January 2, 2013

Canada Federal Court turns down union bid for foreign worker injunction for miners

HD Mining is expecting 60 Chinese workers to come to Canada, joining 17 foreign workers already at the northern B.C. mine site In November of 2012, Mr. Stojicevic was hired to be the lead counsel and spokesperson for HD Mining to defend them in a landmark case whereby two British Columbia unions are challenging labor market opinions and work permits issued to 201 mineworkers who have been hired in China […]
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

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 […]
July 4, 2012

Requirements for a Successful Canadian Immigration Application

The key components of a successful application include several key ingredients: 1. a complete set of federal immigration forms, which require a full vetting of any admissibility issues; 2. an application that meets all of the BC PNP assessment criteria; and 3. an application that generally meets all of the Program’s guidelines outside of the substantive nomination criteria assessment specifically. 4.1. Federal Immigration Package For a skilled worker application to […]