Jennifer Nees

Jennifer Nees

Jennifer Nees is a Toronto-based business immigration lawyer working with Egan LLP. She is also past-chairwoman of the Canadian chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and has served on the Executive of the Ontario Bar Association's Immigration and IT sections. She can be reached at Jennifer.Nees@ca.ey.com.


Column: The Immigration Line
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_jennifer_r_nees_2012.jpgThe 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.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_jennifer_r_nees_2012.jpgI’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.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_jennifer_r_nees_2012.jpgIt’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.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_jennifer_r_nees_2012.jpgIn 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.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_jennifer_r_nees_2012.jpgThe 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.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_jennifer_r_nees_2012.jpgEvery year, members of the immigration bar gather together to discuss emerging issues and rising trends in the practice of immigration at the Canadian Bar Association’s annual immigration conference. This year, the conference was held in Calgary. Immigration practitioners from across Canada (and around the globe!) met to learn and discuss some of the very real issues facing our rapidly changing industry.
Monday, 24 March 2014 08:00

Let’s have lunch

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_jennifer_r_nees_2012.jpgFor all lawyers, client relationship building is an enormous part of what we do. Building trust, creating solutions, and proving yourself as a partner to the client is critical to success. It’s also increasingly difficult in an age where face time is limited and most of our communication is conducted via e-mail.
Monday, 27 January 2014 11:13

New rules to avoid a black eye

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_jennifer_r_nees_2012.jpgIt’s a long-running joke that the government likes to make major regulatory or practice changes during a public holiday or right before a long weekend. The latest crop of business immigration related changes came right before we rang in the New Year, with an effective date of Dec. 31, 2013. The changes presented some challenges regarding news forms, but also provided insight into how the government perceives the temporary foreign worker program and its continued use in Canada.
Monday, 30 September 2013 09:00

Flexibility needed in foreign worker rules

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_jennifer_r_nees_2012.jpgI know I keep saying it, but change has officially become the only constant in the immigration universe.
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