Canada: Procedural changes to Rehabilitation and Temporary Resident Permits (TRP) applications in US

Posted by Immigration Law Team|Canada Immigration
Jul 17
26


On August 1, 2017, procedural changes with respect to applications for rehabilitation and TRPs filed in the United States will come into effect. These procedural changes are as follows:

1. All Rehabilitation applications are to be sent to the visa office in New York (unless they form part of an application for permanent residence)

2. All TRP applications are to be sent to the visa office in Los Angeles (unless they form part of a work permit or temporary resident visa application that is being sent to New York)

After a brief grace period, applications sent to the wrong office will be forwarded to the correct office without notice, or returned to the sender.

Effective July 19, 2017, visa offices in the USA will only accept online payments for these applications. The PDF receipt must be included in the application package. Visa offices will continue to cash instruments “in the mail” which were issued prior to July 19, 2017, during a brief grace period.


Posted by Immigration Law Team » No Comments »

Canada: New recruitment requirement for high-wage LMIAs

Posted by Immigration Law Team|Canada Immigration
Jul 17
26


In Brief

As of August 28, 2017, all employers applying for high-wage Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) will be required to use Service Canada’s new Job Match service to meet the LMIA minimum recruitment requirements.

Discussion

The Job Match service, which is part of Service Canada’s National Job Bank site, will identify job seekers whose profiles indicate that they possess the advertised skills and qualifications for a particular position. The job seeker’s profile will then be forwarded to the employer and ranked on a scale of one to five stars based on the compatibility between the job seeker’s skillset and the eligibility criteria for the role. Any employer who, during the first 30 days of their job posting, receives a match of four stars or higher will be required to invite that applicant to apply for the position.

Impact

Employers who file a high-wage LMIA before August 28, 2017 will not be required to use the Job Match service. However, any employers who conduct recruitment activities and/or submit LMIA applications after this date will be required to provide proof that they have used the Job Match service.

For more information on the minimum recruitment requirements for high-wage LMIAs or any other immigration matter, please contact a member of our team at PwC Law LLP.


Posted by Immigration Law Team » No Comments »

Canada: The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program’s (OINP) Foreign Worker with a Job Offer stream has re-opened as of July 20, 2017

Posted by Immigration Law Team|Canada Immigration
Jul 17
20


In brief

The OINP’s Foreign Worker with a Job Offer stream, which was paused in June 2017, reopened today, July 20, 2017.

Discussion

The Foreign Worker with a Job Offer category has been streamlined and is now nominee-driven. It was launched on May 31, 2017 and was paused on June 10, 2017. The re-opening of this stream today indicates that the program’s quota has not yet been reached.

It is important to note that the employee and employer selection criteria and processing fees remain unchanged.

Impact

The re-opening of the streamlined Foreign Worker with a Job Offer stream may simplify and expedite the process for skilled workers who want to pursue permanent residence in Canada.

For more information about the OINP’s Foreign Worker with a Job Offer stream, please contact a member of our team at
PwC Law LLP.


Posted by Immigration Law Team » No Comments »