Original Content vs. News Feeds in Immigration Blogs and Twitter

Many of you may have noticed that we don’t link to immigration news feeds. On occasion we link to immigration news stories published online but we never just “link and leave”.
Anyone can do that. Without naming names, we have observed a proliferation of blogs and twitter accounts simply linking to news stories about immigration. True […]
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Unpaid Welfare bill prevents man from Sponsoring his new Wife

A man who divorced his first wife years ago and re-married in 2006 cannot sponsor his new wife because he’s on the hook for his ex-wife’s welfare bill, totaling almost $ 30,000.
Ignatius Seffalaar is a baker in Saskatchewan and a Canadian citizen originally from the Netherlands. A frequent traveler for occupational reasons, he met and married […]
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US Candidate disputes knowing that her housekeeper was illegal in the US

A United States nominee for Governor of California, who has staunch views on denying benefits for illegal immigrants, has been found to have hired an illegal immigrant as her housekeeper from 2000 to 2009
Meg Whitman, a Republican candidate, has stated that she was previously unaware of her housekeeper’s status in the US because the housekeeper […]
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George Galloway to sue Canadian Immigration Minister

George Galloway, a former member of the British Parliament who was refused entry to Canada for a year-and-a-half has announced he is planning on suing Canadian Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney as well as the Canadian government for damaging his reputation.
Galloway was active in British Parliament and is known for his opinions on […]
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New Canadian immigration program expansion for newcomers

Last week, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced a new program intended to provide new immigrants with ways to get temporary work experience relevant to their occupational fields.
These work placements will be within the Federal government in order to help newcomers have a smoother transition into the Canadian workforce.
“Newcomers are key to building […]
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New US Visa fee to be introduced for British Nationals

he United States Department of Homeland Security has announced that British travelers will be charged a fee related to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, or ESTA.

As of the 9th of September, British visitors will have to pay US$14 to apply to ESTA. This fee is used to promote tourism to the United States as well as to cover processing fees.

While the application can take as many as 72 hours to be approved, the online system usually hands out approvals within minutes.

The ESTA visa is a web-based program that allows the United States government to review applications before the person boards a plane headed for the United States. Approval must be given to the person at least three days before they leave, and is mandatory for all countries that are listed under the Visa Waiver Program. An ESTA approval allows visitors to come to the United States, but is not a visa itself and does not guarantee a person will be able to enter. ESTA approvals are valid for two years and for multiple entries into the United States, but each trip can only be 90 days long in duration. There is no minimum requirement for time between trips.

Even though most ESTA approvals last two years, visitors to the United States must get a new ESTA approval if they have gotten a new passport, have changed their name or gender, changed their country of citizenship or have been convicted of a crime or developed a contagious disease.

Because an improperly filled out or erroneous ESTA application can result in a traveler not being able to travel to the United States and can severely impact travel plans, it’s make sure your documents are in complete order before making the trip.

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This is the first post of many.  Let us know if you have specific immigration question and we’ll try to answer in on our blog.

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