2015 is looking to be a year of significant changes in the immigration law field. Here are 5 important changes that may affect you (or people you know):
1. The new Express Entry system will allow many people to qualify for permanent residence (PR) who may not have been able to do so before. However, simply qualifying no longer guarantees PR.
2. In April 2015, the "4-in, 4-out rule" for work permits kicks in. If you have worked in Canada for 4 years or more in an occupation that is NOC B, C, or D, you may not be able to renew your work permit after April 2015 until after another 4 years have passed. If this applies to you, it is crucial that you apply for PR immediately.
3. Changes to citizenship rules will likely be in effect sometime in late spring or early summer. If you qualify for citizenship under the current rules, you should apply before the new rules come into effect.
4. The ability for spouses to apply for work permits upon submitting an in-Canada spousal sponsorship application may change strategies for many people. You can talk to us about which type of sponsorship application is best for you.
5. Many provinces will likely make adjustments to their Nominee Programs to accommodate the Express Entry System and the high number of applications. If you qualify for a PNP now, you may need to apply now before the system changes.