Live webinar September 22, 2020 @ 12:00 PM
OR available available video recording


Andrew Carvajal


3 hours


SUMMARY: This course will provide an in-depth discussion of the available work permits for professionals and technicians under Canada’s Free Trade Agreements. Similarities and distinctions between each agreement will be addressed, as well as practical considerations involving the place of application and work permit duration. The instructor will also provide tips relating to the preparation of a strong work permit application and what to include in the online offer to be submitted through the IRCC employer portal.

  • The Initial client assessment 
    • Work permit exemptions
    • Permanent residence alternatives
    • Timing of application
    • Getting the right facts from employer and employee
  • United States, Mexico and Chile 
    • NAFTA/USMCA and CCFTA generalities
    • List of professionals
    • Trickier occupations
  • Peru and Colombia 
    • Eligibility of permanent residents
    • Valid employment arrangements
    • Work permit duration
  • Korea
    • Valid employment arrangements
    • List of contractual service suppliers and independent professionals
  • Panama 
    • Eligibility of permanent residents
    • Valid employment arrangements
    • List of speciality occupations
  • European nationals – CETA 
    • Valid employment arrangements
    • Educational qualifications and work experience
    • List of contractual service suppliers and independent professionals
  • The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) 
    • Eligible countries
    • Eligibility of some permanent residents
    • Valid employment arrangements
    • Educational qualifications and work experience
  • General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) 
  • Tips and practical considerations ​

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For Lawyers and Paralegals

Law Society of Ontario
   • Substantive Hours: This program is eligible for up to 3 hours

Law Society of British Columbia
   • Approved for 3 CPD credits

Law Society of New Brunswick
   • Approved for 3 CPD hours

Law Society of Saskatchewan
   • Approved for 3 CPD hours

Law Societies of Alberta, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia
   • For members of these Law Societies, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your mandatory annual requirements

For Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants

Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council
   • Approved for 3 CPD hours
   • Video recording valid until March 22, 2021

Purchasing Options

Single Course

• Access to the course materials
• Possibility to download and watch the webinar

Your Instructor

Andrew Carvajal

Barrister & Solicitor

Partner, Desloges Law Group

Andrew is a Toronto lawyer and partner at Desloges Law Group. He received a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Civil Law from McGill University. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2011.

Andrew’s legal expertise involves immigration law, administrative law and some civil litigation. His immigration practice focuses on permanent residence applications under federal and provincial economic programs, all types of business/corporate immigration, applications for sponsorship under the family class and temporary residence applications. 

Andrew also represents individuals and corporations in administrative matters, professional and academic discipline cases, as well as Small Claims Court litigation. His professional discipline practice includes the representation of Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants in complaint and discipline proceedings before their regulatory council.

Besides his work at Desloges Law Group, Andrew has been an instructor in the Immigration Consulting program at Herzing College and a guest speaker in a number of immigration education programs and seminars organized by professional associations and community centres. He is also a frequent contributor to several publications dealing with immigration, refugee and administrative law and has been invited to speak about immigration changes on local and national news segments.

Prior to practising law, Andrew was a sociology professor at McGill University and a university researcher in projects dealing with criminal justice, equality laws, family transformation and social research methods.