Canadian Immigration Lawyer
RECOGNIZED LEADER IN SCARBOROUGH IMMIGRATION LAW
For more than 20 years, Matthew Jeffery has been getting the best results for clients in all kinds of immigration cases.
As a qualified and experienced immigration lawyer Scarborough, Matthew Jeffery provides a clear and informed legal guidance on immigration matters.
Matthew and his team focus on all types of immigration cases including providing assistance with family sponsorship applications, PR card renewals and appearing in the Canadian courts for immigration appeals among other cases.
With Matthew Jeffery as your immigration lawyer in Scarborough, rest assured that all options will be explored and every immigration matter will be meticulously handled to give you the best possible outcome.
We can help you to immigrate to Canada
The decision to move to a new country is often a difficult one. In many cases, you’re leaving behind close family members, friends, and colleagues who may have made your life back at home a little better. On the other hand, dealing with the immigration law process can be long, complex and frustrating. Sometimes there’s really not so much to look forward to.
However, there are several things you can do to make your immigration process a lot smoother and one is to hire a qualified immigration lawyer. At the law office of Matthew Jeffery, we have immigration staff that is able to handle all kinds of situations in a professional, efficient and prompt manner. We come with the knowledge and experience to address all your immigration law needs.
From helping you determine which immigration category is best for your needs to assisting in filling out applications and gathering the required documents, our staff will be of invaluable help every step of the way. We have worked in the system for many years and understand what it takes to have your application approved by the Canadian immigration authorities.
Our goal is to ensure you are well represented and you fully understand your rights and the immigration process involved. We provide extensive information on our website regarding different immigration categories so you can better understand your options. If you need a one-on-one consultation with our immigration lawyer in Scarborough, reach out immediately. We’re always ready to help.
Law Office of Matthew Jeffery
Matthew Jeffery is a recognized name in Canadian immigration. When you visit our law office, expect unique expertise in immigration appeals, admissibility cases and all kinds of immigration matters. We’ve worked with individuals and organizations assisting in every level of the immigration process including cases that go to the Supreme Court of Canada. When you come to us, be assured that we’ll offer an efficient, cost-effective and practical solution to your immigration problems.
The law office of Matthew Jeffery has a well-respected and lengthy history of handling immigration matters of all kinds. We have a long-standing relationship with immigration authorities and the courts. Our lawyers have worked in complex and simple immigration cases delivering the highest service standards throughout.
Having earned successful results each year in immigration cases, we take time to provide our clients with personalized service each time. Our staff members are among the most highly trained and experienced in Scarborough. Our standards of practice are rigorous to enable us to deliver a high quality of work consistently.
A Canadian citizen or permanent resident may sponsor his/her spouse, common-law partner, dependent child, parent, and grandparent to apply for permanent residence. To qualify for sponsorship, the Canadian citizen or permanent resident must meet certain income requirements. There are also special requirements that the sponsored person must meet.
Spousal Sponsorship Cases
If you’ve been married to a foreign spouse, you may sponsor him/her to immigrate to Canada. One main requirement when submitting a spousal sponsorship application is that you need a valid marriage certificate that is recognized in Canada and the country in which it took place.
Common-Law Partner Sponsorship
If you are living with your spouse in a marriage-like relationship, you may be able to sponsor him/her for permanent residence in Canada. First, you must prove that you’ve been together for at least 12 consecutive months. Any short periods of separation must be due to valid reasons such as family or work obligations.
You may sponsor your parent to come to Canada as a permanent resident if you’ve met certain income requirements. You must also prove that you can support the sponsored parent and your dependents financially. The sponsor must sign an undertaking that commits him/her to provide financial support to the parent for up to 20 years.
Permanent residents and citizens of Canada can sponsor their foreign child to immigrate to Canada as a permanent resident. In order to qualify, the sponsor must show that they are financially capable of supporting the sponsored child for a specific period of time. We offer legal advice to help you navigate the process of applying for child sponsorship in Canada.
A super visa allows a parent or grandparent who is admissible to Canada to visit their family for up to two years without having to renew their status. To qualify, the applicant must have a written commitment from the sponsor, undergo a medical examination and prove that they have bought Canada medical insurance for at least one year. Super visas are only issued if the sponsor meets the required economic threshold.
Permanent Resident Cards
Permanent Resident Card Renewals
When your PR card is almost approaching expiry, you may wish to begin the process of applying for a new PR card that’s valid for another 5 years. With the help of our immigration lawyers, your application will receive a positive outcome.
Regular P.R. Card Renewals
If you have met the residency requirement, your PR card is likely to be renewed immediately unless there are other events in the last 5 years that have rendered the applicant inadmissible to Canada. Reach out to our legal team if you suspect that your PR card renewal may be rejected or you need help navigating the application process.
If you’ve been denied a PR card due to any reason, it’s important to seek legal assistance immediately. Your lawyer can advise on the next steps to take to file a residency appeal case.
P.R. Card Renewals On Exceptional or H&C Grounds
One of the main issues when it comes to PR card renewals is when the applicant has not met the residency requirement. At our law office, we assess the client’s unique circumstance and may recommend applying for a renewal based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds if the residency requirements have not been met. This will depend on whether you qualify for exceptional or H&C grounds.
Travel Document Applications
There are some cases where the PR card expires while the permanent resident is outside of Canada. In such a situation, the permanent resident will need to apply for travel documents in order to return to Canada.
Express Entry Applications
The Express Entry system is an online application that was developed to enable Canadian employers and provinces to pick out skilled workers from foreign countries allowing them to apply for permanent residence through any of the federal economic programs. Employers can find skilled foreigners by assessing their skills, language proficiency, and work experience through a point-based system that’s popularly known as the Comprehensive Ranking System.
Express Entry Profile
Every person interested in applying for permanent residence through the Express Entry system must complete an online Express Entry profile, which is a questionnaire that asks for information pertaining to the person’s skills, work experience, language ability and education among others. If you meet the minimum requirements, your application will be placed in a pool with other candidates and ranked according to your qualifications.
Skilled Worker Applications
If you have a high rank in your pool based on your skills and experience, you may receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada. You have 60 days to submit your application for permanent residence under the economic programs including the Federal Skilled Worker category, which is one of the main sources of immigration to Canada for skilled workers.
Provincial Nomination Applications
To qualify for a provincial nomination, the immigration authorities will assess your experience, skills, and credentials as well as your adaptability to life in Canada. Preparing your application in advance and assessing the merits of your situation will increase your chances of a successful outcome.
Canadian Experience Class Applications
If you have worked in Canada for at least one year and you can speak good English or French, you may qualify for permanent residence through the Canadian Experience Class.
Labour Market Impact Assessments
Canadians who do not have a job offer will need to register with the job bank, which is offered by the government of Canada, where they get access to eligible Canadian employers. Employers would need to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment from the Employment and Social Development Canada.
Temporary Residence Applications
When you meet the residency requirement, you may qualify for citizenship upon submitting your application. At our law office, we’ve worked with many foreign nationals who would like to become Canadian citizens. We help them determine if they qualify to apply for citizenship and offer the guidance they need to take the right steps. We’ve handled complex citizenship matters offering clients the help they need to fulfill their dreams of becoming Canadian citizens.
Canadian permanent residents will qualify for citizenship if they have been physically present in Canada for the last two years within a 5-year period.
If after submitting your citizenship application, the immigration officer or citizenship judge has doubts regarding it, you may be requested for further information to prove your case.
The immigration officer may also request the applicant to attend a citizenship interview. Preparing for this interview is important as it could determine whether or not your application is approved. The immigration officer will ask questions to determine if there are inconsistencies in your application.
If your citizenship application is denied, you may appeal to the Federal Court within 30 days from the date you received the decision.
Citizenship Revocation Matters
Your Canadian citizenship may be revoked if you are found to be criminally inadmissible or due to other reasons stated in the law. When this happens, get a qualified immigration lawyer to represent you in filing an appeal. You may also face a removal order that risks separating you from your family. We’re ready to help with complex revocation matters.
When you need to appeal an immigration decision made by the government, our law office can help. We’ve handled all kinds of immigration appeal cases. From sponsorship appeals to residency appeals and removal order matters, our legal team understands Canada’s complex immigration law and we can put up a strong defence to give you the best possible outcome.
Federal Court Judicial Review
When the immigration application has been denied by any of the immigration authorities, you may submit an appeal to the Federal Court by way of application for leave and judicial review within 15 or 60 days. The time limit to submit the application will depend on whether you are within Canada or in a different country. Our lawyers can advise on the next steps.
A permanent resident or citizen who loses their status because of failure to meet the residency requirement can appeal to the Immigration Appeal Division within 60 days. Such appeal matters are serious and should be handled by an experienced immigration lawyer who knows how to navigate the system.
If you have been denied the opportunity to bring your loved ones such as a parent, child or spouse to Canada, you may appeal this decision to the Immigration Appeal Division within 30 days.
When found guilty of misrepresentation, don’t give up. Approach our immigration lawyers for help and guidance on how to file an appeal to the Immigration Appeal Division within 30 days.
Removal Order Appeals
Anyone who faces a removal order can appeal to the Immigration Appeal Division within 30 days from the time the decision was made. Removal order cases are complex and need an experienced litigator to properly prepare for the hearing.
When declared inadmissible to Canada for reasons such as misrepresentation, criminality, or simply failing to meet the criteria of the Act, a foreign national may face a removal order. Our law office has worked with foreigners facing the most complex inadmissibility cases. We come with extensive experience to help our clients navigate the matter and ensure a positive outcome.
Inadmissibility matters usually result in a hearing, which is done by the Immigration Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board to decide whether a foreign national or permanent resident is admissible to Canada.
Detention Review Hearings
The immigration authorities may detain foreign nationals who are awaiting the execution of a removal order or any other immigration process. During detention, the foreigners have a right to a detention review hearing, which is usually done by the Immigration Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board to decide if someone who is detained should be released from detention.
Foreigners who have been declared criminally inadmissible to Canada still have options of immigrating to Canada by seeking rehabilitation. However, not all applicants who face criminal inadmissibility will qualify for rehabilitation. Discuss with our lawyers your options to address criminal inadmissibility.
Temporary Resident Permits
When convicted of a serious offence, you may not be approved for a permanent resident card. Another alternative would be to apply for a temporary resident permit (TRP). In this case, you must show a compelling reason why you need to enter Canada for a short time.
Humanitarian and Compassionate Applications
The other alternative if you’ve been declared inadmissible to Canada is to apply for consideration based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. H&C applications are thoroughly scrutinized by the immigration authorities so ensure you get professional help to prepare for this application.
Business Immigration Program
Canada’s provinces and territories have their own jurisdiction to select economic immigrants who will add cultural and economical value to their provinces. While the Federal government governs most immigration programs in Canada, the provincial government can nominate individuals for immigration to their province based on their own specific criteria. Read More
Federal Self-Employed Program
Entrepreneurs and self-employed foreigners can immigrate to Canada under any of the economic programs. The federal government uses the Self-Employed Program to attract individuals who are willing and are able to be self-employed in Canada. To find out if you qualify, speak to our immigration lawyers today.
The Federal Immigration Entrepreneur Program closed in June 2014, allowed experienced foreign entrepreneurs to immigrate to Canada and grow the country’s economy. After the program was closed, the provincial governments developed similar immigration programs to cater to foreign entrepreneurs who still want to come to Canada for business.
Investor Immigration Programs
The Federal Immigrant Investor Program or IIP was the main investor immigration program in Canada but it was discontinued in mid-2014. There are still a few provincial programs that serve a similar purpose. For instance, the Manitoba Business Investor Stream (previously known as Manitoba Provincial Nominee Business Program) and the Quebec Investor Immigration Program both allow foreign investors to settle in Canada for business reasons.
Quebec Investor Program
Quebec is one of the most popular Canadian provinces. The provincial government of Quebec has its own jurisdiction over the kind of economic immigrants they want in their territory. They’ve put in place programs that allow them to attract investors and grow the province both economically and culturally.
Want to immigrate to Canada for work? First, you’ll need to find out which immigration program is best suited for you depending on your unique circumstances. Both the federal and provincial governments have provided numerous opportunities for skilled foreign workers to obtain a work permit or work visa under specific immigration programs. If you need help determining which program is best suited for you, we’re happy to assist.
Labour Market Impact Assessment
Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) was established to allow Canadian employers to gain access to temporary skills and fill labour shortages in their provinces and territories by hiring foreign nationals who meet certain requirements.
If a Canadian employer would like to source for foreign employees but doesn’t have the resources to conduct a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), an option would be to enroll for the International Mobility Program (IMP).
NAFTA Work Permit
This work permit came into being after the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, creating a North American trilateral trade bloc, signed The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This agreement has specific provisions on labour movement across these 3 countries.
Significant Benefit Work Permit
Another option for economic immigrants who will add value to Canada’s economy is the Significant Benefit Work Permit. This one is only issued if the applicant shows that they will indeed contribute to society and provide opportunities for citizens and permanent residents once they enter Canada.
After being enrolled in a Canadian school, the next important step is to apply for a study permit. The study permit is a temporary visa that is valid for the duration of the school program. Study permits are often valid for 2 to 4 years.
You need to prove that you have been enrolled in a Canadian school program in order to qualify for a study permit. Another important requirement is the proof of funds to pay for the tuition fees required as well as the financial ability to cater for basic needs while in Canada for the entire duration of your study.
To determine if your application is approved, the immigration authorities will assess your likelihood of returning to your home country at the end of your studies.
At the law office of Matthew Jeffery, we can help you with your study permit application. We’ll guide you on what’s required to increases the chances of your application getting approved.
Temporary Resident (Visitor) Visas
Planning a trip to Canada for business or pleasure? You may need to apply for a temporary resident visa. This visa may not be a requirement for you if your home country is exempted from it. Therefore, the first thing you need to do is find out if you’ll require a visa to enter Canada for a short period of time. Also, consider if you’ll need to apply for a single or multiple-entry visa. The most suitable document for you will depend on your travel plans.
The immigration officer will consider several factors when assessing your application. First, they’ll determine if you are likely to return to your home country once the visa application is approved. Approval will also depend on your ability to sustain yourself financially during the trip. Read More
Business Visitor Visa
A business visitor visa is often dependent on your reasons for visiting Canada and the place where you’re coming from. If you want to conduct prescribed business activities while on your trip to Canada, consider getting this type of visa.
This is a special type of visa for foreign parents and grandparents that allows them to enter and leave Canada without having to renew their application each time.
Refugee Protection Claims
If you are at risk of harm or hardship in your home country, you may qualify for refugee and asylum seeker protection in Canada. First, consult our immigration lawyer to determine if you are eligible to file a refugee claim. Refugee claims are complex and need professional guidance to ensure the right steps are taken before and after submitting the application. At the law office of Matthew Jeffery, we can advise you on your eligibility as well as help in preparing the necessary documents and guiding you as you await a hearing. You can rely on our expertise to expect the best possible outcome.
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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
If The Refugee Protection Division (RPD) of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) denies a refugee claim, you may file an appeal to the Refugee Appeal Division (RAD) where a decision will be made whether to allow or deny the appeal. This is a paper appeal and most cases are decided without a hearing.
Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA)
Foreign nationals who are subject to a removal order may qualify for the PRRA. This is an application to remain in the country by proving to the immigration authorities that the applicant is a risk of harm if they’re deported to their home country. However, you may not qualify for PRRA since there are some restrictions imposed by the immigration authorities. At The Law Office of Matthew Jeffery, we can help ensure that your PRRA application is successful. Read More
Perhaps your permanent residence application may be approved based on Humanitarian and Compassionate (H&C) grounds. This type of application is often set-aside for foreign nationals who are at risk of facing unusual, undeserved, or disproportionate hardship if returned to their home country. Our immigration lawyers can assess your case and help you make an application for permanent resident status based on humanitarian grounds. Read More
If you would like to prove that the decision made by RPD was wrong in fact or in law, you may submit an appeal to the RAD (Refugee Appeal Division). This new application allows claimants to introduce new information or evidence that wasn’t reasonably available at the time of the process conducted by the Refugee Protection Division. We bring you the expertise needed to prepare your refugee appeal and represent you in court. Read More
Federal Court Appeals
A rejected appeal application can still be submitted to the Federal Court within 15 days. The Federal Court will review the decision to see if it is reasonable, fair, and was otherwise made in accordance with the law. Should there be any reason for the court to believe that there was a reviewable error, the decision will be overturned and the matter taken to a tribunal who will then decide the next steps. Read More
Immigration Appeals Lawyer Scarborough
Matthew Jeffery is pleased to be offering his services as an immigration lawyer to Scarborough, Ontario. With over 625,000 residents, this former municipality now makes up roughly one fifth of the population of the city of present day Toronto, which was created from the amalgamation with Toronto, Scarborough and four other municipalities in 1998.
Scarborough, Ontario is named after Scarborough, England. It got its name from Elizabeth Simcoe, the wife of the Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, John Graves Simcoe, who observed the beautiful white cliffs known as the “Scarborough bluffs” and thought they resembled the cliffs near her home in England.
Scarborough is a multicultural hotbed in what is known as one of the most diverse cities in the world. It’s affordable housing prices and accepting culture make it one of the most popular destinations for new immigrants to Canada, with nearly 60% of its residents being foreign born and nearly 70% belonging to a visible minority.
However, immigration isn’t as simple as packing up your things and moving to another country. There is a complex series of laws and regulations you must follow. It can be enough of a challenge moving to a new country, taking in a new culture, and establishing a new job without trying to decipher the legal jargon of immigration law.
This is where Matthew Jeffery can help. Serving as both a barrister and solicitor (meaning he can give you legal advice/counsel as well as represent you in court), Mr. Jeffery specializes in all facets of immigration law including applications for permanent residence such as skilled workers applications, family sponsorships, Canadian experience class applications, as well as humanitarian cases. Matthew Jeffery will also handle your applications for temporary residence in Canada for work permits, student visas, and visitor visas. He can also help you to renew your permanent residence card or apply for citizenship.
Matthew Jeffery is a highly experienced lawyer who is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Immigration Law and authorized by the government of Canada to both counsel and represent clients on all immigration legal matters.
With over fifteen years’ experience and countless success stories, Matthew Jeffery will help you to navigate the immigration system to get the results you need. To discuss immigration matters, call us at 1-866-886-8014 to arrange a consultation at the cost of $150 per half hour. Alternatively, if you’re looking to immigrate to Canada and are unsure if you will qualify, visit our website and fill out our free assessment form under the family sponsorship, skilled worker, or business class category and we will assess whether or not you are eligible to receive permanent residence.
With something as important as immigration matters, don’t trust your own judgement and ability to decipher legal jargon. Contact Matthew Jeffery today for his expert legal services.