“Commitment” - This is one word sums up Evelyn Ackah and her team. The last few years Canadian immigration policies have been a moving target. Throughout this period Ackah Law focused to provide reliable and exceptional service.
Thanks for your consistency and concern. I did receive the PR card 2 weeks ago. Thanks so much to you and your firm for your support on this important step on my professional career and personal life.
Forbes Bros. Ltd. chose Ackah law as our immigration specialist for several reasons:
1. Competence: As immigration, permanent residency and the temporary Foreign worker program are necessary to our business we are not in a position to use a less than fully qualified service provider on these files.
2. Responsiveness: When you are dealing with the lives of people, there is nothing more important to that individual at that moment than his or her immigration issues, responsiveness to this, and an appreciation of the employee’s position is key.
3. Attitude: The thing I like best about Ackah law is the attitude and can-do spirit of the staff. Evelyn and her team show us what a small group of dedicated individuals can do. IT is the first time in a long time that I didn’t feel like a billable hour in a lawyers office.
Doug Elniski, Vice President - Human Resources
Efficiency, accuracy and availability, these are the words that best describe the service we received from the Ackah team!
In production, tight deadlines and last-minute changes are part of our daily routine. Evelyn Ackah’s team was able to meet all of our requirements and needs in assisting our actors and production team in foreign countries, with no worries. A peace-of-mind greatly appreciated!
I would not hesitate to recommend Evelyn Ackah’s team to anyone in the field requiring this type of service.
The team from Quatre Zero Un, Montreal
You are one of the most professional people I have had the pleasure of working with and I hold you in the highest regard.
Peter Lyons, Business Manager
If you are someone who is about to head to Canada in order to work - whether temporarily or on a long-term project - you need to understand what is necessary in terms of required documentation. Work permits are usually required for almost any traveler heading to Canada to work. Essentially, you can assume that you will require a work permit if you become part of the Canadian labour market for a length of time. Contact us today at (403) 452-9515 Ext. 107 or 1-800-932-1190 or email us directly.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), formerly Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) do have a very clear set of definitions about "business visitors" and whether or not you qualify. If you are concerned or confused, you will want to discuss that with a legal expert as you begin to put together the various documents required for working and visiting Canada.
In addition to the work permit, however, you may also be in need of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). This is something that all employers who intend to hire foreign national workers must obtain. It is issued from Employment and Social Development Canada Service (ESDC) and when it is completed, it must be "positive" or the employer cannot hire a foreign national for the specific position. A positive LMIA tells IRCC/CIC that the entry of a temporary foreign worker in the position named will create either a positive or neutral effect on the Canadian labour market.
Some jobs require an LMIA in order for a permit to be issued, however some jobs are entirely exempt of the need for the LMIA.
According to IRCC/CIC, employers who hire qualifying foreign workers through the "International Mobility Programs" will not require an LMIA. Many of those programs are the different "trade agreements" that Canada has created with other countries. The list of workers exempt from LMIA is limited and all of the workers will require a work permit before entering the Canadian labour market.
This is a complex matter and not one to make any assumptions about. The LMIA can take time and greatly lengthen your work permit application time. It is fully recommended that you speak with an expert if you are unclear about your situation.
The LMIA is a wise part of the work permit and temporary workers situation, but it can be confusing. Be sure you understand your requirements as you begin to put together your work permit application.
Contact us today at (403) 452-9515 Ext. 107 or 1-800-932-1190 or email us directly.