Immigration Alerts

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.

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.

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).

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).

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.

Official Guidance for Employers Conducting Internal Form I-9 Audits

February 29, 2016

Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), employers are required to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires using Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9.

Updates to Requirements for Police Certificates and Express Entry Applications

February 12, 2016

Effective February 11, 2016, applicants applying through the Express Entry system are required to provide police certificates for each country they lived in since their 18th birthday, for six months or more in total.

New Labour Market Impact Assessment Exemptions for Television and Film Production Workers and Performing Artists

February 08, 2016

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) introduced new Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exemptions for television and film production workers, performing artists and performing arts organizations.

Program Delivery Update to the Post-Graduate Work Permit Program

February 08, 2016

On February 5, 2016, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) released a program delivery update with respect to the Post-Graduate Work Permit Program (PGWPP). As a result of this program delivery update, eligible international graduates can now apply for a Canadian work permit under the PGWPP from within Canada, at a visa office located outside of Canada, or at a Canadian port-of-entry.

Nova Scotia New Business Immigration Streams

February 01, 2016

On January 1, 2016, Nova Scotia introduced two new business streams: the Entrepreneur Stream and the International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream.

Further Proposals to Enhance Compliance with Temporary Foreign Worker Program and International Mobility Program

July 29, 2015

Learn more about the new regulations the Canadian government has introduced to strengthen standards of compliance with regards to program requirements under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TWFP) and International Mobility Program (IMP).