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US Immigration H1B Quotas

Foreign professionals who wish to work in the United States are required to apply for and be issued an H-1B Visa. The United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) sets a numerical limitation or “cap” to the number of new H-1B Visas that can be issued during a fiscal year (October 1-September 30). Last year, […]

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Q & A: Dual Intent

Q. Is it a good idea to apply for a visitor visa at the same time that the sponsorship application is taking place? Answer: There is no bar to submission of an application for a visitor visa pending the outcome of a permanent resident application. Your application for the visitor visa may be affected by […]

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Labour Force Survey, November 1999

Employment increased strongly for the third consecutive month, rising by an estimated 60,000 in November. As a result, employment is now up 313,000 (+2.1%) compared with the level at the end of last year. With November’s job increase and a decline in unemployment, the unemployment rate fell 0.3 percentage points to 6.9% – the lowest […]

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Quebec Update: “Crystallization of Rights”

The Government of Quebec has recently announced a significant change in its policy regarding the “crystallization” of rights upon the submission of an application for a Quebec Certificate of Selection. In the past, applicants could be assured that their applications would be evaluated on the basis of immigration rules in effect on the date that […]

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Software Pilot Project: 2000 And Beyond

The Federal Government has recently announced plans to convert its popular Pilot Project for Software Development Workers into a permanent policy. Faced with a critical shortage of qualified Canadian software development professionals several years ago, representatives of the Canadian software industry petitioned the Canadian immigration authorities to facilitate the temporary admission into Canada of foreign […]

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Canada and the USA Explore Free Trade with the UK

According to a recent article appearing in Canada’s “National Post” newspaper, the Canadian and U.S. governments are interested in exploring the possibility of bringing Britain into the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). NAFTA is a tri-partite agreement among Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, which created a free trade zone between the three countries. NAFTA […]

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Q & A: Same Sex Couple + Medical Condition

Q. Does anyone know anyone who might have any information at all that might help an HIV+/HIV- same-sex couple immigrate to Canada on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds? Neither member of the relationship currently resides in Canada, though the negative partner could likely immigrate as an independent. Answer: Current Canadian Immigration regulations do not allow for same-sex […]

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Q & A: Re-Entry After Extended Absence

Q. My friend who is a Canadian PR has been stayed outside Canada for more than 6 month for the purpose of study in a European country, and now he would like to return to Canada. He didn’t apply for a Returning Permit when he left Canada, because he didn’t have the intention of abandoning […]

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Labour Force Survey, October 1999

Employment grew strongly in October for the second consecutive month. An increase of 80,000 builds on September’s gain of 64,000 and brings job gains so far this year to 253,000 (+1.7%). Unemployment fell in October by an estimated 47,000 and the unemployment rate dropped 0.3 percentage points to 7.2%, its lowest level since March 1990. […]

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