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New Self-Isolation Plan for Those Returning to Canada

By CaseyApril 23, 2020
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Although Canada is still welcoming home travelers, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a new national isolation plan that would take effect at midnight on Wednesday April 14th EST. This isolation plan will be required for all international travelers returning to Canada both through border crossings and airports due to the Coronavirus.  What Exactly Does This […]

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Trump Executive Order Suspending US Immigration: What This Really Means and What You Should Do

By CaseyApril 23, 2020
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*Update 4/23/2020 11:07am The rule largely hits negatively the following groups – Parents of US citizens, Siblings of US citizens, Spouses and minor children of permanent residents, Green card lottery winners People NOT effected (These visa are still open) Spouses & minor children of US citizens, Special Immigrant Visas, EB-5 investor visas, Temporary visas of any kind—All work, […]

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Are Workers Allowed to Cross the US/Canada Border During Coronavirus?

By CaseyApril 6, 2020
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Beginning on March 22, 2020 the United States and Canada decided to go through with their plan to close the US/Canada border to non-essential businesses in attempt to stop the Coronavirus outbreak. The exception for traffic deemed “essential” as well as for trade transportation between the two countries announced appear to be an effort to […]

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Latest Updates on Coronavirus Impact on Canadian Immigration

By CaseyApril 27, 2020
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Note: This page is constantly being updated. Please visit regularly for the most recent information. Read about VisaPlace’s statement on operating during the Coronavirus pandemic. Update 4/22: Canada allows International Students to work full time if their position is an essential service. Update 4/17: An agreement has been reached between the United States and Canada […]

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How the Coronavirus Will Affect US Immigration

By CaseyApril 24, 2020
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Note: This page is constantly being updated. Please visit regularly for the most recent information. Read about VisaPlace’s statement on operating during the Coronavirus pandemic. *April 24 Update: USCIS is readying offices to reopen on or after June 4. Employees in these offices are continuing to perform mission-essential services that do not require face-to-face contact with the […]

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Can Temporary Residents Travel to Canada During Coronavirus Travel Ban?

By CaseyMarch 25, 2020
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Canada had announced previously that the only people allowed to enter Canada will be Permanent Residents and Citizens of Canada. Recently they retracted their statement by exempting International Students and Foreign Workers. International students are exempt from Canada’s Coronavirus travel ban as long as they have a valid study permit or have been approved for […]

Alyssa Lowe

By CaseyMarch 19, 2020

With a dual role as Client Services Manager and HR Generalist, Alyssa has the ability to work closely with both clientele and her colleagues on the VisaPlace team. Her focus is to provide optimal customer service as well as to assist the VisaPlace team with furthering their rapid growth. Alyssa works closely with the Director […]

Nadia Bakhtiari

By CaseyMarch 19, 2020

As an Associate Lawyer, Nadia assists with matters relating to litigation (RPD, RAD, ID, IAD, FC), humanitarian-based immigration, temporary residence (visiting, studying, working), express entry, and any other matters related to obtaining permanent residency. Nadia is client-focused, passionate, and is committed to helping clients realize their dreams in Canada.  Nadia received a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) […]

Zainab Jamal

By CaseyMarch 20, 2020

Since being called to the Bar of Ontario, Zainab has been exclusively practicing in the area of Canadian immigration, citizenship and refugee law. As such, Zainab has extensive experience advising and representing clients in various immigration applications. As an Associate Lawyer and Team Leader for VisaPlace’s affiliate, Niren and Associates, Zainab’s practice focuses on a […]

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Can I Travel to the US in April 2020?

By CaseyMarch 31, 2020
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March 20 Update: The US and Mexico announced they’re limiting nonessential travel across their shared border to curb movement during the pandemic. Exceptions include traveling for medical purposes or work, or to attend school, among others, according to a regulation notice set to be published March 24. The US also took the step of barring entry […]

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Hundreds of Anti- Pipeline Protesters Block Ontario Border

By CaseyFebruary 27, 2020

Beginning Monday afternoon on February 16, Indigenous Canadian citizens protesting a natural-gas pipeline in northern British Columbia, blocked access to a border crossing in eastern Ontario. This resulted in Thousand Island Bridge and the border in that area itself being shut down for about 3 hours. For hundreds of years, the Wet’suwet’en have laid claim […]

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Can a Person Enter Canada After Being Deported from the US?

By CaseyFebruary 14, 2020
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If you have been deported from the United States for any reason it could have devastating repercussions. During your deportation or removal, the agent officer will tell you how long you must stay outside of the US. Typically a border or immigration officer will require five, ten, 20 or forever until you can return. Depending […]

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Iranian Student Detained in US Airport

By CaseyFebruary 12, 2020
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An Iranian graduate student who planned to attend Michigan State University was detained at Detroit Metro Airport on Sunday, denied entry into the United States, then returned home, his attorney said. Alireza Yazdani, 27, was on a flight leaving Detroit on Monday, a day after he was detained and questioned by authorities. He had been […]

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Ontario Seeks More Immigrants to Work in Manufacturing

By CaseyJanuary 30, 2020
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Ontario has found itself in grave need for industrial workers. These foreign workers would include holding jobs such as painters, sewing-machine operators and electronic assemblers. Ontario is so desperate for these types of workers that they are promising them permanent residency in exchange for a job in manufacturing. The only requirement is that these newcomers […]

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Should a Canadian Receive a Pardon for Minor Crimes?

By CaseyJanuary 28, 2020
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Though most pardons are for minor crimes, Canadians can be given pardons, or record suspensions, for many serious crimes — in the most recent year, pardons were granted for manslaughter, kidnapping, attempted murder, hostage-taking and arson with disregard for human life, among other things. A senior RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) officer wrote, “When a Canadian […]

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