On November 8, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) announced significant changes to the Canadian Experience Class (“CEC”). The CEC is a very popular program for immigrating to Canada.  Subject to narrow exceptions, individuals qualify for the CEC if: they plan to live outside of Quebec; they have at least 12 months of full-time skilled work experience in Canada during the three-year period before they apply; they gained their skilled work experience in Canada with the proper authorization; they were not self employed when they gained their skilled work experience; and […]

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  Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC“) has released Operational Bulletin 503 – Clarification of Volunteering in Relation to Farm Work (“OB-503“).  The Temporary Foreign Worker Manual provides that if a tourist wishes to stay on a family farm and work part time just for room and board for a short period then this is not considered work, and a work permit is not required.  Work on a farm that is expected to last beyond four weeks, however, requires a work permit. OB-503 elaborates on this.  It specifies that the volunteering on the farm […]

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