Hello from all of us at Ackah Business Immigration Law! Welcome to the October edition of the Ackah Law Newsletter.
IN THE NEWS
Press Release by Ackah Business Immigration Law regarding significant problems and issues with the new Express Entry Permanent Residence process.
CBC quotes Evelyn Ackah Regarding Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
Article by Evelyn Ackah – “Businesses Need to Tell Their Temporary Foreign Worker Story Better” originally published in the Calgary Chamber of Commerce e-connecting publication.
UPDATES IN IMMIGRATION LAW
On October 5, 2015, the Canadian government announced the completion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal. This deal is not yet finalized, as each founding country has to ratify the text of the deal. Because the contents of the TPP deal have not been released yet, it is unknown if this deal will have any impact on Canadian Immigration – however we do expect there will be some mobility clauses that could have an impact on Canadian immigration. We are watching these developments closely and will provide an update once the information is available.
Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program to Return
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has said that the Parent and Grandparent Program will reopen in January 2016. The government has not indicated whether there will be any changes to the eligibility criteria or if the cap will be increased for the 2016 program. The allocation for 2015 (5,000) was snapped up within days, so many prospective sponsors have been waiting for the Parent and Grandparent Program to reopen in order to apply. It is likely that the demand will once again be overwhelming and it is anticipated that the cap will be reached within weeks. It is recommended that prospective sponsors begin preparing now for the 2016 program.
Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council allows International Student Officers to work as Regulated International Student Immigration Advisers
The Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (“ICCRC”) has reached an agreement with the Canadian Consortium for International Education to create a new professional designation of Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (“RISIA”) to allow current International Student Officers to become regulated under a tailored program for advisors in educational institutions. This new stream will focus on the federal and provincial regulations that affect foreign students.
Caps for Low-Wage Positions under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program
As announced in June 2014 by Employment and Social Development Canada (“ESDC”), the established cap on the number of Temporary Foreign Workers employed for low-wage positions was lowered to 20% on July 1, 2015. Any employer applying for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (“LMIA”) who has a work force of more than 20% Temporary Foreign Workers, will not be processed under the established Ministerial Instructions. Under the current plan by ESDC, a final adjustment to the cap for low-wage positions will occur on July 1, 2016, at which point Canadian employers will be restricted to 10% of their work force to be Temporary Foreign Workers.
UPDATE ON EXPRESS ENTRY – RANKINGS
October 2, 2015 - Foreign Nationals (“FN”) who were assigned a total of 450 points or more under the CRS were provided an invitation to apply (“ITA”). The number of ITAs released was 1,530. Express Entry
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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.