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!
We are expanding to a new office to continue to provide outstanding service. Effective July 15th our new address will be Suite 101, 1401 – 1st SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2G 2J3, Canada. Our phone and fax numbers will remain the same. We plan to have an Open House Reception in the Fall so stay tuned for details.
ACKAH BUSINESS IMMIGRATION LAW IN THE NEWS
Please see the following link http://www.ackahlaw.com/in-the-media/ to view our most recent appearances and publications:
• Evelyn Ackah was published in The Lawyers weekly on May 22, 2015, her article was entitled “A Slow start to Express Entry”
• Ackah Business Immigration Law recently presented at the Global Energy Career Expo on June 10 and 11, 2015 in Calgary, Alberta
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:
• Adult applicants must now be physically present in Canada for at least 1,460 days (four years) during the six years before the date of their application, and they must be physically present in Canada for at least 183 days in each of the four calendar years within the qualifying period. This is aimed at ensuring that those applying for citizenship develop a strong attachment to Canada
• Applicants between the ages of 14 and 64 must meet basic Canadian knowledge and language requirements and take the Citizenship test
• Citizenship will be automatically extended to additional “Lost Canadians” on June 11th, who were born before 1947, and did not become citizens on January 1, 1947 when the first Canadian Citizenship Act came into effect. This will also apply to their children born in the first generation outside Canada
• Adult applicants must declare their intent to reside in Canada once they become citizens and meet their personal income tax obligations in order to be eligible for citizenship
• There are now stronger penalties for fraud and misrepresentation (to a maximum fine of $100,000 and/or up to five years in prison). This is aimed at deterring applicants who are prepared to misrepresent themselves, or advise others to do so
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:
• Applications received before August 1, 2014 (with some exceptions)
o Your child’s age is locked in when CIC receives your application for permanent residence at the final stage
o To be eligible for processing as a dependent, your child must meet the terms of the former definition at the time CIC receives your application for permanent residence.
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).
• Applications received on or after August 1, 2014
o Your child’s age is locked in at the first step of the immigration process (as described in each program).
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.
Please don’t keep our boutique immigration law firm a secret! We are very appreciative of any referrals and recommendations you send our way. Thank you very much!
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.