On 3 DEC 2020, Alastair was invited to Immigration Nation to answer questions on Canadian immigration laws and regulations. Mark Holthe has been providing very useful information for folks around the world and the focus of this interview was on our CIMM Testimony from 18 NOV 2020. Both Mark and Alastair gave testimony to the parliamentary committee based on our expertise and experience. You can view the entire 66 minute discussion on the Immigration Nation YouTube channel.
During the interview, folks from many countries participated including India, Brazil, Portugal and the United States. Here are some of the issues:
- How does IRCC make or amend or changes Canadian laws and/or policies?
- How are Spousal Sponsorships different from SCLPC Class applications?
- Why can’t Applicants in SCLPC Class applications appeal to the tribunal?
- How can I win a Spousal Sponsorship appeal at the IAD?
- What do I do if I have a COPR but I cannot come to Canada?
- How do I request an extension to IRCC?
- Draw predictions for future CEC draws for Express Entry?
- How many points are required for Express Entry applications?
- Where can I get help with my Spousal Sponsorship application?
- How is IRCC going to modernize and/or digitize the system?
- Why do even have paper-based applications?
- How has COVID19 impacted the system?
- Can applicants apply for a TRV while a Spousal Sponsorship is in process?
- Please explain dual intent per s22 of IRPA.
- Explain the new “fiancee visa” for getting authorization for applicants who are in “exclusive dating relationships”.
- Do you have examples of foreign nationals getting authorization to join their partners in Canada?
- How have MPNP applicants been affected by COVID19?
- How do immigration lawyers deal with bad Google reviews?
- How do lawyers protect themselves from fraud?
- What happens when agents imposter a lawyer?
- Can I submit expired Police Clearance Certificates to IRCC?
For information or answers to any of the above points, please watch the Immigration Nation interview. Mark has built a legal practice based on giving free information on his website for general questions. Please note, however, that he does not provide specific legal advice and he will advise that individuals need to book a consultation for a one-on-one conversation to discuss the details of the particular case.
Immigration Nation is a great resource for folks around the world who are interested in learning about Canadian immigration law. It was an honour and privilege for Alastair to be interviewed on this YouTube channel and talk about the issues above.