2011 Quarterly Review: Changes to Canada's Immigration Laws and Procedures (Q1)


2010 was a benchmark year from Canadian immigration law, bringing many changes to Canada’s immigration laws, regulations, and operating procedures as they relate to the processing and adjudication of both temporary and permanent resident applications. From the introduction of significant changes to Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations for temporary foreign workers (including the imposition of a 4-year in, 4-year out rule for temporary work permit holders scheduled to come into effect in April of this year), to the expansion of many provincial nominee programs, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has established a clear trend in changing Canada’s immigration system with a focus on protecting Canada’s labour market, stressing the temporary nature of temporary resident visas and work permits, and encouraging permanent residence for skilled individuals with a demonstrated ability to economically establish in Canada. As 2011’s first quarter draws to an end, it is evident that this trend continues.

Specifically, in the first quarter of 2011, we have seen further changes to Canada’s temporary foreign worker program, including further scrutiny in the assessment of temporary workers, the termination of certain work permit categories, and the expansion of other work permit and permanent residence categories for skilled foreign nationals.

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