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presence in Canada or who anticipate the need to place talent at a
Canadian work site.
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1. Beginning December 1, 2016, Mexican Citizens Will Not Need a
Visa for Canada
Beginning December 1, 2016, the Canadian government will no
longer require Mexican citizens to obtain a Temporary Resident Visa
(TRV) prior to entering Canada. Mexican citizens will still need to
obtain a Canadian work permit in order to perform productive work
activities in Canada; however, qualified applicants will be able to
submit their applications at the Port of Entry for immediate
adjudication. In light of the lengthy processing times to obtain a
TRV or Work Permit at a Canadian consulate, this change will
significantly expedite entry of Mexican citizens into Canada.
Before November 30, 2016: Mexican
citizens continue to require a TRV to enter Canada.
After December 1, 2016: Mexican
citizens will be required to obtain an eTA (similar to other
visa-exempt nationals) if entering Canada by air. If a Mexican
citizen enters by land or by sea, an eTA will not be required.
2. Canada Confirms New Deadline for the eTA Entry
On March 15, 2016, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
("IRCC") introduced new entry requirements.
Specifically, most visa-exempt nationals must obtain an
electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) if he or she will travel by
air to enter or transit through Canada.
However, from March 15, 2016 until September 29,
2016, travellers who have not yet obtained an eTA can
board their flight, as long as they have appropriate travel
After September 29, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals
(including U.S. green card holders, work permit holders or visitors
to the U.S. who enter Canada by air), must obtain an eTA before
boarding their flight. Without the eTA, he or she will not be
allowed to board the aircraft.
The following individual do not need to submit a separate eTA
Visa-exempt individuals entering by
land or by sea will not require an eTA.
United States passport holders do not
require an eTA.
Those who have received a valid
Temporary Resident Visa or Work Permit through a Canadian
Consulate, will automatically be issued an eTA.
Every individual entering Canada will continue to be interviewed
by a Canada Border Services Agency officer who will examine their
travel documentation. Individuals who either have an eTA or are
exempted from the requirement must continue to meet general entry
requirements upon each entry to Canada.
Although there is a transition period, we strongly recommend
that individuals requiring an eTA apply in advance to ensure that
there are no unforeseen delays with obtaining the eTA. Applicants
for entry can confirm whether they are required to obtain an eTA
for entry by visiting the following website: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp
The eTA will electronically link to the passport and, once
granted, will be valid for a period of five years from the day on
which it is issued to the applicant unless the individual's
passport or travel document is set to expire or the eTA is
3. Canada Launches a New Work Permit Immigration Stream to
Attract Francophone Skilled Workers to Communities Outside of
IRCC announced a very narrow but exciting new work permit
category under the International Mobility Program ("IMP")
that would allow Francophone high-skilled workers to obtain
Canadian work authorization if they are destined to live and work
in Francophone minority communities outside of Quebec. Applications
are currently being accepted.
The IMP enables employers to apply for a Canadian work permit
for their employees without first obtaining a Labour Market Impact
Assessment ("LMIA"). The LMIA is an application filed by
the Employer that requires a test of the Canadian Labour Market to
determine if there are any qualified Canadian citizens or permanent
residents available to fill the foreign national's position in
Canada. It is a lengthy process that requires Canadian employers to
provide significant documentation including, in many cases, proof
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