Canada – Immigration Updates

Visa Requirements Change for Citizens of Brazil, Bulgaria, and Romania

What has changed

Effective May 1, 2017, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is implementing new policies for Brazilian, Bulgarian, and Romanian citizens who have held a Canadian temporary resident visa (TRV) in the past ten (10) years or who currently hold a valid United States (US) non-immigration visa.

Citizens who meet the necessary criteria will no longer be required to apply for temporary resident visas and will instead be able to fly or transit through Canada with an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Brazilian citizens will be able to apply for an eTA beginning May 1, 2017, and starting December 1, 2017, the Government of Canada intends for all citizens of Romania and Bulgaria to be apply for an eTA.

Who is affected?

  • Romanian citizens who have either held a TRV in the past ten (10) years or who currently hold a valid US non-immigrant visa.
  • Bulgarian citizens who have either held a TRV in the past ten (10) years or who currently hold a valid US non-immigrant visa.
  • Brazilian citizens who have either held a TRV in the past ten (10) years or who currently hold a valid US non-immigrant visa.

What to expect

Citizens of these countries who do not meet the necessary criteria will still be required to apply for a temporary resident visa through regular channels.

What you need to do 

Planning Ahead

  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.

New Instructions on Collecting Administrative Monetary Penalties and Determining When Employers are in Default of Payment

What has changed

IRCC has updated their policies on collecting administrative monetary penalties (AMP) when employers are found non-compliment and subject to AMP. Employers will receive a notification of final determination (NOFD) outlining the AMP owed. These penalties must either be paid in full by the employer within thirty (30) days after the day on which the NOFD is deemed received, or the employer must reach a payment agreement with (IRCC)-Finance within the thirty (30) dayperiod outlined on the NOFD. Such an agreement would set the amounts and interest to be paid, the timelines for payment, and the consequences of non-payment.

Who is affected 

  • Employers who are found non-compliant

What to expect

Employers who are found non-compliant and subject to AMP will have to adhere to the strict guidelines or face escalated penalties.

What you need to do

Planning ahead

  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.

Canadian Border Services Agency Phasing Out Paper Declarations

What has changed

On March 20, 2017, the Government of Canada’s mobile declaration application “CanBorder – eDeclaration” launched, and is available for immediate use at Primary Inspection Kiosks in the Ottawa/MacDonald – Cartier International Airport. The kiosks will allow travelers to verify their travel documents, complete an on-screen declaration, and confirm their identity using facial authentication.

Who is affected?

  • International travelers arriving in Canada at the Ottawa/MacDonald – Cartier International Airport

What to expect

Travelers who complete their declaration in advance using the “CanBorder – eDeclaration” mobile application will receive a response code to scan a kiosk upon arrival, thereby streamlining services for travelers and making arrivals by air more efficient and timely. The new technology will be phased across Canadian airports throughout the year.

What you need to do

Planning Ahead

  • Download the mobile declaration application “CanBorder – eDeclaration” if traveling internationally to the Ottawa/MacDonald – Cartier International Airport.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.