Citizenship and Immigration Canada has taken the new year as an opportunity to update, introduce, and amend a variety of Canadian Immigration programs. The start of 2014 has been very busy in the Immigration world and below I provide a summary of the changes we have seen over the last week.
1. The reopening of the Parent and Grandparent Family Class sponsorship Programs, which has newly established annual caps on applications to be accepted, higher financing requirements, as well as longer financial support obligations;
2. Issuance of New Labour Market Opinion forms requiring employer undertakings to review salaries and positions on an annual basis to ensure continuing compliance, and to allow Service Canada to perform onsite spot checks; and
3. New Ministerial Instructions for the LMO applications to be refused or revoked, as well as the resulting work permits based on unresolvable non-compliance with the LMO conditions.
We were also anticipating that the age of dependent children would also be changed at the beginning of 2014 from 22 (or 24 if continuously a fulltime student), to under 19. This changes has been temporarily postponed and we currently anticipate that the change will be implemented around May 2014.
Other changes that we can anticipate during 2014 are the following:
1. Changes to requirements to qualify for citizenship; and
2. Changes to the requirements for work permits based on Intra-company Transferees.
In addition, when we look back at 2013 we also see changes such as the loss of the Accelerated LMO, the regular closing of a variety of visas posts around the world, the movement toward electronic application filing, the re-introduction of the new Federal Skilled Worker Permanent Residence Program and changes to the Canadian Experience Class Permanent Residence Program.
It feels like Canadian Immigration has completely changed on almost all fronts in the last year and 2014 promised more of the same. Immigration in Canada is moving quickly and steadily across all Immigration sectors. When planning relocations and changes of Immigration status in Canada it is becoming increasingly important to seek professional assistance as Canadian Immigration becomes more complex and demanding.