Entries by Elizabeth Wozniak

The Parent (Sponsorship) Trap

Yesterday, December 30, 2017, IRCC published the Ministerial Instructions for the 2018 Parent Sponsorship Program, set to open on January 2, 2018.[1] Cynical people may call it a last minute effort to feign preparation and forethought before the opening of an immigration program that will impact ~100,000 Canadians and their ~100,000 overseas parents, but in […]

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North Star Immigration Law is moving!

After 10 years in the wonderful St. Paul’s Building, we are moving our office to 5475 Spring Garden Road on Friday, August 4, 2017. Our new location is spacious and bright and reflects who we are as a law firm. Stay tuned for pictures of the new space, including all the reclaimed and historic elements […]

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Spring 2017 – Immigration Round-Up

So much has been going on here at North Star Immigration Law that my head is spinning. We are expanding to a bigger space in a few months, have hired a new articling clerk and are in the process of a website revamp. To all the people whose calls I haven’t returned in the past few […]

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Hey, @CitImmCanada, where’s my mother?

Many people have been waiting for news on the Canadian parent sponsor program, which was changed to a lottery system in late 2016. The program opened January 3, 2017 with a deadline of February 2, 2017 in which people could submit an online expression of interest for entry into the program.  The online form was so […]

#MuslimBan: Like it or not, Canada is in this rodeo.

Last week, in a small but symbolic gesture, Canada seemed to align with the US on the reopening of the NAFTA. I was disappointed that we didn’t stand with Mexico and criticize the rhetoric coming from the US on an agreement that no one seemed to be seriously questioning before the US election cycle. But […]

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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 […]