Canadian Immigration Lawyer
Richmond Hill Immigration Lawyer
If you’re looking for a professional and experienced immigration lawyer, Matthew Jeffery, certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada, carries extensive skill in this field.
The seasoned immigration lawyer Richmond Hill is always ready to help you with any immigration appeals, applications for permanent residence or visas as well as all other litigation matters.
We know that the Canadian immigration law can be hard to comprehend that’s why Matthew has, for more than 20 years, helped clients throughout Canada and beyond in all types of immigration matters.
Immigrate to Canada
Over the years, Canada has welcomed millions of newcomers from all parts of the world. No wonder it’s considered one of the most generous nations for immigrants globally. The per capita immigration admission rates are higher than ever. On average, Canada offers residency to 300,000 immigrants and refugees every year. The country has grown to become a multi-cultural society that’s known for its diversity. It welcomes thousands of individuals from different countries who are fleeing war and persecution.
If you wish to immigrate to Canada, the first step is to review the various immigration programs available and determine which one is most suitable for you given your unique circumstances.
We offer guidance and information on all matters immigration on our website. By reviewing our website, you should get an idea of what categories of immigration could be the best fit for you. If you need further assistance, fill out the free assessment forms available on our website which help us assess your qualifications. Our Richmond Hill immigration lawyers can give you all the help you need with your application to immigrate to Canada.
Our Law Firm
Welcome to the Law Office of Mathew Jeffery. We strive to help individuals and their families live, work and study in Canada. If you have any questions or need guidance to navigate Canada’s complex immigration process, feel free to reach out.
At our law office, we have diverse and expert immigration lawyers, legal secretaries, paralegals and immigration consultants in Richmond Hill ready to serve you. We come with decades of combined experience handling immigration matters in Canada. Our team can handle from the simplest to the most complex immigration issues. We take pride in our exceptional success rate having assisted thousands of clients over the years.
When you come to us for help, we’ll begin by assessing your individual circumstance to determine what category of immigration you can apply under. We provide considerable information on our website to give you an understanding of the various immigration options you may qualify for. If you have any concerns, you can get clarifications by sending an email directly to our office in Richmond Hill.
At Mathew Jeffery law office, we also handle immigration appeals. If you strongly believe that you have a strong case or need help figuring out the best step to take, reach out to our office line to make an appointment for a consultation.
The initial consultation can be done on phone or in person by Mathew Jeffery himself or one of his senior staff. Speak to our receptionist who will set up a convenient time for your consultation.
This initial consultation will help us to understand what immigration programs you qualify for. We will also explain to you our legal processes, the services, and fees we charge. If you wish to begin the immigration process or use our services, we will provide a written contract that outlines the services to be rendered and the fees involved.
Our services include preparing, filing and processing immigration applications on behalf of clients, providing legal advice and representation in all immigration matters.
At the Law Office of Matthew Jeffery, we give each case the individual attention it deserves. We strive to offer exceptional work so that our clients have the best chances of success. Immigration matters can be extremely complicated but our goal is to make the process as stress-free as possible and ensure everything is done without delay.
Whether you are applying for a visa to Canada or you need help sponsoring your family to join you, we’ll take all the steps required to give you a smooth, professional and successful immigration experience.
Want to bring your foreign family members to live with you in Canada? There’s a wide range of immigration programs available for Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their loved ones to live in Canada. We possess years of experience in family sponsorships. We will offer exceptional service and proper guidance on how to navigate through complex sponsorship cases.
Are you a Canadian citizen or permanent resident with a foreign spouse? You can sponsor your husband or wife to receive permanent residency in Canada if you meet the minimum criteria of the spousal sponsorship program.
Common-law partner sponsorships
If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident with a partner who is a foreign national, you can sponsor him/her provided you can prove that you’ve been living together continuously for at least one year and that you meet the minimum criteria under the common law partner sponsorship program.
If you can prove that your income is sufficient to cater to the needs of your parent, you may be allowed to sponsor him/her to live in Canada under the parental sponsorship program.
Canadian citizens or permanent residents can sponsor a foreign national child to receive permanent residency and live in Canada.
If you are a foreign parent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you may qualify for a super visa which allows you to visit Canada for up to two years at a time.
Each of Canada’s provinces has set up its own immigration programs which allow them to nominate individuals for immigration based on their own special criteria.
Federal Self-Employed Program
Through this program, the federal government invites individuals who are willing and able to be self-employed to immigrate to Canada.
This program allows experienced entrepreneurs to immigrate to Canada and grow its economy.
Investor Immigration Programs
Although the federal immigration investor program was discontinued in 2014, there are some provincial programs designed to bring in investors to grow the province.
Quebec Investor Program
In Quebec, foreigners are chosen based on who they feel will add value to the society and the economy. The Quebec investor program enables the province to have its own jurisdiction over who immigrates to the province.
Have you been accepted into a school in Canada? You can apply for a study permit which allows you to study in Canada.
A study permit is a temporary visa that will remain valid for the duration of your studies. Usually, study permits are valid for one to four years.
To qualify for a study permit, you must show that you have been enrolled in the school program and that you have adequate funds to pay for the tuition and support yourself while you’re undertaking your studies.
The immigration authorities will also assess the intentions of the applicant and whether they are likely to return to their home country at the end of their studies.
At Matthew Jeffery law office, we can assist you with your study permit application. If you have been admitted into a Canadian school and have the financial ability to fund your studies, reach out to our law office for further assistance. Please contact us for further information.
Foreign nationals who wish to visit Canada for business or pleasure may obtain a visitor visa, also known as temporary resident visa. The visitor visa allows the individual to enter and remain in Canada for up to 6 months. It can be a single or multiple-entry visa. Some citizens from certain countries are exempt from this requirement.
The immigration authorities assess several factors when deciding whether to issue a visitor visa. They will review the applicant’s financial capability to determine if they are able to take care of themselves during their stay, their purpose of the visit and whether the individual is likely to return to their home country at the end of their visit.
Therefore, the applicant needs to have a valid reason for visiting Canada and meet all the other relevant criteria in order for their visitor visa application to be approved. The visitor visa application must be properly prepared to increase one’s chances of success.
Business Visitor Visa
If you are visiting Canada on business, you may apply for a business visitor visa depending on your country of origin. This business visitor visa allows you to conduct business activities in Canada during your visit.
This is a long-term visitor visa that is issued to foreign parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
LMIA is a Labour Market Impact Assessment, which is obtained by Canadian employers who wish to hire foreign workers.
US Canada Immigration
US Canada Immigration
Are you a citizen of the United States of America looking to visit, study, work or live permanently in Canada? US citizens do not require a visitor visa to enter Canada for shorter periods (less than 6 months) at a time. To study or work in Canada, a US citizen will need to apply for the appropriate permits.
US citizens can apply for permanent residency under various programs including the Express Entry program, Skilled Worker program or family sponsorship programs.
If you are seeking protection from persecution or war in your home country, you can make a refugee claim in Canada. A refugee is a person who runs away from their home country in fear of persecution on the basis of their race, religion, nationality, political affiliation or because of being part of a social group.
An individual can also be given refugee status if they can show that they ran away from their home country because of a risk to their life or cruel/unusual treatment or punishment. The risk must be a personal one and not a general risk experienced by everyone in their home country. The risk must also be one that the authorities in their home country are unable or unwilling to protect the applicant from. Please contact us for further information.
Refugee Immigration Appeals
The Refugee Protection Division (RPD) of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) handles refugee claims in Canada. The RPD approves and rejects refugee claims after several assessments. If a refugee claim is rejected, the individual may appeal to the Refugee Appeal Division (RAD) where a decision is made whether or not to allow the appeal. Most cases are solved without a hearing but you need a reliable immigration lawyer to guide you through this process.
If you’re looking to have your family join you in Canada, there’s a set of guidelines to follow and minimum requirements that you must fulfill as the sponsor.
For instance, you must demonstrate to the IRCC that you have sufficient income to support the sponsored person upon arrival in Canada.
Permanent Resident Cards
Permanent Resident Card
If you’re looking to have your family join you in Canada, there’s a set of guidelines to follow and minimum requirements that you must fulfill as the sponsor. For instance, you must demonstrate to the IRCC that you have sufficient income to support the sponsored person upon arrival in Canada.
You can sponsor a spouse, children, parents, grandparents, orphans, adopted children and other relatives to enter Canada. We can help you understand your options and provide guidance to increase the chances of your sponsorship application being approved.
Permanent residency card renewals on humanitarian and compassionate grounds
If an individual hasn’t met the residency requirements, he/she can have their permanent residency card renewed based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. The immigration authorities will assess the circumstances, which have prevented the permanent resident from residing in Canada. The PR card can be renewed if the individual doesn’t meet the residency requirement but can show that he/she has been working for a Canadian company abroad or has been accompanying a Canadian citizen spouse overseas.
Regular P.R. card renewals
If you have fulfilled the residency requirement (being in Canada for at least 2 years in the past 5 years), you can fill an application to renew your permanent resident card.
Applying for a travel document
If you are a permanent resident of Canada and your PR card has expired while outside the country, you can apply for a travel document to be allowed to enter Canada.
Permanent residency appeals
If your permanent residency renewal application is rejected, you can file an appeal with the help of an immigration lawyer.
As a certified immigration lawyer Richmond Hill, we can help you enter Canada under any of the Express Entry programs. The skilled workers’ program is very competitive and you have to demonstrate that you are hardworking and possess exceptional skills and training in order to qualify.
There are minimum requirements for enrolling into the program after which you can wait for the invitation to apply. We offer on-going support and immigration advice to all our clients who wish to go this route.
What’s an Express Entry profile?
To apply for permanent residency in Canada through the Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Entry Program or Federal Skilled Trades Program, you must create an Express Entry profile by filling out details about your personal, educational and professional background.
Skilled Worker applications
If you are a foreign national with years of skilled work experience and can speak English or French, you may qualify to obtain permanent residency and immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker.
Provincial Nomination Programs
These programs allow Canada’s provinces to nominate their own immigrants each year, based on what will add value to their economy.
Canadian Experience Class program
If you have at least one year of skilled work experience in Canada and can speak fluent English or French, you may apply for permanent residence under the Canadian Experience Class.
Labour Market Impact Assessments
Have you received a job offer from a Canadian employer that has been approved through the Labor Market Impact Assessment?
This allows you to apply for permanent residence or a work permit.
After living in Canada for a number of years and completing the required residency period, it could be time for you to apply for Canadian citizenship. The citizenship application process can be tough given that there are numerous requirements you have to meet.
First, you’ll need to fulfill the residency requirement, which is being physically present in Canada for at least 3 years in a 5-year period. Secondly, if you are between 18 and 54, you must demonstrate that you have an adequate understanding of the English or French languages.
You may also be required to pass the knowledge of Canada test and to have filed your income tax returns for at least three years in the relevant time period.
The immigration authorities may request for additional information when reviewing your application in order to assess whether you meet all the residency requirements before being granted citizenship.
The immigration authorities may also schedule an interview if they have any doubts or need clarifications on whether the applicant meets the requirements to be granted citizenship. A citizenship officer or a citizenship judge may conduct the interviews.
If the immigration authorities reject a citizenship application, the applicant can appeal this decision to the Federal Court within 30 days.
Citizenship revocation matters
Citizenship can be revoked due to various reasons such as a criminal conviction. If this happens, one can appeal and have their case heard in the Federal Court.
We have represented clients who have been refused entry into Canada due to different reasons. We have assisted immigrants facing deportation in their appeal cases.
We can help you prove to the court that an error was made or that the decision was, in some way, unfair or unreasonable to our client. The Law Office of Matthew Jeffery is capable of handling spousal sponsorship appeals, removal order appeals and residency obligation appeals.
Federal Court Judicial Review
If the authorities reject an immigration application, the applicant can appeal to the Federal Court by applying for leave and judicial review within 15 or 60 days depending on where the decision was made.
Permanent residents of Canada can lose their status due to a rejected PR card renewal or travel document application. When this happens, they can appeal to the Immigration Appeal Division within 60 days.
When you apply to sponsor a family member and your application is refused, you may appeal to the immigration appeal division within 30 days.
When your immigration application is rejected on the grounds of misrepresentation, you can appeal this decision to the immigration appeal division within 30 days.
Removal Order Appeals
Permanent residents can lose their status and be issued a removal order, which requires them to leave the country. A removal order can be issued if one is found guilty of misrepresentation or criminality. The individual facing a removal order can appeal to the immigration appeal division within 30 days.
You may be inadmissible to Canada if you have criminal or legal issues. If you believe that you’ve been prohibited from entering or remaining in Canada unfairly, we can help you overcome inadmissibility. We will review your case confidentially and help you explore all your options. Our law office is more than capable of handling inadmissibility cases that involve criminal offenses, medical issues or misrepresentation.
The Immigration Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board convokes admissibility hearings to determine if the foreign national or permanent resident is admissible to Canada.
Detention Review Hearings
There are cases where foreign nationals are held in prison/detained as they wait to be removed from Canada or pending some immigration process. Detention hearings are held by the Immigration Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board to determine if someone who is detained needs to be released.
To overcome criminal inadmissibility, the foreign national may qualify for rehabilitation, which may give them a second chance of having their permanent residence application approved.
Temporary Resident Permits
If the foreign national doesn’t qualify for rehabilitation, they can be issued a temporary resident permit if they show that they have a compelling reason to enter Canada.
Humanitarian and Compassionate Applications
Some individuals do not qualify for visas under the regular immigration categories and may apply to be exempted on the basis of humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
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Immigration Appeals Lawyer Richmond Hill
With a population of 185 000 people, Richmond Hill is a city on the rise. Well situated to take advantage of everything the city of Toronto has to offer, residents of the area are invited to consult Matthew Jeffery for all their immigration and citizenship inquiries.
Located in the York Region of the GTA, it is the third most populous area thanks to a recent upsurge in population in the 1990s and early 2000s. In fact, Richmond Hill experienced growth rates up to and sometimes more than double the national or provincial averages. Highly multicultural, many of the residents in this area are members of visible minorities with only 40% of them having learned English as their mother tongue. With a high West Asian population, it is a popular immigration destination, particularly for affluent immigrants.
Featuring many green spaces including parks, 544 hectares of undeveloped land, and a host of tennis courts, swimming pools, and golf courses, this municipality is a great place to raise a family.
With a cozy, small town feel and many local events, Richmond Hill is also home to many corporate headquarters including DMC Mining Services, Rogers Communications, Compugen Inc., Lexmark, Staples, Compuware, and BMW Canada. Employment opportunities include business, industry, healthcare, and finance jobs.
For immigrants seeking Work Permits, P.R. Cards, or information about citizenship and appeals, or any other immigration services, Matthew Jeffery’s immigration law office is just a short drive away and we would like to welcome you to give us a call today at 866-886-8014.