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Now may be your time to consider moving to Canada
By Stephen Fogarty July 5, 2016

The recent Brexit vote in the United Kingdom, uncertainty in Europe, and the long and rancorous Trump vs. Clinton American presidential race, may have people like you pondering their futures.Here is a choice to consider: Canada offers unlimited opportunities to build a secure future for you and your family. Read More

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

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