Canada Immigration Services

With offices in Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver, and Ottawa, Newland Chase Canada provides corporations and individuals operating in Canada with complete support for all their immigration and visa needs – inbound to Canada and outbound to more than 190 countries around the world. Our full spectrum of services allows us to manage all of your business visa and employee immigration needs.

Our Canada team has more than 20 years of experience supporting Canadian and multinational companies and is a recognized authority for immigration solutions in Canada. Our team includes several former senior managers and officers of the Citizenship and Immigration Canada department, and all of our Canadian consultants are registered with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).

We recognize the increasing need for companies to mobilize skilled workers on short notice while ensuring that they enter a foreign country with the right category of visa. We focus on a consultative approach to manage your entire global immigration process, providing your business with a single point of contact for all of your immigration requirements. Our team routinely navigates complex scenarios and deadline-sensitive projects.

  • Canada Immigration Management

    We provide support in all areas of Canada immigration for corporations and individuals – from short-term work authorization and temporary residency to long-term work authorization, permanent residency, and citizenship, including both company employees and accompanying family members. Our approach covers you from comprehensive guidance and pre-planning of new assignments and immigration options to completion of all in-country requirements to ongoing compliance monitoring.

    For up-to-date information on the most common work authorization routes in Canada, see Employment Immigration below.

  • Comprehensive Global Immigration Management

    For corporations and individuals located in Canada, we also provide support in all areas of immigration to more than 190 countries around the world. Our Canada team is part of the larger Newland Chase global team of 1,700+ expert immigration and visa professionals – specializing in everything from short-term work assignments and temporary residency to long-term work assignments, permanent residency, and citizenship throughout the world.

  • Business Traveler Management

    Business visas are a key component of a globally mobile workforce – allowing individuals to enter Canada and other countries for non-work business activities. Business visas typically apply to business meetings, seminars, conferences, trade shows, limited sales activities, contract negotiations, and some supervisory activities. Newland Chase Canada offers comprehensive services for business travelers both inbound to Canada and outbound to more than 190 countries.

    Our services include everything from personalized assessment of the activities and destination for visa compliance, to obtaining the proper visas, to tracking of the number and length of stays of your business travelers for legal compliance.

  • Immigration Policy and Compliance

    Our Canada immigration experts offer an extensive suite of advisory services and immigration compliance strategies to ensure that your organization and employees remain compliant with all Canada immigration and visa requirements. Our services include strategic guidance on immigration plans, development and implementation of immigration policies, sponsor compliance, education and training, audit support (including mock audits), and immigration compliance technology solutions.

  • Consulting and Advisory Services

    Our Canada immigration experts act as trusted business advisors – supporting you in virtually any unique or complex immigration-related matter. Our Canada team is able to manage the scope of immigration in large-scale projects and employee moves, as well as guide you through the immigration complexities involved in corporate restructuring and mergers and acquisitions.

    • Individual Immigration Services

      Canada has several immigration programs that provide pathways to permanent residency for foreign workers, which our team supports, including:

      Express Entry Immigration: This program includes the Federal Skilled Worker stream, the Canadian Experience Class stream and the Federal Skilled Trades stream. Applicants are evaluated based on education level, language ability, work experience, age, and adaptability. Each factor is individually evaluated and the overall score determines whether the applicant is a suitable candidate for permanent resident status. Applicants who have a permanent job offer that has been approved by the Canadian government will receive extra points.

      Provincial Nomination: Canada’s provinces all have unique immigration programs designed to attract new immigrants.

      Business Class Immigration: This is broken down into further subcategories – Investor, Entrepreneur, Self-Employed persons, and Start-Up.

      Family Class Immigration: Available for spouses and dependents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

      Quebec-Selected Immigration: The Province of Quebec has immigration programs designed to attract French-speaking applicants as well as an Investor Program that is attractive for high net worth individuals.

Immigration Summary

The Intra-Company Transfer Work Permit is a route for employees transferring from one branch of the same company to another, and does not require an LMIA to be carried out. Companies must be linked by common ownership and the applicant must have been employed by the sending company for at least one year (full time) in the previous three-year period from the date of initial application. The role must either require specialised knowledge or must be a managerial position.

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program Work Permit, requiring a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), is the route required for Canadian companies to hire foreign workers where no LMIA exemption applies. The position must be advertised for at least one month, and additional time should be allowed for the advertisement to be translated and posted online.

The Entry as a Business Visitor (After Sales) process is for employees temporarily sent to Canada to fit, install, maintain or repair machines, equipment, computer programmes, or other technical systems, which have been exclusively produced outside Canada, for a client may enter as business visitors to carry out after-sales services. This process usually applies when the assignee is being sent to fulfill foreign contractual obligations to a Canadian client company. The provisions of after-sales services must be enumerated in the existing original master service agreement or lease/purchase order in place between the employing foreign company and the client. The applicant must remain on foreign payroll and contract and scope of work should not normally include hands-on work unless the equipment or machinery requires proprietary or product-specific knowledge to install or assemble.

The Entry as a Business Visitor (Employees of Foreign Companies Contracting Canadian Companies) process applies when foreign companies contract Canadian companies to provide services for them in foreign jurisdictions. Employees of the foreign companies may be sent to Canada to control or inspect the quality of a product that they have contracted and may receive consideration as business visitors. Note: This process is strongly dependent on the activities to be performed in Canada and the qualifications of the applicant should be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by an immigration lawyer.

Temporary Entry as a Professional under NAFTA may be available for citizens of the US or Mexico. An LMIA is not required. Successful applicants must be working in one of the designated professional categories set out in Appendix 1603.D.1 of NAFTA. Common categories include: accountants, architects, computer system analysts, engineers, management consultants and scientific technicians.

The Global Talent Stream (GTS), which falls under the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program, is for innovative firms in Canada hiring unique, specialised and highly-skilled temporary foreign workers (Category A), and those seeking to hire highly-skilled foreign workers to fill positions in occupations on the Global Talent Occupations List (Category B).

The GTS provides processing of applications in 10 business days 80 percent of the time, and there is no advertising requirement. Employers are required to develop a Labour Market Benefits Plan that demonstrates their commitment to activities that will have lasting, positive impacts on the Canadian labour market.

Our Canada team members are highly qualified and dedicated professionals with extensive experience in all aspects of Canadian immigration. They come from the best of legal, consulting, in-house corporate and government backgrounds and bring a breadth of experience and insight both in immigration and a multitude of industry sectors. With a dedication to service and a consultative approach, our people act as your trusted advisors and partners in achieving your business goals in Canada.

Our Canadian leadership team directs over 20 immigration experts working for you in Canada. Meet our Canada leadership team:

Cindy Hilliar

Vice President, Global Service Delivery and Operations

London, United Kingdom

Heidi Stephens

Immigration Director

Calgary, Canada