Entries by Elizabeth Wozniak


Changes to Express Entry: 200 is the new 600. Points, that is.

Today, IRCC implements the new Ministerial Instructions for Express Entry. So just like that, the playing field changes, the path to PR shifts and applicants must adapt to the new points allocations. As mentioned in this Walrus article, this could make it easier for employer-specific, LMIA-exempt work permit holders to compete for permanent residence. While not earth-shattering, this […]

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Come to Canada and bring Hawaii please

The night of the US election, before the results were fully in, I tweeted this: Dear US friends: if this is actually happening, please come to Canada. And bring Hawaii. #Vote2016 #USElection2016 I was kidding of course. (Well actually, not the part about Hawaii. Canada has always needed a tropical province where we can drink […]


Immigration Whiskey Tango Foxtrots Part 2: The [not so] wonderful wizards of IRCC

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has an uncanny way of implementing systems meant to simplify things – that end up obscuring the process and driving applicants bananas. It’s so irksome (or IRCC-some? HA!) Crummy puns aside, this system and process can be incredibly stressful. People’s lives and futures depend on the information IRCC has […]

NS: a little less conversation, a little more immigration

Nova Scotia tends to punch above its weight when it comes to national news stories, and the topic of immigration is no exception. #cbiftrumpwins took the Internet by storm earlier this year and is going to be a running joke for a while, if not a real solution if he seriously actually wins. And this […]

Film, fisheries & Francophones: easing access to Canada

For the past 2 months, I have been on a bit of a blog hiatus – busy with things like getting the Halifax Refugee SSP up and running and a little vacation to Guadeloupe. The nice thing is, there’s lots to write about, and it’s mostly positive. In 2016, the feds have made some major changes […]

Introducing North Star Immigration Law Inc.

We have been known as Elizabeth Wozniak Inc., Canadian Immigration Lawyers, since I incorporated in 2010. That name was never meant to be permanent and really, it always made me uncomfortable because the practice isn’t all about me: Lori Hill and I have been working together since 2007. Cam MacLean was with us as a […]


#refugeecrisis : Group of 5 is back!

Information on sponsoring Syrian refugees  Two significant things have happened recently to resurrect the G5 option: CIC removed the requirement to have a proof of UN refugee status document for Syrians who are outside Syria. This makes the process considerably more streamlined because refugees no longer need to wait years for a UN interview. Of course, all screening […]