S1E12 - Making Connections South of the Border, with Erick Widman
Welcome Home: An Immigration Law Podcast
by Emond Publishing
7M ago
Has the US immigration system earned its negative reputation and is Canada’s immigration system as welcoming as we think it is? In this episode Chantal and Cathryn sit down with Erick Widman to discuss United States’ immigration pathways and their unique barriers, including the "H1B Cap,” spousal sponsorship restrictions, filing fees, permanent residence country caps, and waiver requests.   How does the uncertainty, wait times, and expenses generated by these barriers affect the United States in the global talent and investment competitions? Many companies today are transnationa ..read more
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S1E11 - How Artificial Intelligence is Influencing the Canadian Immigration Application Process
Welcome Home: An Immigration Law Podcast
by Emond Publishing
9M ago
What degree of transparency should we expect from a government body that leverages AI to expedite processes that have a life-changing impact on thousands of people each year?  The IRCC has introduced the use of artificial intelligence to expedite the processing of immigration applications, with assurances that AI does not have the power to determine or influence the outcome of applications. However, the details of its usage are opaque, and many questions remain unanswered – what exactly is the scope of AI’s current and future contributions? Who are the architects behind its intellect? Wha ..read more
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S1E10 - Economic Immigration: The NOC, Work Permits, and Express Entry
Welcome Home: An Immigration Law Podcast
by Emond Publishing
11M ago
Immigrants make up over 25% of our population and form a critical component of Canada’s workforce. Under Canada’s new immigration plan, we hope to welcome 500,000 new immigrants per year. This could be a tall order as the inherently political nature of Canadian immigration law means frequent and far-reaching policy changes, often made with little to no warning. How can practitioners deal with this lack of legal continuity and help Canada welcome 1.5 million immigrants? In this episode, Chantal and Cathryn sit down with Andrew Carvajal to discuss the current state of Canada’s economic ..read more
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S1E9 - What Do Clients Look for in a Lawyer?
Welcome Home: An Immigration Law Podcast
by Emond Publishing
1y ago
Has a client ever mentioned why they chose you? Have you ever asked? If you had to guess what matters most to your clients when selecting a legal representative, what do you imagine their answer would be? In this episode, Chantal and Cathryn explore a client’s perspective and learn about the surprising things that matter most to a client seeking representation in an immigration law case. They interview two Jane Does, anonymous clients who discuss their processes for selecting a lawyer/consultant, describe the behaviours that would immediately disqualify someone, and share their expectations re ..read more
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S1E7 - Legal Intersections: Family Law and Immigration Law
Welcome Home: An Immigration Law Podcast
by Emond Publishing
1y ago
An individual can only make ONE refugee claim per lifetime. Every year, thousands of individuals flee to Canada and exercise their one and only opportunity to make a refugee claim. Many of these refugee claims are from individuals escaping domestic violence with their children.   In this episode, Chantal and Cathryn sit down with immigration and refugee lawyer Cheryl Robinson to discuss the intersection of refugee law and family law. How can you identify a refugee claim with an issue of exclusion and what are the next steps? Cheryl sheds light on her experience managing these claims ..read more
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S1E6 - Sorry, We’re Closed: Business and Corporate Immigration in Canada
Welcome Home: An Immigration Law Podcast
by Emond Publishing
1y ago
Why is Canada falling behind in business and corporate immigration? With minuscule applicant intake numbers, protracted processing times, and unwieldy programs with no guarantees of residency, one could argue that Canada is CLOSED FOR BUSINESS, or at the very least risk-averse when it comes to foreign entrepreneurs. Join Chantal and Cathryn as they sit down with immigration lawyer Robin Seligman to review Canada’s business and corporate immigration programs. Learn about current pathways: PNPs, Start-Up Visas, Immigrant Investor, and Self-Employed Persons. Then, hear our hosts and guests propos ..read more
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S1E5 - Citizenship and COVID: Processes and Pitfalls
Welcome Home: An Immigration Law Podcast
by Emond Publishing
1y ago
Chantal and Cathryn welcome Lisa Middlemiss, an immigration lawyer at Gomberg and Dalfen in Montreal to discuss the opportunities and obstacles of Canada’s new virtual citizenship process.    With processing times longer than pre-pandemic and the sense of ceremony diminished for applicants, Chantal, Cathryn, and Lisa discuss the transition of interviews, tests, oath ceremonies, and some application processes to online platforms. Do e-citizenship processes just need a few improvements, or should we return to in-person citizenship events after the pandemic?   We then dive int ..read more
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S1E3 - Immigration in the COVID Era: Cross-Border Travel, Application Backlogs, and Airlines.
Welcome Home: An Immigration Law Podcast
by Emond Publishing
1y ago
Chantal and Cathryn welcome Stephen Green, Senior Partner at Green and Spiegel in Toronto, to discuss the fluid circumstances of Canadian immigration arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode, they examine the legal, social, and professional implications of constantly shifting COVID provisions on day-to-day immigration practice. Our guest and hosts shed light on the difficulties of advising clients about immigration applications and cross-border travel. They discuss the pandemic’s role as a catalyst for the technological transformation of Canada’s immigration processing system and th ..read more
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S1E2 - Inadmissibility Law: Jaskirat Sidhu - “Does one act define you for a lifetime?”
Welcome Home: An Immigration Law Podcast
by Emond Publishing
1y ago
Join Chantal, Cathryn, and immigration lawyer, Raj Sharma as they navigate the complex and consequential maze of Canada’s inadmissibility laws, keeping in mind the question, “Does one act define you for a lifetime?” In this episode, they examine the unique personal and professional challenges of representing clients trying to overcome a finding of inadmissibility. When the stakes are so high, how do practitioners handle the emotional repercussions of working on these cases? Chantal, Cathryn and Raj discuss their experiences practicing in this complex area, offering advice on emotional investme ..read more
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