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Immigration Insights: Want to attract global talent to Canada? Government initiatives can help

February 13, 2017

Is your company a Canadian company that wants to attract and retain global talent or a foreign company that wants to attract and retain global talent for new or expanded operations in Canada? If so, several recently announced Canadian-government initiatives and Canadian immigration developments can help.

Immigration Insights: Applying for a US EB-5 green card? Act now

February 01, 2017

The US Congress has extended the EB-5 visa program until April 28, 2017, when significant program changes will likely come into effect. Most notably, it is expected that the minimum investment amount will increase from $500,000 to $1.35 million.

Trump declared US President: How will this affect immigration?

November 09, 2016

After emerging victorious in several key battleground states, Republican candidate Donald Trump has declared victory as the winner of the 2016 US Presidential race. Republicans also retained control of the Senate and the House of Representatives. An overview of Trump’s platform and the immigration implications of his election.

Several immigration developments announced this week

November 03, 2016

The Government of Canada made several announcements that affect the country's immigration policies.

Visa requirement to be lifted for Romanians and Bulgarians

November 02, 2016

The Government of Canada will no longer require citizens of Romania and Bulgaria to hold a valid Canadian temporary resident visa (TRV) to lawfully enter Canada effective December 1, 2017.

Immigration Insights: 2016 US presidential election – Where the candidates stand on immigration

October 31, 2016

The issue of immigration has been at the forefront of the US presidential election. This Insights outlines Hillary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s immigration proposals and observes what these proposals could mean for corporate immigration.

DHS to increase USCIS filing fees

October 25, 2016

On December 23, 2016, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will increase filing fees for the vast majority of immigration applications and petitions filed with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Canada re-opens IEC program

October 20, 2016

On October 17, 2016, the Canadian government re-opened the International Experience Class (IEC) pools for most countries.

Electronic Visa Update System for Nonimmigrants: Chinese Nationals with 10-year B-1/B-2 visas

October 12, 2016

In November 2016, U.S Customs and Border Protection ("CBP") will launch an Electronic Visa Update System ("EVUS") that will impact Chinese Nationals holding a 10-year B-1/B-2 visa.

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) Leniency Period Extended to November 9, 2016

September 20, 2016

The Government of Canada has extended the leniency period until November 9, 2016 with respect to its requirement that all visa-exempt travelers obtain an eTA to board their flight to Canada.

US Consulates in India experiencing appointment backlogs

August 30, 2016

Delays largely due to a high volume of visa applications at certain US embassies and consulates.

The UK has voted...Leave

June 23, 2016

The votes have now been counted and the UK population has voted with a 51.9% majority for the UK to Leave the European Union (EU).

Collection of Biographic Data for Travellers Exiting Canada

June 20, 2016

The federal government has recently announced proposed changes to the Customs Act which would allow the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to collect biographic information from all travellers exiting Canada. This legislation has been proposed by the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Ralph Goodale.

Mobilité Francophone Stream Opens June 1, 2016

June 01, 2016

The new Mobilité Francophone stream, under the International Mobility Program and aimed at strengthening the Canadian francophone community outside of Quebec, is now accepting applications.

Ontario Places Temporary Pause on Intake of Applications on Select OINP Streams

May 11, 2016

On May 9, 2016, the Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) announced it has already received the sufficient number of OINP applications to meet its 2016 federal allocation.

DHS Proposes New Rule to Increase Filing Fees

May 05, 2016

The Government of Canada will commence enforcement of the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) requirement beginning September 29, 2016.

Department of State Policy on DUI Arrests

May 04, 2016

The Department of State (DOS) implemented a new policy which allows consular officers to prudentially revoke nonimmigrant visas where the beneficiary has a prior arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI).

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) Enforcement to Commence on September 29, 2016

April 29, 2016

The Government of Canada will commence enforcement of the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) requirement beginning September 29, 2016.

US Consulate, Toronto Update: No Third Country National Appointments in Summer 2016

April 27, 2016

The US Consulate in Toronto has decided that it will not make visa appointments available to Third Country Nationals (TCNs) from June 2016 to August 2016.

H-1B Lottery FY2017

April 15, 2016

On April 8th, USCIS announced that it received more than enough H-1B cap-subject petitions to fill both the general and advanced degree quotas, and thus it will not accept any new H-1B cap-subject petitions until April 1, 2017.

Employers take notice - Be on the lookout for fraudulent student status documents

April 07, 2016

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced 21 arrests on Tuesday April 5, 2016, revealing that the University of Northern New Jersey (UNNJ) was an elaborate front set up by government officials to uncover people illegally trying to obtain F-1 student status (student visa) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT) work authorization.

Federal Budget 2016: Impact on Immigration

March 22, 2016

The new Liberal Government released its first budget on March 22, 2016 which has impacts on immigration.

New Opportunities for French-Speaking Skilled Workers

March 18, 2016

Beginning June 1, 2016, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will introduce a new stream under the International Mobility Program aimed at strengthening the Canadian francophone community outside of Quebec.

DHS Publishes Final Rule on F-1 OPT STEM Extensions

March 16, 2016

On Friday, March 11, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published as a Final Rule, new regulations regarding F-1 Student Optional Practical Training (OPT) extensions for holders of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) degrees issued by U.S. institutions of higher education.

Canadian Government Releases its Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration

March 10, 2016

On March 8, 2016, Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Minister McCallum tabled the annual report to Parliament on immigration which provides some insights into the Government's priorities and initiatives for this year.