Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA): Reducing barriers to labour mobility
The Canadian government has now introduced an app that allows travellers to complete the Customs Card declaration on their smartphones.
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), the government agency responsible for Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), has announced that new, stricter, regulations will go into place on August 28
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed today to let President Trump’s executive order go into effect. Reversing the actions of lower federal courts the Supreme Court will hear full arguments as to the order’s legality in October. This decision allows the Executive Order to go into effect for people with no strong ties to the United States.
On June 19, 2017, Bill C-6 received Royal Assent, resulting in a number of changes to the current Citizenship Act. Several changes came into effect on June 19, 2017, and others are expected to come into effect in late 2017 and early 2018.
The Global Talent Stream (GTS), a fast-track stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), has launched as of June 12, establishing a two-week standard for the processing of work permit applications for highly skilled occupations. The two categories of the GTS target high-growth companies, and workers in identified in-demand occupations.
The latest Express Entry draw took place on May 17, 2017. Invitations to Apply (ITA’s) for Canadian permanent resident status were issued to 3,687 candidates in the Express Entry pool with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 415 or above. This is the second time the minimum CRS requirement has dropped to 415 points, the lowest point total since being introduced in January, 2015.
The government of Alberta and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) have partnered to deal with a concern in the Alberta labour market.
As announced in November 2016, the Federal Government is moving forward with plans to implement a new Global Skills Strategy (GSS) to facilitate faster access to top global talent for companies doing business in Canada that are committing to bring new skills to Canada and create more Canadian jobs.
On March 15, 2017, two federal judges issued nationwide temporary restraining orders to block the implementation of U.S. President Trump’s “Executive Order Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” before it could come into effect on March 16.
Bill C-23 known as the Preclearance Act, 2016 was tabled in the House of Commons on June 17, 2016 by Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Ralph Goodale. The bill would enshrine in law a reciprocal agreement for customs and immigration pre-clearance signed by the governments of Stephen Harper and Barack Obama in 2015. Both houses of Congress passed the U.S. version of the bill in December.
United States President Donald Trump on March 6, 2017 signed a new Executive Order that suspends the entry of nationals from six designated countries including Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen with Iraq no longer included. The travel restriction lasts 90 days from March 16, 2017 and may be extended.
Canada is a major source of temporary entrants to the United States with over 13 Million entries to the United States for business or pleasure in 2016.
The government of British Columbia issued a total of 319 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) in a draw on June 29, 2016.
IRCC provided a service update in their recent newsletter.
In 2009, in the face of surging numbers of refugee claimants, Canada instituted a visa requirement for Mexican citizens to travel to Canada.
Implied Status is the right to remain and work in Canada while a work permit extension application is in process. 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 on their extension.
The government of Canada is set to remove Romania and Bulgaria from the list of countries whose citizens require visas in order to travel to Canada.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on July 13, 2016 invited 747 candidates with 482 or more Comprehensive Ranking System points.
Manitoba conducted the 18th draw for the Skilled Worker category of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).
Effective immediately, the Consulate of Myanmar only accepts applications of travellers entering Myanmar within 30 days of visa submission
Effective immediately, the Consulate of Zambia requires travelers applying for tourist visas to include a copy of their tour itinerary along with their visa application.
More immigrant entrepreneurs are coming to Canada through the Start-up Visa Program. As of May 2, 2016, 51 entrepreneurs had become permanent residents of Canada through the program, representing 26 start-ups that have launched or will be launching in communities across Canada, including Sydney, Halifax, Fredericton, Toronto, Mississauga, Waterloo, Thunder Bay, Calgary, Whistler, Vancouver and Victoria.
Ontario's Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) has a current allotment of 5500 per year. Specifics regarding this program include:
Consulate of Brazil In Toronto - New Requirement for Minor Applicants
Consulate of Belarus - New Medical Insurance Policy Requirements
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on April 6, 2016 invited 799 candidates with 534 or more Comprehensive Ranking System points.
Consular Closings for Brazil, India, China and Thailand
The Government of Canada has now set September 29, 2016 as the date by which travellers, excluding US Citizens and travelers with a valid Canadian visa, must apply for and receive the new mandatory 'Electronic Travel Authorization' commonly referred to as eTA's. This will be required prior to flying into Canada. Until that date, travellers who do not have an eTA can board their flight, as long as they have appropriate travel documents, such as a valid passport.