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Law at Your Library: Immigration Law - Overseas Family Sponsorships

Want to learn more about overseas family sponsorships? I'm presenting at a free workshop presented by the Calgary Public Library and Calgary Legal Guidance. Come have a listen if this is something that interests you!

Click here to register.

Location: Central library (Calgary)
Date: Monday October 2, 2018
Time: 6-7:30pm

Hope to see you there!
Rekha

Refugee (Asylum) Claims - Understanding the Process

There has been a lot of news coverage about the influx of refugees (asylum seekers) into Canada via the United States, particularly into Quebec. This post is meant to explore who is entitled to make such a claim in Canada and what claimants can expect.

Eligibility to make the claimCanada and the US have entered into what's called a "safe third country agreement". Essentially, both countries consider the other to be relatively equal in terms of refugee protection and the refugee process. As such, there is an expectation for claimants to make their refugee claim in the first of these two countries. 
The practical consequence of this agreement is that it prevents individuals crossing from the US into Canada at a land border from making a claim in Canada. 
There are exceptions to this agreement: If the claimant has family in CanadaIf the claim is made at an in-land officeIf the claim is made at an airportThere are other eligibility factors as well, but this is the main issue aff…

Refugees - Montreal - Dedicated Service Counter

In light of the influx of asylum seekers entering Canada (specifically into Quebec), IRCC has set up a "Dedicated Service Counter" in Montreal, open to the public from 8am to 4pm. This is meant to speed us eligibility interviews of newly arrived asylum seekers, which then allows claimants to apply for work permits while they await the adjudication of their asylum claim.

Details from the notice:

The dedicated service counter will allow claimants to get an earlier date for an eligibility interview which will also help them to have earlier access to work permits.  For this to happen, it is essential that each client completes the required application forms in full. Those requiring assistance with their application forms can get it at the dedicated service counter.
Help us Spread the Word This counter is open to the public without appointment 7 days a week from 8am to 4pm and is located at:
Guy Favreau Complex 200 René Lévesque Blvd West, suite 10 Montréal

We have prepared a handout in …