Employer’s refusal to release financial records leads to residency denial

Employer didn’t have to provide extra financial information to visa officer but needed to if it wanted approval for foreign worker
By Sergio Karas
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 05/30/2012

An employer’s refusal to release financial information to a visa officer has led to the denial of a prospective employee’s permanent residence application.

A Canadian private company, The Manco Group, obtained an Arranged Employment Opinion (AEO) for Guofei Xu, a Chinese citizen. Xu studied in Canada and received a diploma in Global Business Administration. In early 2007, Xu obtained a work permit and began working for Manco as an office co-ordinator in Toronto.

After Xu’s work permit expired in January 2008 and she returned to China, Manco offered her permanent employment and obtained an AEO from Service Canada for the position of office co-ordinator. Xu filed an application for permanent residency supported by the AEO as required by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.