On September 30 2018, the governments of Canada, the USA, and Mexico announced agreement in principle on the provisions of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement, or USMCA. While the USMCA is not yet implemented and the provisions of NAFTA currently remain in place, the expectation is that USMCA will replace NAFTA once the agreement is signed by the three nations and once it is ratified by the three governments involved. There therefore remains the possibility that the USMCA is further revised or is not implemented at all.
As it stands, the immigration provisions included in NAFTA have been...
The Government of Canada has implemented new cross-border employment provisions under the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA. Under CETA, new provisions for work in Canada are enacted for the following categories:
1. Business Visitors;
2. Business Visitors for Investment Purposes;
4. Independent Professionals;
5. Contractual Service Providers;
6. Intra-Corporate Transferees;
7. Spouses of Intra-Corporate Transferees.
Business Visitors and Business Visitors for Investment Purposes
Although CETA defines new categories of Business Visitors, c...
The Government of Canada has announced that it anticipates launching its Global Skills Strategy program to facilitate the admission of high-skill foreign workers on June 12 2017. The program, which targets quickly-growing Canadian companies in need of global talent to accelerate progress and investment, and for foreign companies making significant financial investment into Canada, relocating operations to Canada, or developing production facilities in Canada.
For companies that are eligible, the program will establish a dedicated processing channel to decrease work permit and/or visa processin...
Since the original announcement of the requirement of Electronic Travel Authorizations for passport visa exempt travellers flying into Canada, the approval has been optional. That requirement had been postponed on a few occasions and was set to be implemented on September 29 2016. However, the government has announced another delay in the mandatory requirement, now until November 09 2016.
In August of 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (now Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada - IRCC) implemented new rules requiring most passport-visa-exempt nationals to seek an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) prior to travelling to Canada by air. These rules were implemented by the former Conservative Government, just prior to the 2015 election win of the current Liberal Government.
Following industry input, the new government has announced that they are postponing the mandatory ETA requirement for an additional six months. The rationale is that there is concern that there...