Canadian Immigration Law
On the world stage, Canada is lauded as a place of refuge and tolerance for immigrants. As the Liberal government increases the number of refugees being accepted into Canada, the number of permanent residents will rise to 305,000 from 280,000 last year.
In the last several decades, Canadian immigration law has evolved dramatically. The most significant of these shifts commenced with the Immigration Act of 1976. In 2002, the Immigration and Refugee Act altered the landscape again. Significant changes to Canadian immigration law are still occurring, and new bills are proposed almost annually.
There are a number of classifications for immigration to Canada, including:
- The Family class, pertaining to persons closely related to legal Canadian residents
- The Economic class includes skilled workers
- The Humanitarian category relates to people accepted for immigration on compassionate grounds
- The Refugee classification involves people who are escaping persecution in foreign countries
Types of Immigration
A person can immigrate to Canada under Temporary or Permanent status. Temporary status can be earned in a number of ways, but the most common methods are with a business visa, tourist visa, or work permit. A Permanent status can also be achieved for labour and business purposes, and also under the family class or for educational purposes. It should be noted that, as more newcomer families are approved, we will see fewer business visas than in previous years.
There are many offences that are prosecuted under the Immigration Act. These offences can have a significant impact on an Accused’s family and future prospects. If you are facing the stress of Immigration charges, please call our office today at (416) 924-5969 for a consultation.
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