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Québec Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil: profile of her career and important decisions
By Stephen Fogarty May 14, 2016

Recently I had the opportunity of a private discussion with the Québec Minister of Immigration, the Honourable Kathleen Weil, at a luncheon hosted by the Montréal Westward Rotary Club.While I will not disclose any confidential remarks I shared with her, let me state that we are fortunate to have such a dedicated Minister of Immigration for Québec.Minister Weil is a highly intellectual person, having graduated from McGill University in history and political science in 1977, as well as holding degrees from the McGill Law School in civil law and common law in 1982. Since graduation and becoming a member of the Quebec Bar in 1983, she served as a volunteer on several boards related to public health and social affairs, was a director of legal affairs for the lobby group Alliance Quebec, and president and director general of the Foundation of Greater Montreal, from 2000-2008. Read More

Update on parent and grandparent immigration sponsorship in Canada
By Stephen Fogarty January 8, 2016

No sooner had the Canadian Immigration department reopened the parent and grandparent sponsorship program on January 4, 2016, then overnight on January 7th it was announced that 14,000 applications had already been received, and so no new applications would be accepted.According to the official announcement, “The first 5,000 complete applications received will be placed in the inventory queue. Canada is committed to reuniting families and the Government of Canada is seeking to increase the intake of parent and grandparent sponsorship applications from 5,000 to 10,000 per year. In light of this commitment, IRCC will retain the first 10,000 complete applications.” Read More

Parent and grandparent immigration sponsorship in Canada
By Stephen Fogarty January 7, 2016

Canadian Immigration has reopened the parent and grandparent sponsorship program, effective 4 January 2016. We are disappointed that the cap has been kept at 5,000 applications; during the October 2015 federal election, the Liberals had campaigned on doubling the permitted applications.According to CBC News, Immigration Minister John McCallum has pledged that the 10,000 application level will be honoured, but whether this will happen later this year or in a subsequent year is not yet determined. Predictably, the opposition Conservatives and New Democrats have criticized the Minister for not meeting the 10,000 target. Read More

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