Mark Holthe, an immigration lawyer in Lethbridge, Alberta was kind enough to invite me to be a guest on his latest podcast. It was a super fun experience and great to speak to a fellow Albertan. Thanks Mark!
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 […]
Sometimes immigration files go off the rails, and that is going to be the focus of my next few posts. LMIAs and the Nova Scotia Nominee Program: the shelf-life of LMIAs for PNP applicants “Packaged on” and “Best before” are 2 different things, right? Wrong. One of our Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Skilled Worker (PNP) […]
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 […]
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 […]
UPDATE: JANUARY 30 SESSION WILL START AT 12:00 NOON DUE TO WEATHER. The Nova Scotia section of the Refugee SSP is launching in Halifax this weekend! Our firm is one of the local organizers. We are holding two training sessions at the law school this weekend, one on January 30 for lawyers and law students […]
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 […]
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 […]
Complaining and commiserating are so mid-2015. It’s time to make the immigration system work. No one expects flood gates to open, but we do hope for a well-thought out and practical immigration, citizenship and refugee strategy. Here are some quick thoughts on what the new government should consider: Re-staff immigration offices and processing centres to […]
Effective immediately, we will be offering free consultations for family and friends of Syrians who are overseas and need information on their immigration and refugee options. Please contact Liz at email@example.com to schedule an in-person or telephone consultation.