The new regulations apply to spouses or partners in a relationship of two years or less and who have no children in common with their sponsor at the time they submit their sponsorship application. The spouse or partner must live in a legitimate relationship with their sponsor
Federal Entrepreneur program is closed. CIC is currently redesigning a new program with the goal of having it implemented by the end of 2012. Investor program has been suspended and the current program has backlogs with a wait time of up to nine (9) years. CIC is currently looking at pilot programs to complement the existing program.
Service Canada has implemented a new A-LMO (Accelerated Labour Market Opinion) program which is intended to respond to the needs of eligible employers for timely Labour Market Opinion (LMO) processing. However, this initiative places substantial responsibility on the employer for program compliance
The most common manner for a foreign worker to be issued a work permit is for the Canadian employer to obtain a positive Labour Market Opinion from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)/Service Canada (SC) for the foreign worker’s prospective position.
Starting March 1, 2012, certain individuals, previously ineligible for entry to Canada due to past criminality, may be eligible for a fee exempt ‘on the spot’ temporary resident permit for one visit to Canada. In order to qualify for the exemption, the port of entry applicant must meet the following criteria