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.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.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_jennifer_r_nees_2012.jpgStrikes! New ministers! Bad press! It’s been a wild ride for immigration recently, and keeping up with the changes has been a Herculean effort for Canadian immigration practitioners. Keeping clients informed, processes moving, and addressing our own public opinion backlash continues to be the order of the day, but the uncertainty creates panic and a loss of faith in the overall system.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_jennifer_r_nees_2012.jpgImmigration news has been the news of late.
Monday, 25 March 2013 09:00

Lights! Camera! Immigration action?

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_jennifer_r_nees_2012.jpgReality television is not generally a hot immigration topic. That’s all changed with the new show on the National Geographic Channel’s Border Security: Canada’s Front Line. It has the immigration bar abuzz.
Monday, 28 January 2013 09:46

A new and complex year

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_jennifer_r_nees_2012.jpgIt’s a new year and, in many ways, it’s a new Canadian immigration system.
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