Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program Re-opening October 13th

by Ronalee Carey Law

October 2020

After much delay, the 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program will launch on October 13th

This highly popular program has gone through numerous changes over the past few years.  After being put on pause for two years while a backlog of applications was dealt with, the program re-opened in 2014 with a cap of 5,000 applications for the year.  From 2014-2016, interest in the program increased, leading to the yearly cap being reached within two days in 2016.  This led to the Canadian government moving to a lottery system for 2017 and 2018. 

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Good news for couples - IRCC commits to speedier processing times in spousal sponsorship applications

by Ronalee Carey Law

September 2020

Yesterday, part of our day was spent moving large spousal sponsorship files from the office cabinet to our back room. Due to the slowdown in processing during COVID, spousal sponsorships are so backed up that we don’t have enough room in our cabinets for all our pending files. As an example, our office submitted a sponsorship back in March, and we have yet to hear back about whether the file was even received by IRCC over six months later. The couple has remained separated with no end in sight.

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Applying for a Job in Canada - Some Tips

by Ronalee Carey Law

August 2020

My absolutely wonderful legal administrative assistant is expecting a baby. She will be leaving me mid-October for a maternity/extended parental leave. I have a few weeks to find someone to cover her while she is gone, so that she has time to train her replacement.

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It is a Risky Time to be Applying to be an International Student in Canada

July 2020

International students create big business for Canada, pouring 21.6 billion into the Canadian economy in 2018, and sustaining 170,000 Canadian jobs, according to the Canadian government. And the industry is growing. The number of international students in Canada close to doubled over the last decade, with over 600,000 international students in Canada by 2019. Only the USA and Australia attract more international students than Canada does. Canadian colleges and universities rely on international students, who pay much higher tuition fees than domestic students.

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