CAN+ program to facilitate trade and travel with Mexico

Posted by Vian Sulevani|Global Immigration
May 14
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Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced on May 12, 2014 that the government is making it faster and easier for Mexican visitors to come to Canada.

Under the CAN+ program, Mexican nationals who have travelled to Canada or the United States within the last 10 years will be eligible for expedited visa processing.  As a result, the program is improving overall processing times for all Mexican travelers who will see their visas processed in 10 days or less.

In addition to the CAN+ program , Citizenship and Immigration Canada currently offers three “Express” programs that help Mexican business visitors, tourist groups and students come to Canada faster.  Canada’s close ties with Mexico continue to grow with more than 34,000 visitor visas, study and work permits issued to Mexican visitors, students and workers between January and April 2014.

For more information on this or any other Canadian or US immigration/citizenship matter, please contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP – Immigration Lawyers at 1-800-993-9971 or pwcimmigrationlaw-info@ca.pwc.com


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Service Canada imposes moratorium on LMOs for the Food Services sector

Posted by Vian Sulevani|Global Immigration
May 14
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Effective immediately, a moratorium has been imposed on the issuance of Labour Market Opinions (LMO) for the food services sector, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has released further information confirming all occupations and industries which are subject to this moratorium.  This not only includes certain occupations related to service and sales, but also occupations in service and sales management, such as Sales, Marketing and Advertising Managers; Retail Trade Managers; and Accommodation Service Managers.

ESDC has further advised that employers that have submitted applications for an occupation subject to the moratorium and paid the processing fee, but have not yet received an LMO, will be refunded the full processing fee.  Any unused LMOs that have been issued to employers for these sectors or occupations but for which a foreign national has not yet applied for a work permit will be suspended and therefore will no longer be able to be used to obtain a work permit.

For more information, or if you have any questions on how this immediate moratorium will impact your company or employees, please contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP


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