Guidy Mamann

Deaf boy's treatment not enough for visa officer

Should a family be denied permanent residence to Canada because they have a young boy who is deaf, even after the child has been fitted with a cochlear implant?This is the question the Federal Court of Canada was recently asked to address after the Canadian consulate in Buffalo rejected the...

Monday, January 16, 2012, 5:34 PM

A very sour ending to a sponsorship

When Charles decided to sponsor his parents to Canada, he never imagined it would turn out this way. He is close to his parents and they visit him here often since they don’t require a visa to enter Canada.In 2004, and long before his children were born, Charles thought it wise to begin the lengthy...

Monday, August 22, 2011, 8:30 PM

Feds asking tough questions about the future of immigration

Federal Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is asking some pretty tough questions about the future of Canada’s immigration program.On July 12, he launched a national consultation in Calgary on the levels and mix of immigrants that Canada should be accepting in the coming years. He will travel to meet...

Monday, July 18, 2011, 8:30 PM

Should a DUI conviction keep newcomers out of Canada?

It seems the time has come for Canada to review its ban on foreigners convicted of impaired driving.Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website describes our rule rather succinctly: “If you have been convicted of driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, you will probably be found criminally...

Monday, July 11, 2011, 8:30 PM

Tories make changes to humanitarian policy

Canada’s humanitarian and compassionate policy has just been completely rewritten in a new chapter in Canada’s immigration manual.On April 1 our immigration department published its newest version of chapter “IP-5,” which instructs immigration officers and officials how to assess and dispose of...

Monday, May 16, 2011, 8:30 PM

Poison pen letters come out of the shadows

The poison pen letter is frequently the weapon of choice for those who wish to sabotage someone’s immigration application.They’re often sent to immigration officials by a person who was once close to the applicant, such as a friend, relative, employer, or co-worker. Circumstances have since changed...

Monday, March 28, 2011, 8:30 PM

Tory immigration record is sorely lacking

In last week’s column I wrote about Canada’s immigration record in the wake of Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s announcement that the Conservative government had set a 50-year record in 2010 by admitting 280,636 new immigrants to Canada. While that number is impressive, there are other aspects...

Monday, March 7, 2011, 8:30 PM

Which party is the more 'pro-immigrant'

Who is more “pro-immigrant” – the Liberals or the Conservatives?Let’s look at the overall numbers.For the past 20 years, Canada has received an average of about 234,000 new permanent residents per year. Between 2001 and 2005, the Liberals brought in an average of 240,000 permanent residents per...

Monday, February 28, 2011, 8:30 PM

Missed connections with Ottawa

In the real world, when someone does not receive a response to an important email the fix is usually a simple matter…try again.When our immigration department doesn’t receive a response to an email, it can and will summarily refuse an application even though the applicant may not have received the...

Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 8:30 PM

Sometimes there's no choice but patience

I am currently at a loss. I am engaged to an attorney from a country in the Middle East. He enrolled in, and was accepted to, a four-month English language program at a Canadian university. I helped him apply for a study permit and sent him a notarized letter to present to the embassy stating that...

Monday, January 10, 2011, 8:30 PM

Act sooner than later for out-of-status partners

I’m a Canadian and engaged to a Jamaican who I met three years ago.His work permit expired one year ago. His application to extend his status as a visitor was denied in April. He was then told that he can apply for a pre-removal risk assessment and is still in Canada waiting on a response. We are...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 8:30 PM

Visa-exempt status for Taiwan is smart and overdue

Last week, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced that travellers from Taiwan will no longer need visitor’s visas to travel to Canada. How does our immigration department decide which countries will be exempted from our visa requirements and which won’t? First, there are the objective...

Monday, November 29, 2010, 8:30 PM

Canada needs to fix its immigrant investment program

Canada’s Immigrant Investor Program should be treated like the crown jewel of our annual immigration plan… but it’s not. You would think that Canadians would want at least ten, or perhaps fifteen, per cent of Canada’s newcomers to be chosen for their ability to transfer large amounts of money here...

Monday, November 15, 2010, 8:30 PM

Ottawa could learn a lesson from a tragic story

Captain Gustav Schroeder was a very courageous and righteous German.In 1939, he was the captain of the MS St. Louis when it set sail from Hamburg to the Americas with 937 refugees aboard, all but seven of whom were Jews fleeing death at the hands of the Nazis. Schroeder was committed to finding his...

Monday, October 25, 2010, 8:30 PM

Taxpayers bear the cost of work permit delays

Would you, the Canadian taxpayer, prefer to see refugee claimants in Canada work to support themselves and their family members or go on welfare at your expense?Silly question right?Of course, refugee claimants should, to the extent that they are able, provide for themselves and their families...

Monday, October 18, 2010, 8:30 PM

Debating anti-immigrant group would be good for Canada

I have often heard it said that if you saw how hot dogs were made you would probably never eat another one again. That’s why sausage manufacturers are not prone to inviting the public to witness the inner workings of their meat processing plants. The business, I am told, can be a bit ......

Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 10:30 AM

In Kenney versus Galloway, the smart money is on Kenney

Having landed safely on Canadian soil, George Galloway, the controversial former British MP, is threatening to sue Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney for “denying” him entry to Canada last spring when Galloway was planning to speak here about Middle East conflict and the war on...

Monday, October 4, 2010, 6:30 PM

Immigration lawyers... what are they good for?

When I checked my inbox this morning I found a very important email from an organization of immigration professionals which I belong to.In fact, this email is so crucial to my ability to practice immigration law that I forwarded it to all of my staff, saved it in our firm’s electronic address book...

Monday, September 27, 2010, 6:30 PM

Ottawa's handling of ‘Sun Sea’ Tamils just for show

In a democracy, it is not enough for laws to be interpreted fairly. They must also be applied and enforced fairly. Simply speaking, everyone should be treated the same.For example, if two people were to be found speeding, the government shouldn’t treat one more harshly than the other for political...

Monday, September 20, 2010, 6:30 PM

Do pot smokers have to get their heads checked?

Should a person who has used marijuana be required need to have their head examined?That is the question that arose this past summer when a lawyer in my office received a very unusual request from a Canadian visa post relating to the application for permanent residence of one of our clients.The...

Monday, September 13, 2010, 6:30 PM