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Criminal record checks expanded for students on practica

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In 2008, amendments to the Criminal Records Review Act (the “CRRA”) imposed an obligation on post-secondary institutions to ensure that students who would be working with children as part of a practicum that was a prerequisite to registration with the governing body of certain professions, underwent a criminal records check (a “CRRA Check”) prior to starting their practicum.

Since then, further amendments to the CRRA have expanded the scope of the Act to
include work with vulnerable adults and, perhaps more significantly, to include all
practica for which students receive academic credit
. The requirement is no longer
restricted to practica that are a prerequisite to registration with the governing body of certain professions.

Therefore all students participating in practica for which they receive academic credit,
and that involve working with children and/or vulnerable adults directly, or having or
potentially having unsupervised access to children and/or vulnerable adults (“Relevant
Practica”), must undergo a CRRA Check prior to participating in that practicum.

These amendments took effect as of January 1, 2012, so CRRA Checks for all students participating in Relevant Practica from January 1 onward must be carried out prior to the student’s participation in that practicum.

CIC increases sanctions on Iranian nationals

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The following is what visa posts and CIC offices is now telling Iranian nationals effective immediately:

“Effective November 21, 2011, Iranian nationals and persons residing in Iran may face restrictions in transferring funds to, or opening bank accounts with Canadian financial institutions. The text of Regulations amending the Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations, can be found at Regulations Amending the Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations. Persons affected by the sanctions on financial transactions, whether they are applicants for a visa or already in Canada, may apply for permits from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) that authorize specified activities or transactions that are otherwise prohibited under the sanctions. Exemptions to the sanctions can be found in section 5(d) of the amended Regulations.
Non-commercial amounts up to $40,000 are exempt from these restrictions, but this certainly complicates visa applications from Iran!

Do you think these sanctions will be effective in stopping Iran’s nuclear program? Are ordinary people being punished for their government’s policies?

Let us know what you think! And feel free to contact us with the details of your immigration file to see how Premier CIC’s immigration experts can help you!

CIC increases sanctions on Iranian nationals

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The following is what visa posts and CIC offices will be telling Iranian nationals effective immediately:

“Effective November 21, 2011, Iranian nationals and persons residing in Iran may face restrictions in transferring funds to, or opening bank accounts with Canadian financial institutions. The text of Regulations amending the Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations, can be found at Regulations Amending the Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations. Persons affected by the sanctions on financial transactions, whether they are applicants for a visa or already in Canada, may apply for permits from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) that authorize specified activities or transactions that are otherwise prohibited under the sanctions. Exemptions to the sanctions can be found in section 5(d) of the amended Regulations.