Hello from all of us at Ackah Business Immigration Law! Welcome to the June edition of the Ackah Law Newsletter.
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ACKAH LAW IS MOVING
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UPDATES IN IMMIGRATION LAW
The New Canadian Citizenship Act
On June 11, 2015 the final set of reforms aimed at strengthening and modernizing Canada’s citizenship laws became law. Some of the key changes include:
Lock In Date for Dependent Children for Multi-Step Permanent Residence Application
According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”), for immigration programs that are completed in multiple steps (such as the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program), a child’s age is locked in as follows:
This means that if your child was able to meet the age requirements at the time you submitted the your AINP application or other multi-step PR application, but have not yet submitted your application for PR, your application will be completed based on the previous definition of dependent child (dependent child is considered a child under 22).
Children of applicants whose complete application was received by the province or territory for nomination before August 1, 2014 are to be assessed by CIC using the pre-amendment definition of dependent child (meaning under 21 years of age) even if their complete application for Permanent Residence is received by CIC on or after August 1, 2014. Pre-amendment lock-in procedures are to be applied - i.e., the age of the child is locked in on the date CIC receives the application for Permanent Residence from the principal applicant.
This is good news for parents who are experiencing delays in the processing of their Provincial Nominee Applications. Those parents will be assessed based on the pre-amendment age of under 22 years, if they continue to meet all the previous requirements under the old provisions.
UPDATE ON EXPRESS ENTRY – RANKINGS
June 12, 2015 - Foreign Nationals (“FN”) who were assigned a total of 482 points or more under the CRS were provided an invitation to apply (“ITA”). The number of ITAs released was 1,501.
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FROM ALL OF US AT ACKAH BUSINESS IMMIGRATION LAW
We hope that you have found this newsletter both helpful and informative. We look forward to hearing from you if you have any questions about the content. Please let us know how we may be of assistance and how you can leverage our expertise in helping to meet your business needs. Should you wish to discuss further the impact of any of the above-referenced policy changes, we encourage you to contact our office.
*Please note that this immigration newsletter has been created for informational purposes only and cannot be relied upon as legal advice.