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Vaccination Requirement Will Replace Covid-19 Travel Bans

UPDATE: To further clarify the travel updates, WR Immigration is hosting a free webinar on this subject, led by Managing Partner, Bernie Wolfsdorf, and Partner Avi Friedman on Nov. 18, 2021, at noon pacific. All are welcome to join. Register here. The Biden administration will ease travel restrictions on all fully vaccinated international travelers at […]

Biden Administration to Ease Travel Restrictions at Canada and Mexico Land-Border

Updated Oct. 15, 2021: The White House Assistant Press Secretary has tweeted that the date for this opening/easing of restrictions is set for November 8th, 2021. The Biden Administration has announced that it intends to relax Covid-19 travel restrictions on land-border crossings from Canada and Mexico beginning in November of this year.  As a part […]

Canada: Fully Vaccinated Travelers to Enjoy Easing Border Measures

Canada has taken the first steps to reopening its border for non-essential travel. Starting on September 7, 2021, the Canadian government plans to open Canada’s borders to any fully vaccinated traveler. The traveler must have completed a Canadian government approved vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. As a test of this opening, […]

Outlook for Entrepreneurs Entering Canada

In Canada, the starting point to obtain a work permit as a foreign national is a labor market impact assessment (LMIA). This requires a Canadian company to demonstrate that they advertised the position and that Canadian citizens and permanent residents were given a reasonable opportunity to apply for the position. Until recently, one of the […]

Global Remote Work: An Overview

This blog post provides an overview of remote work issues in Canada, Italy, and Peru. Canada Working Remotely: Is a Work Permit Required? Under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, “work,” for which a foreign national must obtain a valid work permit, is defined broadly as “an activity for which wages are paid or commission […]

CANADA: New COVID-19 Travel Rules

There are new pandemic-related rules for travel across the land border and by air. Travel Across the Land Border Non-essential travelers (such as returning “snowbirds”) must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no longer than 72 hours earlier. In addition to the pre-departure COVID test, another COVID test will be administered at the […]

CANADA: IMMIGRATION UPDATE

This article discusses new pilot projects and other efforts to allow in professionals; programs reopened for certain entrepreneurs and self-employed persons; updated immigration targets in Québec and Canada; and designated learning institutions reopening to international students. More Québec Selection Certificates (CSQs) for IT, AI, VFX professionals; Food Processing; Entrepreneurs; Self-Employed Persons; Caretakers Immigration Québec announced […]

Investor Visas: An Overview

This article provides an overview of investor visas in several countries. Canada There remains only one passive (i.e., not at risk) investor program in Canada, and it is being piloted by the Province of Québec. As a pathway leading to permanent residence in Québec, it requires a net worth of at least CAD $2 million; […]

Canada Launches New Measures to Support Hong Kong Residents to Come to Canada!

Due to the current political climate in Hong Kong, new temporary and permanent immigration pathways, as well as fast-track processes, are being implemented for Hong Kong residents. New policies include expedition of processing for work and study permits, open work permits specific to youth (18-35 years of age, preferably with a post-secondary education) up to […]

Canada’s Cannabis Conundrum – 5 Things Every U.S. Visa Holder Should Know

By: Joseph Barnett Canada has officially legalized the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis across Canada. While some foreign nationals may want to head north and celebrate, beware of potential consequences upon re-entry into the United States, and aware of your rights and the rights of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers. Here are five […]

CANADA: Coronavirus Related Travel Restrictions Extended Until July 31

Briefing Canada has extended its travel ban on most international travelers until July 31, 2020.  It is noteworthy that Canada has not reciprocated with the European Union, which lifted Canada from its travel ban yesterday. The extension of the foreign travel ban was made based on the recommendation of Health Minister Patty Hajdu. The United […]

CANADA: Police Clearance Certificates & Criminal Record Checks

Canadian immigration matters often require a police clearance certificate and/or RCMP criminal record check.  WR provides the following overview to familiarize clients with Global Affairs Canada’s request for these documents as well as necessary document procurement procedures. Police clearance certificates are issued in Canada by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the federal police service, […]