Cannabis and Your Immigration Status – Risks for Non-Canadians

On October 17, 2018, recreational use of cannabis (marijuana) became legal in Canada. The Cannabis Act came into force then, and now governs usage, cultivation, possession and trafficking in cannabis. It is very important to understand that only cannabis purchased or cultivated legally per the rules and restrictions found in the Act is considered legal. Any cannabis purchased outside of a properly regulated store (or online store), or grown at home without following the proper restrictions, is still considered “illicit”

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Congratulations Student Legal Services of Edmonton!

On behalf of the rest of our firm, McCuaig Desrochers LLP’s former SLS coordinators and dayleaders congratulate Student Legal Services of Edmonton on its 50 years of service to the community. We are thankful for the opportunity to have been involved with Student Legal Services and its mission of providing access to justice to the low-income community and continue to recognize its role in not only creating passionate advocates for the low-income community during law school, but also in developing

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Congratulations Nathan!

McCuaig Desrochers LLP is pleased to announce that our very own Nathan Po has been awarded one of the 2019 Volunteer Recognition Awards in recognition of his significant contributions made to the CBA Immigration Law Section across the nation. http://www.cba.org/Sections/Immigration-Law/News/2019/VolunteerAward2019

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Canada to improve tracking of departures

The Federal Government has announced plans to start collecting exit information for almost all individuals who travel out of Canada.  It may come as a surprise to many that Canada does not currently know when most people leave the country.  While we collect information on individuals who legally enter Canada, we generally don’t track when people depart.  Our only form of exit tracking was implemented in 2013 when Canada began receiving entry records from American authorities for foreign nationals and

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Update: Parent/Grandparent Sponsorship to Resume in Late January

UPDATE: Parent/Grandparent interest to sponsor form will be available at noon EST on January 28, 2019. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) kept eager applicants guessing until the very last minute, but finally announced on December 31, 2018 that the much anticipated reopening of the 2019 Parent/Grandparent Sponsorship program would not occur right at the dawn of the new year, but would instead be reopening “in late January”.  The announcement, which was done via Twitter also indicated that IRCC would

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Congratulations, Allison Purdon

We are proud to announce that Allison Purdon has been Admitted to the Bar and welcome her as an Associate with the firm.  Allison completed her articles with the firm after clerking with the Court of Queen’s Bench in Edmonton.  Please see Allison’s full bio here.

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Holiday Office Closure

Please note that our offices will be closed as of 4:30 pm on Friday, December 21st 2018 for the winter holiday, and will reopen 8:30 am on Wednesday, January 2nd 2019.

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Changes Coming to Parent/Grandparent Sponsorships for the Beginning of 2019

Update: As of December 28, 2018, the Government has not yet announced the details of how they will accept online Expressions of Interest for parent/grandparent sponsorships and have also not indicated the date when they would start being accepted (other than saying that the program would open sometime in January 2019). At the end of August 2018, the Government of Canada announced that it would be making changes to its intake system for parent and grandparent sponsorship applications when the

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Changes to DUI laws may endanger immigration status

In October of 2018, Canada legalized the recreational use of marijuana (cannabis) for adults. The introduction of this legislation arrives with some significant changes to the penalties that may be imposed on those who commit offenses related not only to marijuana but to many driving related offences as well. Taking effect on December 18, 2018, one such change will see an increase in the maximum penalty for driving under the influence, or “DUI”, and it is this change that may

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