April 23, 2014
The Santa Fe Group has reported that Shanghai local police are ramping up stricter enforcement on residential registration of foreign nationals and All Points recommends that HR’s communicate this within their organizations.
March 24, 2014
Relocation professionals and Human Resources departments responsible for domestic Canadian mobility should be aware that some appraisers are making negative forecasting adjustments on properties in predominately Anglophone real estate markets in the Greater Montreal area, due to the possibility of a PQ majority government after the election next month.
First, it should be noted that a PQ majority government is far from a foregone conclusion, but markets do not like uncertainty, and this includes real estate markets.
February 4, 2014
On December 31, 2013, Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR)’s previously announced amendments were implemented. Compliance obligations have been increased substantially. While many of these obligations were in place before, these have been made stricter and of longer duration. In addition, immigration officials have been provided with considerable power to investigate and penalize employers if found non-compliant.
Bubble or Schmubble – Canadian Real Estate Market and what you should do with your relocation policy
November 26, 2013
In recent weeks there have been conflicting reports about the strength of and/or risks to the Canadian real estate market. The Globe and Mail has reported that economists have noted that the housing market looks resilient, if not downright strong. Then the Financial Times quoted economist David Madani of Capital Economics, who said that “Canada's housing market teeters precariously.” Just days ago Fitch agency estimated that home prices in Canada are 26% over-valued, but still feels that any correction will have a soft landing.
November 4, 2013
All Points Relocation Service, a Canadian full-service relocation management and destination service firm, is pleased to announce that Michael Deane, Vice President of Client Services, and All Points’ Co-owner, was recently honored with the Worldwide ERC®’s Meritorious Service Award, at the 2013 Global Workforce Symposium in Dallas, Texas.
October 18, 2013
All Points Relocation’s Asian partner, Santa Fe Relocation has learned that the The Shanghai Labour Bureau are considering requiring a non-criminal record certificate in filing employment license, work permit and expert permit applications.
October 3, 2013
Canadian companies should be aware that the impacts of the US federal shutdown are both immediate in some cases and may be lingering in other cases if it drags on.
October 2, 2013
After staging the longest strike in public service history, Canada’s diplomats have signed a tentative agreement with the Canadian government, thereby settling their dispute and ending their work-to-rule campaign.
September 13, 2013
As reported by the Santa Fe Group, Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) in Chennai India has announced that immigration applications now must be accompanied with a Form C submission.
August 15, 2013
All Points Relocation’s recommendations as a result of recent changes to Labour Market Opinion (LMO) application procedures. Employers should review recruiting exercises, immigration procedural practices, and consider greater centralization.
July 18, 2013
Relocations and global assignments into Canada are likely to be affected by strike action at multiple visa offices abroad as a result of unsuccessful labour negotiations between Canada’s Professional Association of Foreign Services Officers (“PAFSO”) and the Canadian Government.
June 27, 2013
Due to the extreme flooding in Alberta, temporary accommodation, both corporate suites and hotels, are virtually unavailable in the Calgary area.
June 13, 2013
The fallout from the Temporary Foreign Workers scandal that first broke in April of this year continues. The Globe and Mail reports that recent changes, just published allow HRSDC or CIC officers to walk in on businesses as part of a random audit or because they suspect a company of fraudulently using the Temporary Foreign Workers Program.
June 6, 2013
Under a new Brazilian government policy, all applicants for Brazilian work and residence visas will eventually be required to present their birth certificate as part of the consular filing. This new requirement is being gradually rolled out, being already in effect at some consulates.
May 15, 2013
Earlier this month, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) updated the minimum advertising requirements for NOC level ‘0’ (Executives/Managers) and ‘A’ (Professional) positions. These requirements must now be followed for eligible labour market opinions (LMOs).
May 3, 2013
In April, the Canadian Federal Government announced changes to the Foreign Skilled Workers Program (FSW) which take effect May 4th, 2013. Among these changes include an updated eligibility list, new minimum language proficiency requirements, and a list of organizations designated to perform assessments of educational credentials.
May 1, 2013
Earlier this week, the Canadian government announced new restrictions for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). Several of these changes are effective immediately, while more details are expected in the coming days.
April 17, 2013
Effective 1 July 2013, new regulations will be implemented for foreigners visiting, residing and working in China as a result of the new Exit-Entry Administration Law.
April 2, 2013
The Canadian federal government’s 2013 budget had outlined several reforms to the temporary foreign worker program, which are expected to come in the following months.
March 22, 2013
The Global Tax Network (GTN) has recently published an article regarding pay delivery. In general, there are three different delivery methods: home, host and split.
February 7, 2013
Effective February 1, 2013, a local HR representative of the Beijing sponsoring company will be required to be present at the Beijing Labor Bureau at the time of submission of an employment license application.
January 28, 2013
On Monday, April 1, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin to accept H-1B cap petitions for the FY 2014 annual quota of 85,000.
January 14, 2013
Beginning December 13, 2012, the United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) will enforce new changes to Tier 2 applications as part of an effort to improve and clarify rules for Tiers 1 to 5. These changes include longer maximum stay for high earning ICTs, an increase in time Tier 2 visa holders can spend outside of the UK before applying for permanent residence and greater clarity regarding cooling off period prior to subsequent Tier 2 stays.
December 14, 2012
Numerous government offices worldwide will be closed or work under reduced staff and/or hours of operation during the holiday season. This will likely result in processing delays o work permits, residence permits, and visas into the New Year.
December 6, 2012
With immediate effect on 1 November 2012, the Shanghai Labor Bureau stopped the expedited service for Work Permit applications in Shanghai.
November 21, 2012
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, witnessed the signing of the Canada-India Social Security Agreement.
November 15, 2012
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation announces that activity in existing home market expected to stabilize, causing house price growth to fall in line with or slightly below inflation.
November 6, 2012
Introduced on September 10, Belgium is now accepting applications for its version of the EU Blue Card.
CIC Announces Changes to Qualifications for Canadian Permanent Residence Application for Skilled Workers
November 1, 2012
Earlier in September, the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada had proposed legislative regulations for the following:
September 27, 2012
In a new law that was put into effect on September 9, 2012, Portugal has introduced its version of the EU Blue Card.
September 21, 2012
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has accelerated a plan to stop issuing I-94 arrival-departure cards to non-immigrants entering the U.S. and replace it with an automated arrival system.
September 11, 2012
Back in July, Knight Frank had released their Q2 Prime Global Cities Index, indicating that the world’s key urban centers had experienced its greatest growth since 2010, despite cooling measures that inhibited growth at the start of 2012.
September 5, 2012
After Germany had recently started issuing the EU Blue Card, Italy has now released its version of the Blue Card.
August 30, 2012
As a reminder, new legislation in China was passed in June to introduce stiffer penalties against unlawful entry, stay and work.
August 7, 2012Yes, it is that time again – the Toronto International Film Festival will be running from September 6th to September 16th. As a result, temporary accommodation will be virtually unavailable in the Toronto area for the first two weeks of September. Given the high demand, the price for any available accommodation will escalate upwards making what is available out of the reach of most relocation programs and Transferees’ budgets.
July 31, 2012According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) spring Rental Market Survey, the average rental vacancy rate in Canada’s 35 major centres decreased from 2.5% in April 2011 to 2.3% in April 2012. In the survey, several observations were made.
July 19, 2012Global Tax Network (GTN) has released a list of ten (10) measures that firms’ HR departments should consider implementing to ease the pain associated with administering international assignments.
July 16, 2012
According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) second quarter Canadian housing market outlook, both new and current housing markets are expected to moderate.
June 29, 2012
Due to the 100th Anniversary of Calgary Stampede and the recent huge Petroleum Show, temporary accommodation is virtually unavailable in the Calgary area until after July 31st. Given the high demand, the price for any available accommodation has escalated upwards to $300 - $500 per night, which is unrealistic for most relocation programs and Transferees’ budgets.
June 21, 2012
As announced by the Department of Finance the government has introduced four additional measures to strengthen Canada’s housing market.
These measures apply to new government-backed insured mortgages with loan-to-value ratios of more than 80 per cent:
June 7, 2012
Making Sense of Recent Canadian Immigration Changes
Christopher Garrah’s article Doing Business in Canada: Immigration provides great insight into four recent developments in Canadian business immigration law. In it he looks at:
May 31, 2012
Check out his blog this week for the first in a series on the top five things that you should be doing to your relocation policy NOW.
WARNING – acting on the relocationgeek’s advice will keep you ahead of the relocation curve.
May 17, 2012
The June 2012 deadline is fast approaching. For more information on receiving the full refund your non-EU company is entitled to check out this article from Ernst & Young's T Magazine.
April 25, 2012
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada announced today the launch of the Accelerated Labour Market Opinion (ALMO) program. As we reported on April 10th, the ALMO program is expected to reduce the HRSDC / Service Canada processing time. If the employer meets all the eligibility criteria to participate in the A-LMO Initiative, HRSDC/Service Canada will then verify if the employer has agreed to all of the attestations and issue a positive A-LMO within 10 business days.
April 17, 2012
As reported by KPMG, the European Commission announced recently that it will examine the taxation of cross-border workers. Throughout 2012, the EC will assess the direct tax systems of EU Member States to determine whether they create unfair disadvantages for workers that live in one Member State and work in another.
April 10, 2012
As reported by Greenberg Turner in its latest alert, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) will imminently announce the launch of an Accelerated Labour Market Opinion (ALMO) program. Under the new program, HRSDC expects to process LMO applications within 10 days from the date of submission for eligible employers seeking LMOs for managerial and high skilled occupations.
April 2, 2012
The province of Quebec has implemented a new simplified Labour Market Opinion (LMO) process. The new process no longer requires employers hiring foreign workers to provide proof of recruitment efforts in 44 occupations in a variety of fields.
This news is of particular interest for employers that were using the now defunct IT Worker Program.
March 26, 2012
On Monday, April 2, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting FY 2013 H-1B cap-subject petitions for employment starting on October 1, 2012.
March 21, 2012
Recently there has been an increase in compliance audits, including assessments, to ensure TFWs are working under Subtantially the Same (STS) terms and conditions of employment set out in the Labour Market Opinion (LMO) confirmation letter and annex.
It has been almost a year since Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) announced new rules for employers hiring foreign nationals under the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program . These new rules are aimed at ensuring that employers meet their responsibilities under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR).
March 15, 2012As reported on March 8, 2012 by Santa Fe Relocation, Japan Import Regulations for air shipments are being more strictly enforced at the Narita Airport.
March 11, 2012
Canadian business leaders were asked to rank a number of key issues that should be addressed in the upcoming federal budget. Their responses clearly show that the gap between available jobs and the skill set of available workers is of key concern.
February 28, 2012
Recently we have seen an increase in the incidences of employees being asked for additional information when crossing the border in advance of their household goods shipment.
When transporting household goods into Canada from the United States the employee is required to provide a listing of goods accompanying them as well as a listing of goods that will follow at a later date. Both of these lists are to indicate the value of the items shipped.
February 24, 2012
In response to a report from the Independent Chief Inspector for the UK Border Agency, the UKBA has announced that it will be establishing an independent agency, the UK Border Force. The new agency will be created in early March 2012 and will be responsible for border controls and inspection services.
View the full Fragomen report here.
February 16, 2012
As reported by Fragomen, the US Department of State announced a new rule that allows L-1 visas to be issued for up to five years.
February 6, 2012
As reported by CMHC the average rental apartment vacancy rate in 35 of Canada's major centres showed a slight year over year decrease.
January 12, 2012Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has released its Housing Market Outlook.