Canadian Immigration Lawyer
IMMIGRATION LAWYER HAMILTON
Hamilton, Ontario is a city with a population of over 500,000 people. In recent years, a thriving real estate marketplace and a growing economy have transformed Hamilton into one of the leading cities in Canada for young families.
It’s for this reason so many people from around the globe are now considering a move to Hamilton, Ontario. To complete the move effectively and while following all immigration Canada guidelines, the services of a specialist immigration lawyer are required. Matthew Jeffery is a leader in this legal area.
Matthew Jeffery has become known as a leading legal specialist for families looking to immigrate to Hamilton, Ontario. His understanding of Canada’s evolving and complex immigration laws is second-to-none in the local area and he harnesses this understanding to work on behalf of his clients and their families.
His experience within the Canadian legal field means Matthew Jeffery is the specialist of choice whether families are looking to sponsor a grandparent to come to Canada or a professional is looking to immigration under the Canadian Experience Class visa.
We can help you to immigrate to Canada
Every year, Canada welcomes hundreds of thousands of immigrants from different countries. The CIC reports admitting more than 300,000 immigrants every year as permanent residents. The numbers are even higher for students, workers, and visitors traveling to Canada for business and pleasure. It’s no wonder why the country has long been known as an immigration destination.
The Canadian immigration authorities are recognized worldwide for their strict adherence to upholding human rights. That’s why tens of thousands of refugees running away from their home country due to war and fear of persecution are welcomed in Canada every year.
If you would like to immigrate to Canada, the very first step is researching the immigration options you may qualify for. There are so many programs through which Canada admits foreigners. Choosing what’s appropriate for you will increase the chances of your application being successful.
We offer comprehensive information on our website regarding the different immigration programs available. By browsing the content on our site, you can familiarize yourself with the options available and determine if you meet the minimum qualifications before you begin the application process. If you need help with your application, the law office of Matthew Jeffery is ready to serve you.
We come with years of experience in immigration matters. From assisting foreigners to immigrate to Canada for work or study to offering sound legal advice and representation in immigration appeals, our lawyers can handle it all.
Law Office of Matthew Jeffery
At the law office of Matthew Jeffery in Hamilton, you’ll find a friendly and diverse team of immigration lawyers as well as licensed paralegals and administrators who are happy to serve you. Our team not only brings decades of experience in handling immigration matters but also offers a friendly and professional service from start to finish. We understand that immigration cases can take a toll on you and your loved ones. That’s why we help our clients by putting things into perspective and taking away the burden of learning Canada’s complex immigration laws.
When you reach out to us for help in your immigration case, we’ll start by doing some assessments to better understand your circumstances. If you need to figure out which category of immigration is best for you, our expert consultants can assist.
Feel free to take advantage of the tools and resources available on our website to do some background research on which immigration program would suit you best. We offer free assessment forms, which can enable you to identify the services you’ll require and even have our team, customize them to suit your unique needs.
We can also schedule a consultation appointment where you get to speak to one of our immigration consultants who will then advise on the next steps. The initial consultation simply allows us to identify whether your case is valid, assess your qualifications and explain the services required.
Should you choose to retain our services, we can assist in preparing, filing and processing the immigration applications. At the law office of Matthew Jeffery, we acknowledge that no two cases are exactly alike. That’s why we aim to provide our clients with the highest level of quality in our work. We strive to ensure that our clients have the best chances of success.
Immigration matters can be complex and overwhelming for applicants. Our aim is to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. By hiring our immigration lawyers, be assured that your case will be handled promptly, professionally and successfully.
If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you can sponsor your foreign family members to live in Canada through the family sponsorship programs. We come with many years of experience in spousal and common-law partner sponsorship applications and appeal cases. Through our expertise and guidance, we can help you to bring your loved ones to Canada.
You may sponsor your foreign husband or wife to apply for permanent residence in Canada through the spousal sponsorship program.
Common-Law Partner Sponsorship
As a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you may sponsor your partner if you’ve been living together continuously for at least one year.
A Canadian citizen or permanent resident can also sponsor their foreign parents for permanent residence in Canada. However, these applications require that the sponsor proves that they have adequate income to support the sponsored individual.
Similarly, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident can sponsor their foreign child for permanent residence in Canada.
A super visa is a special type of visa given to foreign parents of a citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. This visa offers an extended stay of up to two years at a time.
Permanent Resident Cards
Permanent Resident Card Renewals
If your permanent resident card has expired, extending it for another five years could mean a long and complex application. At the law office of Matthew Jeffery, we help Hamilton immigrants with complex P.R card renewal cases. We bring an unmatched level of expertise in every case we handle.
P.R. Card Renewals On Exceptional Or H&C Grounds
If your PR card is up for renewal but you haven’t met the residency requirements, you may qualify for renewal based on exceptional or H&C grounds. For instance, an exemption to the residency requirement is if the applicant has been working for a Canadian company abroad or living with a Canadian citizen spouse in a foreign country.
Regular P.R. Card Renewals
If you have met the residency requirement, which is being in Canada for 2 years in the past 5 years, your PR card renewal is likely to be approved.
Travel Document applications
If you are outside of Canada and your PR card expires, you may apply for other travel documents in order to be allowed to enter Canada from a foreign country.
If the immigration authorities, due to failure to meet the residency requirement, reject your PR card renewal, you may appeal this decision.
Express Entry Applications
The Express Entry system, though complex, has enabled Canadian immigration authorities to prioritize the applications they receive. If you want to immigrate to Canada through any of the programs under the Express Entry system, you need a lawyer who will help you set up your profile to increase your chances of receiving an invitation to apply.
Express Entry Profiles
To apply for permanent residence through the Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker program or Federal Skilled Trades program, you must begin by creating an Express Entry profile.
Skilled Worker Applications
The Federal Skilled Worker program has for many years provided foreign nationals with skilled experience and higher education an ability to immigrate to Canada. One key requirement for applicants is language proficiency in English or French.
Provincial Nomination applications
Each Canadian province has its immigration program where they can admit a number of foreign workers or entrepreneurs every year.
Canadian Experience Class applications
Foreigners who possess more than one year of skilled work experience in Canada can apply for permanent residence through the Canadian Experience Class, also known as the CEC program. They must be proficient in English or French to qualify for immigration under this program.
Labour Market Impact Assessments
For Canadian employers to advertise their vacancies to foreigners, the government through the Labour Market Impact Assessment must approve the job offer. This will allow candidates who receive the job offer to apply for permanent residence and be issued with a work permit.
Business Immigration Program
Canadian provinces have their own immigration programs where they can nominate individuals based on specific criteria. This gives the provincial governments the jurisdiction to choose the quality of foreigners they accept into their provinces.
Federal Self-Employed Program
As an entrepreneur or self-employed individual, you may apply for permanent residence through the Federal self-employed program. This program is provided by the Federal government to increase the number of foreigners who are willing and able to grow their businesses in Canada.
After the Bill C-31 was passed in June of 2014, the Federal Immigration Entrepreneur Program was permanently closed. This program was designed to enhance the quality of foreigners allowed in Canada to grow the economy. Through the program, experienced entrepreneurs could immigrate to Canada and grow their businesses. However, there are other options for entrepreneurs who would like to immigrate to Canada.
Investor Immigration Programs
The Manitoba Business Investor Stream and Quebec Investor Immigration Program are among the options investors have to apply for permanent residence in Canada. By speaking to an immigration lawyer, you can get invaluable advice on the best investor immigration programs to apply for based on your unique circumstances.
Quebec Investor Program
Quebec is one of the Canadian provinces with its own jurisdiction over their immigration programs. The Quebec government can choose to nominate foreigners to apply for permanent residence. They choose applications based on what would add value to the Quebec economy and enrich its culture. One of the most popular immigration programs in this province is the Quebec Investor Program.
A work permit or work visa allows immigrants to seek employment in Canada. Each immigration program has different requirements for the work permit or work visa. When you consult an immigration lawyer, you’ll get sound advice on the documents needed to work and earn a living in Canada.
Labour Market Impact Assessment
Canadian employers can fill in temporary labour and skill shortages by getting foreign workers who meet certain criteria. Through the Labour Market Impact Assessment process, employers are given an opportunity to tap into other markets to fulfill their open positions.
Through the Canadian International Mobility program, Canadian employers can get foreigners who meet certain requirements to fill in their job vacancies without a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
NAFTA Work Permit
North American Free Trade Agreement commonly known as NAFTA is an agreement signed by the US, Canada, and Mexico and it has several provisions that allow labour movement across these countries. This agreement has created a North American trilateral trade bloc simplifying the immigration process for citizens of these countries.
Significant Benefit Work Permit
Foreigners who are able to contribute positively to the Canadian economy and can demonstrate this in their application can qualify for the Significant Benefit Work Permit. This special permit allows business applicants who will create opportunities for citizens and permanent residents to immigrate to Canada.
Have you been recently accepted to a Canadian school? Identifying the next steps to take in order to be allowed to live and study in Canada can be difficult if you choose to travel this path alone. However, with the help of our immigration lawyers in Hamilton, the process can be a lot simpler. At the law office of Matthew Jeffery, we help foreign students obtain a study permit in a smooth and prompt way.
A study permit is simply a temporary visa that will be valid for the duration of your school program. Most study permits are valid for one to four years. However, you may qualify for a study permit that’s valid a little longer.
Your immigration lawyer can advise you on the steps to take in order to qualify for the study permit. For instance, you will be required to show that you are indeed registered in a school program. You must also show that you have sufficient funds to pay for the tuition as well as support yourself during your stay in Canada. Preparing the required documents early and making sure everything requested by the immigration authorities is attached in your application will increase your chances of success.
The immigration officer will assess your application to determine if you are likely to return to your home country at the end of the study. If you or a loved one has been admitted to a Canadian school, reach out to our immigration lawyer to advise on the next steps to take in order to apply for a study permit. We can also assist to gather additional information on how to get the financial support needed for your study.
Temporary Resident (Visitor) Visas
A temporary resident visa is a requirement for most foreigners who wish to travel to Canada for a short stay. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, having the right documents is paramount. Visitor visas allow you to enter and stay in Canada for up to 6 months at a time.
However, not all foreigners are required to apply for a temporary resident visa. The first step you should take if you intend to visit Canada for a short period of time is to find out if your home country is exempt from getting a visitor visa.
When looking to approve your application, the immigration officer will assess the purpose of your visit as well as your ability to sustain yourself financially during the stay. They will determine if you are likely to return to your home country once the visitor visa is no longer valid.
The immigration authorities will only approve the visitor visa application if they believe that the applicant has a compelling reason for immigrating to Canada and meets the relevant criteria. A properly prepared application is key to increase your chances of approval. Read More
Business Visitor Visa
If planning a trip to Canada for business, you may still need to apply for a visitor visa depending on your country of origin. The temporary residence business visa allows you to conduct business in Canada for the period in which it remains valid.
These are special long-term visas given to foreign parents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. They allow families to reunite with their loved ones in Canada by allowing the foreign family member to enter and remain in Canada for more than the standard 6 months.
If you meet the minimum requirements to apply for Canadian citizenship, our law office can provide the expert guidance you’ll need to increase your chances of a successful application. We come with years of experience in handling immigration applications of all kinds. We are able to deal with complex citizenship matters as well as appeal cases for foreigners whose applications have been rejected.
A Canadian permanent resident can apply for citizenship if he/she has met the residency requirements.
Immigration authorities may request the Canadian permanent resident to provide additional information when processing the citizenship application. This information is crucial as it enables the immigration officer to verify whether the applicant met the residency requirement for citizenship.
Citizenship authorities may request the applicant to appear for an interview with either a citizenship officer or a citizenship judge if they have doubts regarding the information provided by the applicant. Applicants should prepare well for this interview and ensure the information they provide is consistent.
If your application for citizenship has been denied, you have a right to appeal to the Federal Court within 30 days. Our law office can help provide the expert guidance you need to handle a citizenship appeal.
Citizenship Revocation Matters
There are cases where a Canadian citizenship status may be revoked. Several reasons such as misrepresentation can result in a citizenship revocation. Speak to our experienced immigration lawyers in Hamilton if you’re facing a citizenship revocation matter.
At the law office of Matthew Jeffery, we have helped many immigrants in complex appeal cases. We come with extensive knowledge in handling complex immigration appeal cases. We can help you respond to letters received from the immigration authorities as well as prepare for an immigration interview.
Federal Court Judicial Review
When an immigration application has been rejected, the concerned parties have a right to file an appeal to the Federal Court. There are several options for going about the appeal process. Our lawyers can advise on what steps to take depending on the circumstances surrounding the refusal.
When a permanent resident loses their status due to a refused PR card renewal, he/she has a right to appeal to the Immigration Appeal Division within 60 days. These appeal cases should be handled by an experienced immigration lawyer because of the impact it may have on the applicant and the involved family members.
The application to sponsor a family member to immigrate to Canada may be denied by the immigration authorities. When this happens, you have a right to appeal within 30 days.
When an immigration application is denied on the grounds of misrepresentation, such a case should be taken seriously as it could impact on the applicant’s future travels. The applicant can appeal to the Immigration Appeal Division within 30 days from the date of refusal.
Removal Order Appeals
A removal order requires the individual to leave Canada immediately. However, individuals who have lost their permanent residence and received a removal order can still appeal to the Immigration Appeal Division within 30 days.
US/UK Canada Immigration
US/UK to Canada Immigration
Canada welcomes citizens of the United States of America to visit, study, work, or live permanently in the country.US citizens can enter Canada as visitors without a visa for up to six months at a time.
To study or work in Canada, a US citizen would need to obtain the appropriate permit, which will require an application to the Canadian immigration authorities.
U.S. citizens can also obtain permanent residence in Canada through various programs, including the Express Entry / Skilled Worker category, or by family sponsorship if they have a spouse or partner who is a Canadian, again through making the appropriate application to the Canadian immigration authorities.
Once permanent residence is obtained, a US citizen can eventually obtain Canadian citizenship.
The Law Office of Matthew Jeffery has years of experience assisting citizens of the United States of America to relocate to Canada, and can assist with all types of visa applications.
A vibrant economy, rich history, and diverse culture, these are just a few reasons driving UK citizens to Canada. Whether you’re looking for a temporary escape or you want to become a permanent resident of Canada, it’s important to understand the immigration options available for you. Read More
Once the immigration authorities assess an application, they may declare the individual inadmissible to Canada for reasons such as criminality, misrepresentation or on medical grounds. Inadmissibility cases are complex and need an experienced litigator to increase your chances of success. At the law office of Matthew Jeffery, we come with years of experience defending clients with a range of inadmissibility cases. We can discuss with you the options available depending on your unique circumstance.
When an applicant is facing inadmissibility allegations, he/she may be required to appear for a hearing at the Immigration Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board.
Detention Review Hearings
The immigration authorities may choose to detain a foreign national pending a decision or an immigration process. When this happens, the foreigner is entitled to a detention review which is a hearing held by the Immigration Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board to determine if the person should be released from detention.
When an applicant is deemed criminally inadmissible, he/she may request for rehabilitation in order to have a chance of re-applying for permanent residence in Canada.
Temporary Resident Permits
There are cases where an applicant who has been deemed criminally inadmissible doesn’t qualify for rehabilitation. An option for the foreigner to immigrate to Canada is to apply for a temporary resident permit. In this case, the applicant must show in the application that he/she has a very valid reason to enter Canada for a short stay.
Humanitarian and Compassionate Applications
Inadmissibility can be nullified based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. In this case, a foreigner who is inadmissible gets a chance to apply for an exemption on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
Refugee Protection Claims
Every year, thousands of refugees flee their home country for fear of persecution. Many of these refugees are at risk of persecution due to their race, religion, nationality or political opinion. An option for these foreigners is to submit a refugee claim in Canada. While we do acknowledge that the process of applying for refugee status can be a difficult one, we take steps to guide our clients on how to increase their chances of getting a successful outcome.
Refugee claims can only be approved if there is proof that the applicant’s life is in danger or the person faces cruel and unusual treatment or punishment in their home country.
Additionally, the risk must be a personal one in the sense that it shouldn’t be a general concern to all the citizens in the applicant’s home country. The immigration authorities will also assess the risk to establish that the police in the said country have been unable or are unwilling to protect the applicant.
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For many years, Canada has been at the forefront of supporting human rights and freedom of citizens in different countries. Through the refugee and asylum seeker protection programs, the Canadian government has provided hope and a new lease of life to eligible individuals and their families. Read More
Refugee Immigration Appeals
Once a foreigner who is in Canada submits a refugee claim, the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) decides the matter. If the RPD rejects the claim, the applicant can appeal to the Refugee Appeal Division. In most cases, the matter doesn’t require a hearing. Read More
Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA)
When faced with a removal order, an option that would allow you to remain in the country would be to apply for the Pre-removal risk assessment (PRRA). However, there are some eligibility requirements, which determine if this is an option for you. Read More
If your application for permanent residence wouldn’t be approved in any of the standard categories, you may wish to submit a new application based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. These applications are often sensitive and require proper preparation to enhance your chances of success. Read More
If you believe that the decision made by the Refugee Protection Division was wrong in fact or law or both, you have a right to appeal to the Refugee Appeal Division. This gives you an opportunity to introduce new evidence that may not have been considered by the RPD when your case was heard. Read More
Federal Court Appeals
Claimants whose refugee applications have been rejected by the RAD can also make a further appeal to the Federal court. This must be done within 15 days from the date the decision was made. The Federal Court may overturn the decision and send it to a tribunal for re-determination. Read More
Book a Free Assessment in Hamilton
Matthew Jeffery’s service begins with a free assessment. During this assessment, he gets to know the client and their immigration requirements and can use his experience in the legal field to provide a resolution to any challenges they face. This initial meeting helps familiarize clients with Matthew Jeffery’s services and addresses any questions and concerns that arise.
During his career as an immigration lawyer, Matthew Jeffery has helped thousands of Hamilton families move forward with the immigration process and achieve a successful conclusion to their cases. One of the reasons for his success is his team of hardworking legal experts. Each individual on his team has a range of immigration law experience and can be trusted to work swiftly and effectively on client cases.
Help Launching Appeals
Sometimes, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will reject an individual or a family’s application for immigration into the country. One avenue available to those in this situation is to appeal CIC’s verdict. This can be a particular challenging process that requires the guidance of an established expert. Matthew Jeffery has significant experience as one of the leading local litigators and can work with the CIC on behalf of his clients to ensure the ideal outcome in their case. This work has helped thousands of people bring their families to Canada and enjoy a successful new life outside their home country.
Matthew Jeffery is an expert immigration lawyer in Hamilton. His team is equipped to handle all cases with a commitment to client communication and case resolution. It’s the ideal service for those with challenging immigration cases as well as those looking to obtain a visa or permanent residency in a short timeframe.
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