Canadian Immigration Lawyer
THE BEST IMMIGRATION LAWYER IN OSHAWA
Matthew Jeffery is an experienced immigration lawyer Oshawa specializing in a wide range of cases including assisting immigrants with permanent residence applications, work permits, and visa applications as well as appearing before the Canadian courts for immigration appeals and other litigation matters.
Mr. Jeffery has represented numerous clients before the Federal Court of Canada and the Immigration Appeal Division. He has over 20 years of experience in immigration cases.
With the help of Matthew Jeffery, clients are guaranteed ongoing support and advice to navigate Canada’s complex immigration system.
We can help you to immigrate to Canada
Looking to immigrate to Canada as a permanent resident? Well, you’re not alone. Every year, Canada admits over 300,000 newcomers as permanent residents. Thousands more enter Canada as visitors, students, and temporary workers from all over the world. For most permanent residence applicants, the goal is to eventually apply for citizenship and get a Canadian passport. At the law office of Matthew Jeffery, we understand that each client has his or her unique goals of immigrating to Canada.
With more than 80 immigration categories available, Canada’s immigration law can be quite complex to navigate. Without professional help, you may end up choosing the wrong immigration category and get denied before you even begin the process.
Whether you are at risk of losing your status, or you need help to begin the application process, our immigration lawyer can help. We provide a free assessment, which helps us better understand your circumstance and recommend the immigration program that’s right for you.
We also offer online resources to educate our users on the different immigration categories available to them. Feel free to get in touch for a one-on-one consultation with our immigration lawyer.
Law Office of Matthew Jeffery
Matthew Jeffery has become one of the most respected lawyers in Oshawa over the past two decades. When you come to our law office, expect personalized service and a proper understanding of Canada’s complex immigration issues. We have worked with numerous clients from all parts of the world helping people just like you realize their dream of creating a better life in Canada.
We have a near-perfect record of converting Canadian immigrants into permanent residents. We pay great attention to detail in every case we handle. Each person applying to immigrate to Canada can be assured a high level of professionalism if you choose to partner with the law office of Matthew Jeffery.
We take the time to prepare the paperwork needed in accordance with the CIC’s exact standards. We ensure that Matthew Jeffery or one of his senior lawyers handles every application. At our law office, we give every case the priority it deserves. Our immigration lawyer will supervise each client’s application process from start to finish. We also maintain on-going communication with the government regulatory bodies to ensure we’re in line with the law.
When you complete the free eligibility assessment questionnaire, we will review it and respond to any questions you might have relating to eligibility assessments. We know that you may have a preferred category that suits your aspirations but we’ll always recommend other alternatives that are likely to give you a better outcome.
The law office of Matthew Jeffery provides the full range of services to assist Canadian citizens and permanent residents who want to reunite with their loved ones. We can help navigate the most complex family class sponsorship cases involving applicants who want to sponsor their dependent child, spouse, common-law partner, parent and grandparent to immigrate to Canada.
Spousal Sponsorship Cases
If you have a foreign national husband or wide that you’ve been legally married to, you can sponsor him/her for permanent residence in Canada. You will be required to prove that your marriage is recognized in Canada and the country in which it took place.
Common-Law Partner Sponsorship
A Canadian citizen or permanent resident may sponsor a common-law partner to immigrate to Canada. For a relationship to be recognized as a common-law union, you must have been living together for at least 12 months in a marriage-like relationship.
A Canadian citizen or permanent resident may sponsor their foreign parent to immigrate to Canada as a permanent residence. To qualify as a sponsor, the person must meet certain income level requirements and sign an undertaking showing commitment to supporting the parent financially for a given period of time.
If you have a dependent child who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you may sponsor him/her to enter Canada as a permanent resident provided you prove that you can offer the financial support needed as soon as they step into Canadian soil.
As a permanent resident or citizen of Canada, your parents or grandparents can live with you in Canada for up to 2 years without having to renew their status if they get a super visa. To qualify for this visa, the applicant needs to have a written commitment from their sponsor showing that they will receive financial support from the family member who is a citizen or permanent resident of Canada. The parent or grandparent will also undergo some medical evaluations and show that they have bought Canadian medical coverage for at least one year.
Permanent Resident Cards
Permanent Resident Card Renewals
After being a permanent resident for 5 years, you’ll notice that your PR card is now expiring and you’ll need to apply for a renewal or submit your citizenship application. PR card renewals often involve thorough scrutiny by the immigration department to ensure that you meet the residency requirement and haven’t been involved in any issues that may result in inadmissibility.
Regular P.R. Card Renewals
A permanent resident that has been in Canada for at least 2 years in the past 5 years can renew their PR card.
A Canadian citizen or permanent resident whose PR card renewal application is rejected can file an appeal for the immigration authorities to review their initial decision.
P.R. Card Renewals On Exceptional or H&C Grounds
Supposing you haven’t met the residency requirement, an option could be to file for a permanent residence status based on exceptional or humanitarian and compassionate grounds. Applications that touch on H&C grounds are usually very complex and need a qualified immigration lawyer to offer sound advice every step of the way.
Travel Document Applications
If your PR card expires while outside Canada, you can submit an application for travel documents to enter Canada and apply for a PR card renewal.
Express Entry Applications
To apply for Canadian permanent residence under any of the economic programs, you must create an Express Entry profile. Our immigration lawyers can help in creating an Express Entry profile that will increase your chances of getting nominated to apply for permanent residence.
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
The Skilled Worker category was initiated to offer skilled workers from different parts of the world an opportunity to immigrate to Canada. Foreign nationals who have work experience, higher education and language capabilities can apply for the Skilled Worker category and be invited to submit their permanent resident application.
Provincial Nomination Applications
There are Canadian provinces such as Quebec that have the liberty to choose their own economic immigrants who they invite to apply for permanent residence.
Canadian Experience Class Applications
Have you worked in Canada for at least one year? You may be eligible to apply for permanent residence through the Canadian Experience Class. This program is ideal for candidates who can speak good English or French and have the experience and skill to work in Canada.
Labour Market Impact Assessments
Canadian employers are required to undertake the Labour Market Impact Assessment for any job offers they post on the government’s job bank to attract foreign nationals who want to immigrate to Canada for work.
Temporary Residence Applications
Have you fulfilled the minimum requirements needed to apply for citizenship? At the law office of Matthew Jeffery, we can help you determine if you qualify to submit a citizenship application. We know that citizenship matters are complex and do all it takes to ensure your application has a high chance of getting approved.
If you have met the residency requirement, you can apply for citizenship after a given number of years. Contact our law office to find out if you qualify for Canadian citizenship.
There are cases where the citizenship authorities have concerns regarding an application and would, therefore, need to call for an interview in order to determine if the individual has met the residency requirements. Our immigration lawyer can guide you on what to expect in this interview and ensure you’re well prepared for it.
During the citizenship interview, the citizenship officer or citizenship judge will ask a series of questions to determine if there are inconsistencies in your application and clear any concerns they may have regarding your qualification for Canadian citizenship.
When your application for Canadian citizenship is rejected, the next step should be to file an appeal. The appeal is sent to the Federal Court within 30 days from the date the decision was made.
Citizenship Revocation Matters
When Canadian citizenship is revoked, an option you may want to consider is filing an appeal. Revocation is a serious matter that could lead to a removal order or even detention. Get in touch with our law office immediately if your citizenship status has been revoked.
At the law office of Matthew Jeffery, we’ve dealt with some of the most complex immigration appeals in Canada. Our lawyers come with extensive experience in immigration matters and can help you prepare for a hearing, respond to letters of concern issued by immigration authorities among other processes involved in filing an appeal.
Federal Court Judicial Review
A federal court judicial review is a process where an applicant files an appeal by way of application for leave often within 15 to 60 days from the date the decision was made.
Permanent residents can lose their status for different reasons. If you or a loved one has lost their status, seek legal help immediately. You may file an appeal within 60 days and overturn the decision made by immigration authorities.
If you wanted to sponsor your loved one to immigrate to Canada but the application was rejected, don’t lose hope. Get in touch with our lawyer and we can educate you on the options available to appeal the refused application.
Sometimes immigration applications are refused on the grounds of misrepresentation. When this happens, you can file an appeal to the Immigration Appeal Division to have the decision overturned. This appeal must be filed within 30 days from the date the decision was made.
Removal Order Appeals
When a Canadian permanent resident loses their status, the next step could be a removal order, which is issued by the immigration authorities and could lead to the immigrant being sent back to their home country. Removal order appeals are serious matters that should be handled by an experienced lawyer.
Are you facing inadmissibility allegations? Having an inadmissibility case in your record can ruin your chances of ever traveling. That’s why inadmissibility matters should be taken seriously. At the law office of Matthew Jeffery, we handle inadmissibility cases with the seriousness they deserve. We come with years of experience in helping clients from all over the globe defend their circumstances and get the justice they deserve.
The Immigration and Refugee Board often handles hearings on inadmissibility matters. If you have been declared inadmissible to Canada, you’ll need a good lawyer to help you prepare for the hearing.
Detention Review Hearings
The immigration authorities may detain some foreign nationals as they await hearing or some other pending immigration process. Immigration detention is considered a serious matter and your lawyer can help you understand what options you have if you’ve been detained pending a hearing. With the help of your immigration lawyer, you may be released from detention and given a chance to reunite with your family.
You may qualify for rehabilitation if found to be inadmissible to Canada based on criminal grounds. This will give you a second chance to apply for permanent residence. Speak to our lawyers today to help you determine if you qualify for rehabilitation.
Temporary Resident Permits
Foreign nationals who do not meet the minimum requirements to apply for permanent residence may still qualify for a temporary resident permit (TRP). To be issued with this permit, the applicant must show that they have a valid and compelling reason for entering Canada.
Humanitarian and Compassionate Applications
For individuals who do not qualify for a visa under the normal immigration categories, an option would be to submit their application for permanent residence based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. H&C applications are thoroughly scrutinized by the immigration authorities to ensure the case is valid before a PR card is issued.
Business Immigration Program
Canadian provinces have their own jurisdiction to nominate individuals to apply for permanent residence based on their specific criteria. These provincial economic programs were developed to help enhance the quality of immigrants in Canadian provinces. Read More
Federal Self-Employed Program
As a self-employed individual, you may immigrate to Canada through Federal Self-Employments Program. The FSEP helps self-employed foreigners, who wish to immigrate to Canada, expedite the process of getting a permanent residence card.
Are you an experienced entrepreneur looking to immigrate to Canada? There are several economic programs that you may qualify for to realize your dream of running a business in Canada. At the law office of Matthew Jeffery, we work with foreign entrepreneurs from all parts of the world assisting them with their immigration applications from start to finish.
Investor Immigration Programs
There are several provincial programs that offer investors an opportunity to immigrate to Canada and run their own businesses. Our lawyers can assess your situation and help you determine which immigration category is ideal for your unique needs. Some good options to consider include the Manitoba Business Investor Stream and the Quebec Investor Immigration Program.
Quebec Investor Program
Quebec is one of the best Canadian provinces to invest in. If you’re looking to invest in this part of the world, consider applying for the Quebec Investor program. This enables the Quebec province to handpick immigrants who help build its economy.
Looking to immigrate to Canada for work? There are several options to consider when it comes to work permits and work visas. At the law office of Matthew Jeffery, we will offer you sound legal advice and guidance on the immigration program that suits your needs.
Labour Market Impact Assessment
Canadian employers are required by the government to undergo the Labour Market Impact Assessment for any job offers posted on the job bank. These programs allow Canadian employers to fill skill and labour shortages in their provinces.
Sometimes Canadian employers can tap into the international labour market and hire employees from other countries without the Labour Market Impact Assessment. This can be done through The Canadian International Mobility Program (IMP).
NAFTA Work Permit
Commonly known as The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), this agreement was signed by the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to facilitate easy movement of economic immigrants from the 3 countries involved. There have been some good provisions on labour movement after the agreement was signed.
Significant Benefit Work Permit
There is a special permit that is given to foreign nationals who demonstrate that they will contribute to Canada’s economy and society positively. This gives an opportunity to foreign nationals with extensive skills and experience to become citizens and permanent residents of Canada.
Have you been accepted into a Canadian school? The next step is to submit your application for a study permit.
Study permits are often valid for the period of your school program. For instance, if you have enrolled in a 3-year program, you are likely to get a study permit that’s valid for 3 years.
To qualify for this permit, one of the requirements is to show proof that you have been registered for the school program. Secondly, you will need to provide supporting documents to show that you are able to cater for the tuition fees and support yourself throughout your study.
The immigration authorities may also assess your application to determine the likelihood that you may go back to your home country once you complete your studies.
At the law office of Matthew Jeffery, we help immigrants who have been enrolled in a Canadian school successfully apply for a study permit. We’ll offer you the support you need to realize your dreams of studying in Canada.
Temporary Resident (Visitor) Visas
If you are planning to travel to Canada for a short-term stay, you may need to apply for a visitor visa or what’s commonly referred to as a temporary resident visa depending on where you’re coming from. There are countries where a temporary visa is not required to enter Canada. There are single and multiple entry visas that you may qualify for depending on the duration of your trip and how often you wish to travel to Canada. Our immigration lawyer can advise on the type of visa application that’s ideal for you.
In order to approve your visa application, the Canadian immigration authorities will consider several factors such as the purpose of your visit and whether you have sufficient funds to support yourself during the stay. Additionally, the immigration officer will assess whether you are likely to return to Canada at the end of your visit.
If you have a good reason for traveling to Canada for a short stay and you meet all the other relevant criteria, your visa application is likely to be approved. The visa officer will assess all the information provided and determine if your application is going to be approved or rejected. Read More
Business Visitor Visa
Want to travel to Canada for business? You may need to apply for a business visitor visa. This is a special type of visa given to foreign nationals who are traveling to Canada to conduct specific business activities.
Parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents can qualify for a super visa which gives them an extended stay of up to 2 years without having to renew the visa.
Refugee Protection Claims
The process of filing a refugee claim can be complex and tough. Most refugees and asylum seekers do not understand their rights let alone how to fill the forms accurately and prepare for hearings. At the law office of Matthew Jeffery, you can rely on our expertise to safeguard your human rights and freedom as we guide you on the process of filing a refugee claim.
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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
When a refugee claim is submitted, The Refugee Protection Division (RPD) of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) decides whether to reject or approve the claim. If a claim is rejected, an appeal can be made to the Refugee Appeal Division (RAD). In most cases, a decision to allow or deny the appeal is made without having to go for a hearing. However, if a hearing is required, our lawyers can help you to prepare for it.
Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA)
When someone receives a removal order, he/she may apply for a Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA). This would simply allow the immigrant to remain in the country as the case is heard. The assessment will be done to determine if the foreigner is at risk of harm if they are deported back to their home country. There are specific requirements to qualify for a PRRA. We can help you to understand how the assessment works and determine if you qualify for it. Read More
A permanent residence application can be accepted on the basis of humanitarian and compassionate grounds. This is often the last resort when the applicant cannot qualify for permanent residency on any of the standard immigration categories. Such cases require the help of an experienced immigration lawyer who will gather all supporting documents to prove that the applicant qualifies for H&C consideration. Read More
If you feel like the Refugee Protection Division made an error in fact or in law by denying your application, you may appeal to the RAD (Refugee Appeal Division). This appeal allows you to add new information or evidence that wasn’t available when you filed the initial appeal. We come with years of experience handling appeal cases and we guarantee that our team will be fully dedicated to your case. Read More
Federal Court Appeals
You may also submit a final appeal to the Federal Court if the Refugee Appeal Division rejected your refugee claim. The claim must be submitted within 15 days from the date the decision was made. The case may be returned to the tribunal who will review it and make a final decision. Read More