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24 April 2019 Canada legalized the recreational use of marijuana 6 months ago, in October 2018. Employees who travel between Canada and the United States continue to have concerns about how legalized recreational marijuana in Canada and some US states impacts crossing the Canada-US border for business.  1. It is illegal for travelers to bring cannabis or any product containing cannabis into Canada, even if they have a prescription for medical marijuana.  2. Criminal inadmissibility for previous…
24 April 2019 Canada legalized the recreational use of cannabis in October 2018, and on December 18, 2018, Canada enacted new impaired driving penalties and the maximum penalty for most of these crimes increased to 10 years from five. This means that marijuana-related impaired driving penalties now are considered serious crimes for immigration determination purposes that can result in loss of status and deportation. Canada’s IRCC issued a notice advising immigration applicants and temporary and…
18 April 2019 Canada’s Business Immigration Program welcomes individuals who want to move to Canada and start a business or who want to be self-employed in Canada. It is managed under Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and is a part of the government’s commitment to increase economic immigration and to improve Canada’s economy due to the aging workforce.  There are two pathways for business people to move to Canada: Start-Up Visa Program Self-Employed Persons Program  How…
16 April 2019 A new report says Alberta continues to be the top choice for immigrants who move to Canada. In the past ten years, 436,766 people moved to Alberta from abroad – about 36,000 people per year, says ATB Financial’s Economics & Research Team. Their study shows 88% of people who moved to Alberta from another country were immigrants, rather than people returning to Alberta after living abroad, as depicted in the ATB chart below. …
12 April 2019 Do you want to move to Canada or the United States? ⁣Are you confused by conflicting information and worried about immigration scams and fake news? Canada is a wonderful country with many opportunities and unfortunately, many people who want to move to Canada are deceived by immigration scams and fraud. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have reported increases in immigration fraud including fake websites, employment scams, ghost immigration consultants, and false fees…
10 April 2019 On April 1, the United States opened annual applications for H-1B visas for skilled, educated foreign workers who want to work in the United States in fiscal year 2020, which begins October 1, 2019. With the many changes to immigration regulations in the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) under the Trump administration and the tightening of the H-1B visa application process, there will be many visa denials – including for highly skilled…
Canada has an aging workforce and is recruiting educated, skilled and experienced immigrants to fill jobs and help grow Canada’s economy. Canada wants to become a tech hub, and there are continued reports that US companies are moving tech jobs to Canada rather than deal with Trump’s immigration policies. In addition to American companies expanding their operation to Canada so they can recruit and hire foreign tech workers, Canadian businesses need more IT workers and are…
2 April 2019 Canada has extended the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIP) until December 2021 to continue to address growing labour shortages in the Atlantic Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador. AIP permits employers in these provinces to hire educated, qualified and skilled foreign workers and foreign graduates of universities in the Atlantic Canada region. A key feature of the AIP is that designated employers do not have to go through the…
28 March 2019 Canada has updated the information in the new IRCC Interim Pathway for Caregivers. The program update explains that program applicants for permanent residence in Canada can also apply for an open work permit under the Interim Pathway for Caregivers by submitting an open work permit when they submit their application for permanent residence. Caregiver applicants can apply for an open work permit under Labour Market Impact Assessment  (LMIA) exemption code A70. Interim…
26 March 2019 Canada’s aging workforce is troubling to the government and economists. New data from Statistics Canada shows that despite an aging population, the workforce in Alberta, Canada remains relatively young and stable in urban areas due to the recent influx of immigrants. According to CBC Canada, about 31% of people working in the Calgary and Edmonton metropolitan areas of Alberta were born outside of Canada; and by 2036, that is expected to grow…