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20210330 - Ask an Expert: Applying for a Work Permit at the Port of Entry

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Presenter/s: T.D. (Dani) Willets, RCIC and Gordon Maynard LLB

Date: 30 March 2021, postponed from 9 March 2021

Time: noon - 2:15 pm Pacific

Location: webinar

Type: webinar and recording

Price: $50.00

CPD approval:

  • CICC 2 hours - 2 CPD hours valid until 27 June 2022
  • LSBC 2 hours - 2 CPD hours approved -  attendance to this course will provide you with .25 hours/15 minutes of ethics and professional responsibility component for your BC Law Society reporting.
  • For Alberta lawyers, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your mandatory annual Continuing Professional Development Plan as required by the Law Society of Alberta. 


  • What the legislation says
  • Intent
    • Who can apply at the border
    • Who cannot apply at the border (instrument of delegation)
    • Special Circumstances
      • Contiguous
  • Routine vs Complex Applications
    • NAFTA
    • Intra-Company
  • Flagpoling and accompanying risks
    • When to consider flagpoling
    • When to avoid the border
  • Documentation
  • Special Instructions under Covid
  • What happens if the client gets refused
  • What the courts say
  • Ethics
  • Q & A

Follow up message from Ms Willetts with regard to flagpoling: 

This is from an email in response to one sent to the regional office.  You can see that flagpoling is still allowed: 

As long as the traveller is asymptomatic and travelling from the US, if they are eligible to apply for a work permit at the POE then they may do so.  In order to be exempt the 14 day quarantine period they must remain in their conveyance while outside of Canada.  This includes those who flagpole. Foreign Nationals travelling to Canada from other than the US may apply for a work permit at the POE as long as the business is currently operating.



 T.D. (Dani) Willetts RCIC

Ms. Willets has been an Accredited Immigration Consultant since August 2013. Prior to that she worked with the Department of Citizenship and Immigration for 25 years. She was originally hired as an Immigration Officer, but in the 10 years prior to retiring from the department, she was primarily an Immigration Supervisor. She has extensive experience in every inland immigration program and several overseas programs. Although substantively a decision maker and supervisor, her career also included opportunities to work in several other capacities including:

  •  Intelligence Liaison Officer
  •  Justice Liaison Officer
  •  Regional Program Advisor
  •  Senior Policy Advisor
  •  PRRA Coordinator
  •  Visa Officer
  •  Manager
  •  Director
  •  Supervisor in Charge of Outreach (for the 2010 Winter Olympics
  •  Regional Training Coordinator

 Ms. Willets is a certified departmental and interdepartmental trainer and a frequently requested speaker for external partners including:

  •  NGOs
  •  Other government departments
  •  Immigration section of the Canadian Bar Association
  •  Universities and colleges
  •  and others

While employed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Ms. Willets was recognized nationally three times for her initiatives in outreach. She received the Head of Public Service Award, the Deputy Minister’s Award and the Public Service Award of Excellence.

Currently, in addition to Immigration consulting, Ms. Willets teaches the Family Class and Citizenship module for the blended CILPP program at UBC. She continues to be a frequently requested presenter and has presented for many groups either as a government representative before retiring or as an instructor for Continuing Professional Development programs for her colleagues. She’s also been featured as a guest on Borderlines, a podcast hosted by Steven Meurrens and Peter Edelmann in Vancouver and the regular podcast hosted by Mark Holthe an immigration lawyer in Edmonton.

Gordon Maynard LLB

The “senior” member of Maynard Kischer Stojicevic, Gordon Maynard has been called to the B.C. Bar for more than 20 years and he practices Immigration Law exclusively. Gordon’s experience and expertise have been recognized nationally through peer-review assessments and surveys conducted by Best Lawyers, Canadian Lawyer and Lexpert. The 2012 “Lawyer of the Year” designation was shared with three Immigration Law practitioners in Canada. The 2012 Canadian Lawyer “Top Immigration Law Boutique Firm” recognized the partnership of Gordon Maynard, Rudi Kischer and Alex Stojicevic – the only firm so recognized outside of Toronto.

Mr. Maynard is experienced with respect to all categories of admission and enforcement processes, including representation of clients before administrative offices at ports of entry and abroad, administrative Tribunals in the IRB, before Federal Court for judicial review, and appeal proceedings under IRPA and Citizenship Acts. Mr. Maynard focuses on temporary entry and permanent status, including the entry of workers under NAFTA, GATS, and HRSDC LMO processes, and achieving resolution of issues of admissibility and issuance of appropriate authorizations. He has extensive professional experience with Port of Entry offices and practices, with HRSDC and CIC offices responsible for assessment of foreign worker entries through Labour Market Opinion or exemptions from LMO, with CBSA offices for enforcement, with visa offices abroad and with CIC National offices, including Case Management Branch. Mr. Maynard’s clients include major international businesses engaged in transfer of personnel, and private individuals seeking assistance and guidance in navigating the immigration law corridors.

Gordon Maynard is a regularly invited presenter at National and Provincial seminars for the education and professional development of the legal profession. Mr. Maynard has also presented to AQAADI, the Quebec CBA and private sector Human Resources education programs. Mr. Maynard is recognized for distinguished, exceptional service to the objectives and goals of the CBA, through the Louis St. Laurent Award, with co-recipient Michael Greene.

From 1990 through to present date Gordon Maynard has been an active member of both the BC Provincial and National CBA Citizenship and Immigration Law Sections. On behalf of CBA Mr. Maynard has appeared regularly before Parliamentary Committees with respect to Immigration and Citizenship Law legislation reform, has participated in consultations at the Minister and Citizenship and Immigration National levels, and has served on liaison committees with the Immigration and Refugee Board at the Provincial and National levels.



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