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Cross-Border Canadian Visa Options for Filmmakers and Other Artists

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in Canada Work Permits and NAFTA

Cross-Border Canadian Visa Options for Filmmakers and Other Artists

Presented at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2017: BORDER PATROL by Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah, Ackah Business Immigration Law and Canadian Counsel for D’Alessio Law Group; with co-presenters Lorraine D’Alessio of D’Alessio Law Group and Elliott Anderson of Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) :

How to Navigate a Successful 
Cross-Border Co-Venture: Visas & Beyond

With NAFTA under negotiation, U.S. and Canadian producers face new challenges. How do politics impact our industry, productions, and sustainability? This in-depth philosophical and practical session focuses on immigration law, freedom of movement, and the legal implications for co-ventures for U.S./Canada productions under the new U.S. Administration. Border Patrol informs filmmakers how best to prepare their productions and team amidst political uncertainty.

Topics covered in this presentation include:

  • Canadian Visa Options: Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Exemptions
    • Exemptions for Film/TV Industry Workers
    • C14 International Mobility Program
    • T11 Foreign workers
    • Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)
    • Authorization to Work Without a Work Permit
    • C-20 Reciprocity for Co-Productions
    • C-10 Significant Benefits
 Options
  • U.S. Visa Options
    • 0-1 - Extraordinary Ability in Film/TV & Arts
    • TN Visas: NAFTA Treaty Visas - Specialty Occupation for Canadian and Mexican Citizens
    • E-1 & E-2 - Treaty Traders & Treaty Investors
    • L-1 - Intracompany Transferees
    • I - Journalists & Documentary Filmmakers
    • B-1/B-2 Business Visitors & Tourists
  • What You Need to Know to Start a Company in the U.S.


Evelyn Ackah

Founder/Managing Lawyer

Ms. Ackah is passionate about immigration law because it focuses on people and relationships, which are at the core of her personal values. Starting her legal career as a corporate/commercial ...

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