]

By April – Plan to Amend Immigration Policy Re: Medical Status

This post is an excerpt from an article originally posted by Kathleen Harris for CBC News on February 16, 2018. To read the full article, click here.  Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said today he will present a plan by April to amend an outdated policy that excludes immigrants based on their medical conditions — […]

Express Entry – HCP – Minimum CRS Score 435

Express Entry – Human Capital Priorities Notification of Interest Please be advised that the OINP has commenced issuing NOIs under the HCP stream. The results of yesterday’s round are as follows: Number of invitations issued: 488 Date and time of portal search: February 12, 2018 at 2:30PM EST CRS score range: 441-435 Date Express Entry profile submitted: January 1, […]

They’re Trustworthy And Transparent

In applying for permanent residence in Canada, I had a bit of a complicated situation, as I was already working in Canada and travelling overseas a lot. I looked on the Immigration website and saw that there were a lot of options and this confused me given my situation, so I didn’t think that I […]

Express Entry – Human Capital Priorities – 89 Invitations Issued

Please be advised that the OINP has commenced issuing NOIs under the HCP stream. The results of yesterday’s round are as follows: Number of invitations issued: 89 Date and time of portal search: January 25, 2018 at 2:15PM EST CRS score range: 444 to 433 Date Express Entry profile submitted: January 1, 2018 to January 25, 2018 PLEASE NOTE: […]

Express Entry #83 – Minimum CRS score of 442

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – February 7, 2018 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 3,000Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,000th or above Date and time of round: February 7, 2018 at […]

OINP Entrepreneur Stream – 13 invitations issued

Entrepreneur Stream – Invitations to Apply Issued Please be advised that OINP has issued 13 Invitations to apply under the Entrepreneur Stream.  This is far below the 380 invitations issued for the Express Entry system, but the minimum score was only 137 points! To read the full release, click here.

True Respect, Good Advice, and Understanding

I came to Canada from the Philippines as a live-in caregiver to an elderly gentleman who has remained a good friend to me throughout this process. I applied for permanent residency in 2013 and had become more and more frustrated at the length of time that my application was taking. There were several communications back […]

OINP Has Paused Masters Graduate Stream Intake (PhD Stream Still Open)

IMPORTANT NOTICE (January 29, 2018) Please note that the Masters Graduate Stream has reached its application intake limit. No additional registrations for this stream can be accepted at this time. To ensure processing efficiency and quality customer service, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is monitoring the intake of applications to the Masters Graduate Stream […]

I Never Felt Alone

In 2014, back when I was in University, I was looking for some advice about a study permit. I googled Immigration Lawyers in the area and Jennifer was the first name that came up. I sent her an email question and went for a consultation. She gave me enough information at that meeting that I […]

Canada-US Border Crossing Cautions…

Many Canadians and Americans think they can simply “drop in” to one another’s countries, given that it is possible to cross the border with only a driver’s license. However, now it is extremely risky to attempt a US border crossing when a proper application for extended stay in Canada really would be the appropriate course […]

Oops! – Email service error. Please resend emails from this week!

This past week we switched our internet service provider and, while everything is functioning properly now, we unexpectedly lost service during the transition. As a result, we did not receive any emails to info@jrlawoffice.com from Sunday to Wednesday. If you attempted to reach us between Sunday and Wednesday, we would appreciate if you could please […]

Express Entry #82 – CRS Score of 444 Required

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – January 24, 2018 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 2,750Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 2,750th or above Date and time of round: January 24, 2018 at 13:38:00 UTC CRS score of […]

Special Express Entry – Human Capital Priorities Notification of Interest

Please be advised that the OINP has commenced issuing NOIs under the HCP stream. Following the issuance of NOIs, the OINP will post on its website a program update informing stakeholders of the methodology used to issue NOIs. The results of yesterday’s round are as follows: Number of invitations issued: 340 Date and time of portal […]

CBC News: Watch Out for Government Errors Regarding Spousal Sponsorship

Article (including image and video) originally posted by Ashley Burke (CBC News) on January 18th, 2018. Click here to read the full article.  “The federal government’s streamlined spousal-sponsorship program was supposed to fast-track the immigration process for the foreign-born husbands and wives of Canadians. But for a Swedish woman living in Ottawa, the process […]

Exciting OINP Update! 2018 Allocation Announced – 6,600 Nominations

This morning we received an exciting email from Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. She announced that the federal government will be increasing the provincial nomination allocation to 6,600 applicants for 2018! You can read more about the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program here. Read the rest of Minister Albanese’s message below: Dear friends, […]

Their Name Stands for Something…

I’m in a profession where I’ve specialized into what I’m best at doing. When it came time for my wife and children and I to make Canada our permanent home, I looked for someone who specialized in the area of immigration. I did a google search and the online reviews for Jennifer Roggemann were good. […]

Discover Canada with the Institute for Canadian Citizenship

For those who have become Canadian citizens within the past year or are going to become Canadian citizens: Powered by a passionate and committed national network, the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) delivers programs and special projects that inspire inclusion, create opportunities to connect, and encourage active citizenship. The ICC offers to new Canadian citizens […]

Express Entry #81 – 446 minimum score

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – January 10, 2018 No program specified See full text of Ministerial Instruction Number of invitations issued: 2,750otnote Rank required to be invited to apply: 2,750th or above Date and time of round: January 10, 2018 at 12:15:38 […]

HuffPost – Here’s What To Know Next Time You Cross The U.S. Border

This post (and its image) is an excerpt from an article originally posted by Henry Chang (HuffPost) on January 9th, 2018. To read the full article, click here. “On Jan. 4, 2018, United States Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) issued an updated policy directive on border searches of electronic devices…it has […]

I’m Still Here in Canada Solely Because of Jennifer…

I was first introduced to Jennifer when she did an immigration seminar at my college when I was a first year nursing student.  I’m so glad that I kept her card from that night back in 2013.  However, I wish I made use of it earlier than I did. When I was planning for my […]

Important Notice Regarding In-Home Caregiver Program

From Employment and Social Development Canada: “Effective December 8, 2017, families or individuals seeking to hire a foreign caregiver to provide home care for individuals requiring assistance with medical needs are exempt from paying the Labour Market Impact Assessment application processing fee. Families or individuals with a gross annual income of $150,000 or less, seeking […]

We’re Back! – Internet Access Restored

The winter season got the best of us earlier this week, but with a fresh modem installed (and the leak fixed), we are back in business with full internet! Today we will be catching up on any missed emails from the last couple days. Thank you to all for your patience and understanding!  

Reminder – January 31st Deadline to Add Newly Defined Dependents to Application

Late last year, IRCC changed the age of dependents from “under 19” to “under 22”. Based on these new requirements, individuals and families in the midst of the application process have been able to register newly defined dependent children as an addendum to their existing application. The due date for adding more family members […]

Email Temporarily Inoperable – Please Call Us With Questions

Our internet modem has been damaged due to a water leak caused by heavy snow.  As a result, we temporarily have limited access to internet (until our modem can be replaced). We ask our clients to please call us this week, if you have any inquiries or concerns, as we will not be able to […]

They Made It Straight Forward…

I was referred to Jennifer by my financial advisor. I was in a difficult situation in that I was working with a Canadian business partner and we needed to figure out if there was a way for me to become a permanent resident using my experience with my business. He told me that Jennifer was […]

CBC News – Citizenship Applications Surge After Government Relaxes Rules

This article was originally posted by Kathleen Harris (CBC News) on December 28th, 2017. To read the full article, click here.  “17,500 applications filed in week after requirements revised, compared with 3,653 in an average week There was a spike in applications for Canadian citizenship after the government relaxed the rules around residency requirements […]

CBC News: Beverley McLachlin on Her Supreme Court Legacy

This post is an excerpt from an article (including images) originally posted by CBC News on December 17th, 2017. To read the full article, click here. Canada’s retiring Chief Justice talks about her most memorable moments on the bench “Beverley McLachlin was instrumental in Canada’s most important legal decisions for nearly three decades, helping to […]

It Was Always My Decision…

I came to Canada for University and stayed on to work with my Uncle on my Post Graduate Work Permit. I had come to love Canada and wanted to become a permanent resident but neither my uncle nor I could figure out the point system or how to be selected under the economic streams. My […]

CBC News – After 60+ Years, Woman Discovers She Doesn’t Have Citizenship

This article (including video & image) was originally posted by Michelle Ghoussoub of CBC News on December 16th, 2017. Click here to read the full article.  Irene Gyselinck arrived in Canada as a refugee from Germany on Aug. 25, 1951, with her mother and brother. She was just a one-year-old, and has never known any other home since. […]

30 Years Ago

Dec 27, 1987 – 30 years ago. I came to Canada for the first time as a teenager of 16 years old. Here is my landed immigrant photo that I kept for the last 30 years. Now, I love helping those who want to choose Canada where they belong! Happy New Year to all of […]

Parents and Grandparents Program Re-opening in New Year

Potential sponsors will soon have the opportunity to express their interest to sponsor December 22, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – …Today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that the “Interest to Sponsor” form will be available at noon EST on January 2, 2018. Those who wish to apply to sponsor their parents […]

OINP System Maintenance Dec 29 – Jan 15

IMPORTANT NOTICE Please be advised that the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) will be undergoing scheduled system maintenance between Friday December 29, 2017 at 5pm EDT and ending on January 15, 2018. You will be unable to submit an online application during this time. Please note that if you have submitted a paid application to […]

Merry Christmas from the Roggemanns!

Thank you for your support throughout the past year…May your holidays be filled with beautiful memories…Merry Christmas!      

Express Entry #80 – 446 point minimum

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – December 20, 2017 No program specified Number of invitations issued: 2,750 Rank required to be invited to apply: 2,750th or above Date and time of round: December 20, 2017 at 13:29:55 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 446 To read the full release, click […]

We Had Someone Who Would Fight on Our Behalf

My wife was referred to Jennifer by one of her clients who attends Jennifer’s church. We made an appointment to see her for a consultation on one of my trips up from the US to visit. We both liked Jennifer and her approach which was basically for us to get them all the information and […]

OINP Update – 2017 Nomination Allocation Increased

IMPORTANT NOTICE Please be advised that the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program has received an increase to its 2017 nomination allocation. The program will continue to process applications and issue nominations until the increased allocation is fulfilled. Any applications submitted that exceed the OINP’s nomination allocation increase will be processed. If approved, you will be nominated […]

Office Closed for the Holidays

Please note our office will be closed for the Christmas holidays as of Friday, December 22nd, 2017.  We will reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018. We will only be checking email intermittently during the holiday period. We want to wish a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our friends, family, and […]

Notice – Spousal/Common-Law Partner Work Permit Pilot Extended to 2019

This article was originally posted on the Government of Canada website; to read the full release, click here.  “Notice – Work permit pilot extended to 2019 for spouses and common-law partners applying for permanent residence from within Canada Ottawa, December 15, 2017 – …The Government of Canada is extending the open work permit pilot for […]

SWAP Working Holiday in Canada Now Open to US Citizens

The United States was recently confirmed, for the first time, as an eligible sending nation for the Working Holiday category of the Canadian Students Work Abroad Program. SWAP was founded over 40 years ago, and is owned entirely by Canadian students. It operates volunteer, learning, and work exchange opportunities in 13 countries around […]

I Can Honestly Tell Them That They Saved My Life

I came here as a child refugee from Cambodia. I don’t have a country to call my own technically, although I’ve grown up here in Canada as a permanent resident. I fell in to the wrong crowd and ended up losing my PR status. I didn’t know where to turn and I didn’t have any […]

CBC News: 1 in 4 Waterloo Region Residents Are Immigrants

We are proud to work in Waterloo region and support individuals from around the world (and a wide variety of circumstances) who want to make Canada their home! It was exciting to come across this article from CBC News KW, that outlines just how significant immigration continues to be in our cities. Original image and […]

Jennifer Looked at Me and Said ‘We Can Do This’

My husband and I were looking for an immigration lawyer to help us as we felt really stuck with regards to my situation with Immigration. I had come over to assist my former spouse’s family as a caregiver and that situation had really ended badly and left me worried about my status here in Canada. […]

Express Entry #79 – 2,750 Invitations Sent

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – December 6, 2017 No program specified Number of invitations issued: 2,750 Rank required to be invited to apply: 2,750th or above Date and time of round: December 6, 2017 at 14:00:00 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 452 To […]

Announcement: Pilot Project to Confirm Selected In-Canada PR Status by Telephone

Excerpted from the Government of Canada website (December 1st, 2017): “In an effort to provide better client service, [Immigration, Refugees, & Citizenship Canada] is testing a new method to confirm permanent residence (PR) by telephone. Once a PR application has been approved, selected clients, who are already in Canada, will be sent an email […]

NEWS – Visa Lift on Bulgaria and Romania

As of December 1, 2017, Canada is lifting the visa requirement for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals, who now require an electronic travel authorization (eTA) to travel to Canada by air. The program delivery instructions have been updated to remove any mention of Bulgarian and Romanian nationals as being eligible for eTA expansion and to include Bulgaria and […]

Compliments and Complaints: Report on Your Canadian Border Experience(s)

There is now an option to report complaints, comments, and compliments to the Canadian government regarding their border services. A new form has gone live on the Government of Canada’s website where individuals can document their border crossing experience in up to 1000 words (after providing some biographical data). We recommend keeping this service […]

2017 Parents & Grandparents Program – Reminder

The Canadian Bar Association issued a friendly reminder today regarding the 2017 Parents & Grandparents Program: “The deadline for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to receive a complete application from persons who were randomly selected in the 2nd round to sponsor parents and grandparents is December 8, 2017.” Potential sponsors can confirm whether […]

National (Nov 22) – Confusion Over Post-Graduate Work Permits

Article originally posted by Mariane Gravelle from National on November 22nd, 2017. To read the full article, click here.  “What do you do when an institutional error threatens your livelihood and your right to stay in Canada? This is what many international students are now facing due, in part, to a processing error by […]

OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare

OHIP+ will provide drug coverage for children and youth who are covered by OHIP and aged 24 and under. OHIP+ begins January 1, 2018. Who will be covered… All babies, children and youth aged 24 and under who have OHIP coverage will be covered by OHIP+. Enrollment in OHIP+ will be automatic and eligible medications will be covered at no cost. OHIP+ coverage […]

OINP – All Streams Closed – 2017 Allocations Reached

IMPORTANT NOTICE The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has met its 2017 nomination allocation for all streams.  If you have submitted a paid application to the OINP, your application will be processed.  If your application is approved, the program will nominate you in 2018 and you will be notified at that time. Please monitor the […]

CTV News: Woman from NL Receives 5-year Application Ban for Mistake in Paperwork

Article excerpted from CTV News website. Originally posted by Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press on November 10th, 2017. Click here to read the full article.  N.L. woman says paperwork gaffe nixed costly bid to reunite family ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A Newfoundland woman says one wrong checked box in a stack of paperwork wiped […]

Toronto Airport Policy Change: Social Insurance Numbers Available

It was announced at the 25th Annual Immigration Law Summit that the Toronto Airport (YYZ) is now able to issue Social Insurance Numbers (SINs) for individuals who have received a work or study permit. There is no formal documentation to provide at this time, but this is a recent policy change specific to the […]

Express Entry #78 – 2,750 Invitations Sent

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – November 15, 2017 No program specified Number of invitations issued: 2,750 Rank required to be invited to apply: 2,750th or above Date and time of round: November 15, 2017 at 17:54:19 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 439 Tie-breaking rule: October 19, 2017 at 12:02:28 UTC To read the full release, […]

Making Our Dream a Reality…

I met my husband when we started working at the same farm. I fell in love with a kind man from Guatemala and the rest is as they say history. Jose was here on a work permit that we couldn’t extend any longer and so we didn’t know where to turn. Our MP’s office said […]

Age Limit and Requirements for Dependent Children

This is an abbreviated update from the Government of Canada website (Oct 24, 2017); to read the full release, click here. Definition of dependent children with new age limit Children qualify as dependants if they meet both of these requirements: they’re under 22 years old, and they don’t have a spouse or partner Dependants over the […]

Key Points from the 2018-2020 Immigration Levels Plan

“Ottawa, November 1, 2017 — Following the tabling of the 2017 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration on November 1, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is pleased to release details on its 2018 multi-year Immigration Levels Plan. Canada will welcome 310,000 new permanent residents in 2018, 330,000 in 2019 and 340,000 in 2020.” Key things […]

Express Entry #77 – 2,000 Invitations Sent

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – November 8, 2017 Number of invitations issued: 2,000Footnote* Rank required to be invited to apply: 2,000th or above Date and time of round: November 8, 2017 at 13:40:54 UTC CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 458 Tie-breaking rule: October 23, 2017 at 15:58:27 UTC The Government of Canada website has […]

Ontario’s HCP Stream Has Reached It’s Limit After Only 5 Days

November 7, 2017 Re:  Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream has reached its registration intake limit Please note that Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream has reached the registration intake limit. No additional registrations for this stream can be accepted. The OINP is monitoring the intake of applications with respect to the limits […]

Canada Will Welcome Nearly 1 Million Immigrants Over Next 3 Years (CBC Canada)

Original article and image posted by Kathleen Harris, Chris Hall, Peter Zimonjic, CBC News on Nov 01, 2017 5:00 AM ET “Canada will welcome nearly one million immigrants over the next three years, according to the multi-year strategy tabled by the Liberal government today in what it calls “the most ambitious immigration levels in recent history.” The […]

Find Out If You’re Eligible – International Experience Canada

International Experience Canada (IEC) provides youth with the opportunity to travel and work in Canada. To participate: your country of citizenship must have an agreement with Canada that allows you to apply for an IEC work permit, or you may be able to use a Recognized Organization. Eligibility requirements for some countries and categories have […]

Ontario’s Express Entry HCP Stream: Now Accepting Applications

IMPORTANT NOTICE: November 2, 2017 The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is now accepting applications for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream. ATTENTION: You must have a valid profile in the Express Entry (EE) system in order to apply. You must have received a Notification of Interest (NOI) from Ontario that is still […]

StatsCan Says Immigrants Make Up Highest Percentage of Canadians in 85 years

Original article and image posted by Eric Grenier on CBC on October 25th, 2017. “The share of immigrants in Canada has reached its highest level in almost a century, according to 2016 census figures released Wednesday. The Statistics Canada data also shows the Indigenous population is growing at more than four times the rate of […]

Express Entries #75 and #76

MINISTERIAL INSTRUCTIONS RESPECTING INVITATIONS TO APPLY FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCE UNDER THE EXPRESS ENTRY SYSTEM (NOVEMBER 1, 2017) Determination — number of invitations 1. (1) For the purposes of paragraph 10.2(1)(b) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the number of invitations that may be issued during the period beginning on November 1, 2017, and ending on November 2, 2017, is: in the […]

Important Notice: PhD Graduate Stream Has Reached Registration Intake Limit

IMPORTANT NOTICE (October 30th, 2017) Please note that the International Students – PhD Graduate Stream has reached the registration intake limit. No additional registrations for this stream can be accepted. The OINP is monitoring the intake of applications with respect to the limits of Ontario’s federal nomination allocation, and will determine if any more applications […]

A Few Key Points on Flagpoling

As long as I have been practicing immigration law, it has been a somewhat accepted practice for clients to go to the closest Canada/US border to obtain their new immigration status – such as a study permit, work permit, or permanent resident status visa.  In general, in order to do this process at the border, you must meet some conditions: (1) you have […]

Jennifer to Speak on Professionalism Panel at “Women In Law” Seminar

Our very own Jennifer Roggemann is honoured to be a guest speaker for a panel discussion on professionalism at the upcoming “More Excellent Women in Law” seminar next Saturday afternoon! Jennifer will be one of the three speakers during the Q&A session in the early afternoon, and welcomes you to consider registering for this […]

IRCC Re-defines “Dependent Child”

As of October 24, 2017, regulations have changed to raise the age of dependent children from “under  19” to “under  22”… To enhance family unity and reunification, and in recognition that many young adults remain with their parents longer , the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) have been amended to introduce a new definition of “dependent […]

Canada’s Minister of Public Security Says Keep a ‘Wary Eye’ on U.S. Travel Visas

Original content from Alison Crawford, CBC News (October 23, 2017): “…In an interview Sunday with CBC News, [Canada’s Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale] said Canadian officials have identified trends where documents issued from certain U.S. embassies and consulates are being misused. “We have asked them to go back upstream and examine the pattern of these […]

Express Entry #74 – 2,757 Invitations Sent

MINISTERIAL INSTRUCTIONS RESPECTING INVITATIONS TO APPLY FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCE UNDER THE EXPRESS ENTRY SYSTEM (OCTOBER 18, 2017) Determination — number of invitations 1. (1) For the purposes of paragraph 10.2(1)(b) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the number of invitations that may be issued during the period beginning on October 18, 2017, and ending on October 19, 2017, is 2,757. Required rank […]

Immigration Law: Conditional Sentences Don’t Count as Jail Time

“The Supreme Court says conditional sentences don’t count as jail time when it comes to deciding whether permanent residents convicted of a crime ought to lose their status in Canada. The top court also says that deciding whether a permanent resident is inadmissible to Canada hinges on the maximum sentence on the books at the […]

Thank You for Your Support

Jennifer and her family would like to thank all of the clients, colleagues and friends who have shown their support and compassion during the illness and passing of Jennifer’s father, Mahn-Ho Kim. For all of you who came, sent an email or Facebook message, flowers or a donation to St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, Thank You! […]

Amid Global Migration Crisis, Liberals to Reveal New 2018 Immigration Plan

“The Liberal government is finalizing its 2018 immigration plan, aiming to strike the right balance amid a global migration crisis, a surge in illegal border-crossers and persistent labour gaps across the country. Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen recently wrapped up cross-country consultations and is preparing to table the annual immigration levels in the House of […]

International Masters and PhD Students – OINP Now Accepting Applications!

IMPORTANT NOTICE The OINP is now accepting applications for the International Students – Masters Graduate Stream and International Students – PhD Graduate Stream. The OINP is monitoring the intake of applications with respect to the limits of Ontario’s federal nomination allocation. Applicants will be informed when the OINP is no longer accepting applications […]

Update on Jennifer’s Father

On Monday, October 9th, 2017 Mr. Kim passed into the presence of his Saviour, Jesus Christ. After his battle with cancer, he is at peace. Jennifer will be away from the office this week spending time with her family and making arrangements for her father’s funeral. Please see the link for details about his […]

Canada Implements Legislative Changes to the Citizenship Act

October 4, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – As part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to provide greater flexibility in meeting requirements for those who wish to obtain Canadian citizenship, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced today a significant milestone in implementing changes to the Citizenship Act through the adoption […]

Shortened Work Hours For Jennifer

Many of our clients feel like family and so we want to keep you informed about some sad news in the Roggemann family.  Mrs. Roggemann’s father was recently diagnosed with advanced liver cancer and she has been given a short window to make some final memories before he sees his Saviour Jesus face to face.  […]

Express Entry #72 – 2,871 Invitations Sent

MINISTERIAL INSTRUCTIONS RESPECTING INVITATIONS TO APPLY FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCE UNDER THE EXPRESS ENTRY SYSTEM (SEPTEMBER 20, 2017) Determination — number of invitations 1. (1) For the purposes of paragraph 10.2(1)(b) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the number of invitations that may be issued during the period beginning on September 20, 2017, and ending on September 21, 2017, […]

NEW: OINP Introduces Online Applications for Corporate Stream

September 7, 2017 – IMPORTANT  NOTICE Re:  Corporate Stream Now Accepting Online Applications The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has launched an online application system to make it easier to apply to the Corporate Stream and improve processing times for applicants. Please refer to the Application Guide for further details on applying to this stream. For full release, […]

We Were Never Just a Customer

I met my husband while I was working in Peru for a German travel company. We fell in love and got married. We honeymooned in Europe and determined that our future was going to be back in Germany, where I had been living for years. A few months after we got married, Manolo had a […]

Express Entry #71 – 2,772 Invitations Sent

Updates: Apply for PR Under the Express Entry System – September 6, 2017 Determination — number of invitations 1. (1) For the purposes of paragraph 10.2(1)(b) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the number of invitations that may be issued during the period beginning on September 6, 2017, and ending on September 7, 2017, is 2,772. Required rank (2) […]

She Gave Me Peace Of Mind

I was really desperate when I reached out to Jennifer. I had been sponsored to Canada by my partner and our relationship deteriorated into abuse and I had to leave for my own safety. At the time there was a condition to my PR that I had to stay with my sponsor for 2 years […]

NOTICE – Parents and Grandparents Program: Second Round of Application Intake

Ottawa, September 1, 2017— This year, the Government of Canada introduced a new application intake process for the Parents and Grandparents Program. This change improves access to the application process and makes it more fair and transparent. Under this new process, people who want to sponsor their parents and grandparents to come to Canada first […]

Express Entry #70 – 3,035 Invitations Sent

MINISTERIAL INSTRUCTIONS RESPECTING INVITATIONS TO APPLY FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCE UNDER THE EXPRESS ENTRY SYSTEM (AUGUST 23, 2017) Determination — number of invitations 1. (1) For the purposes of paragraph 10.2(1)(b) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the number of invitations that may be issued during the period beginning on August 23, 2017, and ending on August 24, 2017, is 3,035. Required rank […]

A Note from Jennifer…A Trip 20 Years in the Making!

I am so grateful that I was able to take my 2-week vacation (the first one in 15 years) at the beginning of August, thanks to much planning, an awesome staff, accessible technology (email and FB), and many, many gracious clients.  I wanted to take a minute to share with you the backstory on my […]

OINP – Employer Job Offer In-Demand Skills Stream

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) offers an opportunity for in-demand foreign workers with a job in specific occupations in the agricultural and construction sectors offer to permanently live and work in Ontario. Applicants can only apply if they meet all eligibility criteria, have received a permanent and full-time job offer from an Ontario employer and have […]

They Provided Most Of My Answers Before I Thought Of The Questions

I had a bad experience with CIC, now IRCC, in the past and so when it was time to do my Express Entry Profile and my Canadian Experience Class PR Application, I knew that I didn’t want to do it on my own. I googled immigration lawyers in my area and Jennifer popped up. I […]

Express Entry #69 – 2,991 invitations sent

MINISTERIAL INSTRUCTIONS RESPECTING INVITATIONS TO APPLY FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCE UNDER THE EXPRESS ENTRY SYSTEM (AUGUST 9, 2017) Determination — number of invitations 1. (1) For the purposes of paragraph 10.2(1)(b) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the number of invitations that may be issued during the period beginning on August 9, 2017, and ending on August 10, 2017, is 2,991. Required rank […]

They Worked Miracles For Us

I met my wife while indulging my love of the history of the American Civil War. We have both had past relationships that creep into our present. I wanted to bring my family back to Canada and so I asked my lawyer who he would recommend to help us. The only name he mentioned was […]

Ministerial Instructions – Applying for PR Under Express Entry #68

The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (Ahmed D. Hussen), pursuant to section 10.3 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, gives the annexed Ministerial Instructions Respecting Invitations to Apply for Permanent Residence under the Express Entry System (August 2, 2017). Determination — number of invitations 1. (1) For the purposes of paragraph 10.2(1)(b) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the […]

Everyone in the Office Was Confident, So I Was Confident

I came to Canada for University and fell in love with the country.  I graduated from University in Waterloo and started working in my field.  My employer was willing to help me get my permanent residence through the Express Entry system, although I didn’t end up needing to go through the Labour Market Impact Assessment […]

We Wanted It Done Right…They Did An Outstanding Job

My wife and I met when I came up from the US with my family to attend a wedding near her home. I was invited to a young people’s gathering where we got to know each other a bit and the rest is history. We were originally going to move to the USA but we […]

Proposed Changes to the Citizenship Regulations No. 2

Ottawa, July 21, 2017 — Changes are being proposed to the Citizenship Regulations No. 2 to ensure the Regulations align with recent amendments made to the Citizenship Act through Bill C-6 – an Act to amend the Citizenship Act and make consequential amendments to another Act – that received Royal Assent on June 19, 2017. The following proposed changes to the Citizenship Regulations No. 2 are outlined in a […]

OINP Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream – Hold on Intake

IMPORTANT NOTICE Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream (HCP) has recently seen a surge in applications. The stream has reached its current registration limit and no additional registrations for this stream can be accepted at this time.  The program will also place a hold on sending any additional Notifications of Interest for the Human […]

They Knew What Needed To Be Done And When

I moved to the US for a professorship and fell in love with my wife and her son.  I never wanted to break my ties with Canada, the country of my birth as my family is still here.  While we are living in the US for the moment, we also have a home in Stratford, […]

OINP – Employer Job Offer Streams Now Accepting Applications

IMPORTANT NOTICE The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is now accepting applications for the Employer Job Offer Streams – Foreign Workers and International Students. The OINP is monitoring the intake of applications with respect to the limits of Ontario’s federal nomination allocation.  Applicants will be informed when the OINP is no longer accepting applications to […]

August 4 – Full Application Deadline for Randomly Selected Parental Sponsors

This message is to inform you that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will be sending a reminder email to everyone who was randomly selected to submit a complete application to sponsor their parents and/or grandparents.  The reminder will be sent to the email address provided on the ‘Interest to Sponsor” form which, for some […]

Starting July 19th – Enhanced Security Measures for Travellers from Canada to the US

Airline passengers travelling from Canada to the United States will face a new battery of “enhanced security measures” now required by the Department of Homeland Security. The new measures will be enforced starting July 19 and include: Enhanced overall passenger screening Heightened screening of personal electronic devices Increased security protocols around aircraft and in passenger areas The […]

Updated List of Visa Requirements for Travellers to Canada

There are many entry requirements to be aware of when travelling to Canada, and they can vary significantly by country of origin and form of transportation. Please visit this page to view the most up-to-date list of travellers needing a visa to come to Canada by any method of travel – plane, car, bus, […]

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) Issues Fraud Warning

Important:  You will never receive a confirmation letter or nomination certificate from the OINP if you have not applied to the program and do not have an application pending. Some members of the public have been receiving emails with a false Ontario Certificate of Nomination attached, requesting a “Right of Permanent Residence Fee” (RPRF). These […]

Express Entry #67 – 3202 invitations sent

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system #67 – July 12, 2017 Determination — number of invitations 1. (1) For the purposes of paragraph 10.2(1)(b) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the number of invitations that may be issued during the period beginning on July 12, 2017, and ending on July 13, 2017, is 3,202. […]

Jennifer Roggemann Featured on Rye & Ginger Blog

We’re so honoured that our own Jennifer Roggemann was featured earlier this year on Rye & Ginger, a local blog highlighting “Waterloo Region’s food histories, traditions, and influences: from butter tarts to butter chicken”. Rye & Ginger interviewed Jennifer to hear her immigration story (from Korea to Canada), and get some insight into […]

Notice – Changes to the Pre-Removal Risk Assessment for Venezuela

Ottawa, July 7, 2017—Individuals from Venezuela may be eligible for a pre-removal risk assessment (PRRA) if they received a final decision from the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) or a final PRRA decision on or between July 8, 2016 and July 7, 2017. Prior to removing them from Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency will advise […]

They Remember the Little Things and That Is Important

My husband and I got married years ago and I moved to the US to live with him.  As my family is here in Canada and getting older, we decided to relocate back to Canada and have Jamie become a permanent resident here.  We googled immigration lawyers and Jennifer had the best reviews online.  When […]

Express Entry Targeted Occupations

Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream: List of Targeted Occupations by National Occupational Classification (NOC) Codes On June 28, 2017, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) announced that it would issue targeted Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to candidates who qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream and who have work experience in the […]

Notice – Changes to the Pre-Removal Risk Assessment for Russia

Ottawa, June 30, 2017 — Individuals from Russia may be eligible for a pre-removal risk assessment (PRRA) if they received a final decision from the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) or a final PRRA decision on or between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. Prior to removing them from Canada, the Canada Border […]

Week of June 26 – OINP Targeting Information & Communications Technology Sector

Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream – Issuance of Notifications of Interest by Targeted Occupations The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is an economic immigration program designed to help Ontario meet its labour market and economic development priorities. The OINP continues to improve the program’s responsiveness to labour market and economic development needs and […]

Express Entry #66 – 3409 invitations sent

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system #66 – June 28, 2017 http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/mi/ Determination — number of invitations= 3409 Required rank = 449 points or more

Notice – Canada Imposes a Visa Requirement on Antigua and Barbuda

Ottawa, June 26, 2017— As of 5:30 a.m. EDT June 27, 2017, citizens from Antigua and Barbuda will need a visa to travel to Canada. At that time, any existing electronic travel authorization (eTA) issued to a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda will no longer be valid, and these travellers will not be able to use their eTA to […]

All of a Sudden, There Was Hope

I met my common-law spouse just before she was immigrating to Canada with her family.  We did the long distance thing for a while and then I found out about the International Experience Canada program and so I was able to come over and we were able to be together for a couple of years.  […]

Flagpoling – Check Before Going to US/Canada Borders

“On June 16, 2017, the Canada Border Services Agency’s Southern Ontario Region started the Flagpoling pilot project. The Pilot involves new procedures for temporary residents of Canada who flagpole from Friday to Monday at the Rainbow, Queenston-Lewiston and Peace Bridges.” (Note: Flagpoling means to exit a country momentarily and reenter. Usually this is done to satisfy immigration requirements. ) “Due to high […]

Act to Amend the Citizenship Act, Bill C-6, Receives Royal Assent

Bill C-6, an Act to amend the Citizenship Act and make consequential amendments to another Act, received Royal Assent on June 19, 2017. This chart explains the changes that have been made to the Citizenship Act and indicates when these changes are expected to come into force (PLEASE NOTE: There are three time frames during which changes will occur as […]

“Immigrants Are the Heart of All We Do”

Jennifer Roggemann had the opportunity to attend the Canada Bar Association Conference in Toronto this past weekend. The conference addressed topics including temporary foreign workers, immigration detention issues, and express entry. Saturday morning featured the Hon. Ahmed Hussen (Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship), as keynote speaker. Read Jennifer’s reflections on his address below: […]

Employer Job Offer Stream Limit Reached

June 10, 2017 Please note that the Employer Job Offer Stream has reached its registration intake limit. No additional registrations for this stream can be accepted. The OINP is monitoring the intake of applications with respect to the limits of Ontario’s federal nomination allocation, and will determine if any more applications can be accepted […]

She is the Best Person to Have in Your Corner

My wife and I were referred to Jennifer through a family friend of hers. I am from the US and we had tried different options to see if Danielle would come to New York or I would move to Toronto. In the end, as my family is on the west coast, it made sense […]

Hiring Them Allowed Me to Sleep Better at Night

I am from the Bahamas and have been here as a work permit holder in Canada. I had done most of my applications on my own but I ran into some difficulties extending my work permit and dealing with the LMIA process. I decided that I needed to hire a lawyer and so I […]

Express Entry to Begin Awarding Additional Points (re: Siblings, French Language Skills)

NEWS RELEASE From Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada June 5, 2017—Markham, ON – Improvements to the Express Entry system taking effect tomorrow help support the integration of skilled workers as they build their new life in Canada. This benefits Canada as newcomers are able to more quickly put their skills to use to […]

We Got the Best Lawyer Ever!

I met my Ukrainian husband while we were both working at a theme park in Japan. While I had been travelling and working overseas on various entertainment contracts (cruise ships, theme parks etc), I knew that when it came time to have children, I wanted to return to be near my family. I’m glad […]

Express Entry #64, 400 Invitations Sent

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system #64 – May 26, 2017 http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/mi/ Determination — number of invitations= 400 Required rank = 199 points or more  

Express Entry System #63 – 143 invitations sent

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system #63 – May 26, 2017 http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/mi/ Determination — number of invitations= 143 Required rank = 775 points or more

Ontario Employer Program Re-opened!

IMPORTANT NOTICE Launch of New Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream, Streamlined Employer Job Offer Stream and Updated Entrepreneur Stream The OINP has launched a new stream for skilled trades workers under the Express Entry system, and has streamlined its Employer Job Offer Stream and updated its Entrepreneur Stream. New: Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled […]

International PhD Graduates Intake Limit Reached

IMPORTANT NOTICE Please note that the International PhD Graduates Stream has reached the registration intake limit (as of May 24th, 2017). No additional registrations for this stream can be accepted. The OINP is monitoring the intake of applications with respect to the limits of Ontario’s federal nomination allocation, and will determine if any more applications […]

Express Entry #62, 3687 Invitations Sent

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system #62 – May 17, 2017 http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/mi/ Determination — number of invitations= 3,687 Required rank = 415 points or more

Senate Passes Bill That Repeals Many Conservative Citizenship Changes

The Senate approved the Liberal government’s major citizenship bill Wednesday, after a nearly year-long legislative process resulting in changes affecting citizenship revocation, children’s rights, and language requirements. The Senate voted to pass Bill C-6 Wednesday, with 45 senators voting in support of the legislation, 29 against, and no abstentions. The wide-ranging bill would repeal many […]

Express Entry #61: 3796 Invitations Sent

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system #61 – May 4, 2017 http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/mi/ Determination — number of invitations= 3,796 Required rank = 423 points or more

Parent And Grandparent Program: Balancing The Demand

Ottawa, April 25, 2017 – This year we introduced a new application intake process for the Parent and Grandparent Program. We did this to improve people’s access to the application process by making it more fair and transparent. Between January 3, 2017, and February 2, 2017, interested sponsors first had to fill out an “Interest to […]

International Masters Graduate Stream Has Reached Its Registration Intake Limit

IMPORTANT NOTICE Re:  International Masters and PhD Graduate Streams now accepting applications The OINP is now accepting applications for the International Masters Graduate Stream and International PhD Graduate Stream. The OINP is monitoring the intake of applications with respect to the limits of Ontario’s federal nomination allocation.  Applicants will be informed when the […]

Notice – Government Of Canada Eliminates Conditional Permanent Residence

Ottawa, April 28, 2017— The Government of Canada has removed the condition that applied to some sponsored spouses or partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to live with their sponsor in order to keep their permanent resident status. Under the old regulation, you had to live with your sponsor for two years if, […]

Express Entry #60, 3665 Invitations Sent

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system #60 – April 19, 2017 http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/mi/ Determination — number of invitations= 3,665 Required rank = 415 points or more    

Entry Into Canada As A Fiancé / Fiancée

In general, citizens from many visa-exempted countries come to Canada to visit their boyfriend or girlfriend, or even fiancée. Today, people seem to use such terms interchangeably, and it can create a legal issue at the border. In my definition, if you have a date to get married or at least have a definite plan to […]

Road Closures May Affect Office Accessibility

Due to construction starting on April 24th for 6 months until Nov 30th, access to our office will be affected. Our office is accessible but we recommend that clients use the Ottawa exit on Hwy 85. Local businesses will still have access but not from Hwy 8 or downtown, please plan your route accordingly.

Express Entry #59, 3923 Invitations Sent

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system #59 – April 12, 2017 http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/mi/ Determination — number of invitations= 3,923 Required rank = 423 points or more      

150 Ways We Love Canada: Boris’s Story

Every family that migrates to Canada has many reasons for doing so, but none of those reasons are readily understood by a young child leaving all he knows behind. Questions will always loom for a growing mind that tries to comprehend why such a move was necessary. Such was my struggle when my parents first came to […]

150 Ways We Love Canada: Karren’s Story

My mom was born in Holland in 1947. She was born to my grandparents late in life. They already had 2 boys who were 15 & 17 years older than her. My mom’s brothers were the perfect age for the upcoming war & her parents didn’t want them to go through what her father had […]

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Updates

April 10, 2017 Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream: Issuance of Notifications of Interest The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) will resume issuing Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to applicants who qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream the week of April 10-14, 2017. Prospective applicants are encouraged to create a new profile […]

We Weren’t Just A File Or Application

I met my husband Paul through mutual friends on Facebook. I was born and raised in Mexico but had immigrated to the US. We fell in love, got married and made some assumptions about the immigration process. Both of us thought the process in Canada would be the same as my experience in the US […]

Express Entry #58, 3753 Invitations Sent

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system #58 – April 5, 2017 http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/mi/ Determination — number of invitations= 3,753 Required rank = 431 points or more

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Programs Processing

This section describes how to process applications for permanent residence submitted by applicants in the three Atlantic Immigration Pilot programs through the paper-based application process. The Atlantic high-skilled, intermediate-skilled and international graduate programs are three economic pilot programs targeted to foreign nationals with job offers in the Atlantic region, who have received an endorsement by […]

Updated Information On Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

March 31, 2017— Moncton, NB — A pilot program to attract more skilled immigrants to Atlantic Canada and retain them is gaining significant interest from employers. To date, almost 200 employers have expressed interest in the program, with over 50 being formally designated. Under the pilot, employers play a key role, with the responsibility to help […]

150 Ways We Love Canada: Congratulations Lorraine

Congratulations Lorraine – our Heather’s mom, on becoming a Canadian Citizen! Lorraine was born in The United States as a US citizen. Fifty years ago, she married Heather’s dad, a Canadian. Last week, after 4 months of working with us to process her, she became a Canadian citizen at 70+ years. Let’s celebrate Canada’s 150th […]

Update on Canadian Citizenship Act Before Canada Day?

Did you know that Canada is going to celebrate their 150 birthday this year? The Canadian citizenship amendments have been going through the parliament since the last summer and it’s not done yet. Right now it’s at the final stage of a Senate third reading is occurring, and I’m hoping to see that we’re going […]

Trump Effect –Is This Real?

There have been a number of times where people ask me if there are any changes in Canadian immigration ever since we have a new president down south. Well I don’t know about the real impact but we certainly get a lot of inquiries and then if nothing else you see in a lot of […]

Spousal Sponsorship –Time & Issues

As of December 2016 we’re very excited to hear that spousal application will go much faster. After a number of years under the Conservative government, there are stories about spouses awaiting 2 to 4 years to get to Canada. The announcement in December 2016 is that the entire spousal application will be done in 12 […]

Work Experience –CEC &FWS

If you are a skilled worker and wanting to be a permanent resident in Canada in many cases people go through the federal skilled worker program or the Canadian experience class application. The problem is those two programs are so close that a lot of people make a mistake in respect to the work experience […]

Provincial Nominee – Ontario

Traditionally speaking about 60% to 75% of all immigrants wish to come to the province of Ontario. So, as a result, Ontario leaders will put a lot of effort on the provincial nominee program. Recently as of 2017 coda we have 6,000 visas which is one of the largest provincial nominee program in Canada after […]

Parental Sponsorship –Random Selection

The parental sponsorship application has been a top of topic for all immigrants. You have parents over seas that you wish to bring over. Well first of all this was suspended in 2011 to 2013 it was two years where nobody could sponsor their parents. In 2014, 2015 and 2016 there were limited spots of […]

Update on Express Entry April 2017

Are you sick of Express Entry? I’m slowly getting there. Express Entry has been a very interesting project and the one thing I have to tell everybody is that Express Entry is not an immigration program. So if you are wondering about that I have another video on the basics of Express Entry. This is just […]

Provincial Nominees In Atlantic Provinces

If you like lobsters then it’s time! The Atlantic Provinces have finally figured out how to bring more people into their provinces. We’re very excited to hear that there is a pilot program for provincial nominees in Atlantic Provinces; Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Labrador and Newfoundland, and Prince Edward Island. However, there are only two thousand visas […]

Changes To Express Entry System – As Of June 7, 2017

Express Entry is Canada’s flagship application management system for key economic immigration programs, including the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program. Programs managed through the Express Entry system attract high-skilled foreign workers who want to live in Canada permanently and […]

Canadian Family Grounded Because Father Signed Child’s Passport

A Halifax man wants airlines to warn families that parents are not allowed to sign the passports of their young children, after his vacation plans were stalled when his six-year-old daughter wasn’t allowed on a plane. On Wednesday night, Air Canada refused to let Ahmad Hussein’s daughter Mariam fly from Halifax to Washington, D.C., because […]

Update On Parental Sponsorship

After the change to the parental sponsorship application as of December 2016, many sponsors in Canada have entered into the random selection system by February 2nd, 2017. Since then, we have been waiting to receive an email to notify whether you made it or not for 2017 quote of 10,000 application cap. Before such draw […]