Changes to the residency requirement for grants of citizenship now in force

August 02, 2015 - by: Thora Sigurdson 0 COMMENTS

by Thora A. Sigurdson

On June 11, the sections of the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act dealing with the residence requirements for citizenship came into effect. These sections apply to individuals who have obtained permanent resident status in Canada and want to apply for Canadian citizenship. In general terms, it will take longer and require a clearer commitment to residing in Canada to become a citizen of Canada. read more…

New work permit requirements apply whether employer is in Canada or U.S.

May 10, 2015 - by: Gilda Villaran 0 COMMENTS

by Gilda Villaran

Employers whose employees must apply for a work permit or extension in order to work in Canada should be aware of a new compliance form and fee that they must submit before the person applies for the work permit. This came into effect February 21. Ports of entry into Canada may refuse to issue the work permits if the employer’s form and fee have not been submitted in advance. read more…

New express entry system introduced by CIC: What employers should know

February 15, 2015 - by: Isabelle Dongier 0 COMMENTS

by Isabelle Dongier

As of January 1, 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) implemented its new electronic Express Entry (EE) system, which must now be used by potential applicants for permanent residence under certain economic immigration programs. These programs include the Canada Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Program, the Federal Skilled Trades (FST) Program, and the Provincial Nominee Program in participating provinces. (At the moment, Quebec does not use the Express Entry System but rather selects its own skilled workers.) read more…

Compliance framework is proposed for Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program

December 14, 2014 - by: Thora Sigurdson 0 COMMENTS

by Thora Sigurdson

In June 2014, the Canadian government introduced changes to the country’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). These changes were intended to make it more difficult and expensive for Canadian employers to hire temporary foreign workers (TFWs), thereby encouraging employers to search within Canadian borders to staff their workforce. While the changes to the TFWP have largely been deemed to be “successful,” the new proposed compliance framework is raising some concerns. read more…

Transitioning to the new temporary foreign worker rules

September 21, 2014 - by: Gilda Villaran 0 COMMENTS

by Gilda Villaran

There have been many changes to Canada’s immigration program in the past two years. The result? Hiring temporary foreign workers in Canada is more complex than ever before. read more…

Putting Canadians first: overhaul of the temporary foreign worker program

July 20, 2014 - by: Isabelle Dongier 0 COMMENTS

By Isabelle Dongier

As we have repeatedly reported, there have been many changes to Canada’s immigration program in the past 18 months. Amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations were introduced in December 2013 to make it tougher and more costly for Canadian employers to hire foreign workers. read more…

Canada’s temporary foreign worker program: new emphasis on enforcement

May 18, 2014 - by: Thora Sigurdson 0 COMMENTS

By Thora Sigurdson

As we reported earlier, in response to increasing concerns about the Canadian Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Employment and Skills Development Canada (ESDC) have stepped up enforcement. read more…

More rigorous regime for employers of temporary foreign workers

March 02, 2014 - by: Gilda Villaran 0 COMMENTS

By Gilda Villaran

As we have repeatedly reported, there have been many changes to Canada’s immigration program in the past year. So many, in fact, that it has been hard to keep track of all the new legislative and regulatory amendments and new administrative measures.

Yet another important change to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program came into effect on December 31, 2013 — one that can’t be overlooked by employers of temporary foreign workers. This is the amendment of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations. read more…

Canada’s temporary foreign worker program set to change

May 19, 2013 - by: Thora Sigurdson 1 COMMENTS

By Thora A. Sigurdson

Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) has been under fire of late. Temporary foreign workers sued Denny’s. Latin American tunnel diggers brought a human rights complaint against SELI. A British Columbia union complained that miners from China were taking jobs in northern B.C. And the Royal Bank’s decision to contract out received a lot of media attention. The Canadian government has responded by making seven changes to the TFWP.

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Bridging work permits for those awaiting permanent residence in Canada – finally!

April 14, 2013 - by: Gilda Villaran 1 COMMENTS

By Gilda Villaran

Immigration Canada announced a new policy on December 15, 2012, that allows for bridging work permits. Foreign nationals who are currently working in Canada and have applied for permanent residence (under certain programs) can now apply for such a permit. This will allow them to stay and work until their permanent residence application is finalized. read more…

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