Visa Issues Damage Canada's AI Technology Goals | Evelyn Ackah | Immigration Lawyer

Conference organizers report that international researchers and scientists traveling to Canada for a global artificial intelligence conference experienced visa backlog problems and that visa issues damage Canada’s AI technology goals. Prominent international scientists and AI researchers traveling to the NeurIPS conference in Montreal in early December did not have their visas processed on time or were denied…

Australian Work Holiday Visa Increased to Age 35 | Evelyn Ackah | Immigration Lawyer

Recent changes to Canada’s IEC program mean the Australian work holiday visa increased to age 35, from the previous maximum age of 30, for Australians to get visas to work and travel in Canada. Canadians aged 18 to 35 can work and travel to Australia through the International Experience Canada (IEC) program. Canada has agreements with…

Canada Alternative for Foreign Tech Workers Who are Denied a US Work Visa | Evelyn Ackah | Immigration Lawyer

Canada is an attractive alternative for foreign tech workers who are denied a US work visa. US work visas and extensions for highly-skilled foreign workers will become harder to get when a new U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services policy goes into effect September 11, 2018. According to Bloomberg,  agents will be able to deny applications deemed incomplete…

Visas for Filmmakers and Artists to Work in Canada | Evelyn Ackah | Immigration Lawyer

Presented at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2017: BORDER PATROL by Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah, Ackah Business Immigration Law and Canadian Counsel for D’Alessio Law Group; with co-presenters Lorraine D’Alessio of D’Alessio Law Group and Elliott Anderson of Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) How to Navigate a Successful 
Cross-Border Co-Venture: Visas & Beyond…

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How Do I Apply For a Canada Work Permit? To apply for a work permit before coming to Canada you will need to go to the visa office in your country. You can apply from within the country but only if you meet specific guidelines. You can also apply as you enter Canada, but only if you…

If you are planning to work in Canada as a temporary foreign worker, you typically need an employer who is willing to hire you.  That employer must also be willing to apply to the government to show that it is difficult (or impossible) to find a Canadian who is able to do the job you wish to…

The Government of Canada just announced that there is an immediate moratorium on foreign worker applications in the fast food sector for all provinces. Why did this happen? There will be a full review of the program after several media stories of a few employers who allegedly abused the program by hiring foreign workers when…

In the last few years, there’s been a shift in the immigration system towards favoring those individuals with either work experience or a job offer when granting permanent residence. In this post, I’ll discuss how a job offer in Canada can offer you a few routes to obtaining permanent residence. Any kind of job offer…

Recently, an individual contacted me who was quite upset.  She and her husband and her nineteen year old son are in Alberta.  They are from a foreign country and the husband is working in Alberta on a work permit as a construction worker. They had heard that spouses and dependent children were entitled to open…

As I’ve mentioned in the past, if you want to immigrate to Canada and you qualify, you should begin the process immediately, as rules seem to change often these days, and it seems increasingly more difficult to qualify. Following the public outcry after the Royal Bank hired foreign workers from India to replace Canadians.  Some…