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Canadian immigration lawyer, David Cohen's blog reflects the personal views of an immigration expert with thirty years of experience. David writes about his perspective on Canada immigration laws and regulations as well as Canada immigration policies of

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More Personnel Needed to Process Asylum Claims
Earlier this year, in a previous entry to this blog titled No Easy Answers, I suggested that Canada may not be as prepared as it could be to deal with the potential entrance of thousands of migrants arriving at the Canadian border. Moreover, I stated that the integrity of Canada’s immigration system, and public confidence in [...]

A lot done, more to do
Canada Day took place last weekend. This year, it was an extra special occasion as the nation celebrated its 150th birthday. The current Liberal government, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is approaching two years in office, and with a relatively new Minister of Immigration and a swathe of new approaches within the department, now [...]

Slipping through the cracks
Earlier this year, families around the world got the welcome news that Canada was reverting to a system whereby immigration applicants could include accompanying children up to and including the age of 21 on an application for Canadian permanent residence. I, for one, was glad to see the Liberals go back to this standard. Our erstwhile [...]

A return to form
There has been much commotion over recent months about the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP), through which eligible Canadian citizens and permanent residents may sponsor their parent(s) or grandparent(s) for permanent resident status. Family reunification often has a crucial role in immigrant settlement, as it allows the family unit to exist in the same place, thereby [...]

Actions must follow words
Last month, readers of the Montreal Gazette may have come across the story of Payman, an 11 year-old Iranian boy whose official adoptive parents became permanent residents of Canada in 2014. The problem is, Payman is still stuck in Iran, vulnerable and without the love and security of his adoptive parents close by. Let’s rewind a bit. [...]

No easy answers
Canada and Canadians have, for the most part, presented and enjoyed an attitude to immigration that is welcoming. This phenomenon has been part of our reputation for decades. Now, is this attitude a consequence of Canadians being somehow unique, or better, than other societies around the world? Is our welcoming smile innate? Or is it the case [...]

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses”
The historical narrative of North America is built on immigration. Both Canada and United States, and Mexico, for that matter, are largely populated by the sons, daughters, and other descendants of individuals and families who at one point made a major life decision to seek a new and better life far from home. For many, this [...]

Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Canada has a tremendous opportunity to become the foremost educational hub globally, but first it needs to stop confusing those international students who wish to study here. Right now, hundreds of thousands of eager, ambitious international students are studying at institutions across Canada. Unless they are studying in Canada for just a short-term program, these students [...]

Patience is wearing thin on C-6
Earlier this year, on June 17, an Act to amend the Citizenship Act passed the House of Commons in Ottawa. This eagerly-awaiting piece of legislation is known as Bill C-6. Among the proposed amendments in C-6 is a reduction in the amount of time permanent residents have to live in Canada in order to become eligible to apply [...]

Dear Phil . . .
I was in communication with an American friend of mine this week. It has been a tough few days for Phil, who lives in Ohio. Not only did his home state fall into the Trump column on election night, but the President-elect won enough states to claim victory, leaving many U.S-based residents looking for solutions. [...]