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Adobe PDFGovernment of Canada Announces Significant Overhaul of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)
Brian Dingle, Adam Pennell; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 9, 2014, previously published on July 2014
On June 20, 2014, the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and the Honourable Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, announced a comprehensive overhaul of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

 

Adobe PDFFederal Government Expands Enforcement of Immigration Laws through Site Inspections and Employee Interviews
Anton F. Mertens, Anna L. Scully; Burr & Forman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 18, 2014, previously published on June 2014
USCIS’s Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) Directorate is expected to begin full-scale implementation of an L-1 site inspection program in the near future. FDNS conducts unannounced administrative site visits regarding approximately 15,000 H-1B petitions each year, and is now...

 

HTMLEU Lawmakers Approve Plan to Harmonize Immigration Rules for Intracompany Transferees
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 21, 2014, previously published on May 15, 2014
European lawmakers have adopted a directive that will harmonize immigration rules for intracompany transferees in most EU member states and facilitate the transfer of managers, specialists and graduate trainees both into and within the region. EU member states will have two and a half years to...

 

HTMLState Department Selects FY 2015 Diversity Visa Lottery Winners
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 21, 2014, previously published on May 15, 2014
The U.S. State Department has chosen the winners of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery. Foreign nationals who entered the lottery can visit the official Entrant Status Check website to learn whether they were selected to submit an application for permanent residence.

 

HTMLFederal Government Promises Major Changes to Temporary Foreign Worker Program
Ryley Mennie; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 25, 2014, previously published on April 16, 2014
Canadian employers have been promised a more streamlined, effective and engaging process for hiring skilled foreign workers. Following an initial announcement in October of last year, the Government of Canada recently issued a news release providing further details on its new system for qualified...

 

HTMLHouse Democrats Launch Discharge Petition on Immigration
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
April 1, 2014, previously published on March 28, 2014
After launching a so-far unsuccessful discharge petition seeking to force a vote in the House on raising the minimum wage, House Democrats announced a similar effort aimed at forcing a vote on comprehensive immigration reform.

 

HTMLGovernment of Canada to Eliminate Immigrant Investor and Entrepreneur Programs
Henry J. Chang; Blaney McMurtry LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 14, 2014, previously published on March 5, 2014
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...

 

HTMLExpatriation of Minors
Withers Bergman LLP/Withers LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 13, 2014, previously published on March 12, 2014
Media across the globe has recently paid significant attention to the growing number of US citizens relinquishing their citizenship. Many different factors effect one’s decision to expatriate, though most commentators agree the primary driver is the growing complexity of the US tax system....

 

HTMLImmigration Processing Disruptions Continue
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 3, 2014, previously published on February 26, 2014
Government offices will remain closed until March 5, 2014 due to ongoing political demonstrations in Venezuela, especially in the capital city of Caracas. In an effort to deter travel to the country, many Venezuelan consulates have ceased issuing visas but are expected to resume full operations...

 

HTMLGovernment Sharply Increases Worksite Inspections
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 19, 2014, previously published on February 19, 2014
Kenyan officials continue to ramp up their immigration enforcement efforts with the Department of Immigration Services (DIS) substantially increasing the number of unannounced worksite inspections to companies that employ foreign nationals.

 


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