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Does your business really know the cost of immgration compliance?

Yesterday, the Globe & Mail published  this article that indicates that bureaucratic red tape cost Canadian companies $31 billion per year. If you work in a business that hire foreign workers, have you made an analysis of how much immigration red tape costs you?

In April, it will be two years since the Canadian government introduced regulations affecting businesses that hire temporary foreign workers. These regulations created a new immigration compliance regime that businesses must deal with.  In addition to having to navigate around the potential of appearing on an immigration blacklist, these changes brought more paperwork and more risk.

Although the federal regulations are now almost 2 years old – and other immigration type legislation and regulations in Manitoba are almost 4 years old – many businesses do not realize the costs to their organizations either in preparing immigration applications and in complying with the law.

Has your business made this calculation?



About Reis Pagtakhan

Reis Pagtakhan is an immigration law partner with MLT Aikins LLP. His extensive experience includes assisting businesses obtain temporary entry to Canada and permanent residency for their executives, employees and contractors from all over the world. Reis has lectured on and written papers on immigration law for the Law Society of Manitoba, the Manitoba Bar Association, the Human Resources Management Association of Manitoba, the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, and the Community Legal Education Association of Manitoba. He has presented position papers before the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Immigration Department officials and Manitoba Labour and Immigration. He has written articles on immigration for the CBC, the Winnipeg Free Press, trade, industry and ethnic publications.


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