Reis Pagtakhan
Untangling the Law

by Reis Pagtakhan
reis@filipinojournal.com

Small Errors Equal Big Immigration Problems

Small Errors Equal Big Immigration Problems

Reis Pagtakhan

Although the individual filling in an immigration application may be completely honest and truthful, it is still possible that a clerical error on a piece of important information could cost that individual their visa.

Read More »
Changes to the Age of Dependency: How Young is too Young?

Changes to the Age of Dependency: How Young is too Young?

Reis Pagtakhan

Late last month, Citizenship and Immigration Canada imposed changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations including reducing the age of dependent children from under 22 to less than19 years of age. These changes

Read More »
Spousal Sponsorship Residency Rules: The Double-Edged Sword

Spousal Sponsorship Residency Rules: The Double-Edged Sword

Reis Pagtakhan

When submitting an application to sponsor your spouse to come to Canada, there are specific conditions that must be met. If the sponsor is a Canadian permanent resident rather than a Canadian citizen, it

Read More »
An Immigration Application Refusal is just a Phone Call Away

An Immigration Application Refusal is just a Phone Call Away

Reis Pagtakhan

As with any immigration application, taking the necessary precautions to ensure that you are not misrepresenting yourself should be at the top of your priorities. But what about situations in which you believe you

Read More »
In an Immigration Application, Documents are More Important than Words

In an Immigration Application, Documents are More Important than Words

Reis Pagtakhan

Where do immigration officers draw the line between verifying what is true in an immigration application, and violating the rights of the applicant? If officers believe that false or erroneous information has been included

Read More »
Appealing an immigration decision? You may only get one chance

Appealing an immigration decision? You may only get one chance

Reis Pagtakhan

“Marriages of convenience” or “marriage fraud” is not a new concern for Citizenship and Immigration Canada. When an individual files an application to sponsor their spouse and the application is refused because Citizenship and

Read More »
Online Processing at the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program

Online Processing at the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program

Reis Pagtakhan

Since July 2011, the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program has been offering an online application process for their priority immigration streams. This year, all applications to Manitoba will be accessible for online processing. Individuals looking

Read More »
Immigrating with a Criminal Record:  Is Criminal Rehabilitation Automatic?

Immigrating with a Criminal Record: Is Criminal Rehabilitation Automatic?

Reis Pagtakhan

Under Canadian law, foreign nationals who have been convicted of certain crimes outside of Canada can be barred from entering Canada because of “criminal inadmissibility”. In many circumstances, individuals can have their criminal records

Read More »
Can You Have a Marriage of Convenience in Provincial Nominee Applications?

Can You Have a Marriage of Convenience in Provincial Nominee Applications?

Reis Pagtakhan

Under immigration law, Canadian citizens or permanent residents who marry or enter into a common-law relationships with someone outside of the country must prove their relationship is genuine and was not entered primarily for

Read More »