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Our team understand the importance of immigration to the economic growth of Atlantic Canada. Whether in the technology, health care, energy, education, or corporate sectors, immigration plays an important part in how we diversify and fill important skill gaps.

 

Whether you have a business that needs personnel to enter Canada, you want to immigrate to Canada yourself, or you’re looking to help family members settle here, McInnes Cooper can assist you. We provide the full spectrum of legal services in Citizenship and Immigration matters.

 

We commonly address the following types of immigration issues:

 

  • Movement under International Treaties;
  • Procurement of Labour Market Opinions (LMOs) from Service Canada;
  • Issuance and Renewal of Temporary Work Permits;
  • Applications for Permanent Residency;
  • Applications for Canadian Citizenship;
  • Criminal Inadmissibility; and
  • Miscellaneous Matters.
Meghan Felt and Sarah McInnes in the Chronicle Herald’s Cream: The Nuances of Labour Marketing Impact Assessments (LMIA)
April 22, 2016

It’s critical for an employer to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) when hiring a temporary foreign worker(s). Employers applying for a LMIA must generally satisfy minimum advertising requirements, an arduous and expensive process. But there are two key exemptions to this requirement: specialized service providers and owner/operators.   McInnes Cooper Immigration lawyers Meghan Felt and

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Legal Update: The Nuances of Labour Marketing Impact Assessments (LMIA) – 2 Key Exemptions to Minimum Advertising Requirements
March 29, 2016

Applying for and obtaining a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a critical step in hiring a temporary foreign worker(s). Employers applying for a LMIA must generally satisfy minimum advertising requirements, an arduous and expensive process. But there are two key exemptions to this requirement: employers that are owner/operators and those that are specialized service

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McInnes Cooper’s Sarah McInnes and Meghan Felt in the Chronicle Herald’s Cream: Get your eTA by March 15, 2016 – or your ETA could be delayed
March  9, 2016

Starting March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to travel through and to Canada. Travellers without an eTA or who can’t meet the requirements to get in without one during the grace period will either be turned away at the border, or have an extremely difficult time with a border

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Legal Alert: Get Your eTA by March 15, 2016 – or Your ETA Could be Delayed
March  7, 2016

Does your business involve international travel by clients, employees or others to you in Canada? Starting March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals, including those who have a work permit but are visa exempt, will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to travel both through and to Canada. A traveller who needs but doesn’t have one

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McInnes Cooper’s Sarah McInnes and Meghan Felt in the Chronicle Herald’s Cream: Employers face more inspections and new penalties under the new temporary foreign worker regime
January 22, 2016

The new Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and the International Mobility Program (IMP) regulations took effect on December 1st, 2015. The new regime makes compliance inspections easier and creates new penalties for non-compliance. And this means employers using the Programs need to comply – and be ready to prove that they did.   In their article,

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Legal Update: Employers Face More Inspections & New Penalties Under the New Temporary Foreign Worker Regime Effective December 1, 2015
December 16, 2015

As of December 1, 2015, the new Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and the International Mobility Program (IMP) regulations took effect. The new regime makes compliance inspections easier and creates new penalties for non-compliance. And this means employers using the Programs need to comply – and be ready to prove that they did.   THE

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Legal Update: Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program Overhaul
July  9, 2014

On June 20, 2014 the Federal Government announced a major overhaul of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program. With stringent enforcement and compliance mechanisms, the overhaul increases the restrictions on Canadian employers’ use of temporary foreign workers – and Canadian employers will face additional challenges hiring temporary foreign workers going forward:   Two Programs. The International

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Legal Update: Feds Crack Down On Employer Abuse Of Temporary Foreign Worker Program
April  3, 2014

On March 28, 2014 the Federal Government tabled Bill C-31 to implement the 2014 Federal Budget – including broad authority to impose cash penalties on employers that don’t comply with the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Employers with temporary foreign workers currently or prospectively on the payroll must stay on top of, and comply with, the

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Legal Update: More Changes to Federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program
January 21, 2014

On December 31, 2013, amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations and new Ministerial Instructions changing the Federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program took effect:   New Conditions. Employers seeking to hire foreign workers are subject to new – and additional – record keeping, training and workplace condition obligations. Sex-Related Trades. Employment and Social Development

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Legal Alert: Federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program Changes
April 30, 2013

Note: Effective December 31, 2013, the Federal Government made additional changes to the Federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Click here to read McInnes Cooper’s January 21, 2014 Legal Update: More Changes to Federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program.   On April 29, 2013 the Federal Government announced seven significant changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program:

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Changes to Federal Foreign Worker Regulations Effective April 1, 2011: A Serious Issue for Employers
March  6, 2011

In the midst of a sea of change, the Federal Government has enacted Regulatory changes significantly impacting employers who hire foreign workers to come into full effect on April 1, 2011.   Recruiting and retaining qualified employees is a perpetual business challenge. In light of significant demographic shifts in the Canadian population, employers now commonly

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Minister of Immigration in Halifax: Nova Scotia’s Message is “Loud and Clear”
March 16, 2016

The Federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, The Honourable John McCallum, was the guest speaker yesterday at the Halifax Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Speakers Series. He was respectfully introduced by Wadih Fares, President & CEO of W.M. Fares Group, who has been promoting immigration to Nova Scotia for many years. Mr. Fares made a

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New Partnership between NB Multicultural Council and McInnes Cooper aids immigrants and refugees
January 11, 2016

NEWS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     January 11th, 2015                 IMPROVING ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES IN NB   MONCTON – Immigrants and refugees coming to New Brunswick can face many hurdles on their journey to integrate and establish themselves, including barriers to justice.  For those with limited financial means, legal support

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McInnes Cooper to provide pro bono legal counsel to disadvantaged immigrants on Prince Edward Island
September 15, 2014

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE September 15, 2014 – Qualifying immigrants to Prince Edward Island will have access to pro bono legal services as a result of a new partnership between McInnes Cooper and the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada (PEI ANC), a non-profit settlement agency that welcomes and supports immigrants.   McInnes Cooper, among the top

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McInnes Cooper to provide pro-bono legal counsel to immigrants starting a business in Nova Scotia
May  9, 2014

HALIFAX, NS May 9, 2014 – Immigrants starting a business and employing Nova Scotians will have access to pro-bono law services as a result of new partnership between McInnes Cooper and Immigrant Settlement & Integration Services (ISIS), a leading community organization that welcomes immigrants to Nova Scotia.   McInnes Cooper, among the top business law

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