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Immigration Update

Express Entry

Today, November 13th 2019, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued another round of invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system. IRCC issued a total of 3,600 invitations. The minimum score selected in today’s draw was 472. While this is a slight decrease from the previous draw on October 30th 2019, where the minimum score selected was 475, it remains one of the highest draws we have seen in the 2019 year.

This is the 23rd Express Entry draw held in the 2019 year to date. IRCC indicates there are 14,180 applicants in the pool with scores between 451-600 as of November 8th 2019. We anticipate that scores will remain competitive.

Birth Tourism: The Sledgehammer Solution

BARTLAW LLP authored an article for The Lawyers’ Daily about birth tourism in Canada and concluded that eliminating birthright citizenship in Canada would increase the risk of more children being born stateless, should a child be born to non-resident parents who are unable to confer their respective citizenship through descent. This would result in a relegation of Canada’s international obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, and the general principle contained therein that member states should aim to avoid and reduce statelessness, especially amongst children.

A link to the article is available here:

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