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.
CANADIAN MEDICAL INADMISSIBILITY
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.
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.
Ackah Business Immigration Law recently hired Grace Akpan as a law intern. When Grace completes her Articling term in 2018, she will be qualified to practice law in Canada; she was called to the bar in Nigeria and was a litigation executive in Singapore.