Permanent residence possible under new Federal agri-food migrant program

Permanent residence possible under new Federal agri-food migrant program

By Lincoln DePradine The federal government is launching a pilot program that will allow a path to permanent resident status for immigrant workers from the Caribbean and other parts of the world; they that are in the country fulfilling certain temporary seasonal jobs. “Immigrants, as we know, help build our country and our economy. They […]

Applying to remain in Canada under H&C grounds

Applying to remain in Canada under H&C grounds

Immigration matters Sukhram Ramkissoon Applying to remain in Canada under H&C grounds Every year thousands of persons apply to remain in Canada under Humanitarian and Compassionate (H & C)  grounds.  They may include those who have been convicted under the criminal code for certain offences, long term overstay applicants, persons who have previously misrepresented themselves, […]

Barbados reverses visa-free access for Haitians

Barbados reverses visa-free access for Haitians

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – A year after scrapping visa requirements for Haitians, the Barbados government has reversed its decision. Barbados’ Ambassador to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), David Comissiong last Friday that the government was forced to do so because of the “large influx” of people of Haitian nationality coming from Panama and Chile who were not […]

Parents and grandparents sponsorship program in need of major overhaul

Parents and grandparents sponsorship  program in need of major overhaul

Immigration Matters Sukhram Ramkissoon Parents and grandparents sponsorship program in need of major overhaul Readers of my column may have heard the recent CBC news report that the Canadian  government is facing an angry backlash and legal action by some Canadians trying to bring their parents or grandparents into the country. Unfortunately, the Parents and […]

Medically inadmissible woman granted approval for permanent residence

Medically inadmissible woman granted approval for permanent residence

Immigration Matters   Sukhram Ramkissoon   Medically inadmissible woman granted approval for permanent residence When Monica (not her real name) arrived in  Canada from the Caribbean in 1997, she was  allowed to remain in the country for six months as a visitor.  She did not seek an extension of her stay  and remained “out of status” […]

Good news for those who failed to declare their dependent children

Good news for those who failed to declare their dependent children

Immigration Matters Sukhram Ramkissoon Good news for those who failed to declare their dependent children Many landed immigrants and Canadian citizens who did not declare their dependent children when they applied for permanent residence, found themselves barred from future sponsorship. In some cases, those who were not citizens and attempted to sponsor their child or […]

Persons who were on peace bonds can be sponsored

Persons who were on peace bonds can  be sponsored

Immigration Matters Sukhram Ramkissoon Persons who were on peace bonds can  be sponsored A prospective client who  is in Canada on a work permit, recently told me that  about a year ago, he and his wife, a Canadian citizen, had a “domestic incident.” As a result, he was charged with assault. After several appearances in […]

The high cost of misrepresentation

The high cost of misrepresentation

Immigration matters Sukhram Ramkissoon  The high cost of misrepresentation A regular reader of this column recently asked whether he can sponsor his spouse who had lied in her application for a Temporary Resident Permit to Canada about two years ago. This question deals with misrepresentation – a subject about which I have written in several […]

New measures to protect workers and help newcomers sponsor undeclared family members

New measures to protect workers and help newcomers sponsor undeclared family members

OTTAWA – Canada is taking action to help protect vulnerable workers and newcomers who face family abuse, and to help newcomers sponsor family members that they didn’t initially declare, says a news release from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. The release notes that  while every worker in Canada is entitled to a safe and healthy […]

Canada ready to welcome ‘other categories’ of Jamaican workers

Canada ready to welcome ‘other categories’ of Jamaican workers

Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen on a three day visit to Jamaica said that Canada is seeking to engage more Jamaicans to work in non-traditional areas, which will add to the current seasonal agricultural workers arrangement [farm work programme] that the island shares with Canada. The world power is keen on […]

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