September 4, 2012

MKS Immigration Lawyers – Makes Canadian Lawyer’s Top 5 List

Vancouver immigration law firm, Maynard Kischer Stojicevic (MKS), recently received the honour of being featured in Canadian Lawyer Magazine’s Looking to the Future article. The award-winning magazine highlighted the achievements of Canadian law firms and ranked the best litigators, immigration and tax lawyers in the country.
July 4, 2012

The basic tenets that are cornerstones of Canadian immigration law

Back in 2005, Citizenship & Immigration Canada (“CIC”), which was the department that was responsible for both the policy and operations mandate of Canada’s immigration program, had its enforcement and port of entry (or border) functions hived off into a new agency called Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”). CBSA is an amalgam of a number of different units of several departments, including Canada Customs which was previously part of the […]
July 4, 2012

The Service Canada Confirmation Process – Skilled Labour

To hire a foreign worker, a B.C. business would need to go through the confirmation process in order to hire a foreign worker for an initial 1-3 year period. The confirmation process in the skilled labour area requires the employer to show that there is a shortage of this type of worker in Canada, and that the hiring of this person will either have a positive or a neutral impact […]
July 4, 2012

Using the Provincial Nominee Program to Bring in Skilled Workers

If an employer wants to ensure that a key employee obtains permanent residence, in British Columbia there is a means by which that can be done very effectively in cases of particularly important staff and that is the Strategic Occupations Category of the Provincial Nominee Program (“PNP”). The PNP is the product of an agreement between the Province of British Columbia and the federal government by which the province gets […]
July 4, 2012

Using the Provincial Nominee Program to Attract Active Investors

Traditionally in Canada, we always had a certain amount of interest from overseas investors who want to invest in Canadian businesses in order to secure themselves immigration status. Although there are various opportunities to do this in British Columbia, most of them require an active management component in order to be successful. Under the provincial nominee program, for example, there are three categories that cater to business immigrants, they predominantly […]
July 4, 2012

Investment in the Business – Part 1

Rules have been established in the program for investment in the business. To have an applicant invests in a winery, if the structure involves the buying the shares of an existing operating business no more than two thirds of the applicable minimum personal investment can apply to the purchase of shares and their prospective investor must acquire ownership and control of at least one third of the business. The shares […]
July 4, 2012

Investment in the Business – Part 2 – Other Categories for Investors

There are other categories which can be facilitative for investments to the wine industry.  For example, for Americans and Mexicans, there is the Investor Category under NAFTA, which has the advantage of not having any fixed investment guidelines.  If an applicant is short of what is required under the provincial nomination program, or is not interested perhaps in long-term immigration prospects, NAFTA investors may be for them.
July 4, 2012

The Aim of the Broad Objectives of the Strategic Occupations Skilled Worker Category

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program was originally conceived to support B.C. employers facing critical skill shortages, who wished to recruit and retain individuals with highly specialized skills that are key to operational success. Within the parameters of this original objective, the BC PNP also has evolved a parallel mandate to support economic growth in the Province by attracting highly skilled workers to British Columbia. The priority is to be given […]