work permits

Update: New Work Permits for Francophones / Mettre a jour : Nouveau Permis de Travail pour des Francophones

Do you speak fluent French or know someone who does and wants to come to Canada?  New work permits are now available for francophone persons who want to live outside of Quebec. 

Here are some of the details: 

  • Francophone persons who want to work in provinces outside of Quebec can qualify. 
  • To obtain a work permit they must be offered a position in the managerial, professional or technical/skilled trades occupations
  • These work permits will not require LMIAs and can be used to apply for work permits in the first instance or to extend your work permit if you're already in Canada.

Contact us at (416) 548-9101, or at inquiries@lmlawgroup.com if you or someone you know are fluent in French and would like to come to Canada. 

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French version:

Parlez-vous français? Savez-vous quelqu'un qui peut et qui veut venir au Canada?

Les nouveaux permis de travails sont disponibles maintenant, pour les travailleur qualifies francophone qui ont l'intention de travailler dans une communauté a l'extérieur du Québec.

Ici sont les détails:

  • Personnes francophones qui cherchent à s'établir dans une province autre que le Québec peuvent qualifier.

  • Pour obtenir ce permis de travail, personne doit avoir une offre d'emploi dans un métier spécialisé, managérial, ou professionnel.

  • Ces permis de travails n'exigent pas des études d'impact sur le marché du travail, et peut être utilisé pour appliquer pour un nouveau permis de travail ou pour prolonger votre permis de travail si vous êtes déjà au Canada.

Contactez-nous à (416) 548-9101, ou à inquiries@lmlawgroup.com si vous ou quelqu'un que vous savez sont fluent en français et voulons venir au Canada.

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New Work Permits for Francophones

The government has just announced that starting on June 1, 2016, francophone persons (people who are fluent in French) will be entitled to special work permits throughout Canada.  Here are some of the details: 

  • Francophone persons who want to work in provinces outside of Quebec can qualify
  • To obtain a work permit they must be offered a position in the managerial, professional or technical/skilled trades occupations 
  • These work permits will not require LMIAs.

Contact us at (416) 548-9101, or at inquiries@lmlawgroup.com if you or someone you know are fluent in French and would like to come to Canada.  

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Long Mangalji LLP

New "Leniency Period" Announced for ETAs


The government had previously announced that starting March 15, most nationals from countries that are visa-exempt (except for Americans) will be required to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) prior to flying into Canada.  See here for more details.

However, the government has recently announced that there will be a "Leniency Period" from now until an unspecified date in the fall of 2016 when travellers will be able to enter Canada without an ETA.  If you have already applied for an ETA, please see below for details on how this might affect you: 

  • If you've applied for an ETA and have received an approval, then you should travel with the ETA and the passport that you had used for your ETA application.

  • If you've applied for an ETA and have not yet received a decision, you can travel to Canada.  Make sure that you double check your email before travelling though to ensure that you did not receive a decision.

  • If you've applied for an ETA and have received a negative decision, you cannot travel to Canada until you apply again and receive a positive decision.  Contact us for more information on how to do so.

Contact us at (416) 548-9101, or at inquiries@lmlawgroup.com if you have had your ETA rejected and need to enter Canada. 

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New ETA Requirement for Visa-Exempt Travellers

UPDATE: The government has announced a "Leniency Period" until Fall 2016 where travellers can still enter Canada without a ETA.  See here for more details.

On March 15, most nationals from countries that are visa-exempt (except for Americans) will be required to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) prior to flying into Canada.

Here are some of the key points to note:  

  • If you want to fly into Canada after March 15, 2016 and are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, American, or hold a visa of temporary resident permit, you will likely need an ETA or visa.
  • If you want to enter Canada by land or sea, you will not need an ETA.
  • ETAs are normally issued for up to 5 years and are attached to your passport.  If you've had to renew your passport, you will need to apply for another ETA.
  • Work permits and study permits issued by the visa post and at the border after July 31, 2015 may already have ETAs attached to them.
  • If you hold a study permit, work permit, or visitor record and you do not have an ETA, you will have to apply for an ETA if you want to travel outside of Canada or the United States.  If you travel to the United States only and you return to Canada before your status ends, you do not have to apply for an ETA.

To find out more information about these changes, contact us at (416) 548-9101, or at inquiries@lmlawgroup.com.

 

Sincerely,

Long Mangalji LLP

Tips about the new Caregiver Program

The new Caregiver program that replaced the old Live-in-Caregiver program has created much confusion for families who want to hire caregivers and for workers who want to immigrate under this program.  Here are some of the tips about the program that may help you: 

  • It has become quite difficult to get a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for caregivers. A recent Toronto Star article reported that less than 10% of applications have been approved since the new program started.  It is still possible to obtain a LMIA for a caregiver in some locations.  However, we highly advise obtaining advice and representation when deciding to submit your application.
  • Those persons with open work permits (such as post-grad work permits, spousal work permits, or IEC work permits), however, may now qualify for permanent residence under the Caregiver program if they work for 2 years in Canada taking care of a child, elderly person, or a person living with a chronic illness or disability.  (Please note that students would not be able to use their work experience gained while they are studying full-time for this program).  
  • Given the difficulties of obtaining an LMIA, families may find it easier to find persons with open work permits to work for them rather than applying for LMIAs.
  • Persons with open work permits may also find the Caregiver program an easier way to obtain permanent residence than the Express Entry system.

To find out how if this program is right for you, contact us at (416) 548-9101, or at inquiries@lmlawgroup.com.