Employers of foreign nationals should now be aware that as of
late 2015, businesses who wish to employ foreign nationals in
Canada who are exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
must complete an online filing and pay a $230 employer compliance
fee per offer of employment. This is completed online through the
Employer Portal. The compliance fee is in
addition to the $155 Work Permit application fee. It is recommended
that employers complete the online filing well in advance of the
foreign national applying for a Work Permit, primarily due to
ongoing technical problems with this system, making it unavailable
for extended periods of time. Businesses may also allow Alexander
Holburn to complete employer portal filings on their behalf by
designating Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP as their
NEW ELECTRONIC TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION REQUIREMENTS
As of March 15, 2016, most visa-exempt foreign nationals coming
to Canada by air must have an Electronic Travel Authorization
("eTA"). This includes citizens of the United Kingdom,
most EU countries, as well as those from Australia and New Zealand.
Currently, citizens of the US and those with a valid visa are
exempt. An eTA costs $7 and remains valid for five years or until
the foreign national's passport expires, whichever comes first.
To find out whether an eTA is needed, consult Immigration, Refugee
and Citizenship Canada's website, or contact one of the members of
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October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
October 19th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 22nd round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 45th overall, inviting 1804 applicants for permanent residence, the largest number ever. The lowest CRS score was 475, a decline from the previous draw.
September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
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