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Express Entry: A New Way of Attracting Skilled Immigrants

September 26, 2014
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

In January 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will launch Express Entry, changing the way that people apply for economic immigration.

For prospective immigrants, Express Entry will result in a more user-friendly experience. Those invited to apply for permanent residence will also benefit from faster processing.

These changes will also help employers by making it easier to find skilled international candidates for positions when they are unable to find qualified Canadians and permanent residents.

Register for this free online consultation, and find out how the new Express Entry system will work.

Details and registration

National Immigration Law Section Videos

The National Immigration Law Section developed a series of short videos to illustrate the complexity and potential risks that applicants may encounter when they engage the Canadian immigration system. These videos highlight the benefits of obtaining legal advice in advance of making an application and throughout the immigration process, and provide information about where and how to find qualified legal counsel.

To view the videos click here.

Founders' Award Winner

Dear members,

It is with great pride that we announce the winner of our first Founders’ Award: Erika Heinrich. The Founders' Award Committee had a number of strong applicants to consider, but selected Erika Heinrich as the winner of this year's award. Ms. Heinrich will prepare a paper discussing Bill C-31 and comparing it to Australia's mandatory detention policy and temporary protection visa program for refugee claimants who make unauthorized arrivals. Her paper was included in this year’s conference materials and she will receive the award at the 2014 CBA National Immigration Law Conference.

Congratulations to Erika Heinrich!

Mario Bellissimo, Chair of the National Immigration Law Section

CBA immigration lawyers lead pro bono service for Typhoon Haiyan victims

Lawyers in the CBA Immigration Law Section spearheaded an initiative to provide initial legal consultations and to prepare immigration applications without charge for those who have been significantly affected by Typhoon Haiyan. The CBA initiative is offered to fast-track new and existing immigration applications.

For more information, please visit the Initiative for Typhoon Haiyan website.

A National Post article can be found here

Join the National Immigration Law Section Listserv

Preamble and Moderator

The primary objective of the National Immigration Law listserv is to facilitate the sharing of information and ideas to assist members in their practices. It is recognized that the practice of citizenship and immigration law can at times be political by nature. However, in order to encourage full participation by all members, participants share a responsibility to be respectful of the broad diversity of opinions, personal backgrounds and practice areas of our members. Where possible, postings should be concise and repetition avoided. Participants are expected to balance the relevance and importance of any posting with its potential impact on other members. The integrity and effectiveness of the listserv is dependent on the professionalism and collegiality of all members.

The moderator for the National Immigration Law Section listserv is the Section’s Immediate Past Chair. You can find contact information for the Past Chair on the Contacts page.

The moderator does not censor or pre-vet individual postings, but rather is a mediator for disputes, an advisor for members who have questions about the appropriate use of the listserv, and a conduit for complaints which require further action by the CBA Chief Executive Officer or Executive Officers.  The moderator has no formal role in the complaint or appeal process but is available as a resource person for members and for the CBA.

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Professional Development

  • National 2015 Immigration Law Conference
    • May 2015 Ottawa, Ontario
    • Wondering what our conferences are like? Watch our video.

    • Missed a conference? See Citizenship and Immigration Section PD archive or purchase course materials through the CBA Store.



  • Meetings with ESDC, CBSA, Federal Court, 2014 (Ottawa, ON)
  • Meeting with CICIP, 2014 (Ottawa, ON)
  • Executive Committee Meeting, Fall 2014 (Ottawa, ON)



This Section's primary objectives are to:

  • maintain a dialogue with the Immigration and Refugee Board and to conduct continuing liaison with its senior officials;
  • discuss existing legislation and proposed legislative changes;
  • ensure that abuses in the enforcement and administration aspects of immigration are publicly voiced;
  • conduct continuing legal education seminars; and
  • enhance the professionalism of lawyers dealing in the area of immigration law.

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