CAN+ program to facilitate trade and travel with Mexico

Posted by Vian Sulevani|Global Immigration
May 14

Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced on May 12, 2014 that the government is making it faster and easier for Mexican visitors to come to Canada.

Under the CAN+ program, Mexican nationals who have travelled to Canada or the United States within the last 10 years will be eligible for expedited visa processing.  As a result, the program is improving overall processing times for all Mexican travelers who will see their visas processed in 10 days or less.

In addition to the CAN+ program , Citizenship and Immigration Canada currently offers three “Express” programs that help Mexican business visitors, tourist groups and students come to Canada faster.  Canada’s close ties with Mexico continue to grow with more than 34,000 visitor visas, study and work permits issued to Mexican visitors, students and workers between January and April 2014.

For more information on this or any other Canadian or US immigration/citizenship matter, please contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP – Immigration Lawyers at 1-800-993-9971 or

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Service Canada imposes moratorium on LMOs for the Food Services sector

Posted by Vian Sulevani|Global Immigration
May 14

Effective immediately, a moratorium has been imposed on the issuance of Labour Market Opinions (LMO) for the food services sector, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has released further information confirming all occupations and industries which are subject to this moratorium.  This not only includes certain occupations related to service and sales, but also occupations in service and sales management, such as Sales, Marketing and Advertising Managers; Retail Trade Managers; and Accommodation Service Managers.

ESDC has further advised that employers that have submitted applications for an occupation subject to the moratorium and paid the processing fee, but have not yet received an LMO, will be refunded the full processing fee.  Any unused LMOs that have been issued to employers for these sectors or occupations but for which a foreign national has not yet applied for a work permit will be suspended and therefore will no longer be able to be used to obtain a work permit.

For more information, or if you have any questions on how this immediate moratorium will impact your company or employees, please contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP

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Regional Labour Market Demand Stream of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program – Closed

Posted by Nina Modi|Canada Immigration
May 14

The Regional Labour Market Demand Stream of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) is now closed and they will not be accepting any applications that were not received by 28 April 2014. Any unprocessed applications will be returned.  The stream will open again on 01 January 2015.

The NSNP is the first step in a two-step application process to obtain permanent residence status in Canada. The Government of Nova Scotia may recruit and select immigrants who intend to settle in the province, and have the skills, education, and work experience needed to address labour demands and economic needs.

Originally opening in March 2014, this program quickly met its cap.  More generally, the introduction of widespread quotas and caps to economic programs should encourage individuals to apply for permanent residence immediately once they qualify in order to ensure they are not adversely impacted by any quota fulfilment.  Given the fluctuating nature of immigration to Canada, we urge individuals to seek legal advice.

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Apr 14

On April 7, 2014, Employment and Skills Development Canada (ESDC) announced that they have made public employers with revoked or suspended Labour Market Opinions (LMO) on a “blacklist”.  This is the first instance of ESDC using its authority to suspend and revoke LMOs when the program is being misused or when employers do not use the program as intended.

Currently, employers found to be non-compliant with the LMO process may be subject to the following penalties:

  • Bar from hiring foreign workers for two years;
  • Have the company name, address and period of ineligibility published on a public ban list;
  • Receive a negative decision on any pending LMO applications; and/or
  • Have previously-issued LMOs revoked.

ESDC also has the authority to conduct workplace inspections, without first obtaining a warrant, to verify an employer’s compliance with immigration and employment requirements for LMO-based work permits.

For further details regarding assessing compliance with current Temporary Foreign Worker Program obligations, contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP.

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New Quotas & Caps for Select Canadian Permanent Residence Programs

Posted by Nina Modi|Canada Immigration
Apr 14

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will issue new Ministerial Instructions tomorrow (April 26th) regarding the processing of certain applications.  The Ministerial Instructions will take effect on 01 May 2014, and will apply to the following programs:

Federal Skilled Worker Program:

These individuals are selected as permanent residents based on six selection factors: language skills, education, work experience, age, arranged employment in Canada, and adaptability.

CIC has applied an overall total cap of 25,000 new applications for 50 eligible occupations (with a sub-cap of 1,000 applications per occupation), and no limit on applicants who have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer.  The 50 specific eligible occupations are as follows:

  • Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services (0013)
  • Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c. (0015)
  • Financial managers (0111)
  • Human resources managers (0112)
  • Purchasing managers (0113)
  • Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers (0121)
  • Managers in health care (0311)
  • Construction managers (0711)
  • Home building and renovation managers (0712)
  • Managers in natural resources production and fishing (0811)
  • Manufacturing managers (0911)
  • Financial auditors and accountants (1111)
  • Financial and investment analysts (1112)
  • Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers (1113)
  • Other financial officers (1114)
  • Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations (1123)
  • Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers (1212)
  • Property administrators (1224)
  • Geoscientists and oceanographers (2113)
  • Civil engineers (2131)
  • Mechanical engineers (2132)
  • Electrical and electronics engineers (2133)
  • Petroleum engineers (2145)
  • Information systems analysts and consultants (2171)
  • Database analysts and data administrators (2172)
  • Software engineers and designers (2173)
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers (2174)
  • Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians (2232)
  • Construction estimators (2234)
  • Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (2241)
  • Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics (2243)
  • Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety (2263)
  • Computer network technicians (2281)
  • Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors (3011)
  • Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (3012)
  • Specialist physicians (3111)
  • General practitioners and family physicians (3112)
  • Dietitians and nutritionists (3132)
  • Audiologists and speech-language pathologists (3141)
  • Physiotherapists (3142)
  • Occupational therapists (3143)
  • Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists (3214)
  • Medical radiation technologists (3215)
  • Medical sonographers (3216)
  • Licensed practical nurses (3233)
  • Paramedical occupations (3234)
  • University professors and lecturers (4011)
  • Psychologists (4151)
  • Early childhood educators and assistants (4214)
  • Translators, terminologists and interpreters (5125)


An individual that is pursuing a PhD at a provincially or territorially recognized degree-granting institution in Canada (or recently graduated from a Canadian PhD program), may be eligible to apply for permanent residence under the Federal Skilled Worker Program.  This category will have a cap of 500 applications.


Federal Skilled Trades Program:

This category is for individuals who wish to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade. Other eligibility criteria include language skills, work experience, and an offer of full-time employment.  There is an overcall total cap of 5,000 applications; and sub-caps of 100 applications each for 90 specific skilled trades from NOC B.


Canadian Experience Class:

The Canadian Experience Class applies to those individuals who have one year of skilled work experience in Canada and have the requisite language skills.  There is an overall total cap of 8,000 applications; and sub-caps of 200 applications each for any NOC B occupation.


These new quotas signal significant changes to the Canadian immigration landscape. For further details regarding eligibility criteria for Canadian permanent residence programs, please contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP.

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Express Entry for Economic Immigrants to launch in January 2015

Posted by Immi Sikand|Global Immigration
Apr 14

On April 8, 2014, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander announced that the new model for recruiting skilled economic immigrants to Canada, “Express Entry”  is scheduled to launch in January 2015.

Formerly referred to as the “Expression of Interest” model, Express Entry will be open to applicants who have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer or have been nominated by a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).  Under the Express Entry model, applicants will then be invited to apply for permanent residence by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and, according to CIC, can expect processing times of six months or less under the new model.   CIC, along with provincial and territorial governments, will hold information sessions for employers to provide more information about the program in the coming months.   Updates will be provided as they become available.

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