Canadian Immigration Lawyer
IMMIGRATION LAWYER MISSISSAUGA
Canadian immigration law covers a wide range of areas including visiting, studying or working in Canada, applying for Canadian permanent residence or citizenship, or appealing a negative immigration decision.
You need to find a professional immigration lawyer in Mississauga who is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada and understands the country’s complicated immigration system.
The services you can expect from an immigration lawyer can be found below.
We can help you to immigrate to Canada
There are many options to enter Canada. If you wish to visit Canada on a temporary basis, you can apply for a visitor visa, a study permit or work permit depending on what fits your situation best. If you’d like to become a landed immigrant in Canada, you’ll need to begin the process of applying for a permanent residence. This process can be lengthy and complex but with the help of an immigration lawyer, you’ll have higher chances of getting a positive outcome.
Every year, Canada admits more than 300,000 newcomers into the country from all over the world as permanent residents. Permanent residents of Canada enjoy the same rights and privileges as Canadian citizens with a few exceptions. For instance, they get to access free health care, free education in elementary and secondary school as well as subsidized post-secondary education. However, permanent residents cannot vote or hold a Canadian passport.
After residing in Canada for at least a total of 1095 days within any consecutive 4-year period, a permanent resident is considered to have met the residency requirement and is therefore eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship.
The law office of Matthew Jeffery can come in when you need help in filling your initial application for permanent residence or if you’re citizenship application has been rejected. Our lawyers have handled similar cases for many years and we’re happy to offer you the guidance and legal representation you may need to navigate Canada’s complex immigration laws.
Law Office of Matthew Jeffery
Here at the law office of Matthew Jeffery, we have a team of immigration lawyers, licensed consultants, and paralegal with extensive experience and knowledge in all immigration matters. We’ve handled complex and similar immigration cases in equal measure, giving our clients and their families a positive outcome. When you come to us for immigration consultation, be assured that we’ll deliver beyond your expectations.
Your search can begin on our website where you’ll find lots of resourceful content regarding immigrating to Canada. If you still need help identifying the immigration services you’ll require, you can make an inquiry directly to our office and we’ll offer a speedy response. You can also book a consultation appointment at our office during your most convenient time. You’ll get to meet Mr. Jeffery or one of the senior immigration lawyers at our office for a one-on-one consultation.
During the consultation, expect to be asked several questions by the immigration lawyer who will try to assess your qualifications and explain the legal process involved as well as the fees. Should you choose to retain our services, we’ll come in to help in preparing, filling and processing your immigration applications as well as offer legal representation if need be.
At the law office of Matthew Jeffery, we endeavour to offer the highest level of professionalism in every case we handle. We guarantee a high quality of work that gives our clients the best chances of a successful outcome in their immigration matter. Whether you’re looking to submit a fresh application for permanent residence or you need guidance to prepare for a hearing, our law office can help.
Are you a Canadian citizen or permanent resident? You may qualify to sponsor your spouse, common law or conjugal partner, dependent child or parent to immigrate to Canada as a permanent resident. The Canadian government initiated the family class sponsorship programs to reunite families in Canada. There are special requirements that both the sponsor and the sponsored person must meet in order to qualify.
Only Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their spouse to immigrate to Canada. Sponsors must be able to financially support their spouse and may be required to demonstrate that they meet certain income requirements. The marriage must be recognized in the country in which it took place and in Canada.
Common-Law Partner Sponsorship
A permanent resident or citizen of Canada can sponsor a partner who they have lived with for at least 12 months in a marriage-type commitment. Both parties are required to provide extensive evidence to prove that they are a legitimate couple. For instance, documents that show joint home ownership, joint bank accounts and rental receipts can go a long way to show that you have been maintaining a household together like a married couple.
A Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is at least 18 years old can sponsor their parent to become a permanent resident under the family sponsorship class. Sponsors must meet certain income requirements and commit to supporting their parents financially when they enter Canada.
A Canadian citizen or permanent resident may apply to sponsor their foreign child to immigrate to Canada. To be approved as a sponsor, the parent must be at least 18 years of age, reside in Canada and be willing to sign a 10-year undertaking to be financially responsible for the child when he/she enters Canada.
A super visa allows parents and grandparents of citizens or permanent residents of Canada to visit Canada regularly without having to renew their status. With a super visa, the parent or grandparent can enter Canada for up to 2 consecutive years without the need to renew their status.
Permanent Resident Cards
Permanent Resident Card Renewals
If you have been living in Canada as a permanent resident and would like to have your PR card renewed, you need to submit the application and attach all required documents to get a successful outcome. Our law office can help you determine if you’ve qualified for a PR card renewal and what steps to take in case you haven’t met the residency requirement.
P.R. Card Renewals On Exceptional Or H&C Grounds
At the law office of Matthew Jeffery, we have worked with clients who needed their PR cards renewed based on exceptional or humanitarian and compassionate grounds. Such cases are often complex and require the help of an experienced immigration lawyer to ensure a successful outcome.
A Canadian citizen or permanent resident whose PR card renewal application has been rejected can file an appeal.
Regular P.R. Card Renewals
If you have met the residency requirement, which is being in Canada for at least 2 years in the past 5 years, your PR card renewal is likely to be approved. Though hiring a lawyer is a personal choice, it can help to ensure that the application is submitted with all the required information and documents so that the decision can be made promptly.
Travel Document Applications
If your PR card expires while outside Canada, an option you may consider is to apply for travel documents that will enable you to enter Canada and proceed to submit a PR card renewal while in the country.
Express Entry Applications
If you want to apply for permanent residence in Canada, you may consider the Express Entry system. To start with, you’ll need to complete your Express Entry profile, which provides details of your work experience, language proficiency, and educational background. You may receive an invitation to apply under the Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Category, or Federal Skilled Trades Category.
Express Entry Profiles
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.
Skilled Worker Applications
The category for Federal Skilled Worker program has, for many years, allowed Canadian provinces to get foreign nationals with specific skills and higher education to fill in vacant positions. To determine if you qualify for this economic program, speak to our immigration lawyer today.
Provincial Nomination Applications
Each Canadian province has its own set of economic programs where they can invite foreign nationals to apply for permanent residence based on unique criteria. The provinces nominate a limited number of foreign workers each year.
Canadian Experience Class applications
This is another popular program under the Express Entry system that allows foreign nationals with Canadian work experience and those who speak good English or French to get nominated to apply for permanent residency through Canadian Experience Class.
Labour Market Impact Assessments
When a foreign national receives a job offer through a position that has been approved by the government through the Labour Market Impact Assessment process, they can apply for permanent residence and obtain a work permit prior to immigrating to Canada.
Business Immigration Program
Canadian provinces have their own immigration programs where they can nominate foreign nationals to apply for permanent residence based on some specific criteria. To determine if you qualify for any of the provincial nomination programs, please speak to our immigration consultants today.
Federal Self-Employed Program
Entrepreneurs from different parts of the world may apply for permanent residence in Canada through any of the Federal self-employed programs. These programs have unique criteria that need to be met by applicants. Get professional help to determine if you meet the minimum requirements to qualify for Federal self-employed programs.
If you would like to immigrate to Canada for business, you may wish to apply for any of the popular economic programs. The Entrepreneur Immigration program was closed in 2014 but there are still other options for entrepreneurs who want to come to Canada. Reach out to our immigration lawyer to help you find the most suitable fit.
Investor Immigration Programs
There are provincial nomination programs that pay special attention to foreign investors who would like to immigrate to Canada. For instance, the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Business Program and the Quebec Investor Program are suitable alternatives for those who want to invest in Canada.
Quebec Investor Program
The Quebec government has established an investor program that would allow the province to attract immigrants who add value to its economy.
There are different immigration programs provided by the Canadian provinces and territories to bring economic immigrants who would contribute to the economic, social and cultural well being of the country. To become part of Canada’s workforce, you need to have a valid work permit or work visa.
Labour Market Impact Assessment
Canadian employers can tap into the international labour market through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. This program allows foreign nationals to secure jobs in Canada for a temporary period and fulfill some provinces’ labour shortages.
Through The Canadian International Mobility Program (IMP), Canadian employers may hire employees from outside of Canada without the requirement of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
NAFTA Work Permit
If you are a citizen of the US, Canada or Mexico, you may enjoy flexible labour movement across these 3 countries due to The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which was signed to create a North American trilateral trade bloc.
Significant Benefit Work Permit
This permit is issued if an applicant demonstrates to the Canadian immigration authorities that he/she will contribute to the economy and society and provide more opportunities for other permanent residents and citizens in Canada.
The decision to study abroad is often a tough one given that you leave most of your friends and family back at home. Additionally, you can’t begin your trip because you’ve been accepted into a school program in Canada. You will need to apply for a study permit to be allowed to study in Canada.
The study permit is a temporary visa. This visa is valid for a specific time period depending on the duration of your study. It’s often valid for one to four years.
You will need to be registered to a school program in Canada to qualify for the work permit. Additionally, applicants are required to show proof of income to pay for their tuition fees as well as support themselves throughout the duration of their study.
The immigration officer may deny your application for a study permit if he suspects that your intentions are wrong or that you aren’t going to return to your home country at the end of the study.
At the law office of Matthew Jeffery, we can help you to submit a successful application for a study permit.
Temporary Resident (Visitor) Visas
Planning to visit Canada for business or pleasure? Consider applying for a temporary resident visa. There are citizens of certain countries that won’t require a temporary visa to stay in Canada for a short duration. The visitor visa allows foreign nationals to enter and remain in Canada for not more than 6 months at a time. There are two major categories of visitor visas: single entry and multiple entry visas.
The immigration authorities will consider several factors when deciding whether to approve a temporary resident visa. First, they’ll determine the purpose of the visit, how long you’d like to stay and whether you’re likely to return to your home country once the trip is complete.
If you have a good reason for visiting Canada and you have even more compelling reasons for coming back, your visitor visa is likely to be approved. The approval is highly discretionary on the part of the visa office hence proper preparation is key to ensure success. Read More
Business Visitor Visa
When you are traveling to Canada for business, you may apply for a business visitor visa. This will depend on your country of origin as well as the kind of business transactions you wish to conduct during your trip.
Parents and grandparents of Canadian permanent residents or citizens can apply for a super visa, which allows them to visit Canada for up to 2 years without having to renew the visa.
Have you fulfilled your residency requirement? One of the greatest concerns to most permanent residents of Canada is whether they have met the minimum requirements to apply for Canadian citizenship. At the law office of Matthew Jeffery, we work with clients who have immigration problems that could lead to their citizenship application being denied. We advise our clients on the best steps to take to increase their chances of approval. Citizenship application matters are quite complex and should be handled by an experienced immigration consultant to guarantee the best outcome.
To qualify for citizenship, you must have been physically present in Canada for at least two years within a 5-year period.
If the immigration authorities submit a request for further information regarding your application for citizenship, proper preparation is key. Our expert lawyers can help you present the right information to the immigration authorities to increase your chances of a successful outcome.
If the immigration office has doubts that you have met the minimum criteria to qualify for Canadian citizenship, he may request the applicant to appear for an interview. Your immigration lawyer can help to prepare for this interview process.
If you’ve already submitted a citizenship application but it has been rejected, don’t give up. With the help of our lawyers, we can file an appeal to the Federal Court within 30 days.
Citizenship Revocation Matters
Your Canadian citizenship may be revoked due to reasons like criminal inadmissibility or misrepresentation. You need to seek professional help to ensure the revocation matter is solved successfully.
If the immigration authorities have denied your application, an option would be to file an appeal. Immigration appeals are complex matters that must be handled with knowledge of Canada’s complex immigration laws. We can help you respond to letters of concern, submit the appeal to the relevant court and prepare for a hearing or immigration interview.
Federal Court Judicial Review
An immigrating application may be rejected by the authorities for reasons such as a criminal conviction or on the grounds of misrepresentation. When this happens, you may file an appeal to the Federal Court by way of application for leave and judicial review within 15 or 60 days, depending on the place of refusal.
If the immigration authorities have failed to approve your application because they claim you haven’t met the residency requirement, you may qualify for an appeal. Speak to our lawyer to better understand your options.
Your application to sponsor a family member such as a parent, dependent child, spouse or common law partner, may be refused. If this happens, you can submit a sponsorship appeal to have the decision reconsidered.
Have you been found guilty of misrepresentation? Misrepresentation cases can have serious consequences to the applicant’s future travel plans. Get our immigration lawyer to file a misrepresentation appeal within 30 days from the date the decision was made.
Removal Order Appeals
When a permanent resident loses their status, they may be ordered to leave Canada immediately. Get the help of a professional to submit an appeal to the Immigration Appeal Division.
US Canada Immigration
U.S.A. 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.
When a foreign national or permanent resident of Canada is declared inadmissible to Canada, the consequences can be devastating to the accused and the family involved. Inadmissibility may lead to a removal order being issued that separates families in Canada. We’ve helped many clients to address complex inadmissibility cases that put families at risk of separation. We know the impact of such decisions on our foreign families and do all it takes to ensure justice is served.
When a foreign national or permanent resident is declared inadmissible to Canada, he/she may be required to attend a hearing at The Immigration Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board where a decision will be made to determine admissibility.
Detention Review Hearings
The immigration authorities may detain foreign nationals who are pending some immigration process or removal from Canada. The Immigration Division of the IRB usually holds detention reviews to determine if the detained foreign national should be set free. With the help of an immigration lawyer, you can prepare for the detention review hearing and increase your chances of getting a positive outcome.
Foreign nationals who have a previous criminal record can undergo rehabilitation in order to be admissible to Canada. Speak to your immigration lawyer regarding your options if you’d like to go for rehabilitation in order to be considered admissible to Canada.
Temporary Resident Permits
A foreign national who is convicted of an offence and doesn’t qualify for rehabilitation may still apply for a temporary resident permit. The permit will only be issued if the applicant has a compelling reason to enter Canada.
Humanitarian and Compassionate Applications
Foreign nationals who are inadmissible may also consider applying for permanent residence based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. There are of course exemptions to this rule that your immigration lawyer may advise on and help you understand how this approach works.
Refugee Protection Claims
Canada offers refugee and asylum protection to eligible foreign nationals. Refugee claims must be filed properly and if a hearing is requested, the applicant must be prepared well. We work with our clients to submit a refugee claim that has a high chance of success. We help our clients prepare for hearing and gather all documents needed to prove their claim.
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Refugee Immigration Appeals
When a foreign national claims refugee status within Canada, The Refugee Protection Division (RPD) of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) will then approve or deny the claim.
If a refugee claim is rejected, the applicant can appeal to the Refugee Appeal Division where a decision is often made without the need for a hearing.
Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA)
After receiving a removal order, you can apply for a Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA) if you meet the minimum requirements to be eligible for this assessment. You may not qualify for a PRRA if your refugee claim was rejected within a one-year period. At the law office of Matthew Jeffery, we can help you submit your PRRA and ensure that you remain in Canada after the removal order. Read More
You may qualify for permanent residence status based on Humanitarian and Compassionate (H&C) grounds. If you can prove that returning to your home country would put you at risk of unusual, undeserved, or disproportionate hardship, you may be allowed to remain in Canada based on humanitarian grounds. At the law office of Matthew Jeffery, we can help you submit your H&C application. Read More
At times the decision made by the Refugee Protection Division is proven to be wrong in law or fact or both. When this happens, claimants may submit an appeal to The RAD (Refugee Appeal Division) and introduce new information or evidence that wasn’t reasonably available at the time of the process conducted by the Refugee Protection Division. With the help of our immigration lawyers, you can prepare well for your refugee appeal case and increase your chances of a successful outcome. Read More
Federal Court Appeals
A rejected refugee claim can be appealed by sending an application to the Refugee Appeal Division within 15 days. Once the claim is submitted, the Federal Court will review the decision to determine if it was reasonable, fair, and according to the law. Read More
When you visit Canada, you will be required to obtain a temporary visa. Depending on your intended activities in the country, you can access a business or tourism visa. This is the endorsement that will temporarily permit you to legally enter the country, visit family or friends or conduct business activities as a business visitor. Some foreign nationals who are citizens of specific countries may not require a temporary resident visa to enter Canada. If you are a spouse or a dependent of someone who is temporarily residing in Canada, you may also be required to get a temporary resident visa depending on which country you’re coming from. However this temporary resident visa does not allow you to work while you stay in Canada.
With the help of an immigration lawyer you can find the correct immigration documents to file if you want to travel to the country. If you are a foreign national and want to travel in and out of Canada, you will also need to get a temporary resident visa.
As a business visitor in Canada, you can enter the country and participate in international business activities without necessarily having a work permit. These activities include attending meetings, conferences, seminars and providing some contractual after-sales services. You will need to declare the purpose of your visit at the Port of Entry to be admitted as a business visitor.
If you are traveling to Canada from a visa exempt country you still need to get an electronic travel authorization (ETA) that is valid for 5 years. If your PR card expires within the next 9 months, you should apply for a new one as soon as possible to avoid any complications with your travel plans. All American citizens are exempt from the ETA program.
Studying in Canada is a great opportunity to get a world-class education and a multicultural learning experience. Studying in Canada is the first step to becoming a Canadian for many immigrants since they are eligible for a post-secondary work permit after finishing their studies. When you’re able to stay in Canada after graduation you can get Canadian work experience and this will form the base for your future applications for permanent residence in the country.
For any foreign national to work in Canada they must first obtain a work permit. It may be an open or close authorization depending on the type of permit. You will need to have pre-arranged employment from an employer in Canada who is authorized to hire you in order to apply for a work permit. If you are accompanying your spouse who is employed in Canada you can get spousal work permit. There are various other areas in immigration law for foreign nationals who want to come and work in Canada such as the International Mobility Program, International Experience Canada, Temporary Foreign Worker Program and intra-company transfers.
If you are a skilled worker you can get permanent residency in Canada through the express entry program. The Express Entry program is an Immigration Application Management System for economic immigration into Canada for candidates who are most likely to succeed in Canada. Participants are awarded points under a ranking system and those with the highest ranking scores will be invited to apply for a permanent resident visa in Canada within 90 days. If you are not eligible for the express entry program, you can use investment as a route to get your permanent residence visa in Canada. The immigration investor program was established in 1986 by the government of Canada and promotes business people with intentions of investing in Canada to immigrate into the country from around the world.
Family reunification is one of the ways in which foreign nationals can become Canadian residents. Through family sponsorship, foreign nationals are sponsored by a relative who lives in Canada and can provide assistance to the individual to establish himself or herself in the country. Individuals who can be sponsored under the family sponsorship program include spouses, common-law partners, parents and grandparents, dependent children (including those who are adopted), and orphaned relatives under the age of 18 who are not married.
You are a Canadian citizen if you were born in Canada, adopted by a Canadian citizen or if you acquire citizenship as a permanent resident. If you want to become Canadian citizen, you will be required to submit an application and take a Canadian citizenship test. When applying for citizenship in Canada, you need to have stayed in Canada for the requisite days in order to be eligible. You need to have lived in Canada for at least four of the past six years as a permanent resident before your citizenship application. Other eligibility criteria for citizenship applications include being able to speak English or French, meeting the personal income tax filing obligations and declaring your intent to reside in Canada.
An immigration lawyer in Mississauga can help you to challenge a visa officer’s negative decision in court. They can help you make an appeal through the immigration and refugee board or through the federal court. In family sponsorship cases, the sponsor can appeal to the IRB with the help of a lawyer in case the visa officer refuses a family class application. The appeal documentation should be filed at least 30 days after receiving the decision from the visa officer. Applications to the federal court depend on the reason for the negative decision and the kind of documentation submitted and this should be done either fifteen or sixty days after the date of the decision, depending on the location of the immigration office.
Immigration Lawyer in Mississauga, Matthew Jeffery is proud to serve the people of Mississauga, Ontario.
Located along the shores of Lake Ontario in Peel Region, Mississauga is a diverse and multicultural community of over 713 000 people, making it one of the 10 most populous cities in Canada, and the third most populous city in the Great Lakes region which borders Canada and the United States.
Recognized by fDi Magazine as the “best mid-sized city of the future,” it has also been named among the top 20 cities to live in worldwide. Mississauga is home to a multinational population, about half of which are members of visible minorities or speak a language other than English.
With the Toronto Pearson Airport- the largest international airport in Canada- located within its borders, the city is a popular destination for global immigration and businesses.
Many Fortune 500 companies have established offices within the Mississauga city limits, with over 60 of them basing their Global or Canadian operations there, including several major corporate headquarters for other Canadian and Global businesses. This contains companies across a wide range of industries including banking and finance, transportation parts and equipment manufacturing industries, and electronics and computers.
First established as a suburb of Toronto, Mississauga has come a long way. As growth used up the available land, development began on building up the downtown core to create a thriving city just a short drive from Toronto.
If you are one of the many aspiring immigrants or permanent residents living in the Mississauga area and need advice or assistance on gaining residency, work permits, or citizenship, or any other immigration matter, contact immigration lawyer in Mississauga Matthew Jeffery at +1-866-886-8014.