New measures will affect some Canadian immigration procedures WASHINGTON, DC – At a news conference on Monday, March 16, 2015, Canadian Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney and U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson signed a new customs pre-clearance agreement between Canada and the United States. Years in the making, the agreement is expected to facilitate travel between the two countries via land, sea, and air.
Monthly Archives: March 2015
CIC applies new procedure for LMIA-exempt temporary foreign workers Canadian immigration has added new requirements for the employment of foreign workers who are exempt from Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). As of February 21, 2015, any Canadian employers who wish to hire LMIA-exempt foreign workers must now pay Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) a fee and provide information about their business. These new requirements are
Canadian immigration’s new Express Entry program has some stakeholders worried International post-graduate students at Canadian universities are finding it harder to attain Canadian permanent resident status after they complete their degrees. The difficulties reputedly come as a result of the recently launched Express Entry system and its major changes to the federal management of Canadian immigration. Inaugurated on January 1st of the current year, Express
Immigration Minister Chris Alexander asserts, “Express Entry promises to be a game changer for Canadian immigration and Canada’s economy.” NEW CANADIAN IMMIGRATION MODEL The Express Entry Canadian immigration system, launched Jan 1st, 2015, facilitates the processing and selection of Canada’s economic programs: the Federal Skilled Trades Program, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience class and a portion of the Provincial Nomination Program (PNP). Express
Provincial Minister of Immigration stresses employment issues as number one priority QUÉBEC – Later this month, the Québec provincial government will hold a public consultation on the topics of immigration, diversity, and inclusiveness. To prepare for upcoming reforms to its immigration policies, the current Liberal government of Québec is seeking feedback on how to make the predominantly Francophone province more welcoming to newcomers. Kathleen Weil,
Errors attributed to casual employees According to a piece in the Toronto Star, internal government records have exposed a significant proportion of errors in the processing of Canadian immigration applications for permanent residence, temporary work permits, and refugee status. Quality management reviews The Star cites a series of quality management reviews of various processing centres. The reviews identify inaccuracies in the use of form letters, the