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Year: 2013

31 Dec 2013

New Employer Requirements for LMO-Based Work Permits Become Law December 31, 2013

Starting December 31, 2013, various amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) come into force, in addition to new Ministerial Instructions issued by the Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) which impose additional obligations on employers under the LMO-based Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

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29 Aug 2013

Four New Developments in Canadian Immigration Law

Chris Alexander is Canada’s new Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. He replaces Jason Kenney, who is the new Minister of Employment and Social Development (formerly Human Resources and Skills Development). Mr. Alexander, who was elected to the House of Commons for the riding of Ajax-Pickering in 2011

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13 Jun 2013

Reduction of the Maximum Age of Sponsorship

On May 17, 2013, the Canadian government announced that the maximum age of dependents will be set at 18 years of age under all immigration programs. Previously the maximum age was 22 years and if the dependent continued in full time school after the age of 22 years, they could continue to be sponsored to Canada

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13 Jun 2013

Four Year Maximum Work Permit Duration

On April 1, 2011, the cumulative duration of work permits issued under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) was reduced to a four year maximum. The government’s primary goal in enacting this law was to prevent foreign workers who are working temporarily in Canada

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12 Jun 2013

On-Site Investigations of Employers and Foreign Worker Audits

On June 8, 2013, the government announced new regulations under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, which would require employers who have hired foreign workers to maintain foreign worker records for a period of six years to demonstrate compliance with the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

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10 May 2013

Changes to the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program

On May 10th, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced the reopening of the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program starting January 2, 2014. Whilst the quota of intake applications will be extremely low, at 5,000 applications in total for the first year, it is a step forward from the suspension of this valuable and important immigration program in 2011.

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27 Feb 2013

Immigration Alert: Canadian Permanent Residence Application Categories Now Open

Foreign workers seeking to apply for permanent residence to Canada may now do so based on three new categories. Some of these permanent residence categories have caps and restricted occupations, such as the new Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Skilled Worker Class. For example, the Federal Skilled Trades Class only accepts up to 100 applicants

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21 Jan 2013

Canada’s New Immigration Rules 2013

Canada’s efforts to counteract an ageing population and the need for young skilled workers has led to a re-evaluation of the Federal Skilled Worker program and the introduction of new immigration rules by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”). The FSW program has been in suspension since July 1, 2012

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