What Professionals Should Know About Travelling Since Cannabis Legalization

What Professionals Should Know About Travelling Since Cannabis Legalization

In October 2018, Canada legalized the possession and use of recreational cannabis. Since then, the legal cannabis industry has grown and expanded, retail outlets have opened across the country, and Canadian usage of cannabis has increased to around 18 percent of the population, with a significant number of people trying it for the first time.

When we last talked about cannabis, the new laws had just taken effect, and there was a lot of uncertainty and fear over what legalization would mean for people travelling to the United States. So what have we learned in the 8 months since legalization, what should professionals know before crossing the border, and how should Canadian companies respond to the new legislation?

Getting the Best Help - How to Choose Professional Representation in the Mobility and Immigration Process

Getting the Best Help - How to Choose Professional Representation in the Mobility and Immigration Process

The process of relocation to Canada requires in depth knowledge of related law and policy to understand the correct steps to take when acquiring a work visa/study visa/permanent resident visa.

Each of these processes includes gathering the proper documentation needed, compiling a complete and properly filled application, and an understanding of the relevant deadlines and their significance. The consequences of not accounting for every component that is involved in this process can lead to deferred or declined applications which can cost time, money, and effort.

Understanding the Express Entry Point System for Canadian Immigration

Understanding the Express Entry Point System for Canadian Immigration

As a potential applicant for Express Entry, submitting an application means entering into an online pool of potential candidates with other applicants. Individuals in the pool are ordered by a Comprehensive Ranking System which assigns points to each applicant based on a number of different criteria according to the relevant program stream. Those with the most points have the highest scores and are among the top of those ranked in the pool.

Do Not Get Caught by Surprise – Stay Up to Date with Visa Exemptions

Do Not Get Caught by Surprise – Stay Up to Date with Visa Exemptions

Though bringing in foreign workers, particularly those with a high skill level and who are only seeking to enter for a short amount of time, has become easier lately, the rules can be modified at any time. You might be eligible for an exemption which would allow you to enter Canada without going through the normal work permit process of obtaining a Labour Market Impact Assessment

How Having a Professional Immigration Lawyer Can Help You Navigate Exemptions

How Having a Professional Immigration Lawyer Can Help You Navigate Exemptions

Bringing a foreign worker into Canada is no small task. It needs to be done properly, well in advance of the professional’s expected start date, and in compliance with all regulations and laws surrounding working in Canada.

Too often, we see companies attempt to navigate this important, and complex, process on their own. They have Human Resource departments file the paperwork, or think that it will be easy since they have hired a foreign worker in the past.

The Benefits of Having An Immigration Lawyer on Standby When Your Employees are Crossing the Canada-US Border

The Benefits of Having An Immigration Lawyer on Standby When Your Employees are Crossing the Canada-US Border

Sometimes the laws for U.S. citizens crossing into Canada can be more complicated than people think or anticipate. Anything you say at the border to the customs officer can have serious consequences. What also makes things difficult is that the rules and regulations are always changing. Even people who frequently cross may get caught out and not realize they are or have at some point in time, broken some of the rules. 

Do I Need a Visa to Work in Canada Temporarily?

Do I Need a Visa to Work in Canada Temporarily?

While companies are not restricted from hiring talented employees outside of Canada, it is important for employees and employers to understand immigration laws as they relate to foreign workers accepting work assignments in Canada. After the hiring process is complete and the temporary worker’s application for a work permit is approved, employers have responsibilities and conditions that they must meet.

Immigrating to Canada as a Foreign Worker? Know What’s Required Before You Arrive

Immigrating to Canada as a Foreign Worker? Know What’s Required Before You Arrive

Professionals need to understand what is required of them and their employer before they arrive in Canada. This process takes time, and getting a valid work permit relies on having the right documentation in place in advance. To help you navigate the process, it is always best to consult with a licensed immigration lawyer when preparing to come to Canada for work.

Crossing Into Canada for Work – Don’t Get Delayed or Turned Back at the Border

Crossing Into Canada for Work – Don’t Get Delayed or Turned Back at the Border

There are many reasons foreign professionals need to enter Canada for work. However, it’s important to remember that crossing the border as a worker is different than crossing as a visitor. There are different requirements for entrance and you’ll be expected to provide different documentation to the border agent than if you were traveling to Canada on holidays or for a visit.