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  • Spouses/Partners of Bridge Work Permit Holders

    In December of 2012, CIC announced provisions for bridging open work permits to temporary foreign workers who had been approved in an economic class permanent resident application. The department has now issued clarification as to when a spousal partner (which may include common law partners) may become eligible for an open work permit on the […]

    Date Posted: September 25, 2013 Posted In: Temporary Work Permits
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  • Canadian Visa Office Changes

    The visa and immigration sections of the Canadian Embassy in Caracas have closed. Nationals and legal residents of Venezuela will now be required to submit work permit applications to the Canadian Embassy in Mexico City. Current average historical delays for work permit applications at that office are 1 month. In the USA, all work permit […]

    Date Posted: February 13, 2013 Posted In: Temporary Work Permits
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  • Bridging Work Permits for Successful Economic Class Applicants

    Citizenship and Immigration Canada has introduced provisions allowing for the issuance of bridging open work permits to foreign workers in Canada (i.e., holding a valid work permit) who have been approved in certain economic class applications. The eligible economic class category and the criteria for approval are as follows: Federal Skilled Worker Program: the status […]

    Date Posted: December 15, 2012 Posted In: Temporary Work Permits
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  • Province/Territory-specific open work permits for nominated foreign nationals

    As part of the Federal Skilled Worker Backlog Reduction Pilot, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has permitted provinces and territories to nominate candidates based on work experience from existing backlogs. These are individuals who do not have existing offers of work from Canadian employers. The Canadian provinces and territories have requested a mechanism for issuance of […]

    Date Posted: November 09, 2012 Posted In: Temporary Work Permits
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  • New Temporary Resident Visa Requirements

    Citizenship and Immigration Canada has imposed Temporary Resident Visa (TRV, also referred to as a visitor visa) requirements for nationals of¬†Botswana, Namibia, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Swaziland. Citizens of these countries must now apply to the responsible ¬†visa office in advance of travel in order to be eligible to appear at […]

    Date Posted: September 11, 2012 Posted In: Entry Visa,Temporary Work Permits
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  • British Columbia Pilot Project Facilitates Open Work Permits

    The province of British Columbia and Citizenship and Immigration Canada have announced a program which expands the availability of open work permits to family members of foreign workers in that province. Under the newly announced Pilot Project, in effect from August 15 2011 to February 15 2013 and with a cap of 1800 open work […]

    Date Posted: August 16, 2011 Posted In: Temporary Work Permits
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  • New Work Permit Forms in Effect August 1 2011

    Following the introduction of a new version IMM1295 application form on February 15th of this year, the Department has announced that effective August 1 2011, no other application forms will be accepted (with the exception of SAWP cases in Mexico and Jamaica until September 30 2011). The forms contain a bar coding system that requires […]

    Date Posted: July 28, 2011 Posted In: Temporary Work Permits
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  • CIC Promoting Long Term Multiple Entry Visas for Business Travellers

    Citizenship and Immigration Canada has announced a policy decision to promote the use of long-term multiple-entry visas. For foreign nationals engaged in ongoing business activities in Canada, and who officials accept as genuine temporary residents of Canada, the goal of this policy is to facilitate such business activity without the need for repeated single-entry visa […]

    Date Posted: June 29, 2011 Posted In: Business Visitor
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  • IT Worker Program Extended in BC

    For most provinces in Canada, the Facilitated Processing of Information Technology Workers program ended on September 30 2010. However, the provinces of Quebec and Alberta maintained the program until March 31 2011. Quebec has now terminated this program as well, but the province of British Columbia has announced that it will extend the program once […]

    Date Posted: May 16, 2011 Posted In: Uncategorized
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  • Revisions to Temporary Foreign Worker Program

    On April 1 2011, Citizenship and Immigration Canada implemented changes announced in 2010 which constitute a significant increase in the level of scrutiny that applications in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) will be subject to. Officials reviewing applications, including HRSDC; CIC; and CBSA, now have more power and obligation to evaluate the job offer, […]

    Date Posted: April 02, 2011 Posted In: Temporary Work Permits
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