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New immigration rules stifle transfers | Canada | Norton Rose Fulbright

New immigration rules stifle transfers

August 17, 2010


Yusra Siddiquee talks to Lexpert about Ottawa’s new immigration rules that went into effect in June.


Without fanfare and literally with a few strokes of a pen, Ottawa drastically tightened up immigration rules in June, with ministerial instructions calling for all skilled immigrants to take a standardized language test in either English or French immediately.

While Ottawa’s position is that the across-the-board requirement is the fairest way to treat applicants, immigration lawyers say that the new requirement will slow down immigration of skilled workers and add uncertainty, cost and delays for employers.

“I had to tell an American and a British person both yesterday that they have to take an English test,” says Yusra Siddiquee, a partner in the Toronto office of Ogilvy Renault LLP.

For Siddiquee’s British immigrant, who lives in Edmonton, the earliest federal test date is in October and results will add another month of delay.

Ogilvy Renault joined international legal practice Norton Rose Group on June 1, 2011, and is now called Norton Rose OR LLP.