Multiple-entry visas make it easier for travellers to visit Canada

Posted in: General News, Immigration

February 3, 2014 – Written by Geldert Law
Ottawa — Office of Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister — Visitors to Canada will automatically be considered for a multiple-entry visa, starting on February 6, 2014. Multiple-entry visas allow qualified visitors to come and go from Canada for six months at a time for up to 10 years without having to reapply each time.

The fee for the temporary resident visa (TRV) program will now be reduced from $150 to $100 for the processing of either a single- or multiple-entry visa.

By harmonizing the single- and multiple-entry visa fees, the visa application process will become simpler for applicants and promote tourism and trade by increasing the number of eligible travellers who are able to make multiple visits to Canada.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada will increase other fees in the temporary resident program, effective February 6, 2014. These changes will reduce the burden on Canadian taxpayers and ensure that fees closely reflect the real cost of processing applications.

These increases include (all figures in CAD $):

·         $25 for study permits and renewals;
·         $5 increase for work permits and renewals;
·         $25 increase for extensions to remain in Canada as a visitor;
·         $100 as the maximum fee for a family to apply for TRVs; and
·         $15 as the maximum work permit fee for a group of performing artists and their staff.
Quick facts

·         Every year more than 35 million people visit Canada.
·         In 2012, Canada issued a record number of visitor visas with almost one million visas approved, representing an increase of almost 40 percent since 2004.
·         The multiple-entry visa is particularly popular with visitors from China, India and Mexico who hold 10-year passports and have been eligible to apply for a 10-year visa.
·         Similarly, visitors from the Philippines and Brazil, who hold five-year passports, have been issued multiple-entry visas for up to five years.

Decision of Supreme Court appealed to BC Court of Appeal

Posted in: General News, Real Estate

December 12, 2013 – Written by Geldert Law

The decision of the Supreme Court by order of Justice Loo pronounced on November 15th, 2013 has been appealed by Jeke Enterprises Ltd as representative of aprpximately 300 owners/leaseholders in Riverside Villas, Hillside Villas and Riverview Villas in Fairmont Hot Springs.

The Notice of Appeal can be viewed here.

Judge rules Sunchaser Villas resort has right to charge renovation fee

Posted in: General News, Real Estate

November 22, 2013- Written by CBC News
A B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled that a timeshare resort in Fairmont, B.C. has the right to charge owners and lease-holders a hefty renovation fee, over and above their annual maintenance fee.  It also has the right to charge a cancellation fee to those who want to surrender their stake in the resort to get out of paying for the renovation.

The decision affects roughly 14,000 owners who live across Western Canada and the U.S., including many in Saskatchewan.

It means bills averaging about $4,000 will be going out to people who own or lease timeshare units at Sunchaser Vacation Villas.

The resort says so far, about a quarter of the owners and lease-holders have enrolled in a monthly payment plan to pay for the renovation, while another quarter have opted for the cancellation fee.

Meanwhile, lawyers for 655 owners say they will take the case to the B.C. Court of Appeal.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada receives website facelift

Posted in: General News, Immigration

Vancouver, December 7, 2012 — Following a decade-long wait all Government of Canada websites are receiving a much appreciated update. Not only are these changes geared towards enhancing the navigability of the site(s) but especially to help the browser find the information they need in a more consistent way across all Government of Canada websites.

Federal, Provincial and Territorial Governments Envision Canada’s Future Immigration System

Posted in: Immigration

Toronto, November 16, 2012 — Federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) immigration ministers pledged today to create a fast and flexible immigration system designed to advance Canada’s economic growth and competitiveness, and respond to regional labour market needs.

Following a two-day meeting, FPT Ministers committed to work together to develop and implement an Expression of Interest (EOI) model for Canada, similar to a model currently in place in New Zealand and Australia. EOI will help transform Canada’s immigration system into one that is more responsive to labour market demand, by providing opportunities for FPT governments and employers to access a pool of skilled workers.

“The federal government’s focus remains on economic growth and job creation, and immigration plays a key role in Canada’s long-term prosperity,” said federal Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. “Cooperation between federal, provincial and territorial governments is key to the success of Canada’s immigration system and securing better outcomes for newcomers.”

“Immigration is vital for economic growth and our system must be more competitive internationally,” said Stephen Khan, FPT Meeting Co-Chair and Alberta Minister of Enterprise and Advanced Education. “On behalf of the provinces and territories, we look forward to continuing our work with the Government of Canada to transform the immigration system, making it faster and more responsive to provincial/territorial needs.” Recognizing the importance of immigration to Canada’s long-term prosperity, FPT Ministers agreed that economic immigration programs must be focussed on delivering economic benefits to Canada, both in terms of meeting labour market needs and generating growth for the Canadian economy.

Ministers noted that the Provincial Nominee Program has helped to spread the benefits of economic immigration across the country, having grown almost seven-fold since 2004 and that provinces and territories are uniquely positioned to determine their regional labour market and skill needs. The Ministers are committed to continue strengthening the accountability and integrity of all federal, provincial and territorial economic immigration programs.

FPT Ministers committed to a three-year Action Plan to achieve their Joint Vision of an immigration system that attracts, welcomes and supports newcomers to join in building vibrant communities and a prosperous Canada. Given that immigration is a shared jurisdiction, the Ministers agreed to FPT roles, responsibilities and accountabilities to inform work under the Vision Action Plan.

Through the Action Plan, FPT Ministers affirm their commitment to the successful settlement and integration of newcomers across Canada. FPT partners will continue collaborating on a nationwide survey on settlement outcomes. They will also develop partnerships to guide ongoing efforts to help all immigrants participate in the Canadian economy and society to their full potential.

Under the Canada-Québec Accord relating to immigration and temporary admission of aliens, Québec fully assumes sole responsibility for establishing immigration levels, and for the selection, francization and integration of immigrants. In areas under its responsibility, Québec develops its policies and programs, legislates, regulates and sets its own standards.

More immigrants who are already working in Canada to be admitted through Canadian Experience Class

Posted in: Immigration

Ottawa, October 31, 2012 — The Government of Canada will maintain record levels of immigration to support economic growth in 2013, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.

“Our Government’s number one priority remains economic and job growth,” said Minister Kenney. “Newcomers bring their skills and talents, contribute to our economy and help renew our workforce so that Canada remains competitive on the world stage.”

According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)’s 2012 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration tabled today, CIC plans to admit a total of 240,000 to 265,000 new permanent residents in 2013, for the seventh straight year. This represents the highest sustained level of immigration in Canadian history.

In particular, the 2013 Immigration Levels Plan makes room for the rapid growth in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The CEC, which was created in 2008, facilitates the transition from temporary to permanent residence for those with high-skilled work experience in Canada, including international students and temporary foreign workers. Admissions under the CEC have increased from about 2,500 people in 2009 to more than 6,000 in 2011, with more expected this year than ever before. In 2013, CIC intends to accept a record high of up to 10,000 permanent residents through this popular program.

“Immigration plays a vital role in our country’s long-term prosperity,” said Minister Kenney. “Our 2013 Immigration Plan will build on our economic success by bringing in more of the world’s top talent who already have a successful track record in Canada.”

Every year, CIC consults with provinces, territories and public stakeholders across Canada to develop a balanced immigration plan. Besides stakeholder consultations, the Canadian public is invited to participate through online consultations on immigration levels and mix. This year, for the first time in Canadian history, CIC consulted with key Aboriginal groups.

CIC’s 2013 planned admission ranges for other immigration programs will be released in the coming days.

Charges Laid in Immigration fraud in Montreal and Winnipeg

Posted in: Immigration

Ottawa, June 19, 2012 — The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, and the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, made the following statement today commending the Canada Border Services Agency for its work leading to charges against a number of individuals for immigration fraud in Montreal and Winnipeg. CBSA today announced that in Montreal, Carol Massoud appeared in court, charged with 61 offences under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and the Criminal Code, Read more »

Marking the 9th annual Jamaican Diaspora Day

Posted in: Immigration

Ottawa, June 15, 2012 — The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement to celebrate Jamaican Diaspora Day:
“Tomorrow marks the 9th annual Jamaican Diaspora Day. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the significant contributions that people of Jamaican origin have made to Canada’s pluralistic society.

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CIC Office Closures

Posted in: General News

Ottawa, June 1, 2012 – Effective June 1, 2012, the following offices are closed: Kelowna, Nanaimo, Prince George, Victoria, Lethbridge, Regina, Barrie, Kingston, Oshawa, Sault Ste-Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Gatineau, Québec, Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières, Saint John, Moncton, and Charlottetown. Read more »