International Experience Canada

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International Experience Canada (“IEC“) provides young individuals the opportunity to travel and work in Canada. The program has grown considerably since it was introduced in 1951, and in 2016 IEC comprised 22% of International Mobility Program (“IMP“) work permits, making it the largest component of the IMP. The IEC Programs Participation in IEC is currently … Read More

Assessing the Genuineness of a Work Permit Offer of Employment

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Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (the “IRPR“) states that a work permit application must be refused if an officer determines that the offer of employment is not genuine. Section 200(5) of the IRPR states that in order to determine whether an offer of employment is genuine an officer should consider (a) whether the offer is made … Read More

Work Permits Under The North American Free Trade Agreement / CUSMA

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(the following is largely paraphrased from the IRCC website) The North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA“) is a free trade agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico.  It facilities the temporary entry of individuals, including providing certain Americans and Mexicans with the ability to work in Canada without first requiring Labour Market Impact Assessments … Read More

The Global Talent Stream

Meurrens LawLabour Market Impact Assessments, Work Permits

On June 12, 2017 Canada’s Department of Employment and Social Development introduced the Global Talent Stream. Companies applying for workers through the Global Talent Stream have access to a streamlined Labour Market Impact Assessment process that provides eligible employers with: priority processing of applications for the Global Talent Stream and a client-focused service for the … Read More

IRCC/ESDC Employer Compliance Inspections

Meurrens LawLabour Market Impact Assessments, Work Permits

All employers of temporary foreign workers in Canada need to understand how the employer compliance regime works.  Both Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) as well as the Department of Employment and Social Development (“ESDC”) regularly audit and inspect the employers of foreign workers to make sure that they are complying with the Temporary Foreign … Read More

Options to Restore Status

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There are many ways that people who come to Canada legally can suddenly find themselves inside Canada without valid status.  Some may simply forget to submit applications to extend their status prior to the end of the period of their authorized stay.  Others may submit their extension applications on time only to have Immigration, Refugees … Read More

The Post-Graduation Work Permit

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Canada’s Post-Graduate Work Permit (“PGWP”) program (the “PGWPP“) allows international students who have completed certain Canadian post-secondary programs to obtain work permits after graduating.  The work permits are open, meaning that the graduates can work for any employer in any Canadian province.  It is a fantastic program that enhances the competitiveness of Canadian post-secondary institutions … Read More

Open Spousal Work Permits After September 27, 2021

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In a previous blog post I wrote about how Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) was increasingly focusing on genuineness. On September 27, 2021 IRCC updated its webpage to reform the open spousal work permit program.

When Procedural Fairness Requires a Fairness Letter

Meurrens LawProvincial Nominee Programs, Study Permits, Work Permits

One of the most complicated topics in immigration law is determining when procedural fairness will require an immigration officer who is assessing an application to seek clarification in the form of a fairness letter or interview. As the Supreme Court of Canada noted in Baker v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) the the concept of procedural … Read More