Hello from all of us at Ackah Business Immigration Law! Welcome to the December 2015 edition of the Ackah Law Newsletter.
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Office Closure Dates
Please note that our office will be closed at noon on December 24, 2015, we will reopen again on Monday, January 4, 2016.
*Please be sure to flip your Ackah Law 2-year calendar to begin the 2016 year!
UPDATES IN IMMIGRATION LAW
Bridging Open Work Permits
The Bridging Open Work Permit (“BOWP”) is issued to those who have applied for Permanent Residence and are waiting for the application to be processed. This applies to applicants who meet the program eligibility requirements and need to “bridge” the gap between the expiration of their Work Permit and the issuance of their Permanent Residence Visa. In order to qualify, applications for Canadian Permanent Residence must have been submitted under one of the following classes:
Further information on the BOWP
Labour Market Impact Assessment Exempt Employer Portal Update
As noted in our previous newsletter, CIC has implemented an Employer Portal as part of the International Mobility Program. Over the last few weeks, the Employer Portal has experienced significant technical difficulties that have delayed submissions of the Offer of Employment forms. CIC has now made available a physical form to be used by Employer’s in the event the Employer Portal is not available, however, the employer may need to wait 5 days before they receive access to the form. As such, we urge all employers to prepare for potential workers entering Canada under the International Mobility Program well in advance of the expected travel date of the worker in case of portal problems.
Review the notice on the Employer Portal page.
Immigration Year in Review
As the year comes to an end, let’s reflect on some of the significant changes that have occurred this past year with respect to immigration law:
We will see what additional immigration changes will be unveiled in 2016 – stay tuned!
UPDATE ON EXPRESS ENTRY – RANKINGS
December 4, 2015 - Foreign Nationals (“FN”) who were assigned a total of 461 points or more under the CRS were provided an invitation to apply (“ITA”). The number of ITAs released was 1,451.latest draw.
Please don’t keep our boutique immigration law firm a secret! We are very appreciative of any referrals and recommendations you send our way. Thank you very much!
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.