Jason Kenny, the Minister for Employment and Social Development has agreed transitional initiatives to help Alberta employers and Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW’s) in Alberta who have applied for permanent residence through the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP).

Employers of low age/low skill TFW’s that have applied for permanent residence under the AINP but have not yet received a decision will have a onetime only exemption from the low wage cap criteria. This means the employer will be able to apply to ESDC for an LMIA for these TFW’s.

In addition, TFW’s in Alberta who are subject to the 4 year work permit duration limit and who have applied for permanent residence under the AINP but not yet received a decision will be eligible for a 1 year bridging work permit without the need for an LMIA.

Both initiatives require ESDC and CIC to receive confirmation from the government of Alberta that the TFW’s have made AINP applications and the TFW’s must create an Express Entry profile.

In summary, it looks like there is potentially some relief for eligible employers and TFW’s in Alberta. As ever with immigration law, the devil is in the detail and there is quite a bit of detail involved in this.

 

TFW Update from Minister Kenney 01-27-15

 

If you are an employer or TFW and you think you may be eligible for these initiatives please contact John Soden at Red Seal Immigration to find out more.

John Soden, RCIC

Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant

Phone: 1-250-381-3180

Toll Free in North America: 1 -866-483-5954

Fax: 1 250-475-6716

Email: john@redsealimmigration.com

www.redsealimmigration.com