51-years old wife wins appeal on behalf of 27-year-old husband

51-years old wife wins appeal on behalf of 27-year-old husband

By Sukhram Ramkissoon   A Canadian citizen was recently successful at the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD), as the sponsorship application made on behalf of her Moroccan spouse. The application was initially refused, but was set aside; her appeal was allowed.   In this article, I will refer to the sponsor as Cathy (not her real name). […]

‘Immigrant’ is a gross euphemism for ‘settler’

‘Immigrant’ is a gross euphemism for ‘settler’

By Azeezah Kanji “We are all immigrants.” The phrase has become a popular slogan of opposition to the closing of borders in Canada and the United States. It has been written on protest signs held high against Donald Trump’s ban on nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries, and echoed by Canadian politicians proclaiming their acceptance of […]

Perceived lesbian from Jamaica granted protection

Perceived lesbian from Jamaica granted protection

By Sukhram Ramkissoon Paula (not her real name) is a citizen of Jamaica and claimed protection in Canada, alleging that she fears gang members and the community in Jamaica, for being perceived as a lesbian. The Refugee Protection Division (RPD) denied her claim in December 2023, on the basis that she was not credible, nor […]

Children plead to be reunited with parents

Children plead to be reunited with parents

By Sukhram  Ramkissoon  One of the fundamental principles and objectives as prescribed in Canadian immigration law is, “to see that families are reunited in Canada.”  However, is this mandate implemented by all immigration officials? Every day we hear, read, and see hundreds of frustrated spouses, parents, and children denied compassion in their bid to be […]

Student visa requirements under Canadian law

Student visa requirements under Canadian law

By Sukhram Ramkissoon Every year, tens of thousands of persons interested in studying in Canada attempt to apply for a Student Visas, but not everyone is not successful. Some who are refused by the visa offices show their courage and determination in having their refusals challenged in the Federal Court of Canada. Immigration law governs […]

Canada’s residency requirements

Canada’s residency requirements

By Sukhram Ramkissoon I have been repeatedly asked by the readers to explain the requirements regarding permanent residents (PRs) outside of Canada. How can a PR maintain their status outside of Canada, or legally retrieve the same if lost? To answer this, I must address how a permanent resident may lose his/her status. Firstly, this […]

Growing numbers of immigrants are leaving Canada – report

Growing numbers of immigrants are leaving Canada – report

A new report from the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) finds that growing numbers of immigrants to Canada are deciding to leave the country. The report, The Leaky Bucket, produced for the ICC by the Conference Board of Canada, finds onward migration, immigrants leaving Canada, has been increasing slowly for decades, but suddenly surged in […]

Conjugal relationship under the family class sponsorship program

Conjugal relationship under the family class sponsorship program

  By Sukhram Ramkissoon Canadian immigration law defines who would fall under the family class in terms of sponsorship. According to the law, a foreign national is a member of the family class if, with respect to a sponsor, the foreign national is the sponsor’s spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner.  This means that if you […]

Migrant Rights Network calls for regularization of undocumented

Migrant Rights Network calls for regularization of undocumented

By Lincoln DePradine It’s almost two years since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised a regularization program that could help some of the estimated 1.7 million people in Canada on temporary study or work permits, or who otherwise are classified as “undocumented’’. Migrant-supporting organizations, as well as representatives from hundreds of other groups across Canada, say […]

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