November 16, 2012

Canada looks to lure energy workers from the U.S

The Los Angeles Times ran a front-page story on November 10, 2012 written by Ricardo Lopez. The article was entitled “Canada looks to lure energy workers from the U.S.”. In the article Ricardo Lopez reviews that fact that Canadian employers are swarming US job fairs to find tradesmen to move from California to Western Canada. He notes recruiters are headed in December to the Coachella Valley to look for construction […]
October 5, 2012

Family fined for misrepresenting where they were residing

The National Post reported on October 3 that a court in Québec fined the Ozcelik family a total of $120,000 for misrepresenting that they were residing in Montréal to a Canadian Border Guard. The article states that the family are Turkish nationals with permanent residency in Canada.  When asked by the border guard where they lived they stated that Montreal was their home.  The Ozcelik family also now risks losing […]
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 […]