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Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has announced much-anticipated reforms to the live-in caregiver program, making it optional for caregivers to live with their employers and putting a cap on the number of caregivers it will accept under two new categories. The live-in caregiver program, as it was known until today, was excluded from reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program announced by the government in June, but the government said an overhaul to the caregiver program was coming this fall. Foreign caregivers backlog grows as families wait for residency Foreign caregivers are eligible to apply for permanent residency after two years of work in Canada, but it can take more than three years to process their applications. In the meantime, the caregivers are separated from their spouses and children who they have left behind. Only after they are granted residency can caregivers apply to bring over their children and spouses. "I'm pleased to announce reforms that will improve the lives of caregivers seeking to make Canada their permanent home," Alexander said during a news conference in Toronto on Friday. Changes to the new caregiver program include: Making it optional for caregivers to live with their employers. Creating two new categories whereby caregivers can seek permanent residency. Putting a cap of 2,750 applications per year under each of the new categories starting in 2015. Reducing a backlog of 60,000 applications for permanent residence. Ending the mandatory live-in requirement and putting a cap on the number of caregiver applications are two of several ideas floated by Alexander during consultation meetings with various stakeholders this summer. Alexander said he heard complaints from caregivers who said the live-in requirement felt like "modern-day slavery" to them. "They told me they felt they couldn't complain and that they weren't paid overtime. Imagine being forced to sleep where you work and having your wages garnished for room and board. "We're putting an end to that. We're providing caregivers with a choice," Alexander said. Starting Nov. 30, the government will launch the two new categories for caregivers to work in Canada. One pathway will be for child-care providers. The second will be for caregivers who take care of the elderly or those with high medical needs. To avoid a growing backlog, the government will accept no more than 2,750 caregivers in each of the new categories, for a total of 5,500 new applications per year starting in 2015. Spouses and dependants will not be counted against the cap. Caregivers will still have to work full time for two years before being eligible to apply for the new categories. Applications will be processed within six months, Alexander said. Employers wishing to hire nannies or caregivers under the new categories will still have to fill out a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to prove they could not find a Canadian worker to fill the job. Reducing the backlog As CBC News reported last week, the number of individuals waiting for permanent resident status under this program has ballooned to more than 60,000. Today, Alexander confirmed the backlog and laid out his plan to bring it down to zero within the next two years. "The backlog today is about 60,000. Without these changes it would continue to grow." Alexander said the government is already on track to eliminate 17,500 applications by the end of 2014 and will eliminate the backlog further by processing 30,000 applications in 2015. "We have the firm intention, if we get the chance, to process that many again in 2016. That will bring a backlog of 60,000 down to zero in only two years." He said the government could achieve these goals using "current resources." 2-year work requirement Groups representing caregivers have been calling on the government to give nannies and caregivers permanent residency from the moment they arrive in Canada. NDP immigration critic Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe said today's reforms do not change the fact that caregivers will still have to wait two years before being eligible for permanent residency. She was also critical of the cap on the new categories, saying the limit will mean that "caregivers will have to win the lottery for an application space every year." Blanchette-Lamothe welcomed the new rule making it optional for caregivers to live with their employers because it was something the NDP had long called for. John McCallum, the Liberal party's immigration critic, was skeptical of the government's plan to tackle the backlog. In a written statement to CBC News, McCallum said previous reforms "were widely lauded when launched, but as it turned out they’ve created even more problems." The Liberal critic said he would consult with stakeholders before coming to any "firm conclusions." Alexander outlined the government's immigration goals for 2015 as laid out in its annual report to Parliament on immigration. He said the Canadian government will welcome anywhere from 260,000 to 285,000 new permanent residents in 2015. The report was tabled in the House of Commons at around the same time that Alexander was in Toronto announcing his reforms to the foreign caregiver program.
Protecting Canadian Citizenship Government’s changes to the Citizenship Act reinforce integrity of citizenship system October 19, 2014 — Ottawa — As Citizenship Week draws to a close, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister highlighted the government’s commitment to protecting Canada’s citizenship system from fraud and abuse. Since the beginning of 2014, the Government has revoked the citizenship of 22 people who obtained their Canadian citizenship through fraud or misrepresentation. Recent changes to the Citizenship Act include further measures to help combat fraud and protect the citizenship program from abuse. These measures include: increasing penalties for fraud; defining who is an authorized representative and providing authority to develop regulations to designate a regulatory body whose members would be authorized to act as consultants in citizenship matters; and refusing an applicant for fraud at any point in the citizenship process and barring them from reapplying for five years. In addition, changes to the Citizenship Act will make it possible for the Government to revoke the citizenship of dual citizens convicted of serious crimes such as terrorism, high treason, treason or spying, depending on the sentence imposed.
August 14, 2014 — Kitchener, ON — Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, met with Kitchener-Waterloo-based business incubator Communitech and other business leaders to discuss the Start-up Visa and its potential for attracting entrepreneurs to Canada who have the vision and ability to build innovative companies that can create jobs and long-term prosperity. The roundtable aimed to build on the momentum of Alexander's visit to GrowLab Ventures in Vancouver last month, where he welcomed the first two successful applicants under Canada's Start-up Visa Program. Alexander discussed the importance of the program with a number of local business leaders and encouraged organizations to continue their efforts in identifying exciting start-up opportunities, as well as the dynamic entrepreneurs behind them, with the help of the Start-up Visa. Launched last year, the Start-up Visa Program brings together Canadian venture capital funds, angel investor groups and business incubators with entrepreneurs from abroad. The Start-up Visa Program is an important part of the government's plan to build a fast and flexible economic immigration system, with a primary focus on meeting the new and emerging needs of the Canadian economy.
CAN+ program to facilitate trade and travel with India July 7, 2014 — New Delhi — Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced the launch of the CAN+ program in India, which will result in more efficient processing for Indian visitors coming to Canada. CAN+ is open to Indian nationals who have travelled to Canada or the United States of America within the last 10 years. They will benefit from expedited processing, which will free up visa officers to work on other cases, improving overall processing times for all Indian travellers. Alexander made the announcement during an event with representatives of India’s business, tourism and education sectors, where he highlighted a number of successful government initiatives that are increasing trade and travel to Canada from India. This includes: three visa “Express” programs for Indian businesspeople, students and tourists; 10 Visa Applications Centres (VACs) across India — a global record; and a standardized multiple-entry visa at a reduced fee of CAD $100. All of these government initiatives are providing fast and easier options for international travellers to come to Canada to do business, learn, and support Canada’s tourism sector.
Gearing up for the launch of Express Entry Minister Alexander meets with key employers on Canada’s economic immigration system July 14, 2014 —Toronto — Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander met with stakeholders and business leaders today about the January 2015 launch of Express Entry: a faster and more effective way for Canada to welcome skilled economic immigrants. The Government of Canada, in partnership with provincial and territorial governments, has hosted a number of information sessions on Express Entry with employers across the country in recent months. The Express Entry electronic application management system will apply to four existing economic programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program. Through Express Entry, foreign nationals who meet the criteria for one of the federal immigration programs will be placed into a pool, from which employers will be able to consider candidates who meet their needs when they cannot find a Canadian or permanent resident for the job. The Government of Canada’s new and improved Job Bank will help facilitate matches between Canadian employers and Express Entry candidates. Express Entry candidates who receive a qualifying job offer from a Canadian employer or nomination under the Provincial Nominee Program will be invited to apply for permanent residence soon after – a key distinction between the Express Entry system and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, which is only used to fill temporary labour and skill shortages. Job offers will be subject to Employment and Social Development Canada’s Labour Market Impact Assessment in place at that time.
The future of Canada’s live-in caregiver program, which allows families to bring nannies from abroad, is in limbo as the Conservative government says it is next in line for a shakeup. The government is opting to leave the live-in caregiver program largely untouched for now, in spite of years of internal warnings from public servants that it has become a “hidden” family reunification program, particularly for Canada’s Filipino community.
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Effective August 1, 2014 and until the end of the year, the MPNP will NOT accept new applications to Skilled Worker Overseas stream. People who wish to apply to this stream must submit their applications by July 31 or wait until 2015. Note that the Skilled Worker in Manitoba stream is NOT affected by the MPNP application management strategy. Applications from skilled workers employed in Manitoba and from skilled workers invited to apply as part of a strategic recruitment initiative will continue to be accepted all year. MPNP application management strategy In December 2014, the MPNP will announce a new scheduled application intake period for the Skilled Worker Overseas stream for 2015 after CIC has announced new nomination allocations for the next year.
Minister Alexander highlights success of Canadian citizenship program May 30, 2014 – Scarborough, ON – Today, at a citizenship ceremony in Scarborough, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, announced that Canada welcomed the 100,000th new citizen of 2014 last week. The number of new citizens sworn in to date in 2014 is more than double the number of new citizens admitted by this time last year. The 100,000 new citizens, who came to Canada from more than 200 countries, were welcomed at more than 1,080 citizenship ceremonies held across the country. The citizenship ceremony is the last step before becoming a Canadian citizen and embracing the rights and responsibilities that come with citizenship. This success demonstrates that changes and improvements are already doing more to help people realize their dream of becoming Canadian. The government’s proposed changes in Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, will further reduce wait times by streamlining the decision-making process for citizenship. It is expected that those changes will bring the average processing time for citizenship applications down to under one year and that the current backlog will be reduced by more than 80 percent by 2015-2016.
A number of new regulations for study permits and other international student programs will come into force on June 1, 2014. The following provides a summary of the changes, as stated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC): Current Regulations- Applicants must show that they intend to pursue studies in Canada when applying for a study permit. New Regulations as of June 1- Applicants must enrol in and continue to pursue studies in Canada. Failure to do so could lead to removal from Canada. Current Regulations- Applicants may apply for a study permit to pursue studies at any educational institution in Canada. New Regulations as of June 1- Study permits will only be issued to successful applicants who are pursuing studies at an educational institution that has been designated to receive international students. Current Regulations- Study permit holders pursuing studies at publicly-funded and certain privately-funded post-secondary institutions must apply for an Off-Campus Work Permit to be able to work up to 20 hours per week off-campus during the academic session and full-time during scheduled breaks. New Regulations as of June 1- Study permits will automatically authorize the holder to work off-campus for up to 20 hours per week during the academic session and full-time during scheduled breaks without the need to apply for a separate work permit. The study permit holder must be pursuing academic, vocational or professional training of six months or more that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate at a designated institution. Current Regulations- Any international student can apply for a Co-Op Work Permit if a co-op placement is an integral element of their course of study. New Regulations as of June 1- Only international students who are pursuing studies at a secondary school or at a designated institution may apply for a Co-Op Work Permit if a co-op placement is an integral part of their course of study. Current Regulations- Visitors may not apply for a study permit from within Canada New Regulations as of June 1- Visitors may apply for a study permit from within Canada if they are at the pre-school, primary or secondary level, are on an academic exchange or a visiting student at a designated learning institution, or have completed a course or program of study that is a condition for acceptance at a designated learning institution. Current Regulations- International students who have completed their studies but hold valid study permits can remain legally in Canada until the expiration of their study permit. New Regulations as of June 1- A study permit becomes invalid 90 days following the completion of studies unless the foreign national also possesses a valid work permit or another authorization to remain in Canada. Current Regulations- There are no references in existing regulations that clearly state that Registered Indians who are also foreign nationals are exempt from the requirement to obtain a study permit. New Regulations as of June 1- Registered Indians who are also foreign nationals may study in Canada without a study permit as they have the right of entry into Canada. Current Regulations- Study permit holders are not authorized to work after the completion of their studies while awaiting approval of their Post-Graduation Work Permit New Regulations as of June 1- Eligible international graduates will be authorized to work full-time after their studies are completed until a decision is made on their application for a Post-Graduate Work Permit.
Employment Minister Jason Kenney is set to bring in at least two new rules for businesses that want to hire temporary foreign workers, including the requirement to pay those workers more, CBC News has learned. Kenney will also tie the number of temporary foreign workers a company is allowed to the unemployment rate The goal is to raise the cost of hiring temporary foreign workers and to make it harder to hire them in regions with higher unemployment. Weyburn restaurant defends staffing moves and use of foreign temps Support pours in for Weyburn, Sask., waitresses who lost jobs Waitresses in Saskatchewan lose jobs to foreign workers But the head of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business says he's afraid Kenney's moves will gut the program. "Retail, restaurant margins are already razor thin," Dan Kelly said. "I fully expect that particularly across Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, there will be restaurant closures as a result of this, taking Canadian jobs with them." Employers and labour groups met with Kenney on Thursday and say Kenney didn't tell them that he is committed to the new measures. Coming in weeks Labour groups, on the other hand, are more supportive of the wage measure, hoping businesses will hire Canadians instead of temporary foreign workers. "This is clearly a program in crisis, so sometimes you really need to make dramatic change in order to fix it," said Jerrry Dias, national president of UNIFOR, the country's largest private-sector union. It's not clear how much the government will make businesses pay temporary foreign workers, or whether Canada's labour statistics are detailed enough to link the workers to unemployment. Kenney is expected to announce the plan in the next few weeks. The new rules expected to be announced will come after two former longtime waitresses at a Saskatchewan restaurant, who say they lost their jobs to foreign workers, told the House of Commons finance committee that the Temporary Foreign Worker Program needs to be fixed. "We sit before you today as proof the TFW program is broken," Sandy Nelson said in her opening statement to the committee on Thursday. The two want the government to take a closer look at employers who submit false Labour Market Opinions. LMOs are a process by which employers demonstrate there are no Canadians to take available jobs. Since 2002, the federal government has allowed companies to hire temporary foreign workers for jobs they can't fill with Canadians. In an interview with CBC News, Shaunna Jennison-Yung said their main point is that there are abuses to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program for both Canadians and foreign workers that need to be addressed. "We're hoping today we can talk to the right people and hopefully get some answers. Not only that, but let's fix this problem," she said. Nelson and Jennison-Yung were both waitresses at Brothers Classic Grill and Pizza in Weyburn, Sask., until March 29, when they were dismissed and replaced with temporary foreign workers, they said.
Statement from Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander and Employment and Social Development Minister Pierre Poilievre on the expiration of the four-year temporary work permits Ottawa, April 1, 2015 – Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander and Employment and Social Development Minister Pierre Poilievre issued the following statement today on the expiration of the four-year work permits: “Employers and foreign workers have known about the four-year time limit since 2011, when this policy was announced. “Employers have had four years to find alternative employees. Similarly, temporary foreign workers have had four years to pursue pathways to permanent residence. “The purpose of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program is exactly that – to be temporary. Canadians rightly expect to get first crack at available jobs. “Temporary workers may wish to explore the many pathways to permanent residency we offer which are now delivered through Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Programs. We encourage foreign workers to apply through these streams so that they can contribute permanently to Canada’s economy and to their communities. “But let there be no mistake: We will not tolerate people going ‘underground.’ Flouting our immigration laws is not an option, and we will deal with offenders swiftly and fairly. “Canadians are welcoming and generous but we need to ensure that we’re putting Canadians first and standing up against potential abuse of our immigration system.”
If you are an international investor with the skills and abilities needed to integrate into Canadian society and contribute to our economy, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residence under the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital (IIVC) Pilot Program.
Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program If you are an international investor with the skills and abilities needed to integrate into Canadian society and contribute to our economy, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residence under the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital (IIVC) Pilot Program. The program will launch in late January 2015. .
As of January 2015, there is a new system to manage how people with skilled work experience apply to immigrate to Canada. It is called Express Entry. Under Express Entry, people will first fill out an online profile that includes their language test scores, their Educational Credential Assessment (if they need one) and outlines their work experience. There is no cost to complete and submit an Express Entry profile. Based on their profiles, candidates will be ranked against others in a pool. On a regular basis, CIC will draw top candidates from the pool and send them an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. Only those who get an Invitation to Apply from CIC will be able to apply. Under this new system, most complete applications will be processed in six months or less.
Starting Jan. 1, skilled immigrants will be matched with vacant jobs where there are no available Canadian workers. After applying online and registering with the government's job bank, applicants will be entered into a pool. Only the candidates with the most points will be offered permanent residency. A maximum of 600 points will be given to skilled immigrants who receive a permanent job offer from a Canadian employer or who have been nominated for immigration by a province or territory. Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said these are the ones that will be "picked first," in a written statement on Monday. He also noted the so-called "first draw" for permanent residency applications is scheduled for the last week of January. Skilled immigrants will receive up to 1,200 points based on factors in two other categories: A maximum of 500 points will be allotted for what the government is calling "core human capital factors" such as age, education level, language proficiency and work experience in Canada. A maximum of 100 points will be assigned for "skill transferability factors," which include a combination of education level, foreign work experience and a certificate in the trades. For instance, a maximum of 110 points will be allotted for age. Only those aged 20 to 29 will receive the maximum points in this category, while those aged 17 and under or 45 and over will obtain zero points. Similarly, an applicant with the equivalent of a PhD will receive 150 points — the maximum allotted for level of education. Applicants with the equivalent of a high school diploma will only receive 30 points. Concerns over lack of transparency, policy shift A detailed list explaining how candidates will be ranked and selected based on the factors listed above was published in the Canada Gazette on Monday. "Research shows these criteria will help ensure newcomers participate more fully in Canada’s economy and integrate more quickly into Canadian society," Alexander said. Richard Kurland, an immigration lawyer and policy analyst, has been supportive of some immigration changes made by the Conservatives, including the recent reform to the caregivers program. However, when it comes to express entry, Kurland is concerned about the lack of openness. "It is worth a try, but the design flaw is there is no transparency, oversight, or accountability for the operation of the new system. It is a recipe for political interference." "The result can be justified in any case, but you will never know why one identically qualified person was selected over another." Kurland said the government will in effect have full control in picking the winners and losers rather than processing applications on a first-come, first-served basis — as is the case now. Morton Beiser, a professor of distinction at Ryerson University and founding director of the Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS) based in Toronto, has been raising questions about the government's shift in policy for some months now. After reviewing the government's new points system on Monday, Beiser said certain aspects are still unclear. "Under the old regulations, it was clear that if someone scored above a certain threshold, they were considered eligible to be granted an immigration visa.… Under the current provisions, it’s less clear." While Beiser welcomed the say provinces will have about which immigrants come to Canada, he's skeptical of the role employers will play. "It’s probably a good thing to give provinces more say in the process, but industry? This means that the immigration office becomes a recruitment office," he said. Permanent residency cap The government told CBC News that approximately 65,000 to 75,000 skilled workers will be offered permanent residency in 2015 under one of three categories: 47,000 to 51,000 will come through the federal skilled worker class and the federal skilled trades class combined. 21,000 to 23,000 skilled workers through the Canadian experience class. An additional 46,000 to 48,000 skilled workers will receive permanent residency through the provincial nominee program under express entry, the government said. Successful applicants will have to show proof they have enough funds to support themselves and their family. They will also have to undergo health exams and security checks. The government has been consulting with a nine-member group representing employers from various sectors of the economy since 2013, including the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Sarah Anson-Cartwright, director of skills policy at the chamber, said employers are supportive of the new system, but are not clear on how skilled immigrants will be matched with available jobs.
Getting Ready to Launch Express Entry In-demand immigrants’ applications will be processed in six months or less December 1, 2014 — Ottawa — Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today confirmed it’s one month and counting until Express Entry launches a new phase of active immigration recruitment to meet economic and labour market needs. Potential candidates can create their profile on January 1st, 2015, with the first Invitations to Apply issued within weeks. Express Entry will help select skilled immigrants based on their skills and experience. Those with valid job offers or provincial/territorial nominations will be picked first. Details published today in the Canada Gazette explain how candidates will be ranked and selected, based on these factors that research shows are linked to success in the Canadian economy. Research shows these criteria will help ensure newcomers participate more fully in the Canada’s economy and integrate more quickly into Canadian society. Minister Alexander also highlighted that additional information was published on the CIC website to help potential immigrants and employers understand the new system, and to promote Canada as a destination of choice based on a strong economy, low taxes and job opportunities. Express Entry will result in faster processing and will allow the Government of Canada to be more flexible and respond better to Canada’s changing labour market needs. Quick facts
The hugely popular Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) for Canadian immigration is expected to reopen in 2015. This family sponsorship program allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to bring their foreign parents and grandparents to Canada as Canadian permanent residents. There was a cap of 5,000 applicants accepted for processing under the most recent PGP application cycle, which opened in January, 2014. This allocation was reached in just three weeks, and the program has since been closed. The government of Canada has said that the PGP will reopen in 2015, though it has not said whether this will be at the beginning of the year or at a later date. The most recent application cycle opened in January, 2014 and it is quite possible that the next one will open in January, 2015. The government has not indicated that there will be any changes to the eligibility criteria of the 2015 program. Given that last year’s allocation was snapped up in such a short duration space of time and that many prospective sponsors and their families have been waiting with anticipation for the PGP to reopen, it seems that demand will continue to outweigh supply if the government of Canada decides to implement a similar cap on the program for the next application cycle. Therefore, sponsors and sponsored parties may be able to maximize their chances of submitting an application before the 2015 program fills by preparing their relevant documents and having them ready to submit by January. Failure to prepare for the program in advance may result in applicants missing their opportunity to apply. Successful parents and grandparents applying under this program will receive Canadian permanent resident status and be able to apply for Canadian Citizenship after fulfilling residence obligations. To be eligible for PGP sponsorship, the sponsor in Canada must meet the following requirements: Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident; Be 18 years of age or older; Exceed the minimum necessary income level for this program by submitting notices of assessment issued by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) in support of their sponsorship. Sponsors must also demonstrate they have met the minimum necessary income level for three consecutive years. If married or in a common-law relationship, the income of both persons can be included; The sponsor must sign an undertaking to repay any provincial social assistance benefits paid to the sponsor and accompanying family member(s), if any, for a period of 20 years, if necessary. If the sponsor resides in Quebec, an additional ‘undertaking’ must be signed. Another option for Canadian citizens and permanent residents hoping to bring their parents and/or grandparents to Canada continues to be the Super Visa. This visa is not a program for permanent residence, but allows parents and grandparents to come to Canada as long-term visitors. Successful applicants receive multiple-entry visitor visas that are valid for up to 10 years. Unlike standard visitor visas, which must be renewed every six months, a Super Visa remains valid for two years at a time.
November 24, 2014 – The Government of Canada is preparing to transform Canada's immigration program with "Express Entry", a new immigration recruitment model. With an expected launch in early 2015, many questions remain about how the new model will impact businesses and foreign workers currently in Canada. What we do know is that the new model will replace the current applicant driven "first come, first serve" model with an active recruitment model. Canadian employers will be invited to identify priority applicants from a pool of candidates. It is expected that this will result in an immigration program that is more responsive to Canadian business needs while reducing processing times. Participation in the Express Entry program will be mandatory for all economic immigrants, including those in the Canadian Experience Class, the Provincial Nominee Program, as well as the Federal Skilled Worker and Federal Skilled Trades programs. Important Information for Foreign Nationals and their Employers Participation in the Express Entry Program will be mandatory for all applicants seeking permanent status in Canada. This includes applicants already in Canada on temporary permits. While full details are not yet known, what do know that all applications for permanent residency in Canada will involve a labour market test known as a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) in order to be given priority in the program. This includes applicants in Canada on temporary work permits that were not previously subject to an LMIA: NAFTA permits Intra-Company Transferees Foreign Nationals on Post-Graduate Work Permits Foreign nationals currently in Canada, as well as their employers, should know that as a result of the new LMIA requirements, there is no guarantee that temporary workers currently in Canada will be eligible to transition to permanent status. Green and Spiegel strongly advises foreign nationals currently in Canada on a temporary work permit to apply for Permanent Residence if they are eligible before the coming into force of the new program. The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.
Study permits issued to international students up by 26 percent since 2012 November 7, 2014 — Ottawa — Canada is on track to welcome a record number of foreign students this year, Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander announced today. 103,999 study permits were issued from January to September this year, an 11-percent increase from the same period in 2013 (93,717) and a 26-percent increase for the same period in 2012 (84,207). More than half of international students entering Canada in 2013 were citizens of the following five countries: the People’s Republic of China (29,414), India (13,758), South Korea (7,284), France (7,045) and the United States (4,847).
Promoting Francophone immigration to Canada September 9, 2014—Winnipeg—Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander met with stakeholders and community leaders in Winnipeg to discuss how the government can increase Francophone immigration to Canada. During the meetings, Alexander committed to launch consultations in the upcoming months that will aim to increase the number of Francophone immigrants settling in Francophone communities outside Quebec and strengthen the vitality and vibrancy of these communities. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will work with provinces and territories, Francophone communities and employers to ensure the successful integration of Francophone immigrants who choose to make Canada their home. While in Winnipeg, the Minister met with the local Francophone Immigration Network and other stakeholders to discuss Francophone immigration and local needs. He also visited the Accueil Francophone and met with youth that participated in a program of the Conseil de développement économique des municipalités bilingues du Manitoba, two local organizations that provide services and innovative programs to help Francophone immigrants settle and enter the job market.
The definition of a dependent child will be changed for Canada's immigration programmes. A dependent child will be reduced from under 22 to under 19. It is also important to note that the exception for full-time students is also being removed. Accordingly, dependent children who are 19 or over will not be processed as dependent children, even if they are enrolled in full-time studies. However, the exception of a dependent son or daughter who is dependent on a parent for financial support, based on a mental or physical condition, shall remain. Study and work option Those who are 19 or older may continue to apply to study and work in Canada, which may also lead to permanent residence. Canada places priority on those who have Canadian experience, including a Canadian educational qualification or credential, as well as Canadian work experience, for permanent residence. It should be noted that transitional measures will allow certain applicants to have their applications completed, based on the previous definition of dependent child under multi-step permanent resident immigration programmes who are already in the immigration process at the time these regulations come into force on August 1, 2014.
Notice – Changes to the definition of a dependent child Effective August 1, 2014, the definition of a dependent child is changing for Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC’s) immigration programs. The age at which a child will be considered a dependant is being reduced, from under 22 to under 19. The exception for full-time students is also being removed. Children of applicants who are 19 or over but are financially dependent on their parents and are enrolled in full-time studies will no longer be eligible to be processed as dependent children. In all cases, a child will continue to be considered a dependant, regardless of age, if they have depended on their parents for financial support because of a mental or physical condition. Reducing the age for dependants to under 19 in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) will bring the IRPR in line with provincial definitions of “age of majority,” which is currently evenly split between 18 and 19 across provinces and territories. Young adults will be able to apply to come to Canada on their own merits, as foreign students or through various economic programs. All permanent resident applications in CIC inventories before August 1, 2014 will continue to benefit from the pre-amendment definition of dependent child. Transitional measures will allow certain applicants under multi-step permanent resident immigration programs who are already in the immigration process at the time these regulations come into force on August 1, 2014, but who have not yet submitted their application for permanent residence, to have their applications completed based on the previous definition of dependent child. These transitional measures will apply to certain groups, including: Provincial Nominee Program applicants; Applicants who have applied under one of Quebec’s economic programs; Live-in caregivers; Refugees abroad and refugee claimants; Quebec humanitarian cases; Parents or grandparents whose sponsorship applications were received before November 5, 2011; and Privately sponsored refugees whose sponsorship applications were received before October 18, 2012. In addition, as of August 1, 2014, to ensure that children who meet the definition of dependent child at the first stage of a multi-step permanent resident immigration program remain eligible throughout what can be a multi-year process; the child’s age will be “locked in” at the first formal step of the immigration process. For example, the age of a child whose parent applies to the Provincial Nominee Program will be “locked in” on the date that the application for nomination is made to the province.