On September 30 2018, the governments of Canada, the USA, and Mexico announced agreement in principle on the provisions of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement, or USMCA. While the USMCA is not yet implemented and the provisions of NAFTA currently remain in place, the expectation is that USMCA will replace NAFTA once the agreement is signed by the three nations and once it is ratified by the three governments involved. There therefore remains the possibility that the USMCA is further revised or is not implemented at all.
As it stands, the immigration provisions included in NAFTA have been...
The Government of Canada has implemented new cross-border employment provisions under the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA. Under CETA, new provisions for work in Canada are enacted for the following categories:
1. Business Visitors;
2. Business Visitors for Investment Purposes;
4. Independent Professionals;
5. Contractual Service Providers;
6. Intra-Corporate Transferees;
7. Spouses of Intra-Corporate Transferees.
Business Visitors and Business Visitors for Investment Purposes
Although CETA defines new categories of Business Visitors, c...
The Government of Canada has announced the details of the newly implemented Global Skills Strategy (GSS). The GSS is an effort involving two departments that work separately on the admission of foreign nationals to work in Canada, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). IRCC is offering work permit exemptions to certain classes of short term work in Canada and two-week (10 business day) processing of certain classes of work permit applications through a Dedicated Service Channel; ESDC is offering a new stream of application in the...
The Government of Canada has announced that it anticipates launching its Global Skills Strategy program to facilitate the admission of high-skill foreign workers on June 12 2017. The program, which targets quickly-growing Canadian companies in need of global talent to accelerate progress and investment, and for foreign companies making significant financial investment into Canada, relocating operations to Canada, or developing production facilities in Canada.
For companies that are eligible, the program will establish a dedicated processing channel to decrease work permit and/or visa processin...
Effective December 01 2016, citizens of Mexico will no longer require a passport visa in order to travel to a Canadian port of entry. After this date, an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) will be needed, as is the case for most passport-visa-exempt nationals. This means that Mexicans will not need to apply to a visa office in order to seek temporary resident status, and will also mean that they will become eligible to process many classes of work permit application at a Canadian port of entry.
Although the visa office in Mexico City has recently been one of the more efficient in terms of p...