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Restrictions now prevent most non-essential or discretionary travel to Canada

January 20, 2021

Dear Mr Brown: I have a visitor's visa for Canada but I want to know whether I can travel to Canada at this time. I heard that some people are being turned back at the airport. I want to know if this is true, as my visa is valid until 2025. – more

A vaccine will not prevent you from mandatory quarantine in Canada

January 13, 2021

Dear Mr Brown: I was wondering if one obtained the coronavirus vaccine whether they would still have to quarantine when travelling to Canada. – CM   Dear CM: At this time, proof of having a vaccine will not replace a negative test result. more

'I believe he married me for the sole purpose of acquiring citizenship status'

December 30, 2020

Dear Mr Brown: I am a Canadian who married and sponsored a Jamaican for permanent residency. Everything was fine for the first few months, but we started having disagreements and I believe he really married me for the sole purpose of acquiring citiz more

Lambton College scholarship programme

December 16, 2020

Dear Mr Brown, I am interested in studying in Canada. I saw that you are the agent of the top colleges for Jamaican students. I would like to know about the best scholarship opportunities at the schools. — MIL   Dear MIL Lambton College ha more

Over 30 and want to study, work in Canada?

December 9, 2020

Dear Mr Brown, I am a professional woman in my mid-30s. I am wondering if I can participate in the study and work programme for Canada. I have had friends (in their 20s) who were helped by you to study at a school in Toronto in 2019. — JM   more

Canada's permanent resident application approvals plummet

December 2, 2020

Dear Mr Brown,I was recently refused a study permit for Canada after a very long processing time. A few of my friends are complaining about the same thing. Could you please give us some insight about what may account for the long wait time? I know th more

Toronto lockdown

November 25, 2020

Dear Mr Brown,I am thinking about visiting my wife for Christmas. I am wondering what your advice would be. Thank you again for helping us with her applications for school, study permit and our visas.— BM Dear BM:You are most welcome. However, more

Travellers required to self-report with

November 18, 2020

Dear Mr Brown, I will be travelling to Canada to start classes, however, I have been hearing about the need to register to be able to enter Canada due to COVID-19. Please tell me about the process. — TJ Dear TJ: As of November 21, 2020, th more

Easier for foreigners in Canada to become permanent residents

November 11, 2020

Dear Mr Brown, I heard that immigration is down this year and that there were a lot of refusals for study permits. I am wondering if things will get back to normal, as several of my friends have migrated to Canada through studies, with your assistan more

Can a gay or bisexual man sponsor his girlfriend?

November 4, 2020

Dear Mr Brown, I am a bisexual man who recently migrated to Canada. I was granted asylum based on my sexual orientation. I would now like to file for my girlfriend to join me in Canada, but I wonder if this can work since I stated I was gay on the p more

Canada updates COVID-19 travel exemptions for int'l students

October 28, 2020

Dear Mr Brown, Thank you for assisting me with my school admission and study permit. When will I be able to travel to Canada to study there in person? How is Canada doing with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic?  — CM  Dear CM: Immigration, R more

How bad is the COVID-19 situation in Canada?

October 21, 2020

Dear Mr Brown, I am planning to visit my wife who you helped to enrol at Humber College last year. I am wondering if you think I will be able to go there soon and what the state of the COVID-19 pandemic is in Ontario. Is it as bad as Jamaica, in ter more

Can my family members travel to Canada with me?

October 14, 2020

Dear Mr Brown, I received my study permit as you may recall, (thank you for your help). However, I want my family to travel with me. They already have their visas from two years ago, and I do not intend for them to stay with me. My studies begin in more

Alarming trend of Canadian study permit refusal amid COVID-19

September 30, 2020

Dear Mr Brown, I hope you are well. I am currently in Jamaica and enrolled in online classes at a college in Canada. I am wondering why it took so long to get a response from the Canadian High Commission, as I submitted a study permit application in more

Opportunities for black entrepreneurs in Canada

September 23, 2020

Dear Mr Brown, I would like to study business in Canada next year, as I know the country's borders and colleges are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I also want to know whether you think that there are opportunities for me in Canada as more

Canadian permanent residence route as an entrepreneur

September 16, 2020

Dear Mr Brown: I am currently finishing up my final term of study in Toronto. Thank you for your assistance. However, I want to know what I can do if I do not get the skilled work experience for a year after graduating from the college. My area of s more

Visitors can now apply for work permit in Canada, but...

September 9, 2020

Dear Mr Brown, I heard that people can now apply for a work permit from within Canada. I want to know if this is true. I thought we would have to apply from here in Jamaica. — DD   Dear DD: The Government of Canada has introduced a tempora more

Some int'l students not exempt from Canada's travel restrictions

September 2, 2020

Dear Mr Brown,What would happen if online classes continue for a protracted period? I heard that online studies will make one ineligible for a postgraduate work permit. I wonder if I can still apply for permanent residence without it. I am worried ab more

Wait and see if Canada's immigration downturn shifts

August 26, 2020

Dear Mr Brown, With the borders closed, do you think that immigration will soon pick up again since the worst seems to be over with the COVID-19 pandemic? — AM   Dear AM: The effects of the pandemic are causing a backlog of immigration app more

How to migrate to Canada if self-employed

August 19, 2020

Dear Mr Brown: I am an aspiring musician and artist. However, things are not really going well with me right now as tourism, entertainment and events are not happening due to COVID-19. I would like to know if musicians and performers can migrate to more

Any attempt to ban dreadlocks in Canada would be absurd

August 12, 2020

Dear Mr Brown, I would like to know if any of the Canadian colleges that you represent have any policy against dreadlocks. I am not a Rastafarian, but I have locks. I want to know if the constitutional laws of Canada are similar to Jamaica.  — more

Canadian study visa approval does not mean you can travel now

August 5, 2020

Dear Mr Brown, My study permit was granted and I would like to thank you for your assistance. Based on all that's going on with COVID-19 and Canada's travel ban, when will I be able to travel to Canada to begin my programme, which starts in Septembe more

More emphasis on remote work post-COVID-19

July 29, 2020

Dear Mr Brown, What do you think will be the new trend following the impact of COVID-19 in Canada? I have a background in information technology and I wish to migrate to Canada. I am wondering if you have any advice. I think COVID-19 will remain and more

Canada's two-stage study permit approval process

July 22, 2020

Dear Mr Brown, I heard about an approval in principle, regarding the study permit. I am wondering when we will receive it for studies in September. — MD   Dear MD: The Canadian Government and Immigration Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (I more

When will immigration to Canada return to pre-COVID-19 levels?

July 15, 2020

Dear Mr Brown, I know that immigration to Canada has fallen because of COVID-19. I want to know whether you think this will be a permanent trend or do you think immigration will increase to normal levels when this is all over. I heard the unemployme more

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