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The Canadian business immigration benefits for EU nationals following the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

Flag on January 11th, 2017

Canada implemented the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, referred to as CETA, earlier in 2017.  CETA’s immigration provisions will provide a number of benefits for EU workers and business visitors.  These include: “Enhanced” Intra-Company Transfer Provisions The basic concepts employed for intra-company transferees from around the world are otherwise enshrined in CETA, including allowances […]

Maximising express entry points: senior executives get a fresh look

Flag on January 3rd, 2017

Background The way that points are granted for permanent residence under Canada’s Express Entry system changed in November 2016.  These changes affected various issues including credit for Canadian education as well as non-LMIA (‘Labour Market Impact Assessment’) work permits, to secure needed points on the system.  An LMIA is a document that an employer in […]

Mexicans will no longer need a visa to seek temporary entry to Canada

Flag on January 10th, 2016

The background In 2009, in the face of surging numbers of refugee claimants, Canada instituted a visa requirement for Mexican citizens to travel to Canada.  Whatever impact this move may have had on stemming the tide of refugee claimants, it was both harmful to business, and a sticking point in Mexico-Canada relations. How is this […]

Recap of the International Experience Class’ Work Permit Applications

Flag on January 9th, 2016

Background Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) maintains bilateral programs with various countries whereby young people, (typically aged 24 to 30) may seek work permits in Canada without a Labour Market Impact Assessment.  This category of work permits is known as the ‘International Experience Class’ (IEC).  Within this program, there are three subcategories: Working Holiday. […]

Implied Status: Travelling outside Canada

Flag on January 7th, 2016

‘Implied Status’ is the right to continue work after a work permit expiry and while a work permit extension application is pending in Canada. As long as the person has submitted their application prior to the expiration of the current work permit, that person may continue to work in Canada until a decision is made […]

Canada to implement mandatory ‘electronic travel authorization’ (eTA) requirements for non-visa nationals

Flag on January 7th, 2016

Anyone seeking to visit, work in or study in Canada, who does not currently require a visa, will now need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) before entering Canada. This can have significant consequences for corporations sending business visitors or workers to Canada and affects most nationalities with exceptions for US citizens and those with […]