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Year: 2017

1 Dec 2017

BARTLAW LLP Canadian Immigration News

Liberalization of Marijuana? Not for Foreign Nationals Trying to Enter Canada Published by the Lawyer’s Daily Monday, November 27, 2017 @ 10:50 AM | By Jacqueline Bart and Carrie Wright The legalization of marijuana is no easy feat. It is not simply a matter of changing the existing drug laws to remove marijuana. Legalization requires […]

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21 Nov 2017

Manitoba’s New Immigration Program Facilitates Immigration for Applicants with Ties to Manitoba

The province of Manitoba recently announced upcoming changes to its Provincial Nominee Program, including a new Express Entry pathway for skilled workers overseas coming into effect in January 2018. The Overseas Skilled Worker program targets applicants with experience in an occupation considered in-demand in the province. Applicants must also demonstrate an established connection to Manitoba, […]

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29 Sep 2017

CETA: Canada Eases Restrictions for EU Citizens Working in Canada

The Canada-European Union: Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement[1] (“CETA”) came into force on September 21, 2017. The agreement includes temporary entry provisions for inter-company transferees, contractual service suppliers, independent professionals, short-term business visitors, and investors. Citizens of EU member states who qualify under one of these categories are exempt from the requirement to obtain a […]

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1 Sep 2017

Saskatchewan’s Facilitative Immigration Program (No Job Offer/Employment Required)

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program Announces Updated List of Eligible Occupations for the International Skilled Worker – Occupations In-Demand sub-category The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) announced the new list of eligible occupations under the Occupations In-Demand program stream. This program is unique in that unlike many Provincial Nominee Programs, the applicant is not required to […]

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22 Aug 2017

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Launches New Employer-Based In-Demand Skills Stream

On August 16th 2017, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) announced the launch of a new Employer Job Offer In-Demand Skills Stream. This program targets applicants in in-demand occupation in the agricultural and construction sectors. The following occupations are eligible:   NOC 7441 – Residential and commercial installers and servicers; NOC 7521 – Heavy equipment […]

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6 Jul 2017

Canada Eases Citizenship Criteria

The Government of Canada has confirmed that Bill C-6, an Act to amend the Citizenship Act and make consequential amendments to another Act, has received Royal Assent on June 19, 2017, resulting in significant changes to the Citizenship Act. These include a number of changes to the physical presence requirement for applying for citizenship, the […]

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21 Jun 2017

Canada’s New Work Permit Rules For Hiring Foreign Global Talent

Global Talent Stream On June 12, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada introduced a new two-year pilot project within the Temporary Foreign Worker Program – the Global Talent Stream – as part of the Global Skills Strategy. This stream is meant to provide innovative firms in Canada with a faster way of hiring highly skilled […]

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9 Jun 2017

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Announcements

The Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) recently announced the launch of a new Provincial Nomination Stream for skilled tradespeople currently in Canada. The Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream targets skilled trades in the construction and agriculture sectors. In order to qualify, applicants must have a valid profile in the […]

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5 Jun 2017

OINP and EE Changes

Changes to the Express Entry System Effective June 6th 2017 Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is introducing changes to the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System. The changes are as follows: Additional Points for a Sibling in Canada • Applicants with a sibling who is living in Canada will now receive an additional 15 points […]

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9 May 2017

BARTLAW’s LLP Canadian Immigration Newsletter

Changes to Visa Requirements for Romanian, Brazilian and Bulgarian Citizens As of May 1, 2017, citizens of Brazil, Bulgaria and Romania who have held a Canadian visa in the last 10 years, or who currently hold a valid United States non-immigrant visa, are eligible to apply for an eTA instead of a visitor visa in […]

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26 Apr 2017

New Canadian Immigration Opportunities: The Atlantic Pilot Program

The Atlantic Immigration program was introduced in March 2017, with the intention of attracting skilled workers to the Atlantic provinces in order to promote economic growth in the region. 2000 Applications to the program will be accepted in 2017. The program requires potential employers to become designated by one of the four Atlantic provinces: New […]

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25 Apr 2017

Express Entry Draws Attract Skilled Immigration to Canada

Since the introduction of the Express Entry system in January 2015, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC) has been regularly selecting candidates with active express entry profiles and inviting them to apply for Permanent Residence. These draws have been taking place approximately every two weeks since the introduction of the express entry system. In each […]

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31 Mar 2017

Canadian Immigration Update 2017

Canada’s Federal Budget 2017 On March 22, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Finance Bill Morneau tabled the federal government’s budget for 2017 (“Budget 2017”) in the House of Commons. As Canada celebrates 150 years since Confederation, Budget 2017 emphasizes the progress that Canada has made during the past, and seeks to continue […]

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