New Agri-Food Immigration Pilot: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2019/07/new-agri-food-immigration-pilot.html
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Canada and Luxembourg Sign New Youth Mobility Arrangement: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2019/07/canada-and-luxembourg-sign-new-youth-mobility-arrangement.html
Today, our Partner, Rebecca Norton, Michael Scott from the Canada Border Services Agency, Carter Hoppe, a fellow immigration lawyer, and The Honourable Alan Diner from the Federal Court of Canada spoke on the topic of re-availment and port-of-entry examinations at the National Canadian Bar Association Immigration Law Section's Annual Conference in Winnipeg.
Under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, there are significantly different requirements depending upon whether a position is classified as a high-wage position or a low-wage position. For example, if a position is classified as a low-wage position, the employer is required to target underrepresented groups (e.g. indigenous persons, vulnerable youth, newcomers, and persons with disabilities) when advertising the position.
If an employer is offering a wage which is at or above the provincial or territorial median hourly wage, the application must be submitted under the high-wage stream. Conversely, if an employer is offering a wage which is below the provincial or territorial median hourly wage, the application must be submitted under the low-wage stream.
Effective today, Employment and Social Development Canada has adjusted the provincial or territorial median hourly wages. As indicated in the Table below, all wages have increased expect for Nova Scotia which remains the same and Nunavut which has decreased by CAD$1.00 per hour.
Employers who are yet to file a labour market impact assessment application, including those currently completing the advertising and recruitment activities, will be subject to these changes.
Open Work Permit Pilot for Applicants Under the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada Class Extended
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced today that it is extending the open work permit pilot for applicants under the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class until July 31, 2020. Read the official announcement here: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/notices/open-work-permit-pilot-extension.html?fbclid=IwAR396HsswJZk7OIh4-ulGpItLoUbhsNjzNQqU7v7SEBhT7T6B4wSUp_wMCA
dRN Law LLP's Rebecca Norton was recently featured in the Official Killarney and Glengarry Community Newsletter for her pro bono work within the community. At dRN Law LLP, we are proud to give back to our community.
Today, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced the creation of a five year Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. The objective of this Pilot is to help small and rural communities meet local labour market needs and support regional economic development. This Pilot will provide a pathway to permanent residence for foreign nationals wanting to immigrate to small and rural communities in Canada. Communities that are interested in participating in this Pilot must submit an application, consisting of a Community Interest Form and supporting documents, to IRCC through a community-based economic development organization by 11:59 pm PST on March 1, 2019. Click on the caption above to read more about this Pilot.
The Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) gives Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and registered Indians the opportunity to sponsor their parents and grandparents for permanent residence. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently published information regarding the new application intake process. Click on the caption above to read more about the new application intake process.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada issued 3,900 invitations to apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence under the Express Entry System today. The lowest score to receive an ITA today was 449 which is 10 points higher than the previous draw.
Aside from starting dRN Law LLP and the overwhelming support we have received from our clients in response, some of the highlights of our year included (in no particular order):
1. Obtaining work permits for some of the brightest people in the world to work on projects of national importance, such as the innovation of Canada’s agri-food industry, the enhanced development of Canada’s clean technology sector, and the diversification of Alberta’s economy;
2. Advising some high profile individuals, including a professional athlete, an internationally acclaimed artist, and family members of a former president with respect to various immigration matters; and
3. Obtaining refugee protection for multiple LGBTQ clients and an interreligious/interracial family who have suffered harm or are at risk of suffering harm in their home countries.
Looking back on this year, we are proud of the work we have done. Seeing the impact on our clients’ lives and the world around us is beyond gratifying.