Newsletter - November 18, 2015

18 November 2015

Hello from all of us at Ackah Business Immigration Law!  Welcome to the November edition of the Ackah Law Newsletter. 

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ACKAH LAW NEWS:

  • The Ackah Law team will be volunteering time to assist with preparing Syrian Refugee applications as a part of an initiative organized by the Canadian Bar Association.

IN THE NEWS

New Federal Government

Canada’s new Prime Minister has now been sworn in and Cabinet Ministers have been appointed.  The Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (replacing Citizenship and Immigration Canada), is John McCallum, who has extensive political experience.  He has been an MP since 2000 and served as a Cabinet Minister under Jean Chretien from 2002 to 2004 as well as serving as Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration.  Click here for further information.

The Minister for Employment, Workforce Development and Labour (replacing Employment and Social Development Canada) is MaryAnn Mihychuk. She served as Minister of Industry, Trade, and Mines and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs during her nine years as an MLA in the Manitoba government. Click here for further information.

During the election, the Liberal Party indicated that they would implement quite a few changes to Immigration, should they be elected to a majority government.  Outside of the pledge to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of the year, other proposed changes include:

  • Full restoration of the Interim Federal Health Program for refugees
  • Establishing an expert human rights panel for the determination of designated countries of origin
  • Nearly doubling the budget for family class immigration processing
  • Doubling the number of applications allowed each year for parents and grandparents to 10,000
  • Granting additional points under Express Entry for applicants with Canadian siblings
  • Returning the maximum age for dependants back to 22
  • Removing the two-year conditional status on sponsored spouses in a relationship with the sponsor for two years or less with no children in common; and
  • Working with provinces and territories to develop a system of regulated companies to hire caregivers. This will eliminate the need for families to navigate complex bureaucracy and protect the caregiver by giving them the ability to change employers through the company.

We will be closely monitoring all government announcements for upcoming changes that may affect immigration law and foreign worker issues and share them with you.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Text Released

The New Zealand Government has released the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership document.  This Agreement is not finalized, as it must be ratified by all member governments. There is some concern as to how the TPP may impact international mobility rights.

TPP details here

UPDATES IN IMMIGRATION LAW  

Labour Market Impact Assessment Exempt Employer Portal Arrives

As of October 26th, 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada is no longer accepting the three page IMM5802 Offer of Employment to a Foreign National Exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) form.  Employers are now required to submit the Offer of Employment through a new electronic system called the Employer Portal.  The same information previously required for the IMM5802 form is now required in the Employer Portal.  There are a few issues to be aware of:

  • There is only one Primary User permitted for the Employer Portal, however, the Primary User can permit Secondary Users 
  • All persons with access to the Employer Portal (Secondary Users as well as the Primary User) can access all the information for all candidates prior to their submission; and
  • To protect confidentiality, it may be best practice to permit only a human resources or senior management employee to access the portal.

If an employer has already provided a completed IMM5802 Offer of Employment to a Foreign National Exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) form to a foreign worker, the worker should submit a work permit application prior to November 21, 2015. If the foreign worker does not submit their application before this date, the employer must resubmit the Offer of Employment using the Employer Portal. More information can be found here.

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

As of March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to, or transit through Canada will require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions to this are US citizens and travelers in possession of a valid visa.  The eTA is applied for online and costs $7 and will be valid for ten years.  For more information on how to apply click here.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

Effective November 16, 2015, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (“OINP”) has paused accepting base stream applications until January 1, 2016.  Further information can be found here.

UPDATE ON EXPRESS ENTRY – RANKINGS

November 13, 2015 - Foreign Nationals (“FN”) who were assigned a total of 484 points or more under the CRS were provided an invitation to apply (“ITA”). The number of ITAs released was 1,506. Information here.

Please don’t keep our boutique immigration law firm a secret!  We are very appreciative of any referrals and recommendations you send our way. Thank you very much!

FROM ALL OF US AT ACKAH BUSINESS IMMIGRATION LAW

We hope that you have found this newsletter both helpful and informative. We look forward to hearing from you if you have any questions about the content. Please let us know how we may be of assistance and how you can leverage our expertise in helping to meet your business needs. Should you wish to discuss further the impact of any of the above-referenced policy changes, we encourage you to contact our office.

*Please note that this immigration newsletter has been created for informational purposes only and cannot be relied upon as legal advice.


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