Hello from all of us at Ackah Business Immigration Law! Welcome to the November edition of the Ackah Law Newsletter.
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IN THE NEWS
New Federal Government
Canada’s new Prime Minister has now been sworn in and Cabinet Ministers have been appointed. The Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (replacing Citizenship and Immigration Canada), is John McCallum, who has extensive political experience. He has been an MP since 2000 and served as a Cabinet Minister under Jean Chretien from 2002 to 2004 as well as serving as Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. Click here for further information.
The Minister for Employment, Workforce Development and Labour (replacing Employment and Social Development Canada) is MaryAnn Mihychuk. She served as Minister of Industry, Trade, and Mines and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs during her nine years as an MLA in the Manitoba government. Click here for further information.
During the election, the Liberal Party indicated that they would implement quite a few changes to Immigration, should they be elected to a majority government. Outside of the pledge to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of the year, other proposed changes include:
We will be closely monitoring all government announcements for upcoming changes that may affect immigration law and foreign worker issues and share them with you.
Trans-Pacific Partnership Text Released
The New Zealand Government has released the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership document. This Agreement is not finalized, as it must be ratified by all member governments. There is some concern as to how the TPP may impact international mobility rights.
TPP details here
UPDATES IN IMMIGRATION LAW
Labour Market Impact Assessment Exempt Employer Portal Arrives
As of October 26th, 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada is no longer accepting the three page IMM5802 Offer of Employment to a Foreign National Exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) form. Employers are now required to submit the Offer of Employment through a new electronic system called the Employer Portal. The same information previously required for the IMM5802 form is now required in the Employer Portal. There are a few issues to be aware of:
If an employer has already provided a completed IMM5802 Offer of Employment to a Foreign National Exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) form to a foreign worker, the worker should submit a work permit application prior to November 21, 2015. If the foreign worker does not submit their application before this date, the employer must resubmit the Offer of Employment using the Employer Portal. More information can be found here.
Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
As of March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to, or transit through Canada will require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions to this are US citizens and travelers in possession of a valid visa. The eTA is applied for online and costs $7 and will be valid for ten years. For more information on how to apply click here.
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
Effective November 16, 2015, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (“OINP”) has paused accepting base stream applications until January 1, 2016. Further information can be found here.
UPDATE ON EXPRESS ENTRY – RANKINGS
November 13, 2015 - Foreign Nationals (“FN”) who were assigned a total of 484 points or more under the CRS were provided an invitation to apply (“ITA”). The number of ITAs released was 1,506. Information here.
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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.