Henry J. Chang is co-chair of the firm's International Trade and Business Group and a member of its Immigration Law Group.
Henry obtained his Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1990. He is a member of the State Bar of California and the Law Society of Upper Canada. Henry is also licensed as a Foreign Legal Consultant by the Law Society of Upper Canada, which is a requirement for all Ontario lawyers who provide advice on foreign law.
As a member of the firm's International Trade and Business Group, Henry acts for foreign and domestic companies seeking to engage in cross-border business transactions. He advises multinational businesses on a broad range of legal issues, including:
•Cross Border M&A Transactions;
•Anti-Corruption Compliance under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act;
•Reviews of foreign investments under the Investment Canada Act;
•Trade issues arising from multilateral and bilateral trade agreements; and
•Customs issues under the Customs Act and Customs Tariff.
Henry is also a member of the firm's Immigration Law Group. A recognized authority in the field of United States and Canadian immigration law, he lectures extensively on the subject in both the United States and Canada. His work has been published in numerous nationally- and internationally-recognized publications, including LexisNexis' Immigration Law & Procedure, which has been cited in over 300 federal court decisions in cases from across the U.S. circuit courts of appeals, federal district courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Henry also mentors other lawyers in the practice of immigration law in the United States and Canada.
Henry is listed in the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2012-2014 and the International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers 2013-2014 published by Who's Who Legal, the Official Research Partner of the International Bar Association and Strategic Research Partner of the ABA Section of International Law. Henry is also listed in Best Lawyers in Canada (2013-2015) for Immigration Law, and is recognized in the Lexpert Canadian Legal Directory (2011-2014) as a leading practitioner in Canada.
•Recognized as one of the “Most Highly Regarded Individuals in Corporate Immigration” by Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014
•Licensed as a Foreign Legal Consultant by the Law Society of Upper Canada
•Av Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
•Recognized in Lexpert Canadian Legal Directory as a Leading Practitioner (consistently recommended) for Immigration Law
•Recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada for Immigration Law
•Listed in The International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers
•Listed in The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers
Related News & Seminars
Blaneys Partners Named to Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014
Four Blaney McMurtry partners, Mark G. Lichty, Henry J. Chang, Andrea Rush and Janet L. Bobechko, have been recognized in the 2014 edition of Who's Who Legal: Canada.
Chang to Moderate Panel
Henry Chang will moderate a panel entitled, “Recent Developments in Foreign Anti-Corruption Laws,” at the 2014 Annual Conference of the International Association of Korean Lawyers (IAKL), which will take place in New York from October 2-5, 2014.
Best Lawyers in Canada Released: Nine Blaney McMurtry Lawyers Recognized
Nine Blaney McMurtry lawyers have been voted by their peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in Canada 2015. Those lawyers, and the practice areas in which they are recognized, are:
Blaneys Lawyers Rated as Leading Practitioners by 2014 Lexpert
Congratulations to the following Blaney McMurtry lawyers who are rated as leading practitioners in their respective fields in the 2014 Lexpert Canadian Legal Directory:
Blaneys Lawyers Recognized in 2014 Who's Who Legal
Four Blaney McMurtry lawyers have been recognized in their respective fields by the 2014 edition of Who's Who Legal, the official research partner of the International Bar Association (IBA). Congratulations go out to:
Henry Chang Speaker on Canadian Foreign Anti-Corruption Laws
Henry Chang spoke at the 6th Bribery and Foreign Corruption course presented by Federated Press on December 10-11, 2013, in Toronto, on the topic of Canadian Foreign Anti-Corruption laws.
Blaneys Partners Recognized in Who's Who Legal: Canada 2013
Three Blaney McMurtry partners, Mark G. Lichty, Henry J. Chang and Janet L. Bobechko, have been recognized in the 2013 edition of Who's Who Legal: Canada. This year 1,055 lawyers across Canada were included, in 34 practice areas.
Blaneys Lawyers Named to “Best Lawyers in Canada 2014”
Several Blaney McMurtry lawyers have been recognized by their colleagues in an annual peer-review survey and named to the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada, one of the most respected publications in the legal profession. Congratulations to the following lawyers, listed with their respective practice areas:
Blaneys Henry Chang Among Top 15 in Corporate Immigration
Blaney McMurtry partner Henry Chang has been identified by Who's Who Legal as one of the top 15 most highly regarded corporate immigration lawyers in the World, in its annual worldwide research of law firms.
Blaneys Partner Receives AV Preeminent Rating
Blaney McMurtry partner Henry Chang has recently received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Blaney McMurtry Partner Appointed to ABASIL Steering Committees
Blaney McMurtry partner Henry J. Chang was appointed to the Steering Groups of three committees of the ABA Section of International Law (ABASIL) for the 2013-2014 year. These committees include the International Anti-Corruption Committee, the International Mergers & Acquisitions and Joint Venture Committee and the International Investment and Development Committee.
Blaneys Lawyers Rated as Leading Practitioners - Lexpert
Blaney McMurtry LLP is pleased to announce that ten members of the firm have been recognized by the Lexpert 2013 Canadian Legal Directory as leading practitioners in their respective areas of practice, based on a comprehensive survey of lawyers across Canada.
Blaneys Partner to Co-Lecture at Federated Press Seminar
Henry Chang will be a co-lecturer during the “Employing Foreign Workers” seminar, which is being held by the Federated Press May 23 - 24, 2013.
Blaneys Partner to Speak at CBA Immigration Law Conference
Henry Chang will be a guest speaker at the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) National Immigration Law Section Conference, which is taking place May 9 - 11, 2013, in Montreal, QC. Henry will be speaking on a panel entitled “Success 101.”
Blaneys Partners Selected to International Who's Who 2013
Two Blaney McMurtry partners have been included in the prestigious International Who's Who publications. Mark G. Lichty, chair of the firm's Coverage Counsel Group, has been selected to The International Who's Who of Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers 2013. Henry J.
Blaneys Partner Quoted in Forbes Magazine
Henry Chang was quoted in “Move to Canada If Romney Wins? Not So Fast,” published on Forbes.com on November 5, 2012.
Blaneys Immigration Partner Named to Who's Who Legal: Canada
Blaneys partner, Henry J. Chang, has been named to Who's Who Legal: Canada 2012 in the Corporate Immigration chapter. Who's Who Legal: Canada recognizes the top 966 leading business lawyers in Canada, as identified by independent research conducted with clients and peers.
Blaneys Partner Interviewed by HR Insider
Henry Chang was featured in an interview with HR Insider, Canada's online guide to compliance and management, on “Getting a U.S. Work Visa”. In the interview, Henry discusses the difference between a business visitor who can enter the U.S.
Blaneys Partner Elected to Executive of CBA - International Law Section
Henry Chang, Partner at Blaney McMurtry and co-chair of the firm's International Trade and Business Group, has been elected as member of the Executive of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Section of International Law, for the 2012-2013 term.
Blaneys Partner Re-Elected to CBA National Immigration Law Section
Blaneys' partner, Henry J. Chang, has been re-elected as an Executive Member of the Canadian Bar Association National Immigration Law Section for the 2012-2013 term.
The Government of Canada Introduces Legislation to Prevent Barbaric Cultural Practices in Canada
On November 5, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced that the Government of Canada had tabled its proposed Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act (the “Proposed Act”). The Proposed Act is intended to amend the current Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (“IRPA”), the Civil Marriage Act and the Criminal Code for the purpose of preventing barbaric cultural practices from taking place in Canada.
ESDC Considers Administrative Monetary Penalties and Longer Bans on Employers Who Violate the TFWP
As was previously mentioned in the July 2014 issue of Blaneys on Immigration, on June 20, 2014, the Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, announced changes to Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program (“TFWP”). Among these changes was a proposal to impose fines of up to $100,000 on employers who violated the TFWP.
United States Customs and Border Protection Designates Ports of Entry for Optimized Processing of TN and L-1 Status
United States Customs and Border Protection (“USCBP”) recently announced on its website that, sometime during September 2014, it would begin optimizing processing for first-time Canadian TN and L-1 applicants seeking entry into the United States under the North American Free Trade Agreement (the “NAFTA”).
Canada and South Korea Sign Free Trade Agreement
On September 22, 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and South Korean President Park Geun-hye officially signed the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (the “CKFTA”), which was announced on March 11, 2014. The ceremony took place during Park Geun-hye's official visit to Canada.
A Review of NEXUS Program Eligibility
The NEXUS program is a joint initiative of United States Customs and Border Protection (“USCBP”) and the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”), which allows pre-approved, low-risk travellers to receive expedited entry when travelling to the United States or Canada. In addition, under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, NEXUS cards are approved for use by United States and Canadian citizens as an alternative to passports for air, land, and sea travel into the United States.
Fee for Renouncing United States Citizenship Increases Significantly
On August 29, 2014, the U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) published an interim final rule in the Federal Register, which raised the fee for processing renunciations of United States citizenship from US$450 to US$2,350, a 522.22% increase. This new fee became effective on September 6, 2014.
The obvious reason for this fee increase is to discourage dual citizens from renouncing their United States citizenship. During the past two years, renunciations of United States citizenship have increased significantly.
Copyright Protection of Monkey Selfies and Other Non-Human Works
In recent weeks, the media has been reporting on the ongoing copyright dispute between British wildlife photographer David Slater and Wikimedia, the non-profit foundation behind Wikipedia. In 2011, Mr. Slater was in Indonesia taking pictures of crested black macaques when one of the monkeys grabbed his camera (presumably while it was left unattended) and took hundreds of selfies with it, including the now-famous monkey selfie.
Canadian Citizenship Amendments Receive Royal Assent
As previously reported, on February 6, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Minister (the “Minister”) Chris Alexander unveiled Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, which proposed significant amendments to the Canadian Citizenship Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-29).
Citizenship and Immigration Canada Announces Change to Definition of Dependent Children
As previously reported, on May 10, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) announced a proposed regulatory amendment to the definition of “dependent child.” Once enacted, it would reduce the upper age limit for dependent children from “under 22” to “under 19” and would remove the exception for children 19 or older who are financially dependent on their parents and are enrolled in full-time studies.
Canadian Government Announces Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program
On June 20, 2014, the Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, announced significant changes to Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Prior to these changes, there were essentially two categories of temporary foreign workers - those who required a Labour Market Opinion (“LMO”) and those who were LMO-exempt.
CRTC Issues Updated Guidance on Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation
We previously provided a detailed analysis of Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation1 (“CASL”). The provisions that regulate the transmission of commercial electronic messages (“CEMs”) came into force on July 1, 2014, and are now effective.
CIC Issues Expanded Guidance on C12 Specialized Knowledge Intra-Company Transferees
On June 9, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) issued Operational Bulletin 575 (“OB 575”), which provides expanded guidance for intra-company transferee (ICT) work permits issued to specialized knowledge workers under the general ICT (C12) category. This guidance, which is effective immediately, imposes a more rigorous definition of “specialized knowledge” as well as a mandatory wage requirement for some ICTs.
Canada's Anti-Spam Law and Social Media: Marketers Advised to Proceed with Caution
“In every life we have some trouble; when you worry, you make it double; Don't worry, be happy.”1
Caps Announced for Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades and Canadian Experience Classes
On April 29, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) published Operational Bulletin 572, which provided guidance on the implementation of the twelfth set of Ministerial Instructions. These Ministerial Instructions established caps on the Federal Skilled Worker (“FSW”) Class, Federal Skilled Trades (“FST”) Class, and Canadian Experience Class (“CEC”). Further details appear below.
ESDC Announces Moratorium on LMO Applications Related to the Food Services Sector
On April 24, 2014, Canada's Minister of Employment and Social Development (Jason Kenney) announced an immediate moratorium on the Food Services Sector's access to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (“TFWP”). As a result, Employment and Social Development Canada (“ESDC”) will no longer process any new or pending Labour Market Opinion (“LMO”) applications related to the Food Services Sector. In addition, any unfilled positions tied to a previously approved LMO will be suspended.
CAN+ Program to Facilitate Trade and Travel with Mexico
On May 12, 2014, Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced that the Canadian Government was taking action to make it faster and easier for Mexican visitors to come to Canada. Under the new CAN+ Program, Mexican citizens who have traveled to Canada or the United States within the last 10 years will be eligible for expedited temporary resident visa (“TRV”) processing, although they will continue to require TRVs to enter Canada.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada Warns Stakeholders Not to Give Immigration Advice
Last year, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) published a notice on its website, which provided valuable guidance regarding the giving of immigration advice. It states that due to changes in Canada's immigration law, many stakeholders are now required to be members of a prescribed regulatory body if they wish to provide immigration services to clients, including immigration advice.
Use of Kijiji in Jobs Report Highlights its Unreliability as a Recruitment Source
On February 11, 2014, Finance Canada released its 54-page “Jobs Report” alongside the Federal Budget. In that report, the Canadian Government claimed that Canada's job vacancy rate had been “increasing steadily since 2009.” However, this claim was challenged by economists, who noted that Statistics Canada's own figures proved it was declining.
Canada Announces Free Trade Agreement with the Republic of Korea
On March 11, 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Park Geun Hye of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) announced that Canada and South Korea had concluded negotiations on a new free trade agreement. The Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (the “CKFTA”) will cover virtually all aspects of Canada-South Korean trade, including trade in goods and services, investment, government procurement, non-tariff barriers, environment and labour cooperation, and other areas of economic activity.
Government of Canada to Eliminate Immigrant Investor and Entrepreneur Programs
On February 11, 2014, the Government of Canada announced its intention to terminate the Federal Immigrant Investor Program (“IIP”) and Federal Entrepreneur Program (“EP”) and eliminate the large backlog of applications. These immigration-related announcements were contained in the Canadian Government's 2014 Budget (the “Economic Action Plan 2014”). (Also Member, Chang & Boos)