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How would you feel if your application for a Canadian temporary resident visa was determined by an algorithm? What if an algorithm goes through your Facebook posts and Tweets to determine whether you are “risky” or “suspicious”? This is exactly what the federal government wants to do. While the use of AI is seemingly futuristic, Toronto-based immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery argues that this is unfair and unlawful. Recent research by the Citizen Lab and University of Toronto’s IHRP (International Human Rights Program) at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy found that the use of algorithms and AI is replacing and augmenting human decision making and is denying applicants their fundamental human rights. Canada started doing automated decision-making experiments in immigration determination process from 2014.…

Oct 9
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Government Should Scrap...

On 20th August 2018, the Trudeau government announced that it would be increasing the number of sponsorship applications it will accept in 2019 from the current 17,000 applications to 20,000 and it would be scrapping the unpopular lottery system which sees parents and grandparents sponsorship applications…

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Sep 5
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The First Australian Refugee...

Refugees are not common in developed countries like Australia. In one unusual case, a man named Steven Utah fled to Canada from his home country Australia claiming that a biker gang was out to kill him. More than a decade later, last fall, Utah was…

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Aug 3
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Illegal or Irregular? Debate...

According to a recent press release, immigrants who crossed the Canadian border seeking asylum were referred to as ‘illegal border crossers’. This is a term that has been heavily rebuked by the immigration minister Ahmed Hussen. He claims that asylum seekers shouldn’t be described like this.…

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Aug 3
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Immigrant Children Should be...

According to Toronto’s immigration lawyer, Matthew Jeffery, the government should stop the shameful act of detaining and imprisoning immigrant children. Even though the number of children detained in Canada has been dropping in recent years, the government should still take measures to ensure there’s no…

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Jul 16
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The Safe Third Country...

After making a statement in previous weeks claiming that he wouldn’t play politics on immigration matters, it came as a surprise that the Canadian Prime Minister, Juston Trudeau, condemned Trump’s zero-tolerance policy towards illegal immigrants in the US. The U.S president has put in place strict domestic…

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Jun 25
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Should Immigration Officers...

What constitutes a genuine relationship? The answer to this question will heavily depend on your culture. These cultural biases can prevent many people from making a subjective assessment and according to Matthew Jeffery, the immigration officials in Canada are quite guilty of this. The IRCC…

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May 23
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Government Amends...

The federal government has decided to reverse 40-year medical inadmissibility policies that prevented disabled would-be immigrants from coming to Canada, a move that was praised by Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery. The lawyer, who operates the immigration-focused Matthew Jeffery Barrister & Solicitor said that it…

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May 9
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Why Canada Should Welcome...

Matthew Jeffery, the founder of the Toronto-based Law Office of Matthew Jeffery and a reputable immigration lawyer, recently wrote an article titled “Canada should welcome skilled Dreamers” for the AdvocateDaily.com. In the article, it is Matthew’s view that Canada should take up those affected by…

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Mar 23
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The Study Permit Process is...

The process of applying to the International Student Program (ISP) can turn out to be difficult and unfair to prospective students. According to Matthew Jeffery, an immigration lawyer based in Toronto, the federal government has failed to allow applicants to effectively respond to credibility concerns…

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Jan 17
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Parents Sponsorship Program...

The Canadian federal government has put in commendable effort towards the improvement of the parent sponsorship program. This program is designed to help those who would wish to bring their parents or grandparents to Canada. Last year, a significant number of people applied but the…

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Dec 21
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The Federal Court Reconsiders...

57 Chinese immigrant applications were rejected because the applicants did not disclose that they had hired Flyaboard, a Beijing-based, immigration consultant firm that is not duly registered. All the 57 applications rejected by immigration officials on the grounds of misrepresentation. This was simply due to…

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