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New US Immigration Policies Benefit Canadian Employers

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New US Immigration Policies Benefit Canadian Employers

Two recent changes in United States immigration policies potentially benefit Canadian employers as the may convince even more foreign professionals to set their immigration hopes on Canada. Highly-coveted tech workers which employers in both countries are recruiting are finding it more difficult to get work visas in the U.S. - or fear an unwelcoming environment to live, work and raise their families:

1. The Trump administration expanded the ‘travel ban’ to more countries

2. The Trump administration canceled Global Entry enrollment for New Yorkers over immigration laws

Canada and NAFTA U.S. immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah explained that what the U.S. travel ban and trusted traveler program cancellations do not apply to Canadians, they have two more negative impacts on the perception foreign tech workers have on United States immigration:

Many skilled, educated foreign workers are seeing Canada as a realistic and welcoming alternative to immigration to America. Canada does not restrict travel or immigration by country of origin or nationality or religion. Many skilled and tech immigrants are finding it more challenging to get a U.S. visa. Applicants for H-1B visas are frustrated, and turning to Canada as an attractive alternative. Our immigration system emphasizes family reunification and economic growth. Canada welcomes immigrants who meet the criteria set forth by the IRCC to help build a stronger Canada.

DHS Freezes Trusted Traveler Programs
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) suspended 5 federal Trusted Traveler Programs - Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, and FAST - in New York on February 5, 2020. The freeze which took effect immediately is in response to the state's new laws that allow undocumented immigrants to get a New York driver's license and block US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents from reviewing state driver's license records.

NEXUS is used by people who frequently cross the U.S.-Canada border, including those who live on one side and work on the other.
FAST — short for Free and Secure Trade — is for commercial trucks entering and exiting the U.S. from Canada and Mexico.

Anyone living in New York who already has Global Entry or one of the other programs that allow travelers to quickly enter the country's airports and borders will not be affected. But anyone living in the state of New York who is waiting for federal approval to enroll or renew their fast-entry membership could be waiting indefinitely.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo said more than a dozen states and Washington, D.C, have already passed laws similar to the New York law, and that the state will sue the federal government for "an abuse of power."

6 More Countries Added to Travel Ban
Nigeria, Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan and Tanzania were added to the list of countries with travel restrictions that block immigration from Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria, and the Muslim country of Myanmar, as well as four other countries, effective February 22, 2020. The expansion of the U.S. travel ban is projected to prevent more than 12,300 potential immigrants in the next year from resettling, finding work or reuniting with their families in the United States.

Canadian dual citizens are not affected by the new travel ban because dual nationals from the affected countries can travel as usual with a passport from a country not on the list. Visitors to Canada are not affected by the U.S. travel ban unless their trip also includes visiting the United States.

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Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

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Ms. Ackah is passionate about immigration law because it focuses on people and relationships, which are at the core of her personal values. Starting her legal career as a corporate/commercial ...

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It is one thing to earn a living; it is another thing to make a difference in the world.

This is our formal thank you note to Evelyn Ackah and the Ackah Law Team for all the effort they put into helping us navigate and finally resolve the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration back in the spring of 2012.

A friend referred us to Evelyn; he assured us that Evelyn would take good care of us. Our friend was confident we were in good hands and said Evelyn would do her very best to help us and she did! At the time we did not know that his referral would go far beyond finding us help. Slowly we realized that it would become our own personal story of how we received grace and were reminded of the power in paying it forward

We wrote a detailed page of our dilemma, explaining how we came to be in the position we were in (overwhelmed with the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration and the uncertainty that we faced as a young family in Calgary). Evelyn agreed to take on our file with her team. They found the time to personally call us and listened intently and understood the details of what we were dealing with. They gave us their time, an honest opinion and provided clear direction which proved to be invaluable advice. Months went by but in time, we received word from Ackah Law that the Immigration office had finally reviewed our file and a decision had been made allowing our family to finally put the immigration matter to rest. We were finally able to focus again to live our lives without fear or pending doom.

Looking back now, even the sun appeared to shine a little brighter that day. At first we didn’t know whether to bake them a cake, drive out to meet their team, find their offices and personally thank them with a mighty hug or simply cry out to the heavens in thankful relief. Instead we emailed them to express our heartfelt thank-you and we hoped that they would know deep in their hearts just how grateful we were for all of their help.

Even though we relied on emails and phone conversations to communicate with them that year, we will always remember their constant professionalism, their kindness and understanding at a time that brought us so much pain not to mention fear. As if all their hard work wasn’t enough, Evelyn then then casually mentions that all their work was done pro-bono! We were thoroughly humbled!

To this day we are still eager to share how wonderful they all are as human beings but even more than that, we continue to pay it forward in honour of them, their service to us and their continued dedication in helping others.

Eternally thankful

– The Brummunds

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