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Our lawyers combine knowledge of the law and the administrative processes to advise individuals and employers on temporary and permanent entry options. We also advise employers on compliance with Immigration laws, preemptively or upon audit/inspection. Our Canadian immigration services include:

Temporary

  • Intra company Transfers (ICTs)
  • Business Visitors
  • Guest Speakers
  • Athlete and Artist visitors
  • Study permits
  • Work Permits
    • Canada’s treaties (NAFTA, CETA (Europe), CPTPP (Trans Pacific) and others)
    • Labour Market Impact Assessments including for owner/operators or start-ups
    • International Experience Canada 
    • International Mobility Program work permits
    • Global Talent Stream Labour Market Benefits Plans (LMBP)
    • Post-Graduate work permit
    • Change or Extend work permit
  • Dependent/Spouse visitor visas and work/study permits
  • Electronic Travel Authorizations (ETA)
  • Super Visas for parents and grandparents
  • Temporary Resident Visas
  • Temporary Resident Permits
  • Criminal Rehabilitation/Record Suspension

Permanent

  • Citizenship application and appeal
  • Pathways to Permanent residence under the:
    • Express Entry Permanent Residence (Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program or Canadian one year Experience Class)
    • Provincial nomination programs, including Alberta’s Immigration Nominee Program’s (AINP) Alberta Opportunity Stream
    • Start- Up Visa (SUV) Program for entrepreneurs
    • Caregivers pilot program
    • Dual Intent LMIAs
    • Family sponsorship
  • Humanitarian and Compassionate applications

Compliance

  • Assist Employers to develop best practices, policies and plans to ensure compliance with Canada’s immigration laws
  • Represent Employers subject to audit or inspection

Appeals/Judicial Review

  • Representing clients before immigration tribunals  (Immigration Appeal Division and Refugee Board)
  • Representing clients and challenging any immigration decision before the Federal Court or Federal Court of Appeal
May 2020
COVID-19 Immigration Update
The US Restricts Immigration On April 20, 2020, President Trump tweeted that he would close down immigration in response to COVID-19.  As this was less than descriptive, a Proclamation was issue...
March 2020
This Just Tweeted… US Immigration Updates based on COVID-19
Whether you saw it as a tweet or during a press conference over the weekend, President Trump announced that all social distancing must continue for Americans for at least another month, if not longer. While this isn’t the first or last update on ...
March 2020
Key Cross-Border Points for Canadians to Consider at this Time
Things are changing every day in the wake of COVID-19. Unanticipated consequences have begun to cause a fury of questions and unknowns.  The below aims to address both the immigration and tax concerns as it relates to those with assets and ties to...
January 2020
When a Door in the US Closes, Another in Canada Opens
Immigration Alert
It is not news to anyone that travelling to the US or obtaining a legal US work permit has been increasingly difficult over the last few years. Under the current administration, there have been extensive procedural and policy-related changes which ofte...
December 2019
Cross-Border Workforce Trends in 2020
Workwise Newsletter
As we approach 2020, employers have increasing options for bringing skilled workers into Canada, while opportunities for employees to head south, to the United States, are increasingly limited. Field Law's Immigration Group projects three trends to...

Do I need a visa to enter Canada?

Most travellers require a visa or Electronic Travel Authorization (“ETA”) to enter Canada. Canada has different requirements for entry depending on your country of nationality. Some nationalities are required to apply for a visa that is to be affixed in the passport prior to travel while others require an ETA. Click here to find out what kind of travel authorization you need. 

Do I need a work permit to work in Canada?

Generally, yes. If you are completing work related duties in Canada you most likely need a work permit. However, in some cases an individual may be eligible to work without a work permit. Our immigration team can assist in assessing whether you are exempt from needing a work permit or providing guidance on the type of work permit you qualify for.

I want to hire a foreign worker in Canada, how can I do that?

There are multiple avenues an employer can use to hire a foreign worker. A number of factors need to be considered to determine a feasible work permit option. These factors include, but are not limited to, whether the individual is already employed with your organization, the nationality of the individual, and job role the individual will fill in Canada. 

I work in Canada, how can I become a Permanent Resident?

The Express Entry Program (the “Program”) is oftentimes the best route to apply for Permanent Residency (“PR”).  The Program evaluates an individual's personal details and credentials, awarding a Comprehensive Ranking System (“CRS”) Score. Periodically, the government will conduct rounds of invitations based on CRS scores and if invited, an individual can submit an application for PR.  Additional PR streams are available for specific circumstances. Reach out to one of our immigration team members to discuss your best option for PR. 

How do I sponsor my family to come to Canada?

If you are a Canadian citizen or a Permanent Resident of Canada you are able to sponsor your family members including your spouse, parent, dependent children, grandparents or other relatives. The familial relationship guides the type of application and the length of time your family member will be eligible to stay.

Do I become a Canadian Citizen when I marry a Canadian?

No. Marrying a Canadian citizen does not give you citizenship. Once married to a Canadian citizen, you are required to obtain a valid visa to enter and remain in Canada. Your Canadian spouse can sponsor you to become a permanent resident, which can eventually lead to Canadian citizenship once you meet the requirements.   

How long will it take to process my application?

Depending on when, where and what type of application you submitted, the processing time for your application will vary.  You can find the most recently posted government processing times by clicking here.