On January 18, Rudolf Kischer and Gordon Maynard of Maynard Kischer Stojicevic Immigration Law once again appeared on CISL 650’s The Law Show to talk shop with host Stirling Faux. In their last visit to the show, the MKS partners discussed who gets into Canada and what changes in Canadian immigration law have taken place over the years. This episode got into the details of the latest changes that took effect as of January 1, 2015.
The main change, Gordon and Rudolf explained, is the introduction of the express entry process, which the government uses to select economic immigrants to Canada.
Since January 1, the process for bringing economic immigrants into Canada has changed significantly, with a whole new online system that promises quicker, more efficient processing of applications. However, there is a catch.
“The biggest change is, you’re not allowed to apply on your own,” explained Gordon. “The government has to give you an invitation to apply. They’re going to control who applies.”
In explaining some the challenges with the new system, Gordon likened the new system to a swimming pool that can be hard to climb out of once you jump in.
“Imagine a swimming pool. Anybody who wants to immigrate to Canada under express entry, first of all has to dive into the pool. An invitation to apply is your ladder out of the pool. But there’s rules about jumping in and there’s rules about climbing out,” says Gordon. “You could be in that pool for a year and never get an invitation to apply.”
Another aspect of the new rules that could make things difficult to prospective immigrants is the weight being put on Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) in the application process.
“You’re taking a system that was meant to protect the Canadian labour market and adding it to a system that’s supposed to help economically productive people come to Canada. It makes no sense,” explained Rudolf.
While these changes promise faster processing times for skilled worker applications, lower-skilled workers, such as those who were at the centre of the temporary foreign worker debate last year, are still left to depend on limited provincial supports and employer nomination to have a hope of permanent residency.
“If you look at people coming through those low-skilled programs, they’re coming from countries where life is really hard. Canada is seen as the land of immigration and unfortunately many of them don’t get the straight goods on how hard it’s going to be to qualify for immigration,” said Rudolf.
For more information on these changes and how MKS Immigration Law can help, visit: http://vancouverlaw.ca/why-choose-mks/
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