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The new CPTPP agreement eliminates many barriers for business visitors and temporary workers


The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is a free trade agreement between Canada and 10 other countries in the Asia-Pacific region: Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

On December 30, 2018, the CPTPP entered into force among the first six countries to ratify the agreement – Canada, Australia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and Singapore – and provides Canada with preferential access to key markets in Asia and Latin America.

Temporary entry provisions in free trade agreements (FTAs), such as those in the CPTPP, eliminate many barriers encountered at the border and thereby facilitate business travel or relocation on a temporary basis for specific categories of business persons, professionals and technicians.

Under the CPTPP, many professionals, tradespersons, technicians and managers from Asia-Pacific Region, who have an offer of employment in Canada, will be able to get work permits without the need for a Labour Market Impact Assessment or Provincial Nomination. The process of obtaining these are normally very time- and money consuming.

Citizens from the Asia-Pacific region: Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam might profit from the new provisions. Please contact us or book an appointment to discuss your possibilities to come or stay in Canada as a foreign worker.

Parents and Grandparents sponsor form available at noon EST on January 28, 2019

Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program interest to sponsor form will be available to potential sponsors starting at noon EST on January 28, 2019. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will accept interest to sponsor submissions for a limited time and then invite potential sponsors to submit a complete application, in the order their submissions were received, until the 2019 cap of 20,000 complete applications is reached.

Here’s how the new process will work:

Step 1: Potential sponsors indicate their interest.

The interest to sponsor form will open at noon EST on January 28, 2019. The form will remain available on IRCC’s website until we receive a specific number of complete interest to sponsor forms. At that point, the form will no longer be accessible.

Step 2: Invitations to sponsor are sent.

Interested potential sponsors are invited to submit a complete application to sponsor their parents and grandparents.

Step 3: Applications are submitted.

Those who are invited to apply will be given 60 calendar days for IRCC to receive their complete application. Those who submitted an interest to sponsor form and received a confirmation number, but did not receive an invitation to apply in 2019, will have their form retained by IRCC for consideration in 2020.