Canadian Work Permit Requirements: How to Manage Temporary Work Permits, Business Travel, and Relocation
Live Webinar: Monday, April 24, 2017
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern / 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific
New Harris Poll research reveals that more than half of the companies surveyed intend to hire more foreign workers, Forbes reported recently. That’s an increase of more than 20 percent over 2016 levels, the news outlet noted.
Right now, of course, political debate about tightening U.S. borders is rampant and new federal legislation has been introduced to double the minimum salary of H1-B visa holders to $130,000. If you’re an HR leader in an affected industry—including tech and financial services—you need to think about how you’re going to balance the business needs of hiring and developing global talent amid a potentially shrinking pool of options.
But Canada, on the other hand, has a more welcoming attitude toward talent from abroad; our neighbor to the north imposes no citizenship-based restrictions on the issuance of work permits. Accordingly, many U.S. businesses are now considering establishing subsidiaries in Canada.
Right now is prime time for U.S.-based businesses to get a handle on how Canadian temporary work permits operate, and whether relocation of certain workers or divisions could be beneficial.
Join us on April 24 for an in-depth webinar on how Canada’s immigration system runs with respect to recruiting and employing foreign workers.
- The process for obtaining Canadian work permits
- What’s required to perform an intracompany transfer to Canada, including:
- How managerial or specialized knowledge workers eligible for L1A and L1B visas in the United States are categorized
- How to demonstrate a necessary “corporate link”
- Worker seniority requirements
- The Global Skills Strategy’ which is prepared now by the Canadian government
- The practical impact of citizens from other countries being exempted from visa requirements
- Options for obtaining necessary temporary work permits (including options available in the province of Quebec)
- Best practices for business travel in and out of Canada
About Your Presenters:
Gilda Villaran, Esq.
Gilda Villaran practices corporate immigration law. She assists clients in the international relocation of executives and highly qualified personnel, which includes obtaining business visas and temporary work permits in Canada, permanent residence status in Canada or Canadian citizenship. Concerning temporary work permits, her practice focuses on NAFTA and regulatory-based exemptions allowing fast-track procedures for intra-company transferees, professionals or other skilled workers.
Gilda Villaran was born and raised in Lima, Peru. After graduating with the highest grade of her class at the Faculty of Law of the Catholic University of Peru, she was called to the Lima Bar (Colegio de Abogados de Lima); then, she worked for a few years with the Peruvian Ministry of Labour, taught Labour Law in the same University and published articles in the same field. She obtained thereafter a Fulbright Scholarship and went to Yale Law School, in New Haven, Connecticut, where she earned her LL.M. (Master in Laws) and J.S.D. (Doctor of the Science of Law) degrees. She wrote her doctoral thesis under the supervision of professors Henry Hansmann, Peter Schuck and Oliver Williamson (2009 Economics Nobel Prize recipient).
She has also lived and was employed in France for six years. She worked as a Research Associate at the European Institute of Business Administration, INSEAD, in Fontainebleau, in various areas of business. For example, in the field of Business Ethics, she wrote a case study, which was published by Prentice Hall in the volume entitled European Casebook in Business Ethics. She also worked on a pilot project for the European Economic Commission on Mergers and Acquisitions in Europe and was a teaching assistant for the course Industrial Policy and International Competitiveness. She settled in Québec in 1994.
Cindy Switzer, Esq.
Cindy Switzer is a member of Fasken Martineau’s Labour, Employment, & Human Rights Group. Cindy’s practice is focused on the representation of management in wide range of workplace-related matters, as well as business immigration. She provides strategic advice to employers on all aspects of the employment relationship including human rights and accommodation, labour disputes, grievance arbitrations, employment contracts and termination, employment standards and related court litigation. She has appeared as counsel in mediations, settlement conferences, and trials before the Provincial and Supreme Courts of British Columbia as well as state and federal courts in New York.
As part of her business immigration practice, Ms. Switzer assists employers bringing executives, senior managers and specially skilled workers into Canada from around the world. She provides corporate and individual clients with advice on business visitor and other work permit exemptions, helps clients to obtain temporary work permits under NAFTA, International Mobility Program, and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Cindy works with clients to secure positive Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) and to transition foreign workers to permanent residents through Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Programs.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Switzer was an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Labour & Employment Law Division of the New York City Law Department. She represented the City of New York in a broad range of labour and employment matters in federal and state court as well as before administrative agencies, including conducting jury trials. Cindy’s US employment litigation experience enables her to provide trusted advice to US and multinational employers on cross-border issues.