Newland Chase has more than 20 years of experience supporting Canadian and multinational companies, and is a recognised authority for immigration solutions in Canada. We offer a wealth of knowledge and experience working with global organisations to manage their immigration needs for their mobile workforce through our 50 offices around the world. We provide consultative solutions that are designed to streamline the visa and immigration process which results in minimising risks to employees and business travellers within the framework of a safe and compliant program.
At Newland Chase, our approach is to address each client’s unique needs. Our team of Canadian Regulated Immigration Consultants conduct an assessment with every client to understand what level of support is needed to ensure a successful immigration experience for all parties. Our team has the global expertise to manage all of your immigration needs with a high-touch, cost effective solution that includes:
• Ensuring that your employees travel with well-prepared applications and your employees are counselled on how to present their application
• Provide ongoing advice on immigration matters and major changes in global immigration and how it will affect employee mobility
• Workplace compliance and risk management including training and audits
• Immigration support for the transfer of employees from existing/new locations including senior executives, and individuals with specialist skill sets
• Case management & reporting including maintaining immigration records, visa and work permit renewal tracking and cost tracking
All of our Canadian consultants are registered with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). We minimise your company’s risk of penalties by acting as your trusted Immigration advisor to ensure compliance across all services including:
Newland Chase’s Canadian Immigration team includes former employees of the Citizenship and Immigration Canada department and has the expertise to deliver Canadian immigration solutions based on your unique business needs. There are two main types of programs that allow foreign assignees to take up employment in Canada:
Temporary Foreign Worker Program (LMIA) Based Work Permit
This program is based on a labour market test which requires employers to prove that there are no Canadians available for the job that is being offered to a foreign worker. Employers must obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment or LMIA before a work permit can be issued in this category.
Temporary Foreign Worker Program (LMIA) Based Work Permits can be granted for an initial period of a 1 year and can be renewed.
International Mobility Class Work Permit
There are a number of programs that are exempt from the LMIA requirement. These include intra-company transferees, NAFTA professionals and working holiday programs. These programs are usually established through international agreements such as NAFTA or GATS and are normally based on reciprocity between the signatory countries.
Intra Company Transfer Work Permits are granted for an initial period of up to 3 years and can be renewed.
Canada has immigration programs that provide pathways to permanent residence for foreign workers. These include:
Express Entry Immigration This program includes the Federal Skilled Worker stream, the Canada 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.
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Our team of over 20 Canadian travel professionals includes a dedicated team of Canadian Regulated Immigration Consultants who are certified and understand how to navigate complex scenarios and deadline-sensitive projects. We have offices in Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver, and Ottawa to provide clients with a dedicated core team with in-depth technical skills and knowledge to cover the area of expertise required for their business.
We recognize the increasing need for companies to mobilise skilled workers on short notice while ensuring that they enter a foreign country with the right category of visa. Newland Chase focuses 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. Every Newland Chase Canada Consultant is registered with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).
The Newland Chase Canada Team
Herman Van Reekum
Managing Director / RCIC R420767Herman.VanReekum@newlandchase.com
Herman Van Reekum is a leading Canadian immigration professional with over 30 years of immigration experience. He is responsible for the overall operations and success of Newland Chase Canada. Herman worked as an immigration officer, supervisor and acting manager with the Citizenship and Immigration Canada department from 1986 to 1993. He left government service in 1993 and founded one of Canada’s largest corporate immigration firms. In 2014, Herman and his team joined forces with Newland Chase to create one of the leading providers of Canadian immigration solutions. Herman has published several articles on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, and frequently speaks on immigration topics to various organisations. He also served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society and is a member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council. He graduated from the University of Calgary with a B.A. and M.A. in Political Science. Herman is based in Calgary, Alberta.
Vice President, Corporate Immigration / RCIC R419727Heidi.Stephens@newlandchase.com
Heidi Stephens is the Vice-President of Corporate Immigration at Newland Chase Canada. She manages the Newland Chase Canada Team of Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC’s) and is considered a subject matter expert in the area of Canadian Immigration Law. Heidi is also a member in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council with more than nine years of corporate immigration experience. Heidi is based in Calgary, Alberta.
Senior Immigration Consultant / RCIC R508614Claudia.Honetschlaeger@newlandchase.com
Claudia Honetschlaeger is a Senior Immigration Consultant who is responsible for creating and delivering customized immigration solutions to a wide variety of local and multi-national clients. She provides procedural consistency and direction to international, cross border and domestic labour mobility stakeholders to lead ground-breaking, multi-billion dollar projects. In addition, Claudia develops strategic solutions for international labour mobility in order to alleviate escalating skills shortages by studying, analyzing, and understanding the economy, and provides workshops delivering immigration solutions and immigration law updates. Claudia compliments her experience with an Honours degree in Biochemistry from the University of Calgary. She has been with Newland Chase since 2011, and is currently based in Calgary, Alberta.
Senior Immigration Consultant / RCIC R509031Dawna.Darcy@newlandchase.com
Dawna D’Arcy is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant working in Newland Chases's Corporate Immigration department. Her expertise is in the areas of High skilled immigration processes including work permits and Express Entry Permanent Residence as well as Tripartite LMIA applications. Dawna has an in-depth understanding of Canadian immigration legislation, policies and procedures and works with clients to guide them through the immigration complexities of moving people to the right location as quickly and effectively as possible. Dawna has 8+ years of immigration and global mobility experience and has been with Newland Chase since 2014. She is based in Calgary, Alberta.
Senior Immigration Consultant / RCIC R415543Eugenie.Mekenkamp@newlandchase.com
Eugenie Mekenkamp is a Regulated Immigration Consultant with over 11 years experience managing Newland Chase clients who focus on immigration and international recruiting services. She has extensive experience assisting corporate clients in all matters related to migration to and from Canada. Eugenie completed her post-secondary education at Gaasterland college, Amsterdam in The Netherlands, and became a permanent resident of Canada in 2004. She obtained her Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) certificate through Humber College in 2009. Eugenie has been with Newland Chase since 2006 and is currently based in Calgary, Alberta.
Immigration Consultant / RCIC R513901Kathleen.Borbely@newlandchase.com
Kathleen Borbely is an Immigration Consultant at Newland Chase. She provides expertise in Canadian permanent residence, citizenship and temporary residence. With her dedicated service, Kathleen helps Canadian employers meet their business mobility demands and subsequently, assist temporary foreign workers transition to permanent status in Canada through the Canadian immigration programs. Kathleen is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) and a member in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council with more than five years of corporate immigration experience. Kathleen compliments her experience with a Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Communications (Venezuela). She has been with Newland Chase since 2011, and is currently based in Calgary, Alberta.
Newland Chase understands Canadian immigration legislation, policies and procedures. Our focus is to guide companies and individuals through the immigration complexities of moving people to the right location as quickly and effectively as possible. Each of our consultants has the expertise and understanding to navigate immigration systems from a global perspective. Our Canadian business is led by several former senior managers and officers of the Canadian Citizenship and Immigration department.
All of our consultants are registered with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). You will deal only with our accredited, professional and experienced consultants.
Our initial assessment is designed to ensure the selection of the correct visa and/or work permit type to meet your needs. Once this has been confirmed, we will then handle all aspects of the application process. You can review a summary of Canadian Immigration requirements and procedures below.
We provide Canadian immigration consultation and training services to both small businesses and large multinationals. The global mobility of talent is an essential part of most successful organisations. As a result, maintaining migration compliance has become a number one priority.
Your company needs to maintain robust processes and systems to manage the migration of your employees and demonstrate you are compliant with migration law. We provide the following consultation and training services to assist you in this.
A successful global mobility strategy requires strong leadership and a clear direction to be communicated across the company. There are considerable benefits to implementing a centralised approach in terms of standardising procedures but this requires substantial buy-in from the wider business. We will work with you to understand your migration challenges and provide advice and support in developing a strategy that works for your business.
Most employers and their staff are not prepared or trained for the array of issues that can arise as a result of migration. We support our clients in developing a well-rounded migration policy which clearly defines the process for employees and outlines the risks of non-compliance for their organisation.
We will work with your HR teams around the world to understand the specific nature of your business and develop a management policy and training program that is efficient, consistent and robust. The benefits of an effective corporate migration policy include:
- Assurance that your company has carried out the due diligence to ensure compliance with Australian migration legislation
- Streamlined processes resulting in faster visa grants
- Improved communication within the company and clear understanding of expectations from all parts of the business
- From reviewing policies already in place and making recommendations for improvements, to developing and implementing a complete management policy and training program, we will tailor our services to your requirements
Immigration policies around the world are constantly changing. The consequences of non-compliance or being in breach of migration conditions can lead to fines, entry bans for employees and reputational damage to the business as a whole.
When employees go abroad, not only in traditional expatriation but also on short term assignments and business travel, multinational companies face significant hidden risks with migration rules and regulations.
The most common risk of non-compliance that business managers experience is when migration authorities turn their people away at the border, prohibiting the employee from entering the country they intend to visit or work in.
By identifying and prioritising risks, applying resources and an effective compliance program to control them and monitoring the exposure on an on-going basis, we can help you to effectively manage these risks.
Newland Chase Immigration Audits
Immigration authorities monitor and enforce compliance. An organisation’s framework for ensuring compliance after the grant of a visa will be subject to scrutiny. Often this will take the form of an audit, and can be announced or unannounced.
It is challenging for businesses to keep up with the pace of changes to migration law and policy, let alone to adapt their own internal company processes to accommodate these changes. This is particularly so in the case of larger corporates where any changes to company process may need to undergo a series of approvals before being implemented across the wider business.
Your organisation needs to know what your compliance obligations are and identify any areas of risk and non-compliance that may be affecting your business, before working to address these through corrective or pre-emptive actions.
To assist your organisation to maintain compliance, we provide the following services:
- Mock audit of your systems and processes to identify areas of risk and non-compliance
- Audit of personnel files to identify missing documentation
- Comprehensive audit reports with recommendations for addressing the above
- Checklists and materials to support you in this process
We have extensive experience consulting to corporations and individuals in all matters related to Canadian immigration to and from Canada. Our travel professionals are located across more than 50 global offices and are focused on assisting workforces with immigration quickly and compliantly. Our FAQs below provide an introductory guide to relevant migration procedures for specific Canadian visa categories.
There are two types of jobs in Canada: regulated and unregulated. Regulated jobs account for around 20% of Canadian jobs, such as the health care, financial services, and legal sectors. Foreign workers who want to enter a regulated profession in Canada may need to obtain Canadian credentials before they can begin working. Employment opportunities for both regulated and unregulated jobs vary widely between geographic areas in Canada. While there are generally fewer job opportunities in the Northern territories and provinces, there are many jobs in the northern mining industries. The economy of the Western provinces is primarily based on resource extraction, engineering and construction, transportation, forestry and agriculture. Job opportunities vary depending on commodity prices but the Western provinces have attracted a large number of Canadian and international migrants.
The Central Canada provinces of Ontario and Quebec are strong in high tech and manufacturing industries. These provinces are home to the automotive, aerospace, computer services and telecommunications industries. Canada also has vibrant entertainment and arts sectors. The cities of Vancouver and Toronto are internationally renowned locations for film and television production.
There are two main types of programs that allow foreign assignees to take up employment in Canada:
Temporary Foreign Worker Program (LMIA) Based Work Permit – This program is based on a labour market test which requires employers to prove that there are no Canadians available for the job that is being offered to a foreign worker. Employers must obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment or LMIA before a work permit can be issued in this category.
International Mobility Class Work Permit – There are a number of programs that are exempt from the LMIA requirement. These include intra-company transferees, NAFTA professionals and working holiday programs. These programs are usually established through international agreements such as NAFTA or GATS and are normally based on reciprocity between the signatory countries.
Processes and requirements may vary slightly according to the labour market at the time of application, the type of work permit being applied for, the nationality of the applicant, the country of application and personal circumstances of the assignee and any family dependants. We therefore recommend that you contact us for up-to-date information.
However, the process generally involves either a consular application prior to travel or an application made at a Port of Entry.
Processes and requirements will vary according to the labour market at the time of application, the type of work permit being applied for, the nationality of the applicant, the country of application and personal circumstances of the assignee and any family dependants. We therefore recommend that you contact us for up-to-date information.
Applicants will be required to submit a variety of personal and corporate documents to support the application which include, but are not limited to: passport, CV, Proof of Specialised Knowledge, marriage certificate and birth certificate for any family dependants; as well as a variety of corporate documents which may include: job description, Support Letter, Organisational Chart, Articles of Incorporation, Financial statements and/or Corporate Tax Returns, Evidence of Operations, Company Brochures, and Annual Report to Shareholders.
Processing times will vary according to visa type, nationality and country of application. However an indication of processing times is as follows:
International Mobility Class Work Permit – It typically takes 1 week to 1 month until entry to Canada.
Temporary Foreign Worker Program (LMIA) Based Work Permit – It typically takes 1 to 6 months before entry to Canada.
Intra Company Transfer Work Permit – granted for an initial maximum period of up to 3 years and can be renewed.
Temporary Foreign Worker Program (LMIA) Based Work Permit – granted for an initial maximum period of up to 2 years and can be renewed. Some temporary foreign workers must leave Canada after four years.
Nationals from specified countries can enter Canada without needing an entry visa. Check before travel to find out whether you need a visa.
Tourists in Canada are prohibited from engaging in business, work or academic activities. Those who are in Canada on a visitor visa may not take up any sort of employment. Employment in Canada requires a Work Permit.
Therefore, while there is nothing to stop you looking for jobs, you would not be able to commence any form of employment until you have acquired the appropriate work permit. If you wish to undertake work in Canada you must return to your country of residence and apply for the relevant employment documents. Once your employment visa has been approved, you may enter Canada and start work.
Yes, Canada has immigration programs that provide pathways to permanent residence for foreign workers. These include: Express Entry Immigration – This program includes the Federal Skilled Worker stream, the Canada 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
The most successful newcomers to Canada are those who have strong ties to the labour market and are able to find meaningful employment soon after entering Canada. Also, proven ability in one of Canada’s two official languages – English or French – is important in adjusting to life in Canada.
Requirements and procedures are subject to change, so please consult with your Newland Chase Immigration Advisor for current and detailed information.
Our Canadian Outbound team has access to staff, expertise and on the ground resources in 50 offices across 15 countries providing a truly global service for tourist and business visas.
Our ultimate goal is to get your people in the right place at the right time combined with a flexible approach to meet both your business and employee needs.
Ensuring your staff are able to travel on business where they are needed is key to running an efficient global business. Although the process of acquiring a visa may appear straight forward, there are many pitfalls the employee should be aware of. Whether it is the particulars of the local jurisdiction or the track record of the applicant, we can identify and overcome potential obstacles. We will also provide guidance on what constitutes business travel, as opposed to work, ensuring you and your employees remain compliant.
- Initial consultation on eligibility and requirements
- Advice, even if a visa is not required, on crossing the border on business travel
- Overview of process, timescales and documents required
- Review of all supporting documentation
- Fast and secure processing of document legalisation services
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