Welcome to the June 2016 edition of the Ackah Law Newsletter!
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Ackah Law Now Offers Employment Law Advisory Services!
To further assist our clients, we are now offering employment law advisory services to assist clients with workforce planning. Ackah Law can now assist our clients with full service employment law advice, including drafting employment and consulting agreements, implementing workplace policies and procedures and preparing for reorganization and terminations - we can help ensure you are compliant with workplace regulations and well protected in the event of workplace unrest. We are pleased to have on our team an experienced employment and labour lawyer that will be contracted with us to assist our clients with employment law matters. Contact us directly for more information at (403) 452-9515 ext. 100 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ackah Law Now Offers Employer Immigration Compliance Review Services!
To further assist our clients, we have developed a new employer immigration compliance review program with services to assist you to ensure you are compliant with the new rules and are keeping all the correct documents and responding appropriately if selected for an ECR. Please see the following links: Compliance and Mobility and contact Ackah Law for more information.
UPDATES IN IMMIGRATION LAW
Temporary Resident: Implied Status
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) has provided more clarity on the implied status category. Implied status occurs when a temporary resident applies for an extension to their status document (work permit, visitor record or study permit) and is waiting for a decision from IRCC whether their extension has been approved or denied. If the applicant wants to continue to work or study while they are on implied status, the applicant must remain in Canada during the entire processing time of the application. However, if the applicant has left Canada, they will be allowed to re-enter Canada as a temporary resident, pending the decision on the renewal of their application to study or to work in Canada, as long as they are not from a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) country, or require a multiple-entry visa. Although, they will be allowed to re-enter Canada, they will not be allowed to resume work or study, until they IRCC has granted the extension to their status document. It is the applicant’s responsibility to satisfy the CBSA Officer they have sufficient funds to remain in Canada – while on implied status.
Update to the Super Visa Applications
Recently, there has been an update to the tax documents that IRCC requires for Super Visa applications. Previously, the requirement was to provide a printout Option C or notice of assessment. This has been replaced with printouts from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) My Account, which the applicant can access themselves and will ultimately allow for Super Visa applications to be submitted quickly since applicants are no longer required to provide Option C or notice of assessment. Update
Mobilité Francophone - New Immigration Program
As of June 1, 2016, IRCC has launched its new program known as Mobilité Francophone. This program allows Canadian employers to hire skilled French-speaking temporary workers from abroad who want to work in Francophone minority communities outside of Quebec. These Francophone Foreign Nationals (“FN”) will be exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment requirement to obtain a work permit. This will ultimately make it easier for employers to hire Francophone foreign workers. Those who fall under this new stream will be able to stay in Canada long enough to acquire valuable Canadian work experience and eventually may qualify for Permanent Residency programs. Update
For more information on this stream, please contact us at (403) 452-9515 extension 100.
Update on Express Entry and Invitations to Apply – Permanent Residence
June 15, 2016 – FN who were assigned a total of 488 points or more under the Comprehensive Ranking System (“CRS”) were provided an invitation to apply (“ITA”). The number of ITAs released was 752. Latest draw
Since May 6, 2016, the CRS points have decreased for express entry;
May 6, 2016 – CRS points – 534 number of ITAs released were 799
May 18, 2016 – CRS points – 484 number of ITAs released were 763; and
June 1, 2016 – CRS points – 483 number of ITAs released were 762.
Foreign Workers Directly Affected by Wildfires in Fort McMurray and Surrounding Areas
As a result of the wildfires in Fort McMurray and the surrounding areas, Canadian passports, Permanent Resident Cards, Work Permits, Study Permits etc. may have been lost, destroyed or damaged. Priority processing of applications for affected persons will continue until August 3, 2016. As well, Temporary Residents will note that many of the government fees will also be waived temporarily.
Anyone who is an affected person of the wildfires in Fort McMurray and the surrounding areas who applies for a work permit, study permit, replacement documents should ensure their application states “URGENT PROCESSING – ALBERTA FIRE and send a follow up email CIC.Alberta-Fire-Alberta-FE.CIC@cic.gc.ca. When sending an email to CIC, please ensure the subject line states URGENT: ALBERTA FIRE” and ensure the email includes the type of application applied for, full name, date of birth, country of birth and the UCI number. This will assist in identifying the application and allow for faster processing. If you have any questions regarding the above, please do not hesitate to contact us. Update
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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.