Canadian & US Business Immigration - Changes, Challenges & Tips for Success

Canadian & US Business Immigration - Changes, Challenges & Tips for Success

This session is geared towards senior HR practitioners and management who may be responsible for workforce planning, cross-border activity, foreign workers or expanding business opportunities in the U.S. or Canada. In this session, we will discuss the numerous immigration policy and technical changes in both Canada and the U.S., and how these changes may affect businesses and employers in both countries. We will discuss the current state of NAFTA, Express Entry, “Buy American, Hire American”, the Travel Ban, lifetime bans to the U.S. relating to inadmissibility and criminality, and many other hot topics in the immigration context. We will provide real tips in how to navigate the ever-changing immigration landscape with specific examples of categories that can be used for applicants and risks associated with immigration petitions and categories.  We will provide time for questions to allow attendees to ask us pointed questions or run scenarios by us.

Krista Schofer

Krista Schofer is an associate in the Gowling WLG’s Calgary office practising in the areas of Employment & Labour, Immigration and Privacy Law. Krista is a Canadian lawyer and U.S. attorney, bringing a unique understanding of immigration, business and cross-border challenges and opportunities as they relate to both Canada and the U.S.

In her immigration practice, Krista counsels corporate clients seeking to hire foreign nationals in Canada and the United States and helps them implement sophisticated strategies to manage their global workforces. She has extensive experience advising on Canadian immigration compliance and various Canadian immigration options, including LMIA-exempt work permits, work permit exemptions, LMIA applications, study permits, visitor records, temporary resident visas, permanent residency and citizenship. Krista also provides advice on non-immigrant and immigrant status in the United States, preparing petitions in a variety of categories for both temporary and permanent status. 

In Krista’s employment practice, she focuses on management-side labour and employment law. She advises on human resources, labour relations, human rights and privacy issues, encompassing all aspects of the employment relationship — from pre-employment hiring issues to performance management, termination and post-employment obligations.