Jennifer Nees

Jennifer Nees

Jennifer Nees is a certified specialist in immigration law practising business immigration with Egan LLP. She is the chairwoman of the immigration section of the Ontario Bar Association. She can be reached at The views expressed in this column are that of the author alone.

Column: The Immigration Line
Understanding risk boundaries when entering Canada to ‘work’I am often asked some variation of this question by new/potential clients, “Are you telling me that every company in Canada who has senior executives who live in another country and work frequently in Canada are getting work permits?”
Monday, 25 January 2016 10:18

Legal interpretation and risk assessment

Legal interpretation and risk assessmentAt the intersection of law and legal practice is interpretation. Where there is interpretation, there is risk. Helping clients both develop and understand their risk tolerance has become an increasingly complicated endeavour.
Don’t forget the business side of immigrationMy column has had really one or two overarching themes: change is constant and transparency is critical.
Audits and administrative monetary penalty regime possible game-changersOn Dec. 1, Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada will become the administrators of a new Administrative Monetary Penalty system meant to hold Canadian employers in check for compliance with Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
Foreign students left out under new systemThe Pan American Games have been amazing. For those of us in Toronto, the Games have given us an opportunity to showcase our city, show pride in our country, and celebrate the myriad countries around the world where many of us hail from.
Being selected takes planning and strategizingI’ve written before about the changes to the Canadian permanent residence process and the Express Entry system. We all know it’s changed. We know there is a portal. We know you enter the portal and get ranked against fellow applicants based on a variety of factors including language ability, age, education, and whether or not there has been a labour market test for the position you currently hold in Canada.
It’s only January and our heads are already spinningIt’s only January and immigration practitioners have already forgotten all visions of sugar-plum fairies and new years fireworks. Immigration updates and changes continue to be fast and furious, and the brave new world of Express Entry is finally here.
Monday, 24 November 2014 12:21

Uncertainty of Express Entry can only hurt

jennifer r nees 2012Express Entry is making waves. I get questions about it from clients and the general public nearly every day. While we know slightly more now than we did a few weeks ago, it is still largely an unknown.
Is ‘express entry’ the solution to Canada’s immigration issues?In January 2015, Canada will roll out the new “express-entry” program. This is being touted as a new and improved way to support economic immigrants interested in coming to Canada.
How do you fix a problem like immigration?The headline is tongue-in-cheek because really, the first step towards “fixing” immigration is to realize the immigration program as a whole, and even our temporary foreign worker program, in part, are not necessarily broken. Yes, there are people who misuse, misunderstand, or downright abuse the system, but a watch isn’t broken because someone forgets to wind it.
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