Recent News and Updates

 December 12, 2018


 Changes to impaired driving law-Immigration Consequences




September 7, 2018


Canadian Immigration Update - September 2018


Australian ammendment.pdf 



August 10, 2018


USCIS updates Notice to Appear (NTA) guidance


US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new

policy memorandum  updating its Notice to Appear (NTA) policy.

The new guidance will permit USCIS to issue NTAs for a broader

range of cases, resulting in an expected increase in the number

of foreign nationals being subject to removal proceedings.


USCIS updates Notice to Appear (NTA) guidance.pdf




USCIS discretion to issues denials formally expanded


US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new policy

memorandum that empowers USCIS adjudicators to apply their discretion

as to whether to deny a petition or issue a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID)

without first issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE).


USCIS discretion to issues denials formally expanded.pdf




July 6, 2018


US Immigration Update - July 2018


US Supreme Court upholds travel ban.pdf




April 12, 2018


Canadian Immigration Update - April 2018


Canadian Immigration Authorities to Expand Use of Biometrics -.pdf



November 17, 2017


Canadian Immigration Update - November 2017


Immigration update- Canadian Immigration Levels. November 2017.pdf



June 26, 2017


Canadian Immigration Update - Summer 2017


GG Summer Newsletter - Canadian Citizenship Updates.pdf



May 4, 2017


Canadian Immigration Update - Spring 2017


May 4, 2017 - Immigration Update.pdf



April 19, 2017






January 31, 2017


 Recent developments following Trump's executive decision on immigration


 Recent developments following Trump's decision on immigration.pdf




January 26, 2017


Inadmissibility Canada ?





January 3, 2017


Guberman Garson LLP Opens Vancouver Office





December 22, 2016








 December 5, 2016


IRCC'S new Global Skills Strategy


Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum announced the

focus of Canada's Global Skills Strategy on November 30, 2016. The Global Skills

Strategy will help the processing of highly qualified talent from around the world to


We anticipate the program will be implemented in 2017. The Global Skills Strategy will:


  • Establish two-week standard for processing visas and work permits for low-risk,

     high-skill talent for companies in Canada;

  • Create a dedicated center for companies looking to make large, job-creating

     investments in Canada; and

  • Eliminate the work permit requirement for very short-term work - 30 days or less

     in low-risk fields. Brief academic stays would also be eligible.



December 5, 2016


DHS Publishes Long-Awaited Rule to Improve Employment-Based Immigration

Process for Select Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visa Categories


On November 18, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHST) published its

long-awaited final rule aimed at improving aspects of several employment-based

immigrant and nonimmigrant visa classifications.


 DEC16- DHS Publishes Long-Awaited Rule to Improve Employment-Based Immigration.pdf



November 21, 2016


Join us for a live immigration update telephone conference on Thursday,

December 1st, 2016 at 1:00PM EST.


Immigration Update- November 2016 - Teleconference EE CETA.pdf




November 4, 2016


CBP launches EVUS for Chinese travelers to the United States

Starting November 29, 2016, all Chinese travelers holding a 10-year US

B1/B2 visa must enroll in the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS)

prior to obtaining a boarding pass or entering through a land port of entry. 


 CBP launches EVUS for Chinese travelers.pdf



November 4, 2016


Federal Government announces measures to facilitate entry of foreign workers

The federal government has recently announced its intention to take measures to

facilitate the entry of certain foreign workers into Canada.


 Federal Govt. Announcement.pdf



October 25, 2016


October 19, 2016 – Express Entry Results

The October 19, 2016 Express Entry draw resulted in the issuance of 1804

Invitations to Apply. This is the most ITAs issued since the inception of

Express Entry in January 2015.  The minimum Comprehensive Ranking

Score was 475. Attached please find a chart tracing and comparing

all draws to date.





September 23, 2016


Changes for entry to Canada for dual Canadian citizens

 Changes for entry to Canada for dual Canadian citizens.pdf




August 11, 2016


4 lawyers from Guberman Garson LLP  listed in the

11th edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 in the field of Immigration Law


2017 Best Lawyers_GGS.pdf 



August 2, 2016


Introducing mandatory electronic travel authorization (eTA)

With the increased securitization of the world’s borders, Canada has introduced

a new mandatory entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals. Canada’s

new Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)entry requirement will become mandatory

beginning September 29, 2016.


Immigration Update- eTA.pdf



July 5, 2016


Apply for Permanent Residency under Quebec's Immigrant Investor Program





June 29, 2016


Welcome to the Guberman Garson Segal LLP Immigration Update. Our goal is to

provide you with on-going information relating to immigration issues.





May 12, 2016


Raising the age of dependency

The Liberal government has said that they will be taking steps to return the age of

dependency for accompanying children to 22 years old.

May 2015 Guberman Garson Segal Newsletter.pdf 



March 24, 2016


International Mobility Program, Mobilité Francophone Stream

On June 1, 2016, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada will be introducing

a new program under the International Mobility Program to encourage francophone

speakers who are in skilled positions to settle in communities outside of Quebec.




March 18, 2016


E-Passport required for Visa Waiver Program Travelers Starting April 1, 2016

As our firm previously reported in an earlier update, as part of the enhanced security

measures enacted in December 2015, all Visa Waiver Program (VWP) travelers must

present an e-Passport when applying for admission into the United States. An

e-passport contains an electronic chip that is machine readable and contains

information such as biographic data. E-Passports also display an international

e-Passport symbol on the front cover.


All VWP travelers should ensure their passport meets the new e-Passport requirements

for travel to the United States after March 1, 2016. If not, the traveler may need to

obtain a new e-passport prior to travel or obtain a visitor visa from a U.S. Consulate

or Embassy abroad. 



March 7, 2016

Law Times " Tough Penalties for Foreign Worker Program Violators"

See the attached article for Joel Guberman's comments on this topic.

Penalties for FWP Violators.pdf



January 25, 2016


Changes to U.S. Waiver Program taking effect on January 21, 2016 

On January 21, 2016, the U.S. began implementing changes to the Visa Waiver

Program (VWP) to align with the travel restrictions established by the Visa

Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act).

 U S Begins Implementing Changes to Visa Waiver Program.pdf



January 15, 2016


Increase in H-1B and L-1 Fees for Certain Employers

On Tuesday January 12, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued

an alert notifying stakeholders that increased H-1B and L-1 petition fees will apply

to certain employers who habitually utilize these nonimmigrant categories.

January 2016 - Increased Fees.pdf



December 18, 2015


The U.S. House of Representatives passed the FY2016 Omnibus spending

bill which imposes restrictions on the Visa Waiver Program.

The U.S. Senate is  expected to pass the bill shortly. Click here for more

information on the proposed changes to the Visa Waiver Program.

 U.S. Visa Waiver Program.pdf 


 December 1, 2015


Administrative Monetary Penalty and Employer Compliance Highlights

On December 1, 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada implemented new Administrative Monetary Penalties and a stricter Employer Compliance regime. Employers that are in violation of conditions imposed on an issued work permit maybe subject to penalties that range from fines to bans depending upon the severity of the infraction.





November 12, 2015


 Special Announcement

 November 12 2015 - Who'sWhoLegalAnnouncement.pdf



Immigration Update


October 20, 2015


Starting October 26, 2015, CIC is introducing a new electronic system, the Employer Portal. This process will replace the IMM 5802 Offer of Employment to a Foreign National Exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment form that was filed in connection with any non-LMIA work permit application. For IMM 5802 forms that have already been submitted prior to October 26, 2015, a foreign worker may rely on that form up until November 21, 2015 in connection with a work permit application. If the work permit application is not filed before November 21, 2015, a new Offer of Employment will need to be submitted to the portal. Please contact your lawyer at Guberman Garson Segal for details.    



February 18,2015


2 significant changes for Temporary Foreign Workers will come into effect on February 21, 2015. On that date the Canadian government will be implementing an employer compliance fee of $230.00 for LMIA exempt temporary foreign workers and a $100.00 supplemental fee for open work permits.



Employer Compliance System and Fee

Effective February 21, 2015, there will be a new process in place for employers seeking to employ LMIA exempt foreign workers in Canada.  Employers who are exempt from the requirement to apply for an LMIA (most commonly NAFTA professionals and Intra Company Transferees) will need to submit information about their company, an Offer of Employment form and the employer compliance fee of $230.00 to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.  This fee is in addition to the $155.00 work permit fee.  Both information and the fee must be submitted prior to work permit issuance.



New Fee for Open Work Permit Applicants

Additionally, individuals seeking open work permits, such as post-graduate work permits and spousal work permits, will be required to pay a supplemental $100.00 fee at the same time as the $155.00 work permit fee.  



Citizenship and Immigration Canada Rationale for these Fees and Consequences of Non-Compliance 

CIC advises that the fees are being collected to offset the cost of "introducing robust employer compliance activities featuring inspections of thousands of employers".  Should an inspection find that an employer is non-compliant, the employer could face fines, a ban from hiring temporary foreign workers and criminal investigation and prosecution. 


December 9, 2014

Summary of Express Entry

On January 1, 2015, individuals seeking to apply for permanent residence in the Canada Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program or Federal Skilled Trade Program, as well as some Provincial Nominees, will be part of Citizenship and Immigration Canada's (CIC) new electronic permanent residence application management system called Express Entry. Click Download to read more.



May 12, 2014

Guberman Garson Segal LLP is a Top 5 Immigration Law Boutique

GUBERMAN, GARSON is proud to announce that, once again this year, our law  firm has been recognized by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as one of Canada's Top 5 Immigration Law Boutiques. Please see the attached for details or visit our Homepage.


January 14, 2014 

Recent Changes to Temporary Foreign Worker Process

Recent comments From immigration lawyer Lainie M. Appleby concerning changes to the LMO process



November 11, 2013

Changes to Canadian Experience Class Applications

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has made significant changes to improve the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) so that the program continues to attract top quality candidates.



August 12, 2013

Lainie Appleby comments on recent changes to the TFWP

Lainie M. Appleby noted that the recent changes to the federal Temporary Foreign Workers Program could dissuade many companies from considering it.



July 30, 2013

Continuing Strike of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers

The Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers is still on strike. PAFSO union members responsible for processing visa applications have been walking out of offices in Canada and overseas.



April 30, 2013

Lainie M. Appleby speaks out against the expansion of paralegal activities in Law Times News

Read the article by Yamri Taddese: "As law associations have begun welcoming them into their ranks, paralegals are yet again seeking to expand the scope of their practice in a new motion that's stirring up controversy ahead of its discussion at the Law Society of Upper Canada's annual general meeting in May."



November 6, 2012



With international relocation becoming an increasingly popular way for companies to explore the opportunities offered by global expansion, regulations in the area of corporate immigration are changing at a dizzying pace. Recent legislation concerned with encouraging innovation and development while maintaining economic safeguards has increased the regulatory requirements for businesses to enter the Canadian market, meaning that effective counsel from experienced lawyers is key…

Performing well, with three lawyers nominated, is Guberman Garson Segal LLP, a boutique firm providing a full range of immigration services. Its lawyers are considered "leading lights" in the field, with managing partner David Garson regarded as a "pre-eminent" practitioner for his work with a variety of industries, including engineering firms, technology companies and major retailers. Joel Guberman is rated by clients as an "honest, no-nonsense immigration lawyer" with over 25 years of experience. Heather Segal, a current director on the American Immigration Lawyers' Association board of governors, is also "widely recognized for her expertise".  

July 18, 2012

Guberman Garson Segal LLP Summer 2012 Newsletter

Check out the Guberman Garson Segal LLP Summer Newsletter for important information on the recent changes to the Canadian Immigration Process.



June 27, 2012

"Lawyer-judge feud mars refugee hearing"

Randy Hahn quoted in today's National Post. The article by Adrian Humphreys discusses an extreme example of emotions interfering with the legal process.


May 25, 2012

"Language skills the target of Canadian citizenship reform"

Lainie Appleby  is quoted in the National Post's article on the governments new process by which Canadian Citizenship applicants prove their English/French language proficiency.



May 18, 2012

"Provincial Immigration Role Increasing"

Randy Hahn writes as a guest for The Lawyers Weekly about the provincial government's increasing role in immigration policy.



April 2, 2012

Guberman Garson Segal LLP ranked as one of Canada's Top 5 Immigration Boutiques

Canadian Lawyer Magazine recently ranked Guberman Garson Segal LLP as one of Canada's top five business immigration law boutiques.



December 19, 2011

"Be Warned: 'Work' a 4-letter word at the border"

Joel Guberman writes as a guest commentator for Canadian HR Reporter. In his article "Be Warned: 'Work' a 4-letter word at the border," Joel discusses the misapplication and confusion around using the word 'work' at the Canadian-US border. Be sure to read this article for important tips for crossing the border on a business trip.



November 18, 2011

"IRS to force Canadian banks to report on U.S. customers"

Heather Segal talks to Yahoo Finance Canada about the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliant Act that will come into effect in 2014.  Read "IRS to force Canadian banks to report on U.S. customers" for more information about the new act and its implications for those with dual U.S./Canadian citizenship.



September 6, 2011

"Canada's Slow Processing of Foreign Work Permits Adversely Affects Employers"

David L.P. Garson talks to the Society of Human Resource Management.



June 20, 2011

"A Practical Guide to Provincial Nominee Programs in Canadian Immigration Law"

David L.P. Garson and Randy K. Hahn release their book on Canadian Immigration programs.



June 17, 2011

"How to Bring a Foreign Worker into Canada"

Randy K. Hahn presented at the Six Minute Employment Lawyer 2011.



August 26, 2014

Introducing Guberman Garson Segal LLP

Guberman Garson Segal LLP joins an independent immigration law firm allied with Deloitte to offer expanded immigration services.