Express Entry Program

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is expected to implement changes to three of the federal economic immigration programs on January 1, 2015, which may make the process of obtaining permanent resident status in Canada significantly more difficult for some applicants. A new program, dubbed Express Entry, will be implemented on that date and will affect […]

Parent and Grandparent Program Closed

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) opened up the parent and grandparent sponsorship program on January 2 for the first time since placing a hold on new applications in late 2011. While this may be good news for those wishing to bring their parents or grandparents to Canada, the 5,000 cap on new applications for 2014 […]

Citizens of the Czech Republic Now Visa Exempt

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) recently announced that citizens of the Czech Republic will no longer require temporary resident visas to come to Canada effective November 14, 2013. CIC had been requiring Czech citizens to obtain visas since July of 2009, citing concerns related to refugee claims. Those concerns have apparently now been addressed. Citizens of all countries require a temporary resident visa to visit […]

Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Reopening in January 2014

After being closed to new applicants for quite some time, the sponsorship program for parents and grandparents will reopen on January 2, 2014. The cap is fairly low, with only 5,000 applications to be accepted in 2014. This cap may be increased as Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) works through the massive backlog of old applications, […]


Welcome to the Watson Goepel LLP immigration blog. We are a mid size law firm located in Vancouver BC. Our immigration law practice is led by partner Celso Boscariol. We can help you with all your immigration needs and through this blog we hope to keep you up to date on the latest happenings and […]