September 10, 2010

Medical List Amended – Mexico Removed 

Canadian Immigration Services has published an amended list of countries whose nationals require medicals before immigration to Canada.  Forty five countries have been removed from the list, including Mexico.  Previously, Mexican nationals seeking visas to Canada for a stay exceeding six (6) months required a medical exam to be completed as part of the application.  The full list can be found at this link 

Alberta Puts Two Immigration Programs on Hold

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program  (AINP) has announced the closure of its U.S. visa holder and family stream programs, effective 23 August 2010.  Applications received or postmarked before this date will be accepted and processed; however, no new applications will be accepted under these programs, until further notice. 

What is the AINP?

The AINP is an immigration program designed to support Alberta’s economic growth by attracting work-ready immigrants to the province. Applicants eligible under one of the AINP streams are nominated for permanent residence in Canada.  The program is operated by the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Employment and Immigration in conjunction with the Government of Canada’s department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

Which Programs are Closed? 

The U.S. Visa Holder category nominated holders of valid U.S. visas in H-1B, H-1B1, H-1C, E-3 categories for permanent residence.  The Family Stream was designed for family members of Alberta residents.  Both programs were added in 2008 and were very popular; however, the Alberta Ministry of Employment and Immigration has made the decision to close the programs in order to focus on jobs for resident workers.

Which Programs Remain Open?

Alberta will continue to accept immigration applications in the following areas:

  • Skilled workers
  • Semi-skilled workers in certain occupations
  • International students
  • Compulsory trades
  • Engineering occupations; and
  • Self-employed farmers.

ACTION ITEMS FOR EMPLOYERS 

No specific action is required at this time, but note the following:

  • Medicals are no longer required for immigration applications for several nationals, including Mexicans;
  • The U.S. Visa Holder cateogry and family stream under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program have been closed, effective 23 August 2010.

Caveat Lector | Warning to Reader 

This is provided as informational only and does not substitute for actual legal advice based on the specific circumstances of a matter. Readers are reminded that Immigration laws are fluid and can change a moment’s notice without any warning. Please reach out to your local Pro-Link GLOBAL specialist should you require any additional clarification.

Pro-Link GLOBAL worked with our PLG|KGNM correspondent office in Canada to provide this Global BRIEF alert to you.