Newsletter - September 4, 2015

4 September 2015

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

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ACKAH LAW HAS MOVED!

Our new address is Suite 101, 1401 – 1st SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2G 2J3, Canada. Our phone and fax numbers remain the same.

UPCOMING IMMIGRATION WEBINAR

Navigating from Express Entry to Permanent Residency: Critical Risk and Compliance Issues

Presented by Evelyn Ackah, Ackah Business Immigration Law – September 28, 2015 12 – 1:30 EST

Information and registration details: http://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=NA_ARSFW915X

UPDATES IN IMMIGRATION LAW  

Pause on the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program

As of August 27, 2015 the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (“AINP”) has stopped accepting new applications for all Permanent Residence (“PR”) streams and categories.  AINP will begin accepting new applications on January 27, 2016.

AINP was allotted its annual 5,500 nomination certificates from the federal government for 2015, however, due to recent PR changes, approximately 10,000 applications are still awaiting assessment. AINP is using this intake pause to reduce wait times for applicants who have already submitted applications. All applications currently in process with AINP are not affected by this pause and will continue to be processed.

http://albertacanada.com/opportunity/immigrating/ainp-news.aspx

Pause on BC Provincial Nominee Program – Skills Immigration & Express Entry BC

As of September 1, 2015 the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (“BC PNP”) is no longer accepting new applications under the majority of the BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC categories.  BC PNP will reopen the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC categories in Early 2016 with a new points-based intake system. 

BC PNP was allotted a total of 5,500 nomination certificates from the federal government for 2015.  Of those nominations, 1,350 are dedicated to the federal Express Entry priority system. The BC PNP has now received more applications than it has available nominations for 2015. 

BC PNP will only accept applications under the following categories:

  • Health Care Professional – Skilled Worker
  • Health Care Professional – Express Entry BC
  • Northeast Pilot Project

The Entrepreneur Immigration stream will continue to accept registrations for prospective applicants, up to a maximum of 200 per month.  All applications currently in process with BC PNP are not affected by this temporary pause.

http://www.welcomebc.ca/Immigrate/About-the-BC-PNP/About-the-BC-PNP/News-and-Announcements.aspx

New Consequences for Violations of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

On July 6, 2015, the Canadian Government announced stronger consequences for employers found in violation of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (“TFWP”) or the Internal Mobility Program (“IMP”).  These changes come into force on December 1, 2015 and will apply to any violations that occur on or after that date.  New penalties will include:

  • Warnings
  • Financial penalties ranging from $500 to $100,000 per violation, up to a maximum $1 million over one year, per employer
  • Replacing the standard two-year ban from the TFW Program to a range of time periods depending on the severity of the violation.  Time periods can be: one, two, five, and ten years, as well as permanent bans for the most serious violations; and
  • Publication of the employer’s name on a public list with details of the violation(s) and sanction(s).

A new method of assessing consequences will be based on a points system that considers:

  • Type of violation
  • Employers compliance history
  • Severity of non-compliance; and
  • Size for the employers business (for financial penalties only).

http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/jobs/foreign_workers/reform/highlights.shtml

UPDATE ON EXPRESS ENTRY – RANKINGS

August 21, 2015 - Foreign Nationals (“FN”) who were assigned a total of 456 points or more under the CRS were provided an invitation to apply (“ITA”). The number of ITAs released was 1,523.   http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/mi/

SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS

On September 4, 2015, Evelyn Ackah was interviewed for a CBC Television News focus on the Syrian Refugee crisis.

http://youtu.be/1v_OVWjLNTQ

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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