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New U.S. and Canada NAFTA Deal: What You Need to Know #U.S.MCA

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

New U.S. and Canada NAFTA Deal: What You Need to Know #U.S.MCA

Updated Oct 2, 2018:
Since the U.S.MCA agreement was announced late September 30, new details have emerged on cross-border business. TNs (Trade National visas) covered in NAFTA Chapter 16, which let Canadian businesses hire skilled American and Mexican workers in more than 60 professional categories on temporary work permits, were not significantly changed. Skilled professionals and business people from Mexico and the U.S. can work in Canada with 3-year temporary work permits that can be renewed. Canadian employers who hire professionals via the new NAFTA, U.S.MCA, are not required to submit a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), which is normally required to prove no Canadian can fill the position.

Canadian professionals can continue to be hired by employers in the United States and Mexico under U.S.MCA.

U.S.MCA proposes a 16-year agreement, renewable following a six-year review. Ackah Law will monitor and update U.S.MCA news until the agreement is ratified, most likely in late November.

Late Sunday, Canada and U.S. negotiators brokered a deal to replace NAFTA. Expected to be named the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, U.S.MCA, it will give U.S. dairy farmers greater access to the Canadian market, while for Canada the pact appears to include a guarantee against U.S.-imposed tariffs in the automotive sector.

The markets are pleased with the new U.S.MCA deal: The Canadian dollar rose 0.8 percent to 1.2799 per U.S. dollar after the deal was made public. Once the agreement is signed into effect,, the 24-year-old NAFTA will be superseded by U.S.MCA in a region that trades more than $1 trillion annually. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called it a "good day for Canada & our closest trading partners.”

Trudeau on NAFTA deal

Immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah explains,

Because of NAFTA, Canadian professionals can go to the United States and work in TN status, and it provides career opportunities for Americans to work in Canada. The new U.S.MCA agreement that will replace NAFTA is important to cross-border business. Immigration rules and regulations can be frustrating, confusing, stressful, inefficient and always changing. We will be watching as the new agreement details are made public, and proactively advising our clients how the new regulations will impact their business. At Ackah Law, our goal is to simplify and expedite the immigration process and help open doors to new opportunities.

NAFTA and Cross-Border Business

Details of the U.S.MCA deal are not yet published. NAFTA is an important cross-border business agreement that allows those who are citizens of the U.S., Mexico and Canada to quickly and easily enter the member countries for investment or business reasons, or temporary employment. Non-member citizens must obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment and obtain a work permit in order to work in Canada. Those who qualify under NAFTA only need to meet the standard rules for admissibility into Canada.

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It is one thing to earn a living; it is another thing to make a difference in the world.

This is our formal thank you note to Evelyn Ackah and the Ackah Law Team for all the effort they put into helping us navigate and finally resolve the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration back in the spring of 2012.

A friend referred us to Evelyn; he assured us that Evelyn would take good care of us. Our friend was confident we were in good hands and said Evelyn would do her very best to help us and she did! At the time we did not know that his referral would go far beyond finding us help. Slowly we realized that it would become our own personal story of how we received grace and were reminded of the power in paying it forward

We wrote a detailed page of our dilemma, explaining how we came to be in the position we were in (overwhelmed with the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration and the uncertainty that we faced as a young family in Calgary). Evelyn agreed to take on our file with her team. They found the time to personally call us and listened intently and understood the details of what we were dealing with. They gave us their time, an honest opinion and provided clear direction which proved to be invaluable advice. Months went by but in time, we received word from Ackah Law that the Immigration office had finally reviewed our file and a decision had been made allowing our family to finally put the immigration matter to rest. We were finally able to focus again to live our lives without fear or pending doom.

Looking back now, even the sun appeared to shine a little brighter that day. At first we didn’t know whether to bake them a cake, drive out to meet their team, find their offices and personally thank them with a mighty hug or simply cry out to the heavens in thankful relief. Instead we emailed them to express our heartfelt thank-you and we hoped that they would know deep in their hearts just how grateful we were for all of their help.

Even though we relied on emails and phone conversations to communicate with them that year, we will always remember their constant professionalism, their kindness and understanding at a time that brought us so much pain not to mention fear. As if all their hard work wasn’t enough, Evelyn then then casually mentions that all their work was done pro-bono! We were thoroughly humbled!

To this day we are still eager to share how wonderful they all are as human beings but even more than that, we continue to pay it forward in honour of them, their service to us and their continued dedication in helping others.

Eternally thankful

– The Brummunds

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