Newsletter - November 2013

10 December 2013

Hello from all of us at Ackah Business Immigration Law.  We are sending our November newsletter with details on some unexpected changes to the Canadian Experience Permanent Residence category that may directly affect you or your temporary foreign worker employees.

UPDATES IN IMMIGRATION LAW:

Changes to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) category for Permanent Residence

On November 8, 2013, CIC announced changes to the Canadian Experience Class for PR that directly impacted six National Occupation Classification “(NOC”) Codes and removed them from eligibility for Permanent Residence under the CEC class.  These NOC Codes are: NOC 1221 (Administrative Officers), 1241 (Administrative Assistants), 1311 (Accounting Technicians and Bookkeepers), 6211 (Retail Sales Supervisors), 6311 (Food Service Supervisors) and 6322 (Cooks). This change now makes it increasingly challenging for those in the impacted NOC codes to qualify for permanent residence.

It is always surprising how CIC can make IMMEDIATE regulatory and policy changes that impact those with immigration applications about to be submitted. Please click here for further information.

Also announced with this recent change was that now there is a cap of 12,000 on the number of new CEC applications that will be accepted each year and a maximum cap of 200 complete applications for each occupation at Skill Level B using the 2011 version of the NOC. 

Employment Agency Business Licensing Regulation Places Burden on LMO Applicants

We recently had an experience with one of our corporate clients we assisted with the submission of an LMO application where the recruiter used by the client did not have an employment agency business license registration in accordance with the Alberta Employment Agency Business Licensing Regulation.  Despite prompt action on the part of the recruiter to obtain this licence and present it to Service Canada, while the application was still in process, Service Canada still denied the application.

 We urge any and all clients who work with external recruiters who conduct search and placement for employers operating in Alberta to ensure that they meet the requirements as set out in the Regulations and the Fair Trade Act as soon as possible and before an LMO application is submitted as it appears Service Canada is taking a very strong position regarding this issue.

For more information please click here.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Parent and Grandparent (PGP) program to Expand in 2014

 On October 29, 2013Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced CIC’s intention to reunite more families in 2014 by way of sponsorship of Parents and Grandparents.  The PGP re-opens on January 2, 2014, and Alexander also announced that the backlog of Parent and Grandparent (PGP) program applications will be greatly reduced.

This is good news for all our clients wishing to reunite with parents and grand parents; however, please note that there is new eligibility criteria for sponsors and a cap of 5,000 applications per year.  The cap is being put in place to allow for the elimination of the existing backlog and prevent future backlogs.

 Please click here for more information.

 Effects of Typhoon Haiyan on Canadian Immigration Processing

 We are deeply saddened by the effects of Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines and Vietnam on November 7th and 10th respectively.  The effect of this Typhoon on Canadian immigration processing has already been felt with increased delays and demands on Citizenship and Immigration Visa offices in both countries. In a statement made on November 14, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has said “Our government will continue to take action to support those impacted by the storm and we will work with our partners to ensure that support is provided to those who are significantly affected by this tragic event.”

Applicants living in the Philippines or Vietnam, who can demonstrate that they have been significantly and personally affected by the typhoon may alert the Canadian Visa Office in Manila at:

manila-im-enquiry@international.gc.ca

The Manila Visa Office, as well as the Manila and Cebu Visa Application Centers, remain open and fully functional.  Filipino citizens who are currently in Canada temporarily may apply to extend their stays.  CIC has promised that these extensions will be processed in a ‘compassionate and flexible manner’.  Applicants in Canada wishing to declare their applications as a priority should email:

situation-philippines@cic.gc.ca or call CIC’s dedicated hotline at 1-888-242-2100.

 FROM ALL OF US AT ACKAH BUSINESS IMMIGRATION LAW

 We hope that you have found this newsletter both helpful and informative.  Please let us know how we may be of assistance and how you can leverage our expertise in helping meet your business and staffing needs.  Should you wish to discuss further the impact of any of these changes, we encourage you to contact our office and speak with one of the members of the Ackah Law Team.

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


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