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Canada announced new medical inadmissibility immigration policy for persons with disabilities that "better align with Canadian values," effective immediately.
Ackah Business Immigration Law recently hired Grace Akpan as a law intern. When Grace completes her Articling term in 2018, she will be qualified to practice law in Canada; she was called to the bar in Nigeria and was a litigation executive in Singapore.
If US President Donald Trump follows through on his promise to end NAFTA, many beneficial immigration provisions would disappear as well.
A new study by tech company MaRS reports that 53% of surveyed tech companies in Toronto experienced increased interest from US applicants in 2017. Canada has been actively recruiting skilled and educated immigrants to help build the Canadian economy and create jobs. Recent changes to United States immigration policies have made Canada a very attractive option for high-tech immigrants, said Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah.
A new investigation by the Wall Street Journal says that Canada's employers are facing an aging workforce and need more lower-skilled immigrants to fill jobs. Farm and blue-collar labor jobs in Canada are going unfilled and preventing some employers from meeting demand for their product and growing their business.
"Most immigrants are wonderful people who want to move to our country, find work and help strengthen and grow our economy," said Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah. "In my experience, most Canadian individuals and businesses welcome the skills and talent immigrants bring to Canada."
Canada's backlog of immigrants wanting to sponsor their spouses from abroad has dropped to 15,000 from 75,000 in 2016. The Family Class Application (Spousal Sponsorship path) is a way for a permanent resident or citizen of Canada to sponsor their spouse or common-law partner (including same-sex partner) to immigrate to Canada.
The federal government is committed to increase immigration levels over the next three years and has allocated $440 million to ensure this multi-year immigration plan is successful. According to the Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, Canada is committed to increase the overall admission target of 310,000 in 2018 to 340,000 in 2020. These numbers represent the highest admissions to Canada in more than 100 years.
A new report released by Statistics Canada, “How Temporary Were Canada’s Temporary Foreign Workers”, shows that the number of temporary foreign workers (TFW) who become Canadian permanent residents is on the rise. The report studied TFWs who came to Canada through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and the International Mobility Program, (IMP).
Minors now have an incentive to apply for Canadian citizenship: on February 16, 2018 the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced changes to the fee schedule set out in the Citizenship Regulations to lower the processing fees for minors applying under subsection 5(1) of the Citizenship Act from $530 to $100.