Now easier for Caribbean nationals to apply for resident status

Now easier for Caribbean nationals to apply for resident status

OTTAWA, Canada — Building on a government commitment made earlier this year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) says it is now easier for foreign nationals, including Caribbean immigrants to apply for temporary and permanent resident status within Canada. Last Tuesday, the immigration agency said foreign nationals applying from within Canada for temporary or permanent […]

An open letter to Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino

An open letter to Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino

Immigration Matters Sukhram Ramkissoon An open letter to Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino Dear Mr. Minister, First of all, let me congratulate you on your appointment as  Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. It comes as no surprise that your appointment has been greeted with elation in your riding of Eglinton-Lawrence with its  large  immigrant community. […]

Trini-born playwright Mustapha Matura dies in London

Trini-born playwright Mustapha Matura dies in London

He was the first black dramatist to have his work performed in the West End, and he championed black writing through his theatre company  Mustapha Matura, who has died aged 79, was the pioneering Trinidadian dramatist who became the first black playwright to show in the West End and who co-wrote the first black sitcom […]

Caribbean officials said to be selling diplomatic passports

Caribbean officials said to be selling diplomatic passports

Politicians in the Caribbean are said to be involved in a corrupt trade of diplomatic posts in exchange for money, an Al Jazeera investigation has revealed. In Diplomats for Sale, Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit exposes politicians in Dominica and Grenada willing to accept secret campaign contributions from wealthy foreign businessmen in exchange for diplomatic passports. […]

Drop in numbers of immigrants becoming Canadian citizens

Drop in numbers of immigrants becoming Canadian citizens

Fewer Canadian immigrants became citizens in 2016 than 1996, according to a new study released by Statistics Canada, though more recent developments  may be addressing some of the issues at play. The citizenship rate among recent immigrants was just over 75 per cent in 1996, but declined to 60 per cent in 2016. “There are […]

Immigration officers do make mistakes

Immigration officers do make mistakes

Immigration Matters       Sukhram Ramkissoon Immigration officers do make mistakes  Readers of this column may have come across the term  “marriage of convenience.”  What does it really mean ? With respect to immigration,simply stated, it means one in which one of the parties  – husband or wife- entered into the marriage for the sole purpose of […]

Representation deficient and resulted in miscarriage of justice – judge

Representation deficient and resulted   in miscarriage of justice – judge

Immigration Matters  By: Sukhram Ramkissoon Representation deficient and resulted in miscarriage of justice – judge  The Federal Court of Canada  has recently set aside a negative decision on an application for humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) review on behalf of a 59 year old citizen of Grenada who has lived in Canada ” out of status” for […]

Farm worker approved for permanent residence from within Canada

Farm worker approved for permanent residence from within Canada

By Sukhram Ramkissoon Humanitarian and Compassionate factors are assessed by Immigration Officers to determine whether to grant an exemption from certain legislative requirements.  This is required under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to allow applications to be processed within Canada for permanent residence status. So it is important that when authorized persons represent non […]

Obtaining a visitor’s visa

Obtaining a visitor’s visa

Immigration Matters:  Sukhram Ramkissoon Obtaining a visitor’s visa I have previously written about the visitor’s visa or Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). It is, of course, an important document for persons wishing to visit family members and friends in Canada and applicants should properly understand the process of obtaining it. Unfortunately, there still seems to be […]

UN urges Caribbean to show solidarity toward Venezuelans

UN urges Caribbean to show solidarity toward Venezuelans

In a press statement from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), the European Union (EU) and the UN migration agency (IOM), the entities jointly called for host countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to show solidarity toward Venezuelans, with around 80 per cent of those who have left, sheltering in the region. The mass exodus […]

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