Introduction of 10 year Multiple Entry visa for Indian nationals

Posted by Immi Sikand|Global Immigration
Jun 11
13


At a round table meeting I attended last week, Minister Edward Fast, the Minister for International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway affirmed that a 10 year multiple entry visa will be introduced for Indian nationals to promote business between India and Canada.    This is a step closer to the announcement of a Canada-India Free Trade Agreement that is anticipated to be finalized the next 2-3 years.


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HRSDC delays release of Labour Market Opinion application forms on the Online Application System

Posted by Veronica Zanfir|Canada Immigration
Jun 11
6


In a move that unfortunately coincides with the Canada Post strike already affecting Canada immigration applicants, the HRSDC has indicated that it will be delaying its release of the new online labour market opinion (LMO) application system. The release, originally tabled for June 2011, will be delayed until January 2012. During this time, employers and applicants may continue to submit their  LMO applications in paper format, via mail or fax to their Service Canada Centre. In light of the Canada Post strike taking place this month, it is important to keep in mind that all LMO applications should be submitted by courier where submission via fax is not an option.

The above-noted delay does not impact the Live-in Caregiver Program online application process which continues to be available.

For further information on securing a Canadian work permit or Labour Market Opinion please contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP.


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Help! I forgot to renew my permit and it is now expired!

Posted by Veronica Zanfir|Canada Immigration
Jun 11
6


A quick guide to restoring your Canadian work permit, study permit, or visitor status:

So you’ve arrived in Canada holding your newly issued work permit, study permit, or visitor status. You then filed away your Canadian temporary permit and, immersed in the day-to-day aspects of life in Canada, forgot all about the expiry date listed on your document. In the back of your mind, you knew at some point in the future you would have to renew your status. You’ve now retrieved your permit and, to your dismay, find out that it has already expired – what do you do?

You may, in fact, apply to restore your status if you have not been out of status for more than 90 days. Process your application as soon as possible, ensuring a complete package and supporting documents, and keeping in mind that a restoration fee of $200 applies. Once your application to restore status has been submitted, you may remain in Canada until you receive a decision. You may not, however, work or study during this time. Once your status has been restored, you may continue your until your work or study activities in Canada. An applications to restore your status must be made inside Canada and may not be granted at a post of entry. Also, you must not leave Canada while your application for a restoration of status is in process.  

For further information or representation to restore your Canadian work permit, study permit or visitor status in Canada, contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP.


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What to do if your immigration status expires during the Canada Post strike

Posted by Veronica Zanfir|Canada Immigration
Jun 11
6


Canada postal workers began their strike on Thursday June 2nd, 2011 and your temporary residence status will be expiring during the strike – what can you do to protect your immigration status during this time?

Falling out of status has serious consequences, which range from a refusal of further applications to extend status in Canada (ie: as a visitor, worker, or student) –  to removal and deportation from Canada. If your work permit, study permit or visitor status are about to expire, you should ensure that your application to extend your status is received by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada processing center before your current permit expires as shown on your immigration document. If you submit your immigration permit renewal prior to expiry, your period of authorized stay as a Canadian temporary resident will be extended by law until a decision is taken. While awaiting a decision on your application to renew your permit, you will be considered to hold “implied status” as a temporary resident. During the course of the Canada Post Strike, if your status is about to expire and you cannot use online applications or a courier company to extend your status, the Canadian government will grant “implied status” for the length of the strike. Individuals in this case will be given a one-month grace period after the strike is over to submit their application to extend status without having to restore their status. Please note that this does not otherwise absolve you or your responsibly to renew your permit if you can do so online or via courier.  If you submitted an application but suspect it may not arrive at the Citizenship and Immigration Canada office due to the postal strike, you must keep all receipts as proof that the application was submitted.

For further information regarding the impact of the Canada Post strike on Canadian immigration applications or any other immigration matters please contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP.


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Canada’s Postal Service Affects Canada Immigration Applications

Posted by Veronica Zanfir|Canada Immigration
Jun 11
6


Canada Post workers have begun a strike and will not accept, process or deliver mail to you effective 11:59 PM EDT Thursday, June 2, 2011. This affects all temporary and permanent Canadian immigration applications. The strike will affect you if:

  • you are submitting an application for temporary residence or wish to extend your status
  • you are submitting a new application (permanent residence or citizenship) or missing documents
  • your status is about to expire and you have not yet submitted an application to extend your status
  • your status expires during the strike
  • you are now out of status
  • you have already sent your application but it might not have arrived before the strike

Any applications that have not yet been submitted should be sent by courier. Applicants in Canada wishing to apply for a study permit, work permit, or extend their stay may submit their application online.

The strike also affecting all individuals awaiting the issuance of their passports, visas or permits, as Citizenship and Immigration Canada will not mail out any documents until the strike ends.


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Indian Visitors to Face Tougher Scrutiny in New ID Plan

Posted by Donna Habsha|Canada Immigration
Jun 11
6


As part of an update to Canada’s immigration safeguards, the federal government may begin demanding that Indian citizens applying for a visa to travel to Canada provide fingerprints. Currently Canadian border agents rely on photo identification to decide if the individual before them matches their passport. Biometric testing is intended to cut out the element of subjectivity. Ottawa has decided on fingerprint technology instead of facial recognition software.

Currently, Indian business executives who travel to the United States or United Kingdom are required to book an appointment to have their fingerprints scanned. Those travelling to Canada have not faced such a requirement, perhaps making Canada a more favourable destination. A new identity program may change this.


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How a Potential Canada Post Strike May Affect You

Posted by Immigration Law Team|Canada Immigration
Jun 11
2


The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has announced that if a deal is not reached by 11:59 EST today, June 2, 2011 they will begin rotating walkouts, starting with Winnipeg, Manitoba.

In a union bulletin posted on their web site, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers said the Winnipeg local will be on strike for 24 hours, moving to other cities to be announced later.

From an immigration perspective, this may impact you as there could be a delay in receiving passports, permanent residence cards, work permit renewals, refusal letters and/or labour market opinions.  Many Canadian and U.S. government agencies primarily utilize Canada Post or “regular mail” for sending important documents.

If you have questions or concerns regarding your immigration documents or applications, we invite you to contact one of our Canadian immigration lawyers at 1-800-993-9971.


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