As an immigration lawyer, I have years of experience assisting clients with a wide variety of immigration applications, including applications for permanent residency, sponsorship, work permits, temporary resident visas, and study permits. While a would-be immigrant does not legally require a lawyer to submit an immigration application, in most instances, it's in the applicant's best interests to have a legal representative. An immigration application is often the most important application that a person will ever make, with starting a new life and career in the country of one's choice being the prize that is at stake.
A legal representative helps an immigration client in the following ways:
providing immigration applicants appropriate time frame estimates for the various possible immigration options
helping clients to determine their eligibility under the different immigration programs
advising clients as to what steps they have yet to take to become eligible for immigration under the different immigration streams
advising clients of their rights and responsibilities in relation to the immigration process
reviewing materials required for immigration applications, including documents prepared by governments and third parties
accurately and thoroughly completing forms that are necessary for the immigration process
communicating with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (formerly Citizenship and Immigration Canada) and various provincial governments on behalf of the applicant in situations in which special consideration is required
I have assisted clients with a wide variety of immigration applications, including skilled worker, Canadian experience class, family and spousal (common law partner) sponsorship, and provincial nominee permanent residency applications. In addition to permanent residency applications, I have assisted with work permit, labour market impact assessment, study permit, temporary resident visa, and citizenship applications.