Recruiting Tech Immigrants to Canada - Evelyn Ackah - Immigration Lawyer

Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah believes Canada is a highly desirable destination for high-tech immigrants:

Our quality of life and values in Canada are very appealing to skilled immigrants and entrepreneurs who want to move to Canada. Our cost of living, education system and healthcare are excellent. I look forward to working with skilled tech immigrants from around the globe who want to move to Canada to work or build their business and help build a stronger Canada. 

Digital Journal reports that Toronto submitted a bid and that Toronto is on Amazon’s short-list of sites to host its 2nd headquarters, with the potential for 50,000 new jobs (many paid at six-figure salaries), $5 billion in initial city investment, and at least eight million square feet of development. Toronto was recently named the fastest-growing tech city in North America by commercial real estate firm CBRE.

Canada’s main economic hurdle is keeping technology talent, according to Mike Lazaridis, former CEO of Blackberry. “The biggest challenge as a country is retaining and recruiting the best people to build industries in Canada and not lose them to other jurisdictions.”

Recent changes to US immigration policies have made Canada an attractive option for high-tech immigrants. Canada has been actively recruiting skilled and educated immigrants to help build the Canadian economy and create jobs, and has launched the Global Talent Stream with fast-track visa for skilled immigrants, approved a permanent Start-Up Visa Program for Entrepreneurs, and are providing private and public funding programs to support innovation and growth.

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Evelyn Ackah is a Canada immigration law expert and founder and managing lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. Business immigration law focuses on helping people move into new opportunities — both personally and professionally. Ackah Immigration Law helps you to navigate the complex maze of rules and regulations involved with Canadian, U.S. and International immigration law with confidence. Headquartered in Calgary and with offices in Vancouver and Toronto, Ackah Business Immigration Law provides legal immigration advice for those looking to move for work, education or personal reasons.

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(403) 452-9515 Ext. 107 or 1-800-932-1190 or contact@ackahlaw.com 

Will DACA Dreamers Move to Canada | Evelyn Ackah | Calgary Immigration Lawyer

Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah believes some DACA Dreamers may qualify to immigrate to Canada based on their education and work history:

Many well-educated, talented and creative people want to move to our country to work or start a business that will improve our economy and create jobs. Adult Dreamers who want to immigrate to Canada may qualify for a work permit, study permit or intra-company transfer. I look forward to working with DADA Dreamers who want to move from the US to Canada and help build our economy and country. Qualifying to immigrate to Canada is not easy: our immigration system focuses on family reunification and building our economy.

US President Trump’s plan to end DACA could lead to an influx of ‘Dreamers’ to Canada, according to some immigration experts. Former President Obama implemented the DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – program to prevent young people brought to the US illegally as children from being deported. Over 70% of the people, called ‘Dreamers’, are Mexican and are 16-35 years old. The US Congress has six months to make a decision on how to manage the DACA program.

Learn more: Will DACA Dreamers Move to Canada? 

Dreamers and Canada Immigration Requirements

Canada’s immigration system prioritizes family reunification, skilled temporary workers, and facilitates economic innovation and growth in the country. Most Dreamers speak fluent English because they were raised in the United States. Most Dreamers do not meet Canada’s asylum qualifications because they would be immigrating from the US, not their home country, and would not be able to meet the requirement of fear from persecution. In order to move to Canada, the best options for Dreamers to move to Canada are three different immigration programs:

1. Work Permits:
Many of the adults will have work experience and understand North American work culture. Work permits are required for foreign nationals who want to work during their time in Canada. These are issued by IRCC and give authorization for someone to work legally in Canada. Express entry system is Canada’s skilled-worker immigration application system, launched in January 2015, to attract high-skilled foreign workers and former international students who want to live in Canada permanently and whose in-demand skills are needed by employers across the country.

2. Study Permits:
Dreamers who want to move to Canada for education will require study permits to attend school. Generally, a foreign national who intends to study in Canada for 6 months or less, does not require a study permit.  If the period of study is for more than 6 months, you will require a Canadian study permit.This is a document available only after a college, university, or other accredited educational institution has accepted you. Study permits are only available for those accepted to schools designated to accept international students.

3. Intra-Company Transfers:
DACA people working already working for US companies that have Canadian branches or subsidiaries and want to relocate to Canada will require a temporary work permit, and may qualify for an intra-company transfer to Canada. IRCC states that employers who hire qualifying foreign workers through the “International Mobility Programs” do not require an LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment).

Do you have questions about moving to Canada? We Can Help

Evelyn Ackah is a Canada immigration law expert and founder and managing lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. Immigration law is becoming more complex and challenging every day. Immigration applications can be refused due to minor oversights and omissions that can delay or negatively impact your business or your family immigration plans. By not using a lawyer you can be putting your business and your family at risk.

Contact Ackah Business Immigration Law
(403) 452-9515 Ext. 107 or 1-800-932-1190 or Contact@ackahlaw.com 

How to Immigrate to Canada as a Nanny - Evelyn Ackah - Immigration Lawyer

Many families in Canada need the help of in-home caregivers to provide childcare so that working parents can support their families, says immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah; and nanny wages are increasing.

How to Immigrate to Canada as a Nanny

To move to Canada as a childcare giver the applicant must fill out the application form for the work permit visa as a child caregiver. Canada’s caregiver program is designed to help workers from other countries work as in-home caregivers when there is a shortage of domestic help in Canada. This same program allows caregivers and nannies to apply for residency after two years of working as a caregiver. The legal requirements to move to Canada as a childcare giver can be confusing and may require the assistance of an immigration lawyer so that important requirements, deadlines and fees are complete and on time. 

Immigrants to Canada who work as in-home caregivers and want to become permanent Canadian residents must meet Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Caregiver Program requirements:

  • Approved at a visa office outside of Canada
  • Valid work permit as the caregiver for an employer in Canada
  • They must have worked full-time for at least two years before they can apply for Permanent Resident status, or have 3,900 hours of authorized employment within 22 months
  • They must have gained all work experience within four years of arrival in Canada

Reforms made to the IRCC Caregiver Program in November 2014were intended to give more opportunities to caregivers to become Permanent Residents,  ensure that workers’ rights are upheld, and shortened the processing time for caregiver permanent resident applicants.

Learn more: The Cost of Childcare: Nanny Wages in Canada

Do you have questions about Canadian immigration? We Can Help

Evelyn Ackah is a Canada immigration law expert and founder and managing lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. Immigration law is becoming more complex and challenging every day. Immigration applications can be refused due to minor oversights and omissions that can delay or negatively impact your business or your family reunifications plans. By not using a lawyer you can be putting your business and your family at risk.

Contact Ackah Business Immigration Law
(403) 452-9515 Ext. 107 or 1-800-932-1190 or Contact@ackahlaw.com