U.S. Immigration Reform In Sight – REPAIR Proposal

Posted by Marwah Serag|US Immigration
Apr 10
30


 On April 29, 2010 a number of Senators submitted the “Real Enforcement with Practical Answers for Immigration Reform” (REPAIR) as a proposal for immigration reform in the United States.  Some major highlights from the proposal include the following: (1) immediate green cards for foreign students who have obtained an advanced degree from a U.S. academic institution of higher education in particular fields and who have an offer of employment from a U.S. employer; (2) elimination of per country employment caps; (3) new H-1B and L-1 visa requirements; (4) elimination of family-based immigrant visa backlogs over a specified period; and (5) a registration and acceptance of responsibility program for unauthorized foreign nationals in the U.S. with a path to “Lawful Prospective Immigrant” status.   The REPAIR proposal is an attempt at significant immigration reform in the United States and will be the subject of much debate in the coming months. 


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Federal Skilled Worker Applications by Temporary Foreign Workers and International Students

Apr 10
28


In a lunch meeting with James McNamee, Acting Director at NHQ and Patricia Nicoll, Director Service Innovation Projects, Centralized Processing Region, the requirements surrounding submission of a Federal Skilled Worker application by Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) and International Students was addressed. Despite the admitted ambiguity of the Federal Skilled Worker manual and related application forms, Mr. McNamee and Ms. Nicoll confirmed that TFW and International students ought to be engaged in the Canadian labour market or enrolled at a Canadian academic institution, as the case may be, at the time of submission of their application. While the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations and the Federal Skilled Worker manual do not expressly indicate this requirement, Ms. Nicoll did confirm it is not sufficient to have had 12 months of experience as a worker or student at some time prior to submission of your application under this stream. Contact one of our immigration lawyers to discuss your eligibility for Canadian Permanent Residence under the Federal Skilled Worker Program.


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I-192 Waiver Approved in 4 Months

Posted by Marwah Serag|US Immigration
Apr 10
27


PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP has successfully assisted clients in obtaining I-192 Waivers for individuals who are inadmissible to the U.S.  We recently received a speedy waiver approval after only four months of processing with the Admissibility Review Office (ARO).  Contact one of our U.S. attorneys to discuss your inadmissibility and potential waiver options.


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H-1B Cap Count.

Posted by Karen|Global Immigration
Apr 10
26


USCIS has announced that as of April 15, 2010, approximately 13,600 H-1B cap-subject petitions had been filed. USCIS has approved 5,800 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees.

If you have an offer of employment for a U.S. employer, call PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP today to explore work permit options to the United States under the H-1B, TN, or other categories.


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British Columbia and Alberta Expedited Labour Market Opinion pilot project (E-LMO) will end in April 2010

Posted by Veronica Zanfir|Global Immigration
Apr 10
23


The Expedited Labour Market Opinion (E-LMO) pilot project, which has been in effect in both British Columbia and Alberta since 2007, will come to an end as of April 15, 2010.

As of April 15, 2010, employers who wish to hire temporary foreign workers must apply for a Labour Market Opinion through the regular process and must not only indicate, but also demonstrate that:

  • the job offer(s) is/are genuine;
  • the wage rate meets (or exceeds) the prevailing wage rate, for the occupation and region;
  • the working conditions are consistent with Canadian standards; and
  • efforts to hire Canadians or permanent residents have been made and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program advertising guidelines have been followed.

Employers in British Columbia and Alberta must take notice of the above termination terms and plan accordingly to ensure the timely transfer of temporary foreign workers to Canada.

For further information please contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP Canadian Immigration Lawyers at pwcimmigrationlaw-info@ca.pwc.com or 1-800-993-9971.


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Ontario Provincial Nominee Program Update

Posted by Veronica Zanfir|Global Immigration
Apr 10
23


As of April 21, 2010, International PhD graduates who have graduated from a publicly funded Ontario university can apply to Ontario Provincial Nominee Program without a job offer.

For further information please contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP Canadian Immigration Lawyers at pwcimmigrationlaw-info@ca.pwc.com or 1-800-993-9971.


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Canada and British Columbia Sign New Agreement on Immigration

Posted by Janet Bomza|Canada Immigration
Apr 10
13


On April 9 2010, Dr. Alice Wong, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, and Moira Stilwell, B.C. Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development, signed the new Canada-British Columbia Immigration Agreement.

The signing of this agreement with British Columbia will support the integration of newcomers, helping to ensure that they’re able to contribute to our economy and succeed in Canada,” said Minister Kenney. “I am also pleased to announce the first temporary foreign worker annex to this agreement today. This will facilitate the entry of these workers to help British Columbia fill critical labour shortages.”

“The agreement will help Canada attract the skilled international workers it needs to meet the needs of the Canadian economy as we emerge from the global economic recession,” added Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. “It will certainly strengthen British Columbia’s ability to meet its labour market needs both today and in the future.”

“The renewal of this agreement strengthens our partnership with the federal government and our commitment to providing welcoming and inclusive communities and workplaces in B.C. for newcomers,” said Minister Stilwell. “Immigrants coming to our province not only enrich the social fabric of B.C., they also bring economic advantages, generate innovation, attract industries and workers, and spur economic growth.”

The agreement formalizes and builds on the existing collaborative relationship between Canada and British Columbia on immigration matters and recognizes the importance of involving community partners, including local governments, service providers and the private sector, in welcoming and integrating newcomers. This year, $114 million will be transferred to British Columbia under the agreement to support settlement and integration services and welcoming communities initiatives.

Attracting more immigrants to British Columbia and retaining and integrating them to address British Columbia’s unique economic and social needs will be to Canada’s overall social, cultural and economic benefit.


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New Canadian Visa Program for Mexican Business Travelers

Posted by Veronica Zanfir|Global Immigration
Apr 10
13


A new, invitation-only program for Mexican business travelers has been announced by the Canadian government. Applications will be processed within as little as 24 hours
Eligibility in the program is pre-determined by the Canadian government and the program itself is by invitation only. That is, the Canadian Embassy in Mexico City or Export Development Canada will identify businesses with key connections to Canada and will invite these businesses to apply under the new program, intended to assist employees of Mexican companies who must often travel to Canada. To qualify, the businesses must also have developed a record of acceptable Canadian travel and departure. To date, 113 companies have been invited to enroll in the program and 12 businesses have registered.


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