Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) Enforcement to Commence on September 29, 2016

The enforcement of the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) requirement will begin on September 29, 2016. As of this date, all air carriers will use the Canada Border Service Agency’s (CBSA) Interactive Advance Passenger Information (IAPI) to verify that foreign nationals seeking to travel to or transit through Canada by air have a valid eTA, before […]

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) Updates

On April 24, 2015, two updates were announced with regards to the AINP. AINP pre-nomination initiative work permit Alberta applicants that are impacted by the four-year cumulative duration limit may be eligible for a one-time work permit that is both valid for one year and LMIA exempt. In order to be considered for a pre-nomination […]

New Fees for International Mobility Program

In an effort to strengthen the employer accountability under the International Mobility Program, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has introduced new compliance fees applicable to employers hiring Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).   $230 Employer compliance fee and Offer of Employment form As of February 21, 2015, all […]

2013 Immigration Levels Plan: Significant expansion of Canadian Experience Class

After many months of anticipation, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney broke the news regarding Canada’s 2013 immigration intake levels on October 31, 2012. Following the tabling of the 2013 Immigration Levels Plans, the Minister announced the government’s decision to keep Canada’s immigration levels steady in 2013. For the seventh year in a row, Citizenship […]

Alberta’s first human trafficking conviction

Alberta company, Kihew Energy Services Ltd. (Kihew), pleaded guilty to running a criminal organization that illegally recruited human trafficking victims from Poland and the Ukraine, contrary to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act  (IRPA). Kihew—owned by a Ukrainian Orthodox priest, his wife and business partner—was fined $215,000 after RCMP investigations revealed that the company had […]

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