Canadian Business Immigration Networking Opportunity

July 30, 2008

Please be advised that the Business Immigration Section of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade is planning a “Doing Business in Ontario” seminar in English on Thursday August 14, 2008 from 8:30am to 12:00pm. This is a half-day orientation on topics relating to business start-up for new Canadian business immigrants. Our many Canadian immigration business clients will benefit from such topics as Services of the Canadian Revenue Agency, Overview of the Employment Standards Act, Information and Services that Business Centers provide and how to have Entrepreneur terms and conditions removed.

We encourage our Canadian Immigration business clients to register for this event by going to for details. Attendance will be limited to recently landed business immigrants who have come to Ontario under the Entrepreneur, Investor or Self-Employed categories.

Admission to the seminar is free. However, pre-registration is necessary; registration can be done on-line via the website and the necessary documents can be forwarded by fax to 416-325-6653.
*Participants must fax OR mail in a copy of their Record of Landing (IMM 1000) or Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292).

This is an excellent opportunity to learn about business in Ontario and the seminar can be a great place for newly landed Canadian business immigrants to network with one another and share ideas, problems, and successes.

Further details can be obtained by calling Shamim at (416) 325-6975 or Mahshid at 416-325-6976.

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Document Definitions for Canadian Immigration

July 30, 2008
Document checklists will describe what supporting documents must accompany an application for Canadian immigration . It is worthwhile to understand that the terms “original”, “notarized copy”, “photocopy” and “certified translation” appear on the checklists in order to present the proper form of document to comply with the government’s Canadian Immigration requirements. An original document is the actual document issued by the issuing authority. A photocopy is a copy of the original. A notarized copy is a photocopy that has been signed and stamped by a Notary Public or lawyer who indicates on the notarized copy that he/she has seen the original and is certifying that the photocopy is a true copy of the original that he/she has seen. Finally, a certified translation should contain a copy or original of the foreign language document, the translation in English or French of the foreign language document, and most importantly, an affidavit from the translator confirming that he/she is fluent in the language of the foreign document and in English or French and that the translation is a true translation of the foreign language document. In some cases, government authorized translators have their own stamp or seal but most often the affidavit of translation should be sworn before a notary public or lawyer.

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Abrams & Krochak Will Review Updated Canadian Immigration Documents for Clients

July 21, 2008

With Canadian immigration applications taking so long to process, and with the implementation of the simplified application forms, there is the inevitable request from the visa office for a complete set of application forms, or updated forms, as well as the request for supporting documents or updated documents. Clients of Abrams & Krochak receiving notification of such requests are encouraged to submit copies of documents they intend to forward to the visa office for our review prior to submitting the documents directly to the Canadian embassy or Canadian High Commission to ensure that the supporting documents are sufficient to secure the maximum immigration points. Once Abrams & Krochak has reviewed the supporting documents, the documents and forms can then be forwarded to the visa post for processing

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Temporary Work Permit Process May Be Streamlined

July 16, 2008
In Ontario, the tourism industry is lobbying the federal government to facilitate the hiring of temporary foreign workers in the hospitality and restaurant sectors as popular vacation areas such as the Muskoka region have a high demand for workers. Currently, the process for small business owners to apply for temporary foreign workers is viewed by many to be cumbersome and slow, however the process is attempting to safeguard jobs for Canadian citizens and permanent residents first before offering temporary work permits to foreign workers. An agreement between the province of Ontario and the federal government may streamline the process and make it easier to obtain the work permits, however the agreement has yet to be signed.

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In Demand Occupations to be Determined for Priority Canadian Immigration

July 11, 2008

The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration announced on July 3, 2008 that consultations will take place with the provincial and territorial representatives commencing July 7, 2008 to determine the occupations most in demand in Canada. These consultations will assist the Minister in formulating a list of occupations which will take priority in processing from the Canadian immigration applications received on or after February 27, 2008. Input from concerned stakeholders will be received in August 2008. Once the consultations have concluded and the Minister’s list is finalized, the list will be published which will bring clarity to the new revisions tothe existing immigration law.

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Refugee Claims in Canada and US Remain Unchanged

July 7, 2008
On June 27, 2008, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled that the Safe Third Country Agreement between Canada and the USA is a legal agreement which consequently remains in effect.  This means that anyone first arriving in the USA who wishes to claim asylum must do so in the USA and will not be allowed to make a refugee claim in Canada.  The policy behind the agreement is to prevent forum shopping, that is, to prevent persons who intend to make a refugee claim from waiting until they arrive in the most desirable country to commence the refugee claim.  A person in need of protection is expected to request protection at the earliest opportunity once in any country that can provide safety from the agents of persecution that the refugee claimant is fleeing.

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