Canadian Immigration Lawyer
REPUTABLE IMMIGRATION LAWYER BRAMPTON
Matthew Jeffery is a licensed immigration lawyer Brampton specializing in a wide range of immigration matters including permanent residence applications such as spousal sponsorships and Express Entry applications, citizenship applications and much more.
Mr. Jeffery brings more than 20 years of experience in immigration cases with expertise in immigration appeals and other litigation matters. He possesses a law degree from the Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and is licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada to help clients navigate the complex immigration system.
We can help you to immigrate to Canada
Every year, the Canadian government accepts more than 300,000 immigrants. Welcoming newcomers is part of Canada’s rich history. The country has long been known as an immigration country where thousands of students, workers, and visitors come together to form a diverse and multi-cultural society.Additionally, Canadian immigration authorities have accepted thousands of refugees over the years. This is to foster the country’s humanitarian tradition by ensuring these individual’s human rights are safeguarded as they flee war and persecution in their home countries.
If you wish to immigrate to Canada, first you need to determine which category of immigration application is best for you and your unique circumstances. There are many immigration programs in which Canada admits people and finding the best one for you is ideal to increase your chances of a successful application.
When you visit our website, you’ll find all the information you need regarding the major categories of immigration available for you. You can fill out the free assessment forms on our website to give us some information regarding yourself before we can advise on which programs you qualify for. If you have any specific inquiries, feel free to reach out to our Brampton office directly. We’ll help you determine which category of immigration you qualify under as well as assist in the application process.
We come with years of experience in handling immigration cases. From assisting immigrants who want to come to Canada to live, work or study to handling immigration appeal cases, the law office of Matthew Jeffery can handle it all.
Law Office of Matthew Jeffery
When you visit our law office, get ready to meet a team of friendly immigration lawyers and licensed paralegals who are passionate about helping immigrants from all over the world fulfill their dreams of earning a living or reuniting with their family in Canada. Our clients are always a top priority for us. We are capable of dealing with all kinds of immigration matters from simply helping out in filling the applications to the complex immigration appeals. Once you identify which category of immigration you wish to apply under, we can step in and provide all the legal counsel you need to increase the chances of your application being approved.
Prospective clients can book an appointment at our law office for a consultation. Simply reach out to our receptionist by calling the office and we’ll set up a mutually convenient time to speak with you. You will speak with Mr. Jeffery or one of the senior legal consultants who will advise on the next steps depending on your immigration matter. If you have further inquiries, you may also forward an email to our legal team.
During the initial consultation, we will assess your qualifications and provide advice on the process required to handle your immigration matter along with the expected fees. If you wish to employ our immigration services in Brampton, we will sign a written retainer agreement that is set based on the services to be provided. This retainer allows us to assist in the process of preparing, filing, and processing of your immigration application as well as any other service you may need.
We treat every case differently because we understand that no two cases are alike. We strive to deliver the highest quality of work and maintain a high success rate. Since we know that immigration matters can be stressful to our client and the family involved, we take the initiative to proceed smoothly and without any delays.
Trust the law office of Matthew Jeffery to take all steps necessary to ensure that your case is handled in a professional manner.
As a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you may wish to bring your foreign family member to live with you in Canada. At the law office of Mathew Jeffery, we take pride in having assisted many immigrants through the complex family sponsorship process.
Spousal Sponsorship Cases
A Canadian citizen or permanent resident is allowed to sponsor their foreign husband or wife to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
Common-Law Partner Sponsorship
A Canadian citizen or permanent resident can also sponsor a partner, who they have been living together for at least one year, for permanent residence in Canada.
A Canadian citizen or permanent resident can sponsor their foreign parent to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
A Canadian citizen or permanent resident can also sponsor their foreign national child for permanent residence in Canada.
Foreign parents of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident may qualify for a super visa which allows them to visit Canada for a longer period of say, up to two years at a time.
Permanent Resident Cards
Permanent Resident Card Renewals
Your permanent resident card is usually valid for 5 years from the date of issue. When this period elapses, you need to renew the PR card in order to maintain your permanent residence status. PR card renewals can be a straightforward process if you meet the residency requirement.
If your permanent resident card is approaching expiry, you may extend it for another 5 years by submitting the required applications. This can be a complex undertaking that our law office can help with. We’ve handled complex P.R card renewal cases for many years.
Regular P.R. Card Renewals
If you have fully met the residency requirement, which is simply being in Canada for at least 2 in the past 5 years, you can renew your PR card.
P.R. Card Renewals On Exceptional or H&C Grounds
There are cases when your PR card renewal may be rejected because you haven’t met the residency requirements due to some exceptional circumstances that have prevented you from living in Canada. There are exceptions, which may still qualify your PR card renewal in Brampton. For instance, if you have worked for a Canadian company abroad or were accompanying your Canadian spouse abroad, you may still meet the residency requirement.
Travel Document Applications
If your PR card has expired while traveling abroad, you may need to apply for certain travel documents in order to return to Canada.
Express Entry Applications
The Express Entry system can be complex and intimidating to new immigrants. At the law office of Matthew Jeffery, we’ve handled numerous Express Entry cases since its inception. From helping clients in setting up their profiles to assisting in successful registration when called to apply for permanent residence, we come through for our client every step of the way.
Express Entry Profile
An Express Entry profile must be created in order to apply for permanent residence in Canada under the Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Category, or Federal Skilled Trades Category.To apply for permanent residence in Canada under the Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program or Federal Skilled Trades Program, you must complete your Express Entry profile.
Skilled Worker Applications
Foreign nationals who possess skilled work experience: education and training may qualify for the skilled worker program under the Express Entry system. Skilled workers must have the desired proficiency level in English or French to qualify for permanent residence in Canada.
Provincial Nomination Applications
Each Canadian province has an immigration program that allows them to nominate a number of foreign nationals to come in as new immigrants every year.
Canadian Experience Class Applications
Foreign nationals with at least one year of skilled work experience in Canada may qualify for permanent residence through the Canadian Experience Class. The individual must be proficient in English or French to qualify for the CEC program.
Labour Market Impact Assessments
The Labor Market Impact Assessment process commonly referred to as LMIA is a requirement for Canadian employers which allows them to advertise jobs and attract foreign nationals who can then apply for a work permit.
Temporary Residence Applications
Are you ready to apply for Canadian citizenship? Get the help of an immigration lawyer to give you all the information you need and increase the chances of your application being accepted. Permanent residents of Canada can apply for citizenship if they meet the residency requirement (be physically present in Canada for at least 3 years in the 5-year period before applying), pass the knowledge of Canada test and English or French language proficiency tests. They must also have filed their tax returns for at least 3 years within the relevant period.
The process of applying for Canadian citizenship can be somewhat intimidating if you don’t seek professional help. First, you’ll need to determine if you’ve met your residency requirement as well as other minimum qualifications to apply for Canadian citizenship.
The immigration authorities may request further information in order to ascertain that your application is genuine. You will be requested to answer several questions by the citizenship authorities.
If the immigration officer has doubts regarding any information you’ve submitted on your application, he/she may schedule for an interview with either the citizenship officer or a citizenship judge.
Once a citizenship application is rejected, the applicant has a right to appeal to the Federal Court within 30 days.
Citizenship Revocation Matters
When the citizenship status is taken away from you, this is a serious matter that is likely to impact the life and the future of the person and family concerned. A revocation can occur if the immigration authorities believe that you obtained citizenship through false representation or fraud or by concealing material circumstances
At the law office of Matthew Jeffery, we represent thousands of clients who are facing immigration appeals. For matters concerning sponsorship applications, removal orders or residency obligations, the appeal is likely to be heard by the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD). The appeal process differs depending on the type of decision that is being appealed.
Federal Court Judicial Review
An appeal can be made to the Federal Court within 15 to 60 days from the date of the refusal by applying for leave and judicial review.
As a permanent resident of Canada, you may lose your status if you are not physically present in Canada for at least 730 days over a 5-year period. If the immigration authorities have refused to renew your permanent residence or you’ve just received a removal order, you have 30 days to file the appeal. If an overseas Canadian visa office makes the decision, you have up to 60 days from the date the decision was made to file the appeal.
If your application to sponsor a family member has been refused by the immigration authorities you have the right to appeal to the immigration appeal division within 30 days.
Misrepresentation cases are serious and any appeals to the Immigration Appeal Division should be handled by an experienced litigator. If you or a family member has been found guilty of misrepresentation, you can appeal within 30 days.
Removal Order Appeals
Once you lose your status as a permanent resident in Canada, you may be issued with a removal order which requires you to leave the country immediately. You have a right to appeal to the Immigration Appeal Division within 30 days.
There are several factors that can make international traveling and migration difficult. For instance, if you have a criminal record, you may be deemed inadmissible to enter Canada on a temporary or permanent basis. For individuals who are already permanent residents, a criminal conviction can result in status revocation or removal order.
The Immigration Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board may request a hearing in order to determine if a foreign national or permanent resident is inadmissible to Canada.
Detention Review Hearings
When an immigrant is detained and held in prison as they wait for a removal order or some other immigration process, the Immigration Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board may hold hearings to determine if the detained individual should be released. These hearings are known as detention hearings.
If a foreign national or permanent resident that has previously been declared criminally inadmissible to Canada qualifies for rehabilitation, he/she may no longer be considered inadmissible to Canada.
Temporary Resident Permits
If a foreign national who has been declared criminally inadmissible doesn’t qualify for rehabilitation, another option would be to apply for a temporary resident permit. This permit will only be issued if the individual has a compelling reason why they need to enter Canada for a short period of time.
Humanitarian and Compassionate Applications
Another option for any individual who is declared inadmissible or doesn’t qualify for a visa under the regular immigration applications is to request an exemption under Humanitarian and Compassionate (H&C) grounds.
Business Immigration Program
Canadian provinces have their own immigration programs that allow them to nominate individuals to immigrate to their province. These programs are based on set criteria, which the applicants must fulfill.
Federal Self-Employed Program
The Federal self-employed program allows entrepreneurs and self-employed individuals to immigrate to Canada, run their businesses and in turn grow the Canadian economy.
The Federal Immigration Entrepreneur Program was officially closed on 19th June 2014 after Bill C-31 was passed. Entrepreneurs who are looking to immigrate to Canada still have other options, which they can consider.
Investor Immigration Programs
Even though the Federal Immigrant Investor Program was closed in 2014, there still exist other immigration programs that serve a similar purpose. Foreign investors can immigrate to Canada via the Quebec Investor Immigration Program or the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Business Program.
Quebec Investor Program
In an effort to attract foreigners who will contribute to the economy, the Quebec government created its own immigration program dubbed the Quebec Investor Program.
A work permit allows foreigners to live and work in Canada. Canadian provinces have specific programs that allow foreigners to immigrate to Canada and contribute to their economy. The type of work permit or visa that you’ll require will depend on the immigration program you choose.
Labour Market Impact Assessment
The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) was put in place to allow immigrants who meet certain minimum requirements to get temporary employment in different Canadian provinces and territories.
The Canadian International Mobility Program, which is commonly referred to as IMP, allows employers in Canada to acquire talent from outside Canada without fulfilling the Labour Market Impact Assessment requirement. This is especially ideal for smaller businesses in Canada.
NAFTA Work Permit
NAFTA, which stands for North American Free Trade Agreement, was signed by the US, Canada, and Mexico to create a trade bloc that has helped to facilitate labour movement across these 3 countries.
Significant Benefit Work Permit
Foreigners who can prove that they will contribute to Canada’s economy and provide more opportunities for the country’s citizens and permanent residents may be issued with a Significant Benefit Work Permit.
Have you recently been accepted into a Canadian school? You’ll need to begin the process of applying for a study permit. A study permit is like a temporary visa. It’s usually valid for the duration of your school program. For instance, if you’re taking a 4-year program, you can qualify for a permit that’s valid for 4 years.
To approve your visa application, immigration authorities are looking for proof that you are registered in the school program and that you have adequate funds to sustain paying for the tuition fees as well as supporting yourself in Canada during your study. They are also looking at whether you’re likely to return to your home country at the end of your study.
If you need help applying for a study permit after gaining admission at a Canadian school, our law office in Brampton can help. Get in touch with us for more information.
Temporary Resident (Visitor) Visas
If you’re planning to visit Canada for business or for pleasure, you may be required to apply for a visitor visa. Nationals of certain countries don’t require a visitor visa to travel to Canada for less than 6 months. You need to check if you’re exempt from this requirement when planning your travel.
When you apply for a temporary resident visa, the immigration authorities will assess certain factors such as the purpose of your visit, whether you have adequate funds to support yourself during the stay and if you’re likely to return home after the visit.
Should you have a good reason for visiting Canada and you’ve met the minimum criteria, your visitor visa is likely going to be approved. Keep in mind that the immigration officer may reject your visa application at his own discretion. This means that making sure your application is properly prepared will be essential for success.
Business Visitor Visa
If you’re visiting Canada on business, apply for a temporary residence business visa that you can use to conduct several business activities during your stay.
There are cases where a long-term visitor visa is required for parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The type of visa that’s most suitable for such situations is known as a super visa.
Refugee Protection Claims
A refugee can be defined as a person who runs from their home country for fear of persecution due to matters involving their political affiliation, race, religion, nationality or social affiliation. Foreign nationals can claim refugee status by making a claim if they are in Canada. Refugee status can also be established if a person shows risk to their life or unusual/unfair treatment/punishment in their home country.
For the immigration officer to establish refugee status, the foreign national must show that the risk faced is a personal one and not related to a general risk in their home country. The risk should also be something that cannot be controlled by the authorities in their home country perhaps due to their unwillingness or incapability.
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Filing Refugee Claims
Matthew Jeffery and his team can help Brampton clients throughout the process of filing a refugee claim. We know that many things go into making sure the refugee claim is successful. From making sure the forms are completed accurately to preparing the applicant for hearing, our lawyers can be of invaluable help. You can rely on our expertise to increase your chances of a successful claim. Read More
Refugee Immigration Appeals
The Refugee Protection Division can deny a claim. In this case, the foreign national can appeal to the Refugee Appeal Division where a decision will be made whether to deny or allow the appeal. In most situations, this case is resolved without a hearing. When appealing the decision made by the Refugee Protection Division, the claimant can show that the decision made was wrong in fact or law or both. The claimant may also introduce some new information that wasn’t available when the RPD were performing their assessment. Our experienced immigration lawyers in Brampton will ensure your appeal is well prepared and represent you in court.
Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA)
The Pre-Removal Risk Assessment is an application made by foreign nationals who are subject to a removal order to allow them to remain in the country. During this assessment, the court determines if the applicant will be at risk of harm if deported to their home country. However, not everyone qualifies for the PRRA. For instance, if you filed a refugee claim and it was rejected within a one-year period, you’re not eligible for PRRA. Read More
There are applicants who may not qualify to become permanent residents of Canada under any of the regular categories. An option in such a situation may be to apply for permanent residence based on Humanitarian and Compassionate (H&C) grounds. This is especially suitable for foreign nationals who are already in Canada and would face an unusual or disproportionate hardship when they return to their home country. Permanent residence applications that are based on H&C grounds can be hard to asses. That’s why it’s important to have sound legal advice. At the law office of Matthew Jeffery, we have helped many clients in Brampton to apply for permanent resident status on humanitarian grounds. Read More
When a decision is made by the Refugee Protection Division, the applicant can file an appeal to the Refugee Appeal Division (RAD) proving that the decision made was wrong. This new appeal allows the claimant to introduce new evidence that may not have existed in the initial application. With the help of our experienced immigration lawyers in Brampton, you can increase your chances of a positive outcome by preparing well for the appeal. Read More
Federal Court Appeals
If the Refugee Appeal Division rejects a refugee claim, one can further appeal to the Federal Court within 15 days. This appeal will be reviewed by the Federal Court to determine if the decision was reasonable, fair and made in the confines of the law after which it may choose to overturn the decision and return it to a tribunal for redetermination. Read More
Immigration Appeals Lawyer Brampton
Matthew Jeffery is pleased to offer his expert Canadian immigration legal services to immigrants and Permanent Residents living in the Brampton region of Southern Ontario.
As the third-largest city in the Greater Toronto Area, Brampton is home to over 523 000 residents, both locally and internationally born. As one of the youngest communities in the area, Brampton has a vibrant, up-and-coming culture that is proud of its diversity and multiculturalism.
A popular location for many businesses, factories, warehouses, and corporate head offices, the city is a popular destination for those seeking new employment in an ever-expanding, increasingly gentrified community. Some of the largest employers in the region include Loblaws, Chrysler Canada, Maple Lodge Farms, and Rogers Communications Inc. The most dominant economic sectors of the area are retail administration/logistics, food and beverage, advanced manufacturing, life science, information and communication technologies, and business services.
Sheridan College also makes its home in the city of Brampton, offering immigrants and citizens alike a great opportunity to improve their skills and gain worthwhile post-secondary education. With great schools, all the amenities you could hope for, and easy access to the diverse offerings of the city of Toronto, Brampton is well poised to continue its upward momentum.
Whether you are looking for information on Business Immigration, Student work visas, or study visas, or any other type of immigration matter, you will find all the assistance and support you need at the Law Office of Matthew Jeffery, Canadian Immigration Lawyer. For more information about any one of our services, please contact us today in office or by phone at 866-886-8014.