On Dec. 21, all three partners of Maynard Kischer Stojicevic Immigration Law were invited to share their in-depth knowledge of Canadian immigration law with the listeners of CISL 650’s The Law Show. Host Stirling Faux welcomed the Vancouver-based lawyers to the show and went on to focus on three areas of interest in Canadian immigration law: who does and doesn’t get into Canada; what changes to Canadian immigration have occurred over the years; and temporary foreign workers.
“There’s an endless demand for Canada out there. There’s no question that people want to come here,” said Rudolf Kischer.
“The vast majority of those [accepted] are going to be economic immigrants,” explained Gordon Maynard. “They look for parameters that indicate the person will be economically successful in Canada. They look at age, education, language ability, work experience.”
Providing an economic benefit to Canada isn’t the only factor for being accepted as an immigrant, though other factors are becoming less of a focus than they used to be.
“There was the idea that families should be allowed to reunite in Canada,” said Gordon. “When I started in immigration law, that represented 60% of immigration. Now family immigration represents a minority of our immigration to Canada.”
Not only do immigrants need to qualify to get into Canada, but they must be very careful about filling out paperwork properly — something that is more important now than ever before.
“Misrepresentation now is a very, very serious issue,” explained Alex Stojicevic. “Any mistake that you make puts you at risk of an exclusion order. When exclusion orders were developed, it was one year ban from Canada. Now it’s a five-year ban.”
On the topic of temporary foreign workers, Alex addresses that B.C. companies may be challenged to find enough workers for upcoming projects.
“The challenge now is that you have rules that were just changed in June that make getting foreign labour harder, not easier, right at the same time that B.C. has announced three massive programs.” said Alex.
In summation, host Stirling Faux concluded that the ever-changing and complex system requires the experience of an immigration lawyer to navigate successfully.
“I think it behoves anybody who’s dealing with the immigration department to at least get a consultation done, where you have a chance to make sure you’re on the right path, if not hiring somebody for the entire process,” said Rudolf.
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