Welcome to the September 2016 edition of the Ackah Law Newsletter!
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UPCOMING ACKAH LAW SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
On September 27, 2016 and October 18, 2016, Evelyn Ackah will be presenting to the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta on NAFTA Requirements for Working in the United States. This presentation will provide detailed information for Engineers, Technologists and Geoscientists who are interested in moving to the United States to pursue employment opportunities. Presentation
UPDATES IN IMMIGRATION LAW
Electronic Travel Authorization
The new Electronic Travel Authorization (“eTA”) requirement for all travelers coming to Canada who do not hold Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Residence status has now been extended to November 9, 2016. The eTA was originally to be implemented on March 15, 2016 and was then extended to September 29, 2016. However, Minister McCallum has consulted with external stakeholders and wants to minimize the risk of travel disruption, thus the federal government has extended the leniency period for the implementation of the eTA. Update
As of November 10, 2016 all Canadian citizens and dual citizens will need to show proof of their Canadian citizenship in order to board their flights back to Canada. Acceptable proof is a Valid Canadian Passport, a Canadian Temporary Passport or a Canadian Emergency Travel Document. This is due to the implementation of the eTA – Canadian citizens are not eligible to apply for an eTA, as it is a tool to determine whether foreign nationals are admissible to enter Canada. Update
Permanent Resident Cards
Permanent Residence (“PR”) Cards must now meet the new specifications that were established on April 8, 2016. If the photos do not match because the photographer has not updated their PR Card specifications on their system, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) will require the applicant to retake their photos, which will delay obtaining their PR Card. We are seeing more requests by IRCC to have photos retaken so please ensure you check with the photographer you choose. Update
Applicants who need to complete pre-requisite courses (for example: English) will need to complete the pre-requisite course prior to applying for an updated study permit. In the past, IRCC would provide a study permit for the entire duration of the program (pre-requisite course and the program). The reason for this change, is to assist the designated learning institute with their compliance reporting. In the past it was found that many students would not complete their pre-requisite courses but would maintain their student status and work in Canada. This update will assist in ensuring only those who are actually studying will obtain a study permit. Update
Temporary Foreign Worker Program
The Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities released their Report on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (“TFWP”). The Report contains a list of 21 recommendations for changes to the TFWP. Report
Update on Express Entry and Invitations to Apply – Permanent Residence
September 21, 2016 – FN who were assigned a total of 483 points or more under the Comprehensive Ranking System (“CRS”) were provided an invitation to apply (“ITA”). The number of ITAs released was 1,288. Latest Draw
Since May 6, 2016, the total number of CRS points have fluctuated between 480 – 538. On Sept 8, 2016 – CRS points – 491 number of ITAs released were 1000.
Ackah Law Now has two new offices!
In addition to our Calgary office, Ackah Law has now opened two new offices in Vancouver and in Toronto, in order to further assist clients. Our two new addresses are:
Vancouver: 800 – 1199 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 3T5 (604) 985-9512
Toronto: 20 Bay Street, 11th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2N8 (416) 643-7177
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
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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.