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CETA offers enhanced labour mobility for EU nationals entering Canada

Canada and the European Union (“EU”) commenced their provisional application of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“CETA”) on September 21, 2017.

 

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CIC announces changes to the Canadian Experience Class

On November 9, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced significant changes to the Canadian Experience Class (“CEC”). Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) will now impose a total annual cap on the number of new CEC applications that it accepts and introduce limits on the number of applications that may be accepted in certain occupations. In addition, CIC will change the timing of when language ability is assessed.

 

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Employment and Social Development Canada announces further changes to the LMO process

On April 29, 2013, the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development (“HRSDC”) and the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism announced that they would be introducing numerous changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Employment and Social Development Canada, formerly known as HRSDC, has now announced changes to the Labour Market Opinion application process, which are effective as of July 31, 2013.

 

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Opportunities Ontario offers permanent residence to international students with a job offer

Opportunities Ontario, Ontario’s provincial nominee program, has further expanded its International Student Category to include international students who have a job offer from an employer located in Ontario. The International Student with a Job Offer Stream is different from the PhD Graduate Stream and Masters Graduate Stream because it includes international students who are: (a) graduating from two-year undergraduate diploma/degree programs, or (b) graduating from one year post-graduate degree/certificate programs, even if they are not considered Masters-level programs…

 

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National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011 now available

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011 is the current departmental standard and was approved on November 21, 2011. The NOC was jointly released for free by Statistics Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) today and includes…

 

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National Occupational Classification, 2011

The structure of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011 has changed and is replacing Statistics Canada’s National Occupational Classification for Statistics (NOC-S) 2006 and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada’s NOC 2006, eliminating the differences that have existed between these two classifications. The NOC is being adapted to reflect the significant structural changes in the Canadian labour market since 2001.

 

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CIC issues additional guidance on specialized knowledge intracompany transferees

On July 4, 2011, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) issued Operational Bulletin 316 (the “Bulletin”). The Bulletin contains additional instructions regarding the assessment criteria that should be considered when adjudicating specialized knowledge intracompany transferee work permit applications.

 

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