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What do you mean my global assignee’s car seat is illegal in Canada?

Yes it is true, if a global assignee has brought their car seat from overseas, it may be illegal to use in Canada, and he or she may also be hit with fines and demerit points on their driving record if convicted. Transport Canada and Health Canada are concerned that parents and caregivers may not…

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Fort McMurray Evacuation Effects Temporary Accommodation availability far and wide

The tragedy in Fort McMurray has displaced thousands of families. Many of these have travelled south to Edmonton. As a result, it should come as no surprise that Edmonton temporary accommodation facilities are now full with no foreseeable vacancies. However, while many employees have fled to Edmonton, many have also gone back to other cities…

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WHITE PAPER – Spring 2016

WHITE PAPER: Enrolling in BC Health Care   Is Enrollment in BC Health’s Medical Insurance Plan required of employees who are not on local payroll or have global health insurance plans?   All Points often gets asked the above question by our clients. There is wording on the BC Health website which can lead to…

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UK Government announces changes to the Tier 2 skilled visa category

All Points originally reported that the UK Government’s Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) had met and made recommendations to immigration changes that would affect the Tier 2 visa category in 2016. The changes are in and they do make things harder for those with global mobility of intra-company transfers, although are not as bad as they…

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Calgary homes can sell this spring, but they must be priced aggressively.

Recently, Ann-Marie Lurie, chief economist at the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB), noted that Calgary detached home sale prices are expected to drop 3.2% in 2016 on an annualized basis. All Points has spoken with appraisers who believe that in some pockets, housing prices may drop as much as a 0.5% per month. We are…

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Navigating Relocation – Spring 2016

What is the historical origin of your lump sum program and which “type” is it?   April 6, 2016 By: Michael Deane Co-Owner and Vice-President, Client Service Lump sum approaches to relocation are typically inherited by HR departments without a clear understanding of their origin. How was that first $10,000 amount arrived at? When was…

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CIC announces eTA Leniency Period.

As of March 15, 2016, the expectation is that all visa-exempt foreign nationals will have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens, and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. Even though this is the expectation, CIC has announced a NEW Leniency Period. From March 15, 2016…

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Answers to your questions about Canada’s new eTA.

Just two weeks ago, All Points prepared a relo-lert about eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) for Canada. You asked some good questions, so this is a follow-up relo-lert clarifying different aspects of eTA.   Does passport expiration affect an eTA’s expiry date?   Yes. An eTA is valid for five years, however, as it is linked…

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Immigration filing fees go up in the UK

On March 18, companies will be paying more for immigration fees for their global assignees and permanent relocations to the UK. There is a small increase of 2% work visas: Tier 2 visa route application up to three years (outside the UK): £564 to £575 (Increase of £11) Tier 2 visa route application up to…

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Increased Migrant Populations start to affect Relocations to the UK

UK concerns over increased migrant populations have had two recent effects on relocations to the UK, one which has been proposed and will likely be forthcoming in 2016, the other of which has already been implemented. Immigration: After being commissioned by the UK Government to address concerns about increased non-EU migrants using the Tier 2…

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