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  • What this episode is about?

    In this episode I connected with Robert Leong, and we talked about many challenges faced by newcomers in Canada. One of the biggest challenges is credential recognition and continuing to pursue your career in Canada. Many immigrants feel that their options are quite limited until they recognize their credentials and meet all other requirements necessary to find a job. This includes having relevant work experience in Canadian market and becoming fully integrated into the workforce.

    Robert shared his own personal experience with immigrating to Canada, and shared the challenges he had to go through while trying to find his niche. We also talked about whether immigration is a good choice for everyone and what it takes to become truly successful in a new country.

    Listen to this episode if you are thinking about immigrating to Canada or you just recently landed. We share many insights and you may find a lot of inspiration that will help you through the hard times.

    About today’s guest of the Canadian Immigration Podcast

    Robert Y.C. Leong

    Canadian Immigration Lawyer

    Robert read law in England, and after being called to the Bar, returned to his native Singapore where he practised as an Advocate & Solicitor for about 15 years.

    After immigrating to Canada, he was called to the Bar in B.C., and now practises exclusively in citizenship and immigration law.

    Apart from handling all types of temporary and permanent resident applications, Robert has also assisted clients in immigration enforcement cases, and has appeared before various Divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board, the Federal Court, and the Federal Court of Appeal.

    Besides English, he is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese, and has appeared in various radio and TV programs discussing immigration issues of the day.

    Robert has volunteers at pro bono legal clinics, speaks on immigration law at public libraries, and also sits on the board of a charity that helps to transform the lives of people with addiction. He’s also presented at various immigration law seminars for lawyers and for immigration consultants.

    You can reach out to Robert via:

    Website: www.CanadaVisaLaw.com About the host of the Canadian Immigration Podcast

    Mark Holthe is a Canadian Immigration Lawyer based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He has started his legal career with a large national law firm in Calgary where he initiated the business immigration practice at the firm. Since those early days, he has had the opportunity to work in a wide variety of law firm configurations before finally realizing that the best place for him was within the confines of an immigration boutique firm of his own making.

    As a Canadian immigration lawyer, Mark has particular experience in assisting clients with all aspects of Canadian immigration law. He assists large national and multinational companies in navigating the complex world of Canadian immigration and provides strategic immigration advice to international and domestic companies seeking to recruit and retain foreign skilled and semi-skilled personnel.

    Mark also assists temporary foreign workers with their transition to permanent resident status in Canada and over the past few years, he has taken great satisfaction in helping individuals and families with their various immigration related needs. Mark finds no greater satisfaction than helping to facilitate the reunification of families.

    While attending law school, Mark worked as an Immigration officer for Citizenship and Immigration Canada on the Alberta/Montana border. While completing his final year of law school, he worked as a pro bono student to the Canada Border Services Agency Hearings Officers representing the minister before the Immigration Appeal Division in Calgary, Alberta. As a result of his prior experience as an immigration officer, Mark has been able to enhance the services he offers to his cross-border and overseas clients. Since that time, he has continued to work hard fostering positive relationships with the various immigration related government departments and has focused a significant portion of his practice on cross-border matters.

    About the Sponsor of the Canadian Immigration Podcast

    This episode sponsored by Canadian Immigration Institute, a platform designed to help people navigate Canadian immigration on their own. On this platform, I offer Do-It-Yourself (DIY) video courses guiding you through the process of submitting your immigration application without a need to hire a lawyer. These video courses not only allow people to better understand Canadian immigration but also earn me sufficient revenue to continue pushing out great free content on Canadian immigration.

    Visit Canadian Immigration Institute: https://www.canadianimmigrationinstitute.com

    Listen to the Canadian Immigration Podcast on Spotify and iTunes

    Canadian Immigration Podcast is being broadcasted on our iTunes and Spotify channels. If you have enjoyed this podcast and think someone else would, too, please subscribe and share this episode!

    Subscribe to our various social media channels

    If you want to connect with me or retain Holthe Immigration Law to assist you with immigration to Canada feel free to book a consultation on our official website: www.holthelaw.com

    Additionally, consider subscribing to our social media channels to stay up to date with the news on Canadian Immigration:

    Canadian Immigration Institute Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgvm03Tm2e-ndNkWhiiQUlA

    Canadian Immigration Institute Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CanadianImmigrationInstitute

    Express Entry Law Private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CanadianImmigrationInstitute

    Holthe Immigration Law LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/holthe-business-immigration-law

    Holthe Immigration Law Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/holthe.immigration.law/

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  • What this episode is about?

    Nobody comes to Canada with expectation of not being successful. Immigration to a new country, however, often puts newcomers into unfortunate circumstances. Too many immigrants are unable to fulfill their potential because their professional certification is not valid in Canada. Getting certified in Canada is challenging to the absolute majority of newcomers, as it requires significant financial resources. Financial challenges are aggravated by the fact that newcomers often have low credit scores in Canada and thus are subject to terrible interest rates for their loans.

    Well, there is a solution to this "no money - no certification, no certification - no money" loop!

    Windmill provides microloans of up to $15,000 to skilled immigrants and refugees so they can succeed in their careers. They support clients to obtain the Canadian licensing or training required to work in their field, or to secure a position which matches their level of education, skills, and experience. Their loans can pay for exams, training, assessments, books and materials, living allowance, relocation costs, professional association fees, and other expenses related to advancing their career.

    Thanks to these loans newcomers are included in the labor market in Canada and can compete for high wage jobs fully applying their foreign experience and knowledge. Higher wages mean higher taxes. As a result newcomers pay higher taxes and spend their hard-earned money in Canada thus stimulating economy.

    About today’s guest of the Canadian Immigration Podcast

    Paula Calderon

    National Director, Client Success

    Originally from Colombia, Paula has spent her career leading workforce development projects that support the economic integration of newcomers to Canada. In the past, she pioneered ESL programs, worked on paid internship programs and oversaw various employment services and bridging programs supporting internationally trained professionals. She has also worked as a professor in the Career Development Practitioner program at George Brown College, has served as a mentor to newcomers and is the former President of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Colombian Professional Association. In 2018, Paula completed the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunity program and became an Aspen Institute Economic Opportunity Fellow.

    You can reach out to Paula via:

    LinkedIn: Windmill Microlending Twitter: @windmillcanada Facebook: Windmill Microlending

    Contact Windmill Microlending: 1-855-423-2262, windmillmicrolending.org

    About the host of the Canadian Immigration Podcast

    Mark Holthe is a Canadian Immigration Lawyer based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He has started his legal career with a large national law firm in Calgary where he initiated the business immigration practice at the firm. Since those early days, he has had the opportunity to work in a wide variety of law firm configurations before finally realizing that the best place for him was within the confines of an immigration boutique firm of his own making.

    As a Canadian immigration lawyer, Mark has particular experience in assisting clients with all aspects of Canadian immigration law. He assists large national and multinational companies in navigating the complex world of Canadian immigration and provides strategic immigration advice to international and domestic companies seeking to recruit and retain foreign skilled and semi-skilled personnel.

    Mark also assists temporary foreign workers with their transition to permanent resident status in Canada and over the past few years, he has taken great satisfaction in helping individuals and families with their various immigration related needs. Mark finds no greater satisfaction than helping to facilitate the reunification of families.

    While attending law school, Mark worked as an Immigration officer for Citizenship and Immigration Canada on the Alberta/Montana border. While completing his final year of law school, he worked as a pro bono student to the Canada Border Services Agency Hearings Officers representing the minister before the Immigration Appeal Division in Calgary, Alberta. As a result of his prior experience as an immigration officer, Mark has been able to enhance the services he offers to his cross-border and overseas clients. Since that time, he has continued to work hard fostering positive relationships with the various immigration related government departments and has focused a significant portion of his practice on cross-border matters.

    About the Sponsor of the Canadian Immigration Podcast

    This episode sponsored by Canadian Immigration Institute, a platform designed to help people navigate Canadian immigration on their own. On this platform, I offer Do-It-Yourself (DIY) video courses guiding you through the process of submitting your immigration application without a need to hire a lawyer. These video courses not only allow people to better understand Canadian immigration but also earn me sufficient revenue to continue pushing out great free content on Canadian immigration.

    Visit Canadian Immigration Institute: https://www.canadianimmigrationinstitute.com

    Listen to the Canadian Immigration Podcast on Spotify and iTunes

    Canadian Immigration Podcast is being broadcasted on our iTunes and Spotify channels. If you have enjoyed this podcast and think someone else would, too, please subscribe and share this episode!

    Subscribe to our various social media channels

    If you want to connect with me or retain Holthe Immigration Law to assist you with immigration to Canada feel free to book a consultation on our official website: www.holthelaw.com

    Additionally, consider subscribing to our social media channels to stay up to date with the news on Canadian Immigration:

    Canadian Immigration Institute Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgvm03Tm2e-ndNkWhiiQUlA

    Canadian Immigration Institute Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CanadianImmigrationInstitute

    Express Entry Law Private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CanadianImmigrationInstitute

    Holthe Immigration Law LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/holthe-business-immigration-law

    Holthe Immigration Law Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/holthe.immigration.law/

    Holthe Immigration Law Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/HoltheLaw

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  • What this episode is about?

    We all know that love knows no boundaries. However, in reality there are a lot of obstacles international couples may need to go around if they want to stay together and not being separated by the border.

    In this episode I invite Alicia Backman-Beharry, an amazing Canadian Immigration Lawyer who joined Holthe Immigration Law in August of 2020, to discuss spousal sponsorship applications. We talk about the differences between Inside and Outside Canada Sponsorships, benefits and drawbacks of each type of the application, as well as reasons why your Spouse or Common-Law Partner Class or Family Class application can be refused.

    COVID-19 and the travel restriction also had a significant impact on the processing of the Spousal Sponsorship applications. Alicia and I discussed how this global pandemic impacted applicants and how IRCC takes a ruthless approach of refusing applications for frivolous mistakes, in attempt to keep the processing time down.

    I definitely recommend that you listen to this episode carefully, because even slightest mistake can crush your plans of sponsoring your loved ones. Also, take a note of tips we provide that can help you make sure your application is not refused:

    1. Examine and follow your Documents Checklist with forensic level of details

    2. Provide sufficient proof of genuineness of your relationships

    3. Provide an explanation along with your application if any of the documents or questions do not apply to your situation.

    4. Make sure you have added your signatures and validated your forms

    5. Ensure your photos meet the requirements.

    If you want to learn more about the difference between Spouse or Common-Law Partner Class and Family Class applications Alicia Backman-Beharry prepared a wonderful blogpost that covers everything you need to know about these two applications. Check the blog post here: https://www.holthelaw.com/spousal-sponsorship-canada/

    About today’s guest of the Canadian Immigration Podcast

    Alicia Backman-Beharry has practiced as an immigration lawyer for 17 years. She was called to the Alberta bar in 2003 and was an associate with a medium sized firm and a boutique immigration law firm. Alicia went out on her own as a sole practitioner 8 years ago. She works with corporations, individuals and other lawyers to solve difficult immigration legal issues. Prior to joining the Holthe Immigration Law team, she also contributed as a part-time program lawyer at a non-profit poverty law clinic.

    She finds it rewarding to help individuals and companies through the complex world of Canadian Immigration law. Having taught courses on temporary and permanent residence, Alicia is able to see how various pieces of the immigration puzzle fit together, and can provide advice so that people understand which application to pursue and why.

    During her career as Immigration Lawyer Alicia Backman-Beharry has assisted with a wide range of business immigration matters, including applications for Labour Market Impact Assessments, work permits, Intra-company transfers, and Employer Compliance Reviews. She also has extensive experience with Permanent Residence applications including Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Program, Humanitarian and Compassionate, and family class sponsorships. While working with the poverty law clinic, she routinely helped people with inadmissibility issues, refugee matters, restoration applications, and temporary residence permits. She has appeared before various Courts and Tribunals, including Federal Court, Provincial Court, the Court of Queen’s Bench, the Immigration and Refugee Board, the Immigration Division, and the Immigration Appeal Division.

    Volunteering has always been a big part of how Alicia spends her time. She enjoyed 9 years on the Board of a large immigrant serving settlement organization, including serving as Secretary, Vice-Chair, Chair and Past-Chair of the Board and is a past Chair of the Immigration and Citizenship Law Alberta South Section of the Canadian Bar Association.

    You can book a consultation with Alicia Backman-Beharry on our Holthe Immigration Law website: www.holthelaw.com/consultation

    About the host of the Canadian Immigration Podcast

    Mark Holthe is a Canadian Immigration Lawyer based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He has started his legal career with a large national law firm in Calgary where he initiated the business immigration practice at the firm. Since those early days, he has had the opportunity to work in a wide variety of law firm configurations before finally realizing that the best place for him was within the confines of an immigration boutique firm of his own making.

    As a Canadian immigration lawyer, Mark has particular experience in assisting clients with all aspects of Canadian immigration law. He assists large national and multinational companies in navigating the complex world of Canadian immigration and provides strategic immigration advice to international and domestic companies seeking to recruit and retain foreign skilled and semi-skilled personnel.

    Mark also assists temporary foreign workers with their transition to permanent resident status in Canada and over the past few years, he has taken great satisfaction in helping individuals and families with their various immigration related needs. Mark finds no greater satisfaction than helping to facilitate the reunification of families.

    While attending law school, Mark worked as an Immigration officer for Citizenship and Immigration Canada on the Alberta/Montana border. While completing his final year of law school, he worked as a pro bono student to the Canada Border Services Agency Hearings Officers representing the minister before the Immigration Appeal Division in Calgary, Alberta. As a result of his prior experience as an immigration officer, Mark has been able to enhance the services he offers to his cross-border and overseas clients. Since that time, he has continued to work hard fostering positive relationships with the various immigration related government departments and has focused a significant portion of his practice on cross-border matters.

    About the Sponsor of the Canadian Immigration Podcast

    This episode sponsored by Canadian Immigration Institute, a platform designed to help people navigate Canadian immigration on their own. On this platform, I offer Do-It-Yourself (DIY) video courses guiding you through the process of submitting your immigration application without a need to hire a lawyer. These video courses not only allow people to better understand Canadian immigration but also earn me sufficient revenue to continue pushing out great free content on Canadian immigration.

    Visit Canadian Immigration Institute: https://www.canadianimmigrationinstitute.com

    Listen to the Canadian Immigration Podcast on Spotify and iTunes

    Canadian Immigration Podcast is being broadcasted on our iTunes and Spotify channels. If you have enjoyed this podcast and think someone else would, too, please subscribe and share this episode!

    Subscribe to our various social media channels

    If you want to connect with me or retain Holthe Immigration Law to assist you with immigration to Canada feel free to book a consultation on our official website: www.holthelaw.com

    Additionally, consider subscribing to our social media channels to stay up to date with the news on Canadian Immigration:

    Canadian Immigration Institute Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgvm03Tm2e-ndNkWhiiQUlA

    Canadian Immigration Institute Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CanadianImmigrationInstitute

    Express Entry Law Private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CanadianImmigrationInstitute

    Holthe Immigration Law LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/holthe-business-immigration-law

    Holthe Immigration Law Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/holthe.immigration.law/

    Holthe Immigration Law Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/HoltheLaw

  • What this episode is about?

    In the midst of COVID 19 pandemic we, Canadian Immigration Lawyers often ask ourselves – what is going on with immigration and how Canada can adapt to the new normal with existing and new potential immigration programs? In light of the ongoing and severe economic crisis Canada really could use some investment and even consider rolling out a new immigration program to get back on track with the recovery from consequences of the pandemic. This would allow our country to bring in new awesome people, give a boost to our economy, create new jobs across Canada.

    As a chair of the Canadian Bar Association Immigration Section I have had a great opportunity to discuss immigration with number of organizations, including the Conference Board of Canada, which has been proposing some alternatives to the investor program. So, in this episode I bring on Phil Cohen to discuss what can we do as a country to help encourage more investment in Canada. During this episode we look into investor programs existing in other countries, in particular EB-5 program that exists in United States. This, then leads us to a discussion of how a program, similar to EB-5 would be of benefit to Canada.

    EB-5 is an American immigration program that allows both, Americans and foreign nationals to set up companies that can raise money from immigrant investors. In return, investors can qualify for a Green Card (alternative to Canadian Permanent Residence) so long that the business achieves certain requirements, such as:

    The investor has to invest a minimum amount of $900,000 or $1,800,000 USD The business must create a minimum of 10 jobs for each investor the business takes on

    This program allows to attract significant amount of investments to small and large businesses. In times of economic uncertainty the program like EB-5, without a doubt, benefits not only the business seeking investment, but also has a great positive impact on economy and the public. Moreover, the cost of the capital typically ends up being much lower when businesses seeks for investments through EB-5 program.

    Tune in to learn more details about American EB-5 program and potential benefit Canada would enjoy if we implement similar program in our country.

    About today’s guest of the Canadian Immigration Podcast

    Phil Cohen is the founder and president of Strategic Element as well as the Editor-in-Chief of The EB-5 Definitive Guide (see: www.starteb5.com for more information). Phil has a long history of developing businesses, business concepts and products, dating back to 1993. With a career that began in the manufacturing sector, and grew to include new developments in technology and a variety of start-ups, Phil has progressively built up experience in the area of new business development with a focus on transforming ideas in to viable business models.

    Phil has worked with large public companies as well as small and mid-sized start-ups and businesses.

    Beyond the development of business concepts, models and plans, Phil has taken a hands-on role in the launch of several businesses and business initiatives. In so doing he has faced firsthand the realities and challenges faced by new businesses. This firsthand experience has provided him with the insight and real-life exposure necessary to develop businesses and business plans that work.

    About the host of the Canadian Immigration Podcast

    Mark Holthe is a Canadian Immigration Lawyer based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He has started his legal career with a large national law firm in Calgary where he initiated the business immigration practice at the firm. Since those early days, he has had the opportunity to work in a wide variety of law firm configurations before finally realizing that the best place for him was within the confines of an immigration boutique firm of his own making.

    As a Canadian immigration lawyer, Mark has particular experience in assisting clients with all aspects of Canadian immigration law. He assists large national and multinational companies in navigating the complex world of Canadian immigration and provides strategic immigration advice to international and domestic companies seeking to recruit and retain foreign skilled and semi-skilled personnel.

    Mark also assists temporary foreign workers with their transition to permanent resident status in Canada and over the past few years, he has taken great satisfaction in helping individuals and families with their various immigration related needs. Mark finds no greater satisfaction than helping to facilitate the reunification of families.

    While attending law school, Mark worked as an Immigration officer for Citizenship and Immigration Canada on the Alberta/Montana border. While completing his final year of law school, he worked as a pro bono student to the Canada Border Services Agency Hearings Officers representing the minister before the Immigration Appeal Division in Calgary, Alberta. As a result of his prior experience as an immigration officer, Mark has been able to enhance the services he offers to his cross-border and overseas clients. Since that time, he has continued to work hard fostering positive relationships with the various immigration related government departments and has focused a significant portion of his practice on cross-border matters.

    About the Sponsor of the Canadian Immigration Podcast

    This episode sponsored by Canadian Immigration Institute, a platform designed to help people navigate Canadian immigration on their own. On this platform, I offer Do-It-Yourself (DIY) video courses guiding you through the process of submitting your immigration application without a need to hire a lawyer. These video courses not only allow people to better understand Canadian immigration but also earn me sufficient revenue to continue pushing out great free content on Canadian immigration.

    Visit Canadian Immigration Institute: https://www.canadianimmigrationinstitute.com

    Listen to the Canadian Immigration Podcast on Spotify and iTunes

    Canadian Immigration Podcast is being broadcasted on our iTunes and Spotify channels. If you have enjoyed this podcast and think someone else would, too, please subscribe and share this episode!

    Subscribe to our various social media channels

    If you want to connect with me or retain Holthe Immigration Law to assist you with immigration to Canada feel free to book a consultation on our official website: www.holthelaw.com

    Additionally, consider subscribing to our social media channels to stay up to date with the news on Canadian Immigration:

    Canadian Immigration Institute Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgvm03Tm2e-ndNkWhiiQUlA

    Canadian Immigration Institute Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CanadianImmigrationInstitute

    Express Entry Law Private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CanadianImmigrationInstitute

    Holthe Immigration Law LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/holthe-business-immigration-law

    Holthe Immigration Law Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/holthe.immigration.law/

    Holthe Immigration Law Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/HoltheLaw

  • Misrepresentation is one of the most serious wrongdoings that the applicant for Permanent Residence in Canada can do. In other words you want to avoid misrepresentation at all cost throughout each stage of the immigration process. And let's call things by their proper name - lying is never a good idea whether you're lying in immigration or any other context.

    However, what if you never intended to misrepresent your case or did not even know that you have misrepresented something? This is just one of the issues that I have discussed with Rekha McNutt in today's episode of the Canadian Immigration Podcast where we touched on the various aspects of appealing the removal of PRs for misrepresentation.

    Rekha practices primarily in immigration law. She has extensive experience with temporary resident visas, express entry, federal skilled workers, Canadian experience class, Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program, family class sponsorships, refugee claims, pre-removal risk assessments, and in-Canada humanitarian and compassionate permanent residence applications.

    Rekha has focused much of her practice on Federal Court Judicial Review applications of various types of negative immigration-related decisions.

    Rekha had appeared before the Alberta Provincial Court and the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta. She has also appeared extensively before the Federal Court of Canada and Immigration Tribunals such as the Immigration Division, Refugee Protection Division, and the Immigration Appeal Division.

    Rekha is the past-Chair (2015-2016 & 2016-2017) of the Southern Alberta Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, Immigration Section.

    In this episode Rekha and I had an awesome and engaging conversation about misrepresentation and the consequences of such wrongdoings. It is surprising that there are so many ways how almost anyone can become a victim of their own carelessness, lack of understanding of the immigration processes or even reports filed by their close circle of friends or relatives. Rekha gave a full explanation of what misrepresentation really is and how serious and challenging the consequences may get if IRCC believes there was a misrep. Additionally, in this episode we discussed the following:

    what is the misrepresentation; examples of Innocent Misrepresentation; misrepresentation on inadmissibility vs. misrepresentation on eligibility; different ways IRCC finds out about cases of misrep; fairness letter and Section 44 reports; the process of removal of permanent residents for misrepresentation; different ways to fight your case if Immigration Division issues a removal order. Sponsor: Canadian Immigration Institute - Founded by Immigration Lawyer Mark Holthe Affiliate Program: Click on this link to become an affiliate of the Canadian Immigration Institute: https://www.canadianimmigrationinstitute.com/become-an-affiliate OR, go to the Canadian Immigration Institute main page and scroll down to the very bottom and click on “Affiliate”. Earn 30% when someone purchases via your affiliate link Additional Resources: Rekha's firm: http://www.caronpartners.com/ How to contact Rekha: RMcNutt@caronpartners.com Canadian Immigration Institute: https://www.canadianimmigrationinstitute.com/ Topics for our Next Podcast

    If you have a suggestion for topics we could cover in the Podcast, please drop me a line at mholthe@holthelaw.com. If you know of anyone that would be interested in coming on the Podcast as a guest, please send them my way. share on facebook, share on twitter, share on LinkedIn

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  • It is not a secret that Permanent Residents can lose their status and be removed from Canada for committing a crime. In fact, a lot of people have heard some stories about PRs being removed from Canada for violating the law. However, not everyone knows specifics and details on how this removal process is done and if there are any ways Permanent Residents can challenge their removal from Canada. Well, today's episode is really focused on Permanent Residents and Criminality. In this episode of the Special Series on Immigration Hearings and Appeals I discuss everything you might want to know about Criminality as a ground for removal of Permanent Resident from Canada with amazing Canadian Immigration Lawyer Rekha McNutt.

    Rekha practices primarily in immigration law. She has extensive experience with temporary resident visas, express entry, federal skilled workers, Canadian experience class, Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program, family class sponsorships, refugee claims, pre-removal risk assessments, and in-Canada humanitarian and compassionate permanent residence applications.

    Rekha has focused much of her practice on Federal Court Judicial Review applications of various types of negative immigration-related decisions.

    Rekha had appeared before the Alberta Provincial Court and the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta. She has also appeared extensively before the Federal Court of Canada and Immigration Tribunals such as the Immigration Division, Refugee Protection Division, and the Immigration Appeal Division.

    Rekha is the past-Chair (2015-2016 & 2016-2017) of the Southern Alberta Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, Immigration Section.

    In this episode Rekha and I had a very interesting discussion on challenging removal of PRs from Canada based on criminality. Rekha shared insights and demystified what happens to a PR charged with a criminal offense and how this fact is treated both within criminal as well as immigration system. Additionally, in this episode we discussed the following:

    consequences for a PR when charged with a criminal offense; types of criminal charges and difference between serious and regular criminality; options for appealing removal order; practical aspects of representing a client in appealing removal orders. Sponsor: Canadian Immigration Institute - Founded by Immigration Lawyer Mark Holthe Affiliate Program: Click on this link to become an affiliate of the Canadian Immigration Institute: https://www.canadianimmigrationinstitute.com/become-an-affiliate OR, go to the Canadian Immigration Institute main page and scroll down to the very bottom and click on “Affiliate”. Earn 30% when someone purchases via your affiliate link Additional Resources: Rekha's firm: http://www.caronpartners.com/ How to contact Rekha: RMcNutt@caronpartners.com Canadian Immigration Institute: https://www.canadianimmigrationinstitute.com/ Topics for our Next Podcast

    [reminder]If you have a suggestion for topics we could cover in the Podcast, please drop me a line at mholthe@holthelaw.com. If you know of anyone that would be interested in coming on the Podcast as a guest, please send them my way. share on facebook, share on twitter, share on LinkedIn[/reminder]

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  • Losing your status in Canada is the worst nightmare for Permanent Resident. Unfortunately, many Canadian PRs end up losing their Permanent Residence status. One of the common ways to lose your PR status is by not meeting the residency requirement. In this episode Rekha McNutt joins me once again for our Special Series of Immigration Hearings and Appeals to discuss specifics of residency requirements and filing appeals of the Removal Orders at the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD).

    Rekha practices primarily in immigration law. She has extensive experience with temporary resident visas, express entry, federal skilled workers, Canadian experience class, Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program, family class sponsorships, refugee claims, pre-removal risk assessments, and in-Canada humanitarian and compassionate permanent residence applications.

    Rekha has focused much of her practice on Federal Court Judicial Review applications of various types of negative immigration-related decisions.

    Rekha had appeared before the Alberta Provincial Court and the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta. She has also appeared extensively before the Federal Court of Canada and Immigration Tribunals such as the Immigration Division, Refugee Protection Division, and the Immigration Appeal Division.

    Rekha is the past-Chair (2015-2016 & 2016-2017) of the Southern Alberta Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, Immigration Section.

    In this episode Rekha and I had a very engaging discussion of all sorts of issues related to challenging Removal Orders and answered some of the most common questions about residency requirement for Canadian Permanent Residents:

    How can you lose your PR status in Canada?

    How much time do you have to stay in Canada to maintain your PR Status?

    Can a Canadian PR be turned away at the border for not meeting the residency requirement?

    How much time you have for appealing your Removal Order?

    Does the process of filing an appeal to IAD differ for in-Canada and outside of Canada appellants?

    Are there any exceptions to the residency requirement?

    What does a hearing at Immigration Appeals Division look like?

    How can you justify your absence in Canada?

    Sponsor: Canadian Immigration Institute - Founded by Immigration Lawyer Mark Holthe Affiliate Program: Click on this link to become an affiliate of the Canadian Immigration Institute: https://www.canadianimmigrationinstitute.com/become-an-affiliate OR, go to the Canadian Immigration Institute main page and scroll down to the very bottom and click on “Affiliate”. Earn 30% when someone purchases via your affiliate link Additional Resources: Rekha's firm: http://www.caronpartners.com/ How to contact Rekha: RMcNutt@caronpartners.com Canadian Immigration Institute: https://www.canadianimmigrationinstitute.com/ Listen to Mark Holthe's Canadian Immigration Podcast

    Topics for our Next Podcast

    If you have a suggestion for topics we could cover in the Podcast, please drop me a line at mark@canadianimmigrationinstitute.com. If you know of anyone that would be interested in coming on the Podcast as a guest, please send them my way. share on facebook, share on twitter, share on LinkedIn

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  • For US companies relying upon foreign workers, Monday, June 23, 2020, was a day of significant disappointment. President Trump announced that many categories of foreign workers would no longer be granted entry to the US until the end of 2020. Fortunately, Canada's immigration policy is far more welcoming. If you are a US company that is going to be hurt by these latest rounds of restrictions, Canada may just be the answer. Tune in to this episode where US Immigration Attorney, Nicole Ezer, explains what these restrictions mean for your company and Canadian Immigration Lawyer, Mark Holthe, shares some great "made-in-Canada" solutions to turn your disappointment into relief.

    Many US companies were left reeling on Monday, June 23rd when President Trump announced that H-1B, L, J and H-2B visas would be blocked until the end of 2020. These four non-immigrant visa categories are relied upon heavily by US companies seeking to fill critical skill shortages in the US.

    Now what is a US company going to do?

    They were already hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, but this most recent announcement feels like insult to injury.

    In this episode US immigration attorney, Nicole Ezer shares some great insight into what these restrictions really mean for US companies and why things may not be as bad as they seem. I then take some time to pull the curtain back on some very practical solutions that Canada's facilitative immigration policy offer to struggling US companies and their foreign workers.

    Nicole Ezer is the founder of Ezer Law Group, a business immigration boutique law firm based in Houston, Texas. She is my go-to attorney for any US bound business immigration need. We have collaborated for years on mutual cross-border clients and I have fortunate to call her my friend.

    Nicole has practiced in the areas of family-based immigration, naturalization and asylum and participated in activities that provide education to industries and communities regarding immigration issues.

    She is a frequent speaker before industry, HR groups and for attorney CLE activities, and is a 2002 Graduate of the Center for Houston’s Future Leadership Forum. Nicole has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center, teaching “Business Immigration Basics”.

    Nicole has focused her practice on immigration policies and planning and consulting for companies of all sizes. She is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Nicole develops, implements and updates immigration policies for multinational corporations.

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  • Are you frustrated with your language scores? Have you considered writing both language tests? If you want to improve your scores, you have to listen to this episode with professional language instructor Garret Lim. He shares the real goods on what makes the IELTS different than the CELPIP. You can decide which one is better.

    In this episode, Garret Lim shared some great insight into exactly what the CELPIP and IELTS tests cover. By knowing the differences between the two tests, you can make the right choice as to which is going to allow you to score the highest. After all, your entire future in Canada depends upon it.

    Garret Lim is a career ESL teacher that has spent over 13 years teaching English as a second language. He has taught in 3 countries and has had students from over 30 different countries. Recently, he's narrowed his focus a bit and is now specializing in test preparation for people wanting to immigrate to Canada who need to reach a certain proficiency band on one of the tests. It goes without saying that your Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) is an aspect of your application that can really make or break it. Here is what is covered in this episode: Why English is so important with respect to your Express Entry What the CLB is and what it represents How the CLB is measured. Differences between the CELPIP and the IELTS Final advice or tips for those taking the tests Sponsor:

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  • During this episode Canadian Immigration Lawyers Mark Holthe and Arghavan Gerami get into discussion on whether the approaches taken by the CBSA during COVID-19 go in line with the principles of the Open Government, transparency and rule of law. Lack of responsiveness to the dialogue between CBSA and law practitioners and public played important role in formulating the view that people were left on their own in figuring out the details of the legal basis upon which the officers make their decisions at the border.

    In a pandemic people need more transparency and clarity on new policies and procedures that the Government implements. However, as discussed during this episode many attempts to bring clarify and request any information that would allow people to be aware of new changes in cross-border travel were left unanswered. The host and guest of this episode also address the issue of lack of communication from the Government in interpreting what is considered to be “non-essential” purpose. All these factors directly affected many refugee claimants and people attempting to cross the border, but eventually turned away because of the “optional/non-essential” nature of their travel.

    Arghavan Gerami Bio:

    Arghavan Gerami is the Founder and Senior Counsel at Gerami Law Professional Corporation (‘PC’), a full-service immigration law firm in Ottawa, Ontario. She completed her Juris Doctor and Master of Laws at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2007.

    Ms. Gerami worked at the Ministry of Attorney General and the Department of Justice before transitioning to private practice in 2011. She also had the privilege of serving the Honourable Mr. Justice M. Evans at the Federal Court of Appeal.

    Since founding Gerami Law PC in 2011 Ms. Gerami has focused her practice on immigration and refugee litigation and represented numerous clients before the Federal and provincial Courts, as well as the various divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board.

    Ms. Gerami is an Executive Member on the Immigration Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association. In 2017 and 2018 Ms. Gerami also served on the Organizing Committee of the annual CBA Immigration Law Conference. She has been interviewed on national and local television, and quoted in national and local newspapers such as the Globe and Mail, National Post and the Ottawa Citizen. Ms. Gerami has also published numerous journal articles, presented at immigration and refugee law conferences and events across Canada, and provided guest lectures at the University of Ottawa.

    As a Supervising Principal to articling students, Ms. Gerami enjoys facilitating the career development of law students and young lawyers. She also enjoys travelling as a well as spending time with her two children, husband and Bambi (her dog).

    Show notes summary: [NOTE: Igor try to soft the information below and write up the show notes so that they are not quite as harsh]

    COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on immigration and the way immigration law is practiced in Canada. Pandemic revealed a whole set of challenges with transparency and in some instances, showed the unwillingness of the authorities to reveal the bases upon which the decisions by the CBSA are being made.

    Uncertainty, inconsistent application of the rule of law, and many other issues, exacerbated by COVID caused concern among immigration lawyers. At some point it seemed like CBSA has been conducting itself as if it’s above the rule of law. Here are just some of the issues discussed and analyzed during the podcast:

    - Uncertainty with the Canada-US agreement, as CBSA was unwilling to disclose the details of the border agreement with the US. This approach was going contrary with the spirit of transparency and for long time prevented lawyers from learning the details of the Agreement;

    - refusing to disclose the manual on what constitutes essential purpose, that is being applied to make administrator decisions with very significant consequences;

    - a number of reports about inconsistent application of the rule of law, complicated by the continuous modification of policy, made it difficult for people to know and understand their rights;

    - some of the media reports of serious misconducts.

    Overall, recent events and experience of Canadian immigration lawyers raise concerns regarding the lack of accountability and transparency in actions of the immigration authorities. Without a doubt there is an understanding that the Government had to deal with unprecedented challenges, but there are also the expectations of respect, transparency, openness to dialogue and observance of the rule of law by the CBSA.

    People need to be able to trust decision makers, individuals in the positions of power and have the right to know details of the acts used to make decisions on the cases that affect them. This is particularly true in times when individuals are experiencing significant fear and anxiety due to a pandemic.

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  • This is the second part to our Canadian Business Immigration series. Just as in the previous episode, Canadian Immigration Lawyers Mark Holthe and Jeffrey Lowe discuss different business immigration strategies available to investors to Canada. However, this time there will be much more specifics and business immigration case studies. We are going to pull the curtain back on options that potential business immigration clients may want to consider as they look to invest in Canada and use that investment of time and money to secure permanent resident status for them and their families.

    For the Part 2 of the episode dedicated to Canadian Business Immigration Canadian Immigration Lawyer Jeffrey Lowe joined Mark Holthe to shed some light on some of the best business immigration options available for entrepreneurs and like-minded foreign nationals who are looking to invest in Canada and secure permanent resident status in the process.

    In particular, during this episode you will learn about the process of investing in Canada and 4 ways foreign nationals can invest in Canada. Following, Mark Holthe and Jeffrey Lowe address pros and cons of each of these pathways, and discuss how to find business opportunities when investing in Canada.

    What makes this episode so awesome is the case studies and analysis of different immigration scenarios for potential business investors. On top of that, you will find some precious practical tips for business investors in Canada from our guest, Canadian Immigration Lawyer Jeffrey Lowe.

    You can learn more about Jeffrey and his background working as a Canadian immigration lawyer in Episode 19 of the Canadian Immigration Podcast.

    Jeffrey S. Lowe has practised Immigration and Business law in British Columbia since 1983. He holds both a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia, and is considered an innovator in the convergence of Business, Technology and the Law. Jeffrey is the Chief Inspirational Officer of Lowe & Company, and has taught Immigration Law, Practice Management and Legal Ethics to lawyers across Canada since 1990.

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  • Since 2014 Canada has been without any real immigrant investor program at a federal level. However, in this episode we are going to pull the curtain back on three great options that your business immigration clients may want to consider as they look to invest in Canada and use that investment of time and money to secure permanent resident status for them and their families.

    It was great to have Canadian Immigration Lawyer Jeffrey Lowe join me to shed some light on some of the best business immigration options available for entrepreneurs and like-minded foreign nationals who are looking to invest in Canada and secure permanent resident status in the process. You can learn more about Jeffrey and his background working as a Canadian immigration lawyer in Episode 19 of the Canadian Immigration Podcast.

    Jeffrey S. Lowe has practised Immigration and Business law in British Columbia since 1983. He holds both a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia, and is considered an innovator in the convergence of Business, Technology and the Law. Jeffrey is the Chief Inspirational Officer of Lowe & Company, and has taught Immigration Law, Practice Management and Legal Ethics to lawyers across Canada since 1990.

    In this episode Jeffrey and I discussed three of his favourite option when advising high net worth clients seeking to immigrate to Canada. Two of the programs are PNP based and the third is a home grown strategy involving a combination of creative work permits and existing skilled worker programs to secure PR status in Canada.

    Show Notes for This Episode: Introduction to Business Immigration 2 general routes: Entrepreneur Provincial Nominee Programs 7 Provinces and 2 Territories have them Most work the same way; And The “Canadian Business Experience Strategy” (a new term coined by Jeffrey!) Buy or invest in a business Apply for a Work Permit through a number of options: Owner Operator LMIA NAFTA Investor; CETA or CPTPP Investor; Significant Benefit Work Permit; Work in Canada; Apply to Immigrate under Express Entry Closer look at 2 Entrepreneur PNP Programs we recommend: BC PNP Programs: Base Program: $600K PNW $200K minimum investment Create 1 job Can buy a business or start new. Need to spend 75% of your time in BC Need CLB 4 when applying for Nomination (after 2 years) Regional Pilot: $300K PNW; $100K Minimum Investment Create 1 Job Must start new business Need to spend 75% of your time in BC Need CLB 4 at the beginning 66 Communities, with
  • With over 700,000 international students in Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has been struggling with what to do with them all. Many of these students are wondering if they have a future in Canada over the long term. In this episode Canadian Immigration Lawyer Will Tao joins me talk about some of the challenges students experience when studying in Canada and some essential tips to avoiding the most common pitfalls.

    I was super happy to have Will Tao join me again after an almost four year absence on my Podcast. The last time he joined me, he was just cutting his teeth in the world of immigration law. However, he has worked hard to establish himself as a thought leader in our industry and someone who truly practices immigration law the right way.

    Will Tao (pronouns: he/him) is a Canadian Immigration and Refugee Lawyer at Edelmann and Co., who lives and works on the traditional, unceded territories of the Coast Salish – sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.

    Will provides legal services in all areas of Canadian immigration and refugee law with a focus on complex applications, overcoming refusals, inadmissibility matters, appeals, and judicial reviews. Will regularly appeals before the Immigration and Refugee Board and the Federal Court of Canada. His focus is on international students, families, and temporary foreign workers.

    Will also provides strategic advice and consultation to government, media, educational institutions, and businesses on immigration/refugee, decolonization, and race equity related issues. He is the founder and creator of Vancouver Immigration Blog, where he hopes to make immigration and refugee law more accessible to the general public. He is a second-generation Canadian, product of immigrants, and finds his personal motivation in the sacrifices of his parents and the resilience of Indigenous ancestors to this land.

    In this episode Will and I discussed the plight of international students in Canada and pulled back the curtain on what is really happening in the background of immigration processing. Will took some time to share his thoughts on the challenges international students face in Canada and offered a few solutions to some of the most common pitfalls.

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  • Have you ever wondered why the Canadian Immigration process can be so darn hard and unforgiving? In this episode I share a few of my own thoughts on Canadian Immigration from the many years I have spent working in the trenches.

    This episode came about quite spontaneously. As I was walking through the Cottonwood trees in our community wilderness park along the banks of the Old Man River near Lethbridge, I started think about my immigration practice and how much it had changed since I first decided to focus exclusively on immigration law back in 2003.

    To say that things have changed is an understatement. When I started practicing, I had just finished working on the border as an officer and completed a year of pro bono work with the hearings officers in Calgary, Alberta. I had tons of great relationships established within the various immigration departments and was well positioned to start my practice as an immigration lawyer.

    However, over time the landscape shifted and with that so too went officer discretion. In this Episode, I shared some insight on why these changes have occurred and the impact it has had on my practice and how I serve my clients.

    I also shared a little bit about my new law firm Holthe Immigration Law, why I created it and how it is the perfect solution for how I want to practice for the rest of my career. I've got big plans for my little law firm. If you or someone you know is looking for an opportunity to work with a great group of lawyers looking to change the world please don't hesitate to reach out.

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  • Getting your immigration application refused sucks! Fortunately, you don't simply have to accept the rejection and live with it. In this episode, Rekha McNutt joins me in our first episode of our Special Series on Immigration Hearings and Appeals to pull back the curtain on Sponsorship Appeals at the Immigration Appeal Division.

    Rekha practices primarily in immigration law. She has extensive experience with temporary resident visas, express entry, federal skilled workers, Canadian experience class, Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program, family class sponsorships, refugee claims, pre-removal risk assessments, and in-Canada humanitarian and compassionate permanent residence applications.

    Rekha has focused much of her practice on Federal Court Judicial Review applications of various types of negative immigration-related decisions.

    Rekha had appeared before the Alberta Provincial Court and the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta. She has also appeared extensively before the Federal Court of Canada and Immigration Tribunals such as the Immigration Division, Refugee Protection Division, and the Immigration Appeal Division.

    Rekha is the past-Chair (2015-2016 & 2016-2017) of the Southern Alberta Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, Immigration Section.

    In this episode Rekha and I covered the following areas:

    what to do first when the rejection letter comes; step by step process flow of a sponsorship appeal; practical examples of how spousal and parental sponsorships can go wrong; pros and cons of the ADR process; top tips and strategies for running a successful appeal; and a host of other amazing insight from a seasoned litigator. Sponsor: Canadian Immigration Institute - Founded by Immigration Lawyer Mark Holthe Affiliate Program: Click on this link to become an affiliate of the Canadian Immigration Institute: https://www.canadianimmigrationinstitute.com/become-an-affiliate OR, go to the Canadian Immigration Institute main page and scroll down to the very bottom and click on “Affiliate”. Earn 30% when someone purchases via your affiliate link

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  • One of the saddest things to see is for skilled immigrants and refugees to sacrifice so much to come to Canada and then not have the ability to continue working in their chosen profession once they get here. One of the more common barriers is the cost of applying for certification.

    Often newcomers are unable to afford the application fees upon arrival and end up working in lower paying positions which only leave them with enough income to survive...never being able to afford the application fees. So what's the solution? .....Windmill Microlending. Listen in to my interview with Onai Abote who shares the remarkable Windmill story and how it has helped countless immigrants realize their dream of working in their chosen profession in Canada.

    Onai Petra Abote, is the Community Relationship Specialist with Windmill Microlending (formerly Immigrant Access Fund) in Calgary. Onai joined Windmill Microlending from Postmedia, publishers of the Calgary Herald and Calgary Sun where she was part of the advertising management team working as Media Coordinator and also featured as a columnist for both brands. Her achievements include developing clear internal communications for her department, successfully organizing high profile events, ensuring deadlines were met and maintaining relationships with various stakeholders. She also served as a committee member on the Calgary Herald Christmas Fund Committee - a fund that awards grants to some of the cities agencies working with vulnerable groups.

    Onai is a qualified journalist with over 10 years’ experience working as a journalist in Zimbabwe - where she was born and raised. She worked as a freelance television producer for Reuters, and then later as Project Coordinator (and journalist) for The Source – Zimbabwe’s first business and financial news agency launched and supported by Thomson Reuters Foundation and European Journalism Centre.

    As the Windmill Microlending Community Relationship Specialist in the Calgary office, Onai's focus includes executing Windmill Microlending ongoing strategic outreach plan - deepening the organization’s extensive referral network of immigrant-serving organizations, learning institutions, regulatory bodies, professional associations and ethno- and occupation-specific groups. While the primary geographic focus is Calgary and Edmonton, she has also represented Windmill Microlending across British Columbia, and built referral networks across Canada in collaboration with counterparts in other provinces.

    In this episode Onai and I covered the following areas:

    who is Windmill Microlending; what they do; why they do it; and how they do it. Sponsor: Canadian Immigration Institute - Founded by Immigration Lawyer Mark Holthe Affiliate Program: Click on this link to become an affiliate of the Canadian Immigration Institute: https://www.canadianimmigrationinstitute.com/become-an-affiliate OR, go to the Canadian Immigration Institute main page and scroll down to the very bottom and click on “Affiliate”. Earn 30% when someone purchases via your affiliate link

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  • Whether you are a seasoned immigration practitioner or new to the caregiver world, a caregiver yourself looking to immigrate to Canada or someone currently working in Canada as a caregiver and wanting to become a permanent resident, this episode is for you. Quebec based immigration lawyer, Matthew Aronson joined me in this amazing episode filled with do's and dont's, tips and strategies and a virtual walkthrough of the new Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilot programs. I think this episode ranks up there as one of the top "hands-on" episodes I have ever produced with an immigration lawyer to date.

    Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada has once again revamped the caregiver programs in this country. Whether or not the new Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilot programs will succeed in accomplishing what they were designed to do, or doomed to fail, will play out in the coming years. Regardless, if you are considering accessing one of these programs, this episode is an absolute must.

    Immigration lawyer Matt Aronson spent some time with me deconstructing the new pilot programs and offering a ton of extremely helpful information to help you navigate the complexities of not only the new pilots, but what to do with the existing caregiver currently working in Canada.

    A graduate of McGill Law, Me. Matthew E. Aronson is a member of both the Barreau du Quebec and of the Law Society of Ontario.

    Me. Aronson practices immigration, corporate commercial and real estate law. In immigration, he does all types of visitor, study and work permits, as well as Permanent Residency applications for Skilled Workers and for spouses of Canadians. He has developed a particular specialty in obtaining work permits and permanent residency for in-home caregivers.

    He began his career at one of Canada’s premier corporate commercial law firms and has since gained experience in a boutique litigation firm and a well-known immigration firm before moving in-house at an international private equity firm as an Asset Manager and Advisor on Real Estate matters for several years. He returned to private practice in 2015, and jointed Adessky Attorneys as the head of its immigration practice. Since that time, he has advised both employers and workers in matters pertaining to work permits and PR cases.

    When not practicing law, Me. Aronson is active in his community as a volunteer, serving on the Board of Notre-Dame-des-Arts, an arts-oriented local charity, as well as being VP Legal for his own family business, MKRLAB Community Workshop.

    In this episode we covered the following areas:

    Who are caregivers? What do you need to qualify? New Caregiver pilot programs – what has changed, how the pilot programs can benefit workers, as well as some common pitfalls to avoid The ‘Quebec Acceptation’ - how caregivers can work in Quebec, and what it means for PR. Legacy programs – how to continue accessing the old (and new) PR pathways if you’re already a Caregiver in Canada. Tips and tricks to streamline an application and avoid common errors and delays. Sponsor: Canadian Immigration Institute - Founded by Immigration Lawyer Mark Holthe Affiliate Program: Click on this link to become an affiliate of the Canadian Immigration Institute: https://www.canadianimmigrationinstitute.com/become-an-affiliate OR, go to the Canadian Immigration Institute main page and scroll down to the very bottom and click on “Affiliate”. Earn 30% when someone purchases via your affiliate link

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  • One of the most heartbreaking realities of practicing Canadian immigration law is the fact that not all applications submitted will get approved.There is nothing worse than having to inform a client that their application was rejected. Inevitably, the first question a client asks after being told about the refusal, is how can we appeal that refusal.

    Well, in this special series I will be releasing over the next couple of months, my good friend and colleague Rekha McNutt will join me to explore all of the ins and outs of the Canadian immigration appeal process and what happens in these hearings. Whether you are an immigration lawyer, consultant, or recently rejected applicant, this series is for you.

    This special series on immigration appeals came about when Rekha and I realized that it was really difficult to try to limit the scope of this topic to just one episode. As we discussed the possible areas of immigration appeal, it became readily apparent that a special series on immigration appeals would be far more useful to the immigration practitioner and their clients than a high level discussion at the 10,000 foot level.

    After all, this Podcast was designed to be very practical in nature and filled with numerous take aways that we and our clients could use in navigating our way through this complex area of immigration law, policy, and practice. I'll leave the 10,000 foot level for my good friends, Peter, Steven, and Deanna over at the Borderlines Podcast....which is one I highly recommend you check out.

    So after discussing the possible ways in which we could structure this series, we settled on breaking things down by division first and then type of appeal within each division. Here are the general topics you can expect in the coming weeks and months:

    Immigration Division - detention reviews and admissibility Immigration Appeal Division - spousal and parental sponsorship, removal order appeals Refugee Protection Division - refugee claims Refugee Appeal Division - refugee appeals Special Episode - s.117(9)(d) refusals

    I think you are going to absolutely love this series whether you are a new practicing lawyer, a seasoned practitioner, or an everyday applicant staring at a refusal letter and wondering where to turn now.

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    Additional Resources: Rekha McNutt Bio: http://www.caronpartners.com/rekha-p-mcnutt Rekha's Firm Website: http://www.caronpartners.com/ Canadian Immigration Institute: https://canadianimmigrationinstitute.com/

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  • Another federal election has come and gone and after the dust has settled, Canada will have a minority Liberal government. The question is.....how will this impact Canadian immigration law, policy and practice?

    In this episode I invited my good friend and fellow immigration lawyer, Ravi Jain to join me to weigh in on where we think immigration policy is headed following this fall Federal election. Now that we now we will have a minority Liberal government for the next 4 years (or less), what impact will this really have on the future of Canadian immigration for us immigration lawyers, consultants and our clients?

    Although Ravi and I are both serving as table officers with the National Immigration Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, all of the view expressed in this episode are ours alone and do not reflect those of the Canadian Bar Association and the National Immigration law section. This episode is just two friends sharing our thoughts on what we feel may be in store for Canadian immigration in the coming years.

    Here is what we covered:

    Parents and Grandparents Refugees MPs in and out Economic Immigration Programs Temporary Foreign Worker Program Immigration Consultants Sponsor: Canadian Immigration Institute - Founded by Immigration Lawyer Mark Holthe Affiliate Program: Click on this link to become an affiliate of the Canadian Immigration Institute: https://www.canadianimmigrationinstitute.com/become-an-affiliate OR, go to the Canadian Immigration Institute main page and scroll down to the very bottom and click on “Affiliate”. Earn 30% when someone purchases your affiliate link

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    Additional Resources: Ravi Jain Bio: https://www.gands.com/team/bio/ravi-jain Ravi's Firm Website: https://www.gands.com/home Canadian Immigration Institute: https://canadianimmigrationinstitute.com/

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  • Express Entry is one of the most volatile, scary, and stressful applications that can be submitted to Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada. In this episode I share with you some of my best insights and tips on navigating the Express Entry process safely.

    In the first few years of Express Entry, when I received an email from IRCC related to a file starting with the letter "E", my stomach started to churn and my stress levels started to rise. I hesitated going to my Rep Portal to check to see what this notification could mean. Was it just a simple request for Passports, or was it the dreaded refusal letter for having failed to upload some innocuous document?

    Although I don't feel that way now, I know that many of you fellow practitioners likely do....or if you don't, it's likely because you haven't yet filed many Express Entry applications. So in order to help reduce the stress level and increase the satisfaction level, I pull back the curtain and share some insight on the whole process and some tips for avoiding some of the more troubling areas.

    Here is what I covered:

    Quick Overview of Express Entry CRS Trends and the Rounds of Invitations How our Clients can Increase Their CRS Scores Things you must know about Express Entry Break for our Sponsor - CII My Essential Practice Tips Top 5 Crazy Reasons EE Applications were Refused Top 5 Most Common Reasons for Refusal

    Click on this link to access the Slide Deck Mark talked about in this Episode: AQAADI - Express Entry - Holthe 2019

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