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Canada’s tech startup sector wants easier access to hire top foreign talent

Canada’s tech startup sector wants easier access to hire top foreign talent | International Mobility | Scoop.it
The Express Entry system brought in by the last government ‘is fundamentally too rigid,’ says Shopify CEO
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I completely support the tech startup sector in their need to be able to build on global talent. However, I find that generally speaking in the overall immigration debate there is growing confusion between concepts and programs. On one side, we need a fast and efficient temporary work permit policy that allows startups to be created and managed by foreign talent as well as canadian-owned startups to benefit from global expertise and innovative talent. There must be room to attract such talent without having to go through the highly burdensome LMIA program. Innovation and talent cannot always be measured objectively and the system fails at considering the essence of startups. On the other hand, there is also an urgent need to review the Express Entry system to make it more predictable and more opened to foreign graduates and LMIA exempted workers. If that is fixed however, I find reasonable the 6-month delay to obtain permanent residence.

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Avoid Culture Wars in Post-Merger Integrations -

Avoid Culture Wars in Post-Merger Integrations - | International Mobility | Scoop.it
Culture is often one of the underlying reasons for the deal. Ignoring or changing that culture can destroy the target’s value.
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Liberals to ease rules for foreign students 'shortchanged' by express entry

Liberals to ease rules for foreign students 'shortchanged' by express entry | International Mobility | Scoop.it
The Liberal government is looking to ease some rules to make it easier for international students who have been "shortchanged" by express entry to obtain permanent residency, says Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum.
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Immigration: Québec met fin à la politique du premier arrivé, premier servi | DAPHNÉ CAMERON | Politique québécoise

Immigration: Québec met fin à la politique du premier arrivé, premier servi | DAPHNÉ CAMERON | Politique québécoise | International Mobility | Scoop.it
La ministre de l'Immigration du Québec a annoncé aujourd'hui la mise en place d'un nouveau système de sélection des immigrants dits économiques.
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À l'instar du programme federal "Express Entry", le Québec choisira ses immigrants...

Dans l'immédiat, premier arrivé premier servi ou pas, nous sommes certes plusieurs à espérer tout simplement que les ratés du système seront réglées et que quelqu'un quelque part sera servi déjà !

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Visit Canada

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etA problems...

 

Another electronic program lauched....and suspended...

 

From march 15 until fall 2016, travelelrs without an eTA can board and arrive in Canada as long as they meet other requirements...

 

 

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US duty-free exemption now 40 times Canada’s

US duty-free exemption now 40 times Canada’s | International Mobility | Scoop.it
Americans are now allowed to spend more than 40 times as much as their northern neighbours without paying duty on products shipped from abroad, as a result of a new law.
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Immigration Newsletter

Immigration Newsletter | International Mobility | Scoop.it
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Important news : Release of the new list of occupations under the Facilitated Labor Market Impact Assessment Program in Québec : The new list incudes 54 professions (the former list incuded only 36)

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An overview of proposed changes to the Citizenship Act - Canada News Centre

An overview of proposed changes to the Citizenship Act - Canada News Centre | International Mobility | Scoop.it
An Act to Amend the Citizenship Act was introduced today. The changes in the proposed legislation would provide greater flexibility for applicants trying to meet the requirements for citizenship, and help immigrants obtain citizenship faster.They would also repeal provisions of the Citizenship Act that allow citizenship to be revoked from dual citizens who engage in certain acts against the national interest.
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It seems that we may go back to the rules we had before June 2015.... We will keep you posted

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National | Electronic Travel Authorization: Why soes Ottawa need more medical information from tourists?

National | Electronic Travel Authorization: Why soes Ottawa need more medical information from tourists? | International Mobility | Scoop.it

ETAs: not your travel visa ‘lite’ February 17 2016 SHARE Why would the federal government need more medical information from a tourist who doesn’t need a visa to enter Canada than it requires of those who require visas.

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Expats with degrees in Vietnam to forego work permits - The Nation

Expats with degrees in Vietnam to forego work permits - The Nation | International Mobility | Scoop.it
HANOI - Foreigners with bachelor's degrees and at least three years of experience working in their respective fields are no longer required to...
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Un employé du ministère de l'Immigration arrêté pour corruption

Unité permanente anticorruption
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Start-up Visa program does not live up to expectations, says Windsor, Ont. lawyer

Start-up Visa program does not live up to expectations, says Windsor, Ont. lawyer | International Mobility | Scoop.it
Three years since its inception in April 2013, just 100 people, including dependents, have come to Canada through the Start-up Visa program.
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While the start-up visa program is disappointing, the entrepreneurs program is not doing better in Québec. Even worse, business owners are specifically excluded from the expedited PEQ permanent residence program. Who should be vetting entrepreneurial talent; government or private sector ? I guess a combination of both but what we miss is a global program that does two things : 1) putting first the needs of entrepreneurs to succeed and not the interests of third parties; 2) understand that if we want to lead a start-up visa program there will always be a part of risk so stop putting obstacles and be willing to take the risks because this is what a start-up is all about !

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China: Shanghai implements new immigration rules to attract tech talent

China: Shanghai implements new immigration rules to attract tech talent | International Mobility | Scoop.it

Chinese immigration officials made a few changes to their policies for Shanghai to promote growth of its tech sector.

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L'ASFC accuse un homme d'avoir employé illégalement des instructeurs en arts martiaux - Centre des nouvelles du Canada

L'ASFC accuse un homme d'avoir employé illégalement des instructeurs en arts martiaux - Centre des nouvelles du Canada | International Mobility | Scoop.it
Le 14 mars 2016, des enquêteurs criminels de l'Agence des services frontaliers du Canada (ASFC) ont accusé Felix Kofi Ayensu, de Caledon (Ontario), de neuf infractions liées à l'emploi non autorisé de ressortissants étrangers aux termes de la Loi sur l'immigration et la protection des réfugiés (LIPR). Les infractions sont les suivantes : six chefs pour emploi non autorisé de ressortissants étrangers, deux chefs pour fausses présentations et un chef d'infraction en matière de fausses présentations.
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Si vous n'avez pas déjà fait votre examen de conformité interne il est grand temps.... Plus de 2,000 dénonciations auraient déjà été faites par le biais des nouveaux mécanismes mis en place pour assurer la conformité des employeurs...

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Immigration Newsletter

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Just in time to celebrate St Patrick's Day while consulting our latest Newsletter !

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Canada et États-Unis échangeront davantage d'informations sur les voyageurs | Jim Bronskill | Nouvelles

Canada et États-Unis échangeront davantage d'informations sur les voyageurs | Jim Bronskill | Nouvelles | International Mobility | Scoop.it
Barack Obama a indiqué, jeudi, que les États-Unis et le Canada compléteraient finalement la mise en place du système conjoint de suivi aux frontières, qui permet...
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Trudeau, Obama to loosen border barriers slowing travellers and trade

Trudeau, Obama to loosen border barriers slowing travellers and trade | International Mobility | Scoop.it
Leaders expected to announce pact that would make trade and tourism easier while bolstering security
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Lexpert ® | Canada’s new anti-spam laws scaring away US business

Lexpert ® | Canada’s new anti-spam laws scaring away US business | International Mobility | Scoop.it
Lawyers say the cost of retooling marketing programs has some US companies rethinking expansion
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Spouses of Canadians to get permanent residency immediately: McCallum

Spouses of Canadians to get permanent residency immediately: McCallum | International Mobility | Scoop.it
Canada's Politics and Government Newsweekly
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Ministère de l'Immigration: pas de demandes en ligne avant juin | Martin Croteau | Politique québécoise

Ministère de l'Immigration: pas de demandes en ligne avant juin | Martin Croteau | Politique québécoise | International Mobility | Scoop.it
Un cafouillage informatique force le gouvernement Couillard à retarder de nouveau - cette fois de quatre mois - la date à laquelle les candidats à l'immigration...
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Lors de la réouverture, le principe du premier arrivé premier servi sera appliqué et une certaine priorité serait accordé aux 42,000 demandeurs "victimes identifiables" des ratés du système.... Ce nombre excédant par ailleurs déjà de loin les quotas, quelles peuvent être les expectatives des autres candidats ?

Une chose est certaine nous optons pour des immigrants patients et habiles avec les systèmes informatiques !

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H-1B Work Permit Filings: Will You Beat the Cap? | JD Supra

H-1B Work Permit Filings: Will You Beat the Cap? | JD Supra | International Mobility | Scoop.it
This Management Alert is intended to enable employers to identify any current employees and employment candidates who may require H-1B work permit sponsorship before October 1, 2017. We...
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There are five seasons in the United States if we take into account the H-1B season and it is likely as hard to predict as this winter's weather !

However there are many options available, including in some instances temporary assignment in Canada until next season ! Remember when Microsoft opened offices in Vancouver rather than South of the border ! Make sure to contact experts that are aware of both the US and the Canadian solutions to talent management in North America !

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New online service for employment permits goes live

New online service for employment permits goes live | International Mobility | Scoop.it
Service allows users to check on status of applications for work permits
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A facilitated program to obtain work permits for specialists, a system adapted to real time labor market and an IT system that works... Can we dream to get that too ?

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Temporary foreign workers program faces federal review

Temporary foreign workers program faces federal review | International Mobility | Scoop.it
Employment minister says ‘there are issues on this program from coast to coast to coast’
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Review after review, fixes after fixes it seems that again our government is only reacting to pressures from specific industries and areas.... Can we also talk about how it is ridiculous to force employers to advertise CEO positions on Emploi Québec or other Job Banks ? Can we look into the difficulty if not impossibility for many start-ups to obtain timely immigration documents for the talent they need ? Can we also talk about processes, delays and failure of electronic applications in many areas ? In sum, can we have a true review that time ?

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Le bordel informatique s'empare de nouveau du site internet du ministère de l’Immigration

Le bordel informatique s'empare de nouveau du site internet du ministère de l’Immigration | International Mobility | Scoop.it
Alors que plusieurs candidats étrangers pouvaient soumettre leur candidature pour s'installer ici, le site du ministère de l'Immigration s'est planté.
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En sus de la tempête météo, une autre tempête au Québec...

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#International : 18 startups participeront au programme d'échange entre Paris et New York - Maddyness

#International : 18 startups participeront au programme d'échange entre Paris et New York - Maddyness | International Mobility | Scoop.it
18 startups participeront d'ici quelques jours à l'échange business organisé entre les villes de Paris et de New York par leurs maires respectifs.
Julie Lessard's insight:

J'aime bien le concept. Pour innover il ne faut pas craindre la compétition ou l'apport des étrangers, au contraire il faut susciter les échanges. Je ne dis pas qu'il faille faciliter l'exode des cerveaux, il faut juste les laisser voyager, leur donner l'espace pour créer. Belle initiative

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Stéphane Lorey's curator insight, February 12, 3:13 AM

Bravo pour cette initiative et ouvrons cette possibilité à toutes les entreprises.