Canada has ongoing immigration needs. Over the last couple of years there has been a lull in the need for foreign workers, but with the economy heating up again, baby boomers leaving the workforce and birth and immigration levels not as high as they need to be, Canada is going to have to look to other countries to fill skilled positions. Employers need to be aware of the options available to them and the traps to avoid.
Working with our Labour and Employment Practice Group, our immigration team consists of lawyers from our Edmonton and Calgary offices, Brian DeMong, a Senior Immigration Advisor who served for many years with Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC), and Rebecca Benic, an Immigration Specialist with extensive experience in foreign worker, permanent residence and naturalization matters.
Services provided by our immigration team include:
Obtaining Labour Market Opinions (LMOs) and working with Service Canada;
Obtaining Temporary Foreign Worker Permits - including accompanying spouses and dependents and retention/extension of permits;
Advising on the transition from temporary foreign worker to permanent immigration;
Working with immigration issues under NAFTA and other international treaties;
Assisting with the completion of Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC) application forms;
Identifying the best source countries for recruiting foreign workers, taking into consideration labour trade agreements, visa, medical and language requirements;
Designing and delivering bespoke in-house training programs for companies and their employees; and
Advising on general overall immigration and visa needs.