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Eliminating Immigration Would Have a Negative Impact on Canada's Economy

24 May 2018

A new Conference Board of Canada report says that eliminating immigration would have a negative impact on Canada's economy.  The study imagined what would happen by 2040 if Canada's borders were completely shut. 

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Expansion of Canada’s Biometrics Program

22 May 2018

On April 10, 2018 Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC’) announced that it will be implementing its Biometric Expansion Project with the Canada Border Services Agency, the Royal Mounted Police and Shared Services Canada (“SSC”), by July 31, 2018. The Biometric Expansion Project will require all visa-required persons applying for a work permit, study permit, temporary resident permit or temporary resident status, and all permanent resident applicants, to complete biometrics. Biometrics is done by fingerprint scan and photograph of your face. United States nationals are exempt from providing biometrics unless they are applying for Permanent Residency.

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Changes to Canada’s Medical Inadmissibility Policies

22 May 2018

On April 16, 2018 the Liberal Government announced that there would be significant changes to the medical inadmissibility rules in Canada. The changes will take effect on June 1, 2018 to significantly increase the cost threshold for a condition to be considered excessive demand on the Canadian healthcare system. As a result, many individuals and families, especially those with disabilities, may no longer be considered medically inadmissible to Canada.

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H-4 Dependent Spouses may no longer obtain Work Authorization Documents to work legally in the United States under the Trump Administration

22 May 2018

Following a lawsuit by “Save Jobs USA” organization, the Department of Homeland Security is set to publish a proposal by June 2018 to revoke the previous Employment Authorization Rule for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses.

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Employee Spotlight: Heather Barber-Hardy, Articling Student

15 May 2018

Ackah Business Immigration Law offered Heather Barber-Hardy a full-time articling position at Ackah Law; she will be called to the Alberta Bar in September 2018. 

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Canada Attracts Tech Conferences Away From US

11 May 2018

Some big tech conferences will be held in Canada instead of the U.S. in 2018 and 2019 due to Trump administration policies. Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah says Canada is a desirable destination for tech and tech immigrants. 

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Canada Border Agency Restricts Flagpoling for Canadian Residents

9 May 2018

Canada Border Service Agency has begun restricting legal flagpoling at land points of entry for Canadian residents who need to validate a Confirmation of Permanent Residence or a permanent resident visa. 

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How Canada Uses Biometrics to Make Canadians Safer

4 May 2018

Biometrics make travel to Canada easier and keep Canadians safer, says IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada). Canada will require biometrics for most Canadian immigration applications beginning July 31, 2018, for people from Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and on December 31, 2018, for applicants from Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas. 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Immigration Law | Canada Immigration Lawyer

1 May 2018

If you are unfamiliar with immigration law, applying for immigration can be very overwhelming and confusing. We want to ensure your success, and save you time. In order to help you, we have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions our immigration specialists and lawyers at Ackah Law have been asked. 

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Canadians Who Legally Buy Marijuana in Canada May be Denied Entry to the US

26 April 2018

Immigration lawyers and experts are advising Canadians who legally buy pot in Canada that they may be banned for life from entering the United States, even if they legally purchase marijuana in Canada and cross the border into a US state where buying marijuana is legal. 

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