The Trudeau era ushers in a kinder, gentler immigration departmentCanada Immigration, now called Canada Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, has undergone a significant transformation in approach under the Trudeau regime. Gone is the largely secretive, even hostile approach undertaken by immigration officials in their case work, replaced by communication and, yes, even kindness.
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Compellable, comshmellable . . . what’s in self-incriminationImmigration law is one of the few areas of law, maybe the only one, in which people whom the state seeks to penalize or sanction, even imprison, are forced to testify against themselves. This seems inconsistent with every value we have concerning the protection of an accused and a healthy mistrust of the state. But there it is; in proceedings before the Immigration Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, the person concerned is compellable to testify. 
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Federal government makes hopeful announcements on immigrationImmigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has made multiple announcements over the last several weeks. 
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Monday, 14 November 2016 10:40

Vancouver City Report

Vancouver City ReportLaw firms are being hit with a flood of legal work as Asian investment continues to grow
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Monday, 05 September 2016 09:00

Preclearance bill raises concerns

Illustration: Alexi Vella
Illustration: Alexi Vella
Calgary lawyer Michael Greene is all for the faster movement and freer flow of legitimate goods and law-abiding people between Canada and the United States.
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Enforcement officers: kids judging credibilityGet ready for this: Enforcement officers can, nay must, conduct an interview of a deportee who has alleged risk, if the credibility of the risk allegation is at issue. So says the Federal Court of Appeal in its recent pronouncement in Atawnah v. MPSEP.
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Building a data-based immigration systemThe firm where I work recently hosted a roundtable with Minister of Citizenship, Refugees, and Immigration John McCallum along with several business leaders in Canada. As part of the minister’s on-going commitment to review the International Mobility Program and his ministry’s relationship to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, consultations are being held to discuss the nature of business in Canada.
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The immigration machine is complicatedThe immigration machine is a complicated one. There are many competing priorities including the need to help refugees, reunite families, bring in permanent residents, and support the international mobility of workers.
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Monday, 18 April 2016 09:00

Spies like us

Spies like usWhen we think of spies, we think of dark, smoke-filled places, and cynical, world-weary operatives skulking in and out of shadows. Or, if not the Cold War version, the cartoon-like James Bond.
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Understanding risk boundaries when entering Canada to ‘work’I am often asked some variation of this question by new/potential clients, “Are you telling me that every company in Canada who has senior executives who live in another country and work frequently in Canada are getting work permits?”
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