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Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program: More Controversy, More Change

On April 22nd, the Federal Government barred access to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program for all food service operations. Further reforms are expected going forward, likely making the Labour Market Opinion process more restrictive and onerous across the board. The

Canada’s “Tour Tax” : Will New Foreign Worker Fees Cripple Music Venues?

As a result of changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program, certain venues will need to pay $275 for each individual foreign musician and crew member when they book musical acts from abroad. However, music venues will be exempt from

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Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program: Controversy Instigates Rapid Reform

In April of this year, Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program suddenly became a hot topic for every major media outlet in the country. Reactions to controversy surrounding the program ranged from virulent criticism to impassioned defense. The debate eventually expanded

Start-Up Visa Seeks to Attract the Next Zuckerburg to Canada

While it is an uphill battle to lure Silicon Valley entrepreneurs away from California’s vibrant community of tech start-ups, Canada is taking on the challenge. The new Start-Up Visa program is seeking to bring to Canadian soil the minds dreaming

Criminal Inadmissibility Explained

Under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, SC 2011, c. 27  (“IRPA”), a non-citizen of Canada may be considered “inadmissible” to Canada due to past criminal convictions or the commission of certain criminal acts. Anyone planning to enter Canada to seek

Making a Refugee Claim in Canada: What You Need to Know

Are you or someone you know planning to come to Canada to claim refugee status? If so, you should know that the refugee determination process from within Canada has recently undergone some dramatic changes. Timelines are shorter, and stricter standards

New Federal Skilled Trades Program Unveiled

On January 2nd, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada began accepting applications to the new Federal Skilled Trades Program. The Program offers permanent resident status to foreign nationals qualified in a skilled trade. It is intended to improve Canada’s ability to

Can Inadmissibility to Canada be Overcome? The Temporary Resident Permit Explained

Unless your name is Lord Black of Crossharbour, a determination that you are inadmissible to Canada is not easily overcome. Where the Canadian authorities find a permanent resident or foreign national inadmissible, that person must leave Canada, and will not

Implications of Canada’s Crackdown on Citizenship Fraud

This month, Canada’s Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announcedthat the government is in the process of revoking the Canadian citizenship of up to 3,100 citizens who obtained it fraudulently. Furthermore, up to 5,000 permanent residents have had their files

Meeting the Residency Requirement in Applications for Canadian Citizenship

To be granted Canadian citizenship, the law requires a permanent resident to reside in Canada for at least three of the past four years (1095 days). Most courts have called for a flexible approach to this requirement, allowing for longer

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