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Changes to the Alberta Provincial Nominee Program

November 3, 2017

Roxana LunguThe Government of Alberta recently announced that beginning January 2, 2018 all its economic class under the Alberta Provincial Nominee categories will be updated.  In accordance with the announcement made by the Alberta Provincial Immigration Nominee Program, the only available category for applicants will be “Alberta Opportunity Stream” which excludes self-employed farmers.  Further, in 2018, the AINP will be implementing intake and nomination guidelines that will establish the maximum number of applications accepted and nominations issued each year by the province, as well as maximum number of applications and nominations…

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This Week’s Success Story: Young Professional’s Work Permit Granted Within a Few Weeks

October 25, 2017

Michelle AtkinsonA young Engineer retained us to represent her with respect to a work permit under the International Experience Canada – Young professionals’ category. Since we had a tight deadline to provide all the supporting documentation and information after receiving the acceptance into the program, we prioritized our client’s application as well as worked with her potential employer in Canada to prepare and submit the work permit application. Such applications have many layers as they involve both the foreign national as well as the Canadian employer who has to submit an…

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Significant Benefit – Entrepreneur and self-employed Work Permits

October 16, 2017

Chi-Young LeeImmigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently made some clarifications with respect to the Canadian Interests – Significant benefit – Entrepreneurs and self-employed work permit category. This work permit category consists of two categories of candidates, temporary or permanent residents who wish to operate a business in Canada. Temporary resident Applicants Candidates who wish to work for themselves in Canada or to operate their own business on a temporary basis must show their business would generate “significant economic, social or cultural benefits or opportunities for Canadian citizens or permanent residents”….

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New Work Permit Options For EU Citizens (CETA)

September 25, 2017

Chi-Young LeeThe Canada-European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is a new trade agreement which covers all sectors and aspects of Canada-EU trade. Signed on October 30, 2016, the agreement has only recently come into force on September 21, 2017. The agreement includes provisions to facilitate temporary entry for contract service providers, independent professionals, intra-company transferees, short-term business visitors as well as investors without the need for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Contractual Services Suppliers and Independent Professionals:  Contractual services suppliers and independent professionals wishing to supply their…

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What is Implied Status?

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March 28, 2017

Jae-Yeon LimMany people have asked, “after my work permit expires, can I continue to work in Canada?” A: If a foreign worker has applied to extend his or her work permit before it expires and physically remains in Canada, then he or she may legally continue to work until the decision on the work permit application is rendered. Under section 186 (u) of Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations: A foreign national may work in Canada without a work permit […] (u) until a decision is made on an application made by…

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“Global Talent” Pilot Stream

March 13, 2017

Maria KogayOn 9 March 2017, Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development, and Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced a new “Global Talent” pilot stream for temporary foreign workers that will be launched on 12 June 2017. This program will facilitate companies in Canada to bring highly trained and skilled foreign nationals to Canada and create more Canadian jobs. The goal is to help innovative companies grow by ensuring they can access the highly skilled talent they need quickly. The new stream will let eligible…

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Common Visa Officer Errors in Work Permit Refusals

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February 8, 2017

Mario BellissimoHere are five common errors that we have encountered in challenging work permit refusals in cases that should not have been refused in the first place.  Work permits are issued pursuant to section 200 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR). Subject to certain exceptions, this provision states that an Officer shall issue a work permit to Applicants who meet the relevant requirements.  Exceptions are highlighted in subsection 200(3) of the IRPR. When an applicant submits a complete work permit application and an Officer relies upon a subjective opinion…

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Canada’s Fall 2016 Economic Statement May Lead to Faster Work Permits

November 14, 2016

Chris ColletteOn November 2nd, Finance Minister Bill Morneau released Canada’s Fall 2016 economic statement, which includes potential changes to the existing Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) work permit regime. Under the Global Skills Strategy proposal, visas and work permits for global talent could be processed within two weeks. This change would apply mainly to high-growth Canadian companies who can demonstrate benefits to the Canadian labour market such as increasing investments, knowledge transfer and Canadian job creation, as well as global companies making large investments, relocating to Canada, establishing new production…

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This Week’s Success Story: Work Permit Granted Despite Cumulative Duration Rule

September 14, 2016

Marisa MastrogiovanniWe assisted a client whose work permit was to expire and it appeared that he could not extend it due to the four-year limit. According to the cumulative duration rule introduced on 01 April 2011,  foreign workers in Canada (with some exceptions) can only work for four years, after which they have to wait four years in order to be granted another work permit.  Upon review of his matter, we discovered that he was unemployed for about one year during the four years, and as such, was entitled to an…

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Canada Says “Adios” to Visas for Mexico!

July 11, 2016

Chris ColletteTens of thousands of Mexican nationals visit, work, and study in Canada every year. However, getting into Canada has not always been a simple affair with visa requirements having changed on numerous occasions over the past decade. In July 2009, Canada introduced visa requirements on Mexican nationals owing in part to an increase in asylum claims and immigration violations during the years prior. Since that time, Mexican citizens seeking entry to Canada to visit, study, or work have required a visa. Five years later, in March 2014, former Minister of…

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