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?
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.
The Canadian Government considers a variety of factors when evaluating your application to come to Canada, either as a permanent resident or as a foreign worker. Despite your best efforts, your application may be denied. When this happens, there are some next steps you can take to challenge the decision and try to achieve a positive decision.
As a professional worker looking to enter Canada, it is important to understand how criminal convictions that have been acquired in other countries will affect you. Citizenship and Immigration Canada looks at each applicant’s criminal record to assess the risk of whether that individual is likely to be involved in criminal activity after they enter Canada.
As an individual who wants to immigrate to Canada, understanding our immigration laws can be challenging. It can be tricky to find the right information if you do not know where to look. There is complex legal language that is difficult to understand if you are not familiar with it. And, frustratingly, immigration law tends to change frequently.
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.
Understanding the system of Express Entry and what it means to receive an Invitation to Apply is critical for anyone looking to move to Canada on a long-term basis. This article will introduce these concepts and recommend ways candidates can improve their chances of success.
Regardless of a company’s industry, in the global economy, it is increasingly common for American companies to send their employees to perform temporary work in Canada. It is important for American organizations to know what is required of them, and their workers, before they send professionals across the Canadian border for work, even for short durations.
This article will discuss the potential impact of the new legislation on three groups: Canadians participating in the cannabis industry and traveling to the US, Canadian companies looking to hire foreign workers, and foreign workers looking to come to Canada to work in the cannabis industry.
Moving to a new country for work is simultaneously exciting and intimidating. There are a lot of things that you need to do before you start working in Canada, and ensuring your family has the necessary visas or work permits is essential.
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
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.
Crossing into Canada for work is different than crossing for tourism. While many people take it for granted that they can work internationally, the truth is that foreign workers have responsibilities when entering Canada to work, regardless of how long they intend to be in the country.
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.
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.
Whatever the reason, there are times when the Canadian domestic labour market simply does not have the specific skills or experience you need. As the economy grows, the demand for these skilled workers exceeds the supply. That raises the question: Is there a “right time” to bring workers to Canada?
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.
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.