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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.
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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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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