During this unusual time, CILF – Caruso Guberman Appleby, is here to continue to support you with respect to all of your immigration needs. We are here to answer your questions and keep you informed. We will provide updates as soon as they are available. Our firm is well positioned to continue to focus on your immigration needs.
- ESDC is now accepting LMIA applications by email. Previously applications had to be mailed, faxed or submitted through an online portal. There are different email addresses depending on the location of employment and type of position. Applications will continue to be accepted by fax and mail.
- ESDC is waiving advertising requirements for certain agriculture, food processing and trucking occupations until October 31, 2020. These applications will also be given priority processing and be eligible for a two-year duration (many of these occupations were formerly only eligible for a one-year LMIA). The occupations are:
6331 – Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers-retail and wholesale
7511 – Transport Truck Drivers
8252 – Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
8431 – General Farm Workers
8432 – Nursery and Greenhouse Workers
8611 – Harvesting labourers
9463 – Fish and seafood plant workers
9617 – Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing
9618 – Labourers in fish and seafood processing
9462 – Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
- There is now an online application for Social Insurance Numbers. Previously applicants had to apply by mail or in-person at a Service Canada location. The government website states that only individuals who urgently require a SIN should apply for one at this time, without specifying the definition of urgent. As the SIN is required for employment we believe this includes all foreign workers without a SIN.
We continue to strongly recommend that anyone (including Canadian citizens and permanent residents) seeking to enter or exit Canada speak with an immigration lawyer before doing so. Our lawyers can be reached by phone (416 368 1111) or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Please contact your lawyer at CILF – Caruso Guberman Appleby for additional details or specific questions.