Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Posted on July 31, 2013

The Government of Canada has implemented reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. These reforms are meant to give Canadians first chance at available jobs.

Effective July 31, 2013, the reforms include:

  • Fee for Labour Market Opinion (LMO) Processing:¬†Employers hiring foreign workers must now pay $275 for each position.
  • Language Restriction:¬†English and French are now the only languages that can be identified as a job requirement, both in LMO requests and advertisements.
  • New Advertising Requirements: Employers must now advertise longer and use more advertsing methods.
  • New LMO Application with questions on impacts on the Canadian job market: Employers must now answer additional questions regarding the impact that hiring a temporary foreign worker will have on Canada’s job market.

For more information about these reforms, please click here.

PAFSO Strike

Posted on July 28, 2013

Starting Monday, striking foreign service officers are withdrawing all services at Canada’s 15 biggest visa processing centres abroad. This news comes after a failed attempt to go to arbitration in order to settle a contract dispute with the government.

The Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers, the union representing the officers, is stepping up its pressure on the government. The union hopes to persuade the government that binding arbitration is the way to resolve this dispute.

The following are the visa processing centres affected:

  • Abu Dhabi.
  • Ankara.
  • Beijing.
  • Cairo.
  • Delhi/Chandigarh.
  • Hong Kong.
  • London.
  • Manila.
  • Mexico City.
  • Moscow.
  • Paris.
  • Riyadh.
  • Sao Paulo.
  • Shanghai.

For more information, please click here. 

Special Measures for those affected by the tragedy in Lac-Megantic

Posted on July 26, 2013

New Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced that the Government of Canada will automatically extend or restore the status of temporary residents directly affected by the tragic explosion and fire at Lac-Megantic, Quebec. The government will also provide free replacements of destroyed documents, such as immigration and citizenship status papers, permanent residency cards, and Canadian passports.

For more information, please click here.

Canada to resettle 1 300 Syrian refugees by the end of 2014

Posted on July 3, 2013

Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, announced today that Canada has made an initial commitment to resettle up to 1,300 Syrian refugees this year and next.

For more information, please click here.

Special measures for temporary and permanent residents affected by the flooding in Alberta

Posted on July 2, 2013

Special procedures have been put in place to help those temporary and permanent residents in Alberta who, because of the recent flooding, need to apply for urgent immigration documents, extend their work or study permits, or replace destroyed immigration documents. Fees are being waived and status will be automatically extended or restored. These special procedures will be in place until September 19, 2013.

A dedicated phone line and email address have been set up. People can call 1-888-242-2100 and Press “7”. People can email prairies-situation@cic.gc.ca with their UCI#, full name, date of birth, place and country of birth, and with “URGENT:FLOOD” in subject line.

For more information, please click here.

10 Year ePassport Now Available

Posted on July 2, 2013

Canada’s new 10-year ePassport is now available to Canadians. The new ePassports contain embedded electronic chips, which prevent fraud. The chips store the same personal information as that which is recorded on the second page of the passport (except for the signature), as well as, a photo and a digital security feature that proves that the passport was issued by the Government of Canada. Once the personal information is stored in the chip, it cannot be modified without invalidating the passport.

Also, a new fee structure comes into affect today. Click here for more information.

Lastly, effective today, Citizenship and Immigration Canada assumes primary responsibility for Passport Canada, which has previously been part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. This change will not disrupt current services. Canadians will be able to continue accessing passport services through the same service locations.

For more information, please click here.

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