Reis Pagtakhan is an immigration lawyer with MLT Aikins in Winnipeg.
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Pathway to Canadian citizenship needed for all temporary foreign workers: Pagtakhan
This week's federal budget provided more details on the government's Global Skills Strategy, designed to attract top global talent to Canada. But as the rules around temporary foreign workers evolve, Canada risks leaving behind some potential citizens.
U.S. travel ban creates opportunity for Canada to attract skilled new workers
The U.S. is mired in confusing messages regarding the direction of its immigration policy, and Canada should look at this as an opportunity to attract the best and the brightest to this country, says immigration lawyer Reis Pagtakhan.
Parent and grandparent immigration lottery doesn't answer hard questions
In December, the federal government announced a number of "improvements" to the immigration system to strengthen family reunification. While these announcements are generally positive, two basic questions remain unanswered. First, are these improvements real or cosmetic? Second, and more importantly, should family reunification be a priority of our immigration system?
3 steps the government must take to regain control of immigration
It is time for the Canadian government to take back control of our immigration policy in a manner that protects Canadians, ensures our immigration policy is effective and also protects individuals fleeing persecution.
Fees a good start — but provincial nominee program needs more work
Premier Brian Pallister has announced some welcome changes to the province’s immigration strategy, including measures to match immigrants with jobs and to attract more entrepreneurs to Manitoba.
Head off Trump-style anti-immigrant politics by using economics to guide policy, lawyer urges
Last week's election of Donald Trump as president was, in part, a repudiation of U.S. immigration policies. To maintain the support of its citizens, Canada’s immigration policy should be, first and foremost, a tool for economic growth, Reis Pagtakhan writes.
Should immigrants be punished for the lies other people tell?
Most Canadians would agree that a person should not be punished for something another person does without their knowledge. However, in immigration law, a person can suffer serious, life-altering penalties for misrepresentations that occur without their knowledge.
What will immigrant values screening protect us from? 'Virtually nothing,' Reis Pagtakhan writes
Conservative leadership hopeful Kellie Leitch recently sent out a survey asking whether the federal government should screen potential immigrants and refugees for anti-Canadian values. Will screening newcomers for anti-Canadian values make the country safer?
Workforce must be focus of Canada's immigration system, lawyer says
From my point of view, the way to ensure that our immigration system meets the needs of Canada is to put the focus on recruiting the most talented economic immigrants, Reis Pagtakhan writes.
Temporary foreign worker program: 4 changes needed, Reis Pagtakhan says
Winnipeg immigration lawyer Reis Pagtakhan says there are four things about Canada's temporary foreign worker program that should change once a parliamentary committee finishes its review of the program.
New Manitoba government faces immigration questions, Reis Pagtakhan writes
With immigration one of the largest drivers of Manitoba's population growth, Ian Wishart, the new minister responsible for immigration in Manitoba, faces some tough questions.
Language requirement for citizenship unnecessary, Reis Pagtakhan writes
Should new immigrants to Canada have to speak English or French?
Canadian citizenship should have 2 tiers, Reis Pagtakhan says
There is nothing wrong with having one tier of Canadian citizenship for those convicted of terrorism, spying and treason, and one tier for every other citizen, Reis Pagtakhan says.
Letting Felipe Montoya's family stay in Canada is the right thing to do
The case of Felipe Montoya raises two questions: is it right to prevent individuals from immigrating to Canada because of a non-contagious medical condition, and is there a fairer way to deal with the situation? The answer to both questions is yes, writes Reis Pagtakhan.
Immigration Minister John McCallum questioned as he visits Winnipeg
Immigration Minister John McCallum gets a chance to explain his government’s recently announced shift in focus from job-ready immigrants to family immigrants and refugees when he addresses the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. Here are three questions immigration lawyer Reis Pagtakhan hopes the minister will answer.