Global Migration Digest

April 2014 (Vol. 2, No. 3)

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www.aila.org 1 YOUR GLOBAL MIGRATION SECTION RESOURCES: Vol. 2 Issue 3 American Immigration Lawyers Association www.aila.org A I L A's P R E M I E R R E S E A R C H L I B R A RY by Henry J Chang O n February 11, the Government of Canada announced its intention to terminate the Federal Immigrant Investor Program ("IIP") and Federal Entrepreneur Program ("EP") and eliminate the large backlog of applications. ese immigration-related announcements were contained in the Canadian Government's 2014 Budget (the "Economic Action Plan 2014"). e Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes to terminate IIP and EP applications filed on or before February 11, 2014, and to return the filing fees paid to those applicants. However, before this plan can be implemented, the Budget Implementation Act must still be passed by Parliament and receive Royal Assent. According to Operational Bulletin 566 ("OB 566"), published by Citizenship and Immigration Canada ("CIC") on February 12, 2014, the processing of IIP and EP applications will continue according to routine office procedures until further notice. Of course, Canada has not accepted any new IIP applications since July 1, 2012, and has not accepted any new EP applications since July 1, 2011. OB 566 refers only to cases currently in the backlog. ere has been no announcement regarding which cases currently in the backlog will be processed to completion. Based on the process used by CIC when it eliminated the backlog of Federal Skilled Worker cases, it is likely that the Budget Implementation Act will terminate all applications that have not reached a specific stage of approval by a specified cut-off date. Unfortunately, there is no information available regarding what stage of completion and what cut-off date will be used. According to the Canadian Government, the global economy has changed significantly since the IIP was created three decades ago. Investment capital flows Canada to Cut Investor, Entrepreneur Programs Global Migration Digest u ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS: New Zealand Work Visas 4 Changes to UK's Tier 1 Route 5 Turkey Update 6 Webpage Tools & Resources Message Center Newsletter Archive Section Listserve 2013 Forum Recording CONTINUED on pg.2 >> Subscribe to the New AILALink Now! AILALink is the go-to resource for immigration law research, providing its subscribers with access to immigration-related statutes, regulations, and important case law; agency correspondence and manuals; AILA/government liaison minutes; immigration forms; and many AILA publications. u

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