eBlast - February 10, 2015

10 February 2015

We are sending this news blast to share important information that may impact you or your employees. The federal government has now implemented a new measure to approve bridging work permits for Alberta temporary foreign workers (“TFWs”). This will take effect as of February 1, 2015.

This measure assists TFWs who are currently in the process of transitioning to permanent residency under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (“AINP”), but who are at risk of having their work permits expire before their permanent residence applications have been processed.

Those who benefit from this news are any TFWs who arrived in Canada in 2011 or earlier and who will see their work permits expire by April 1, 2015. This is a one time - one year bridging work permit, however, applicants must have already applied for permanent residence and be in the queue waiting to hear back on their status. 

In addition, the federal government will provide a one-time exemption to these workers that will keep them from being counted under the new rules for Labour Market Impact Assessment applications requiring that employers ensure that no more than 10 percent of their workforce is made up of low-wage TFWs that were implemented in June 2014. This means that employers can continue to seek approvals to bring in new TFWs while their existing workers can pursue their permanent residence.

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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 blast has been created for informational purposes only and cannot be relied upon as legal advice.

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