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Why Do You Need a Canada Immigration Lawyer To Help With Your Application to Immigrate? Why not do it yourself?
Robert Y.C. Leong, LLB (Hon) (UK) is a lawyer, called to the Bar in both Singapore and BC - serving clients from law firms in Singapore and Vancouver, BC to assist in immigrating to Canada or handling immigration litigation / appleals - click to see his profile in English and Chinese text at CanadaVisaLaw.com/about-us
www.cic.gc.ca/ english/helpcentre/ results-by-topic.
Programs that people can apply to immigrate include:
Note: On February 11, 2014, Economic Action Plan 2014 announced the governments intent to terminate both the Federal Immigrant Investor and Federal Entrepreneur Programs, eliminate a large and longstanding backlog of applications, and pave the way for new pilot programs that will actually meet Canadas labour market and economic needs. For more information, see the news release. (2014.06.17 quote from news.gc.ca/ web/article-en.do )
[2014.06.17 quote below from news.gc.ca/ web/article-en.do ]
Building a Fast and Flexible Immigration System
Government to eliminate backlog-ridden and inefficient Investor and Entrepreneur Programs Ottawa, February 11, 2014 - Canadas Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today welcomed measures in Economic Action Plan (EAP) 2014 to build a faster, more flexible immigration system that makes real contributions to Canadas long-term prosperity.
EAP 2014 announced the governments intent to terminate the federal Immigrant Investor Program (IIP) and Federal Entrepreneur (EN) Program, eliminate a large and longstanding backlog of applications, and pave the way for new pilot programs that will actually meet Canadas labour market and economic needs.
The current IIP provides limited economic benefit to Canada. Research shows that immigrant investors pay less in taxes than other economic immigrants, are less likely to stay in Canada over the medium- to long- term and often lack the skills, including official language proficiency, to integrate as well as other immigrants from the same countries.
Eliminating the IIP and EN programs - and the associated backlog of applications - will allow the government to focus on attracting experienced business people and raising investment capital that is of maximum benefit to Canadas economy.
The government will replace these programs with more focused and effective pilot programs that will ensure that immigrants who come to Canada deliver meaningful benefits to our economy. This will complement CICs Start-Up Visa, enabling Canada to remain competitive in the global economy. Details of the new pilots will be announced in the coming months.
Under the Immigrant Investor Program, Canada offers guaranteed permanent residence in exchange for a guaranteed $800,000 loan (before 2010, the amount was only $400,000).
- The United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand require as much as $5 to $10 million, and do not offer up-front permanent residency.
- Over a 20-year career, an immigrant investor pays about $200,000 less in income taxes than a federal skilled worker and almost $100,000 less in taxes than one live-in caregiver.
- The current IIP has an inventory of more than 65,000 persons, larger than any other economic immigration program. At current levels, it would take more than six years to process this inventory.
Our government is focused on attracting experienced business people and raising investment capital that will contribute to our economic success over the long term. Our government will continue to focus on economic immigration programs that make sense for Canada by ensuring our economic and labour market needs are being met now and into the future.
Chris Alexander, Canadas Citizenship and Immigration Minister
- Backgrounder: Terminating the Federal Immigrant Investor and Entrepreneur Programs.
- Economic Action Plan 2014
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Building a stronger Canada: Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) strengthens Canadas economic, social and cultural prosperity, helping ensure Canadian safety and security while managing one of the largest and most generous immigration programs in the world.
Date Modified [on CIC website]: 2014-02-11
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OK, you've decided to look for a lawyer to consult on your immigration or permit application. How do you choose between the hundreds and thousands of lawyers on the web?
See our article on Tips on finding and choosing a Canadian lawyer or law firm
New Government Regulations for Paid Representatives: Canada Immigration Lawyers and/or Immigration Consultants
[quote fr. above Citizenship and Immigration Canada website 2014.06.17 ]
"...The new regulations [starting in 2004] state that paid representatives must be authorized:
- in order to conduct business on behalf of clients when dealing with the Government of Canada in immigration and refugee matters; or
- to provide advice or assistance.
Authorized, paid representatives ( see for more information www.cic.gc.ca/english/ information/ representative/ rep-who.asp) may only be [emphasis added]:
- immigration consultants who are members in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council. Go to their web site at: www.iccrc-crcic.ca/home.cfm
- lawyers who are members in good standing of a Canadian law society [ie. Provincial law societies e.g. Ontario's Law Society of Upper Canada or BC] and students-at-law under their supervision; and
- notaries who are members in good standing of the Chambre des notaires du Québec [s/a www.cdnq.org [note this site as of 2005.01.20 is only in French] and students-at-law under their supervision.
You are not obliged to hire a representative for immigration or refugee matters. The Government of Canada treats everyone equally, whether they use the services of a representative or not.
Concerns - When using a "Immigration Lawyer"
If you have concerns about the lawyer you have retained to assist you in your immigration application, go to the Provincial Law Society that the lawyer is a member of - they all have a "complaints-concerns about your lawyer" area e.g. BC Law Society's "Concerned about the conduct of your lawyer?"
These web information areas typically make reference to "code of conduct and ethics guidelines and rules" and how the law society may play a role in an individual's concern over their working relationship with a lawyer.
Concerns - When using a Immigration Consultant
Consumer Protection The Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants Société canadienne de consultants en immigration [www.csic-scci.ca] regulates immigration consultants who are members and protects the interest of consumers who pay these consultants for their services through its Complaints process.
[Note: there is a list of "Suspended Members" on the Society's web site
The Society's Rules of Professional Conduct set out the rules of professional and ethical conduct members have to abide by. Members failing to meet these obligations are subject to the Society's Complaints and Disciplinary Process.
The Society can address your Complaints about a consultant who is a member by:
Assisting you with concerns about that consultant's services Investigating complaints about that consultant's behaviour or conduct Disciplining that consultant if he or she is found guilty of contravening (or breaking) one of the Society's Rules of Professional Conduct
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See the Department of Foreign Affairs web site for their listings of embassies
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An excellent Checklist for someone to use in selecting a lawyer, has been prepared by the publishers of www.lawyers-bc.com/tips.htm. You will find these guidelines useful for not just Immigration Lawyers but other types of lawyers also.
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The Law Society of BC has lawyers who have stated a particular "preferred area of practice" Canada Immigration Law is one of these P.A.P's.
Not all lawyers who advertise in: telephone directories; on the Web or in magazines have stated their Preferred Area of Practice with the Law Society of BC, as it appears there is no requirement that they do so.
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"Find the latest research and statistical information on citizenship and immigration trends." [quote from Research and Statistics fr. Citizenship & Immigration Canada [Government Web Site]
" See what the law says. You can read the Acts, the Regulations or a range of related information [on the Government web site at www.cic.gc.ca/english/policy/index.html . Information includes:]
- Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA)
Learn about Canada's new immigration law, which came into effect on June 28, 2002.
- Citizenship Act and Regulations
See Canada's latest Citizenship Act and Regulations.
- Manuals and Operations Memoranda
See CIC manuals, operations memoranda or read related questions and answers.
- ... go to this site for information on above and more topics
Jeffery S. Lowe, Canada Immigration & Business Lawyer, Vancouver BC
Jeffery S. Lowe heads the Business Immigrant Team and the Global HR Team of Lowe & Company. This firm has helped individuals and businesses in over 65 countries immigrate, do business and handle their intracompany transfer needs e.g. through NAFTA work permits and visas to Canada.
Jeffrey is the Team Leader for Lowe & Company's Business Immigrant Team, which has brought many Business Immigrants to Canada from Asia, North America, and the Middle East. He also heads up Lowe & Company's Global HR Team , which assists Canadian and Multinational companies to bring in foreign workers and executive transferees to Canada.
Professional Courses and Papers
Jeffrey has taught courses on Canada's Immigration Law to lawyers, Canada immigration officials, and Immigration consultants, both in Canada and abroad, since 1990. These have included:
Visit www.canadavisalaw.com for a wealth of information about Canada's Citizenship and Immigration programs.
Jeffery and his team of lawyers, notaries and Registered Immigration Consultants are fluent in: English, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese, Teo Chiu Chinese, and Japanese..
Jeffrey S. Lowe
barrister & solicitor, B.Comm., LLB
Lowe and Company
#900 - 777 West Broadway,
Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4J7
phone: (604) 875-9338
A immigration "relocation consultant" that many people depend on is their realtor.
Looking for experienced Vancouver realtors who speaks English / Chinese Cantonese / Chinese Mandarin consider realtors Arthur Gee & Rosy Yung.
Looking for a Victoria realtor who speaks English / Chinese Cantonese / Chiu Chow / Chinese Mandarin
consider MLS award winning realtor Lucy Richardson, with Re/Max Camosun
see her web site at LucyRichardson.com or
see the Victoria Real Estate area of Metrotown.info
This page is in part sponsored by Lowe & Company CanadaVisalaw.com as a public service for people looking for immigration lawyers and services in the Vancouver area.
Web site Disclaimer
This site lists lawyers with areas of practice including Canada Citizenship and Immigration / Refugee Law - we advise you to verify if the lawyer is still maintaining their membership with the Law Society of BC by going to www.lawsociety.bc.ca as lawyers move or change areas of specialization over time.
The intent of this web-site is to provide "starting points" for people looking for sources of legal information and specialists. Information on this web site is not to be seen as legal advice -- for that you directly consult a lawyer.
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Errors or Omissions
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Note: June 20, 2014 - Canada's Employment Minister Jason Kenney & Minister Chris Alexander announce major changes to the Foreign Temporary Worker Program work permit program which is projected to reduce the number of people coming through this program by close to 50% in three years. See http:/www.cbc.ca/news/ politics/ jason-kenney-effectively-phasing-out-temporary-foreign-workers-in-low-wage-jobs-1.2682950
Sample of an experienced group of lawyers with over 25 years of immigration and business consulting background providing services to immigrants and workers seeking work permits and to employers wishing assistance in recruiting overseas skilled trades people to fill the needs of a booming construction / mining / hightech economy in Western Canada can be seen at CanadaTradeJobs.com
Robert Y. C. Leong, is a lawyer, LLB (Hon) from the U.K., called to the Bar in both Singapore and BC - serving clients from law firms in Singapore and Vancouver, BC to assist in immigrating to Canada or handling immigration litigation / appleals - click to see his profile in English and Chinese text at CanadaVisaLaw.com/about-us
Akiko Fujita Japanese Canada Immigration Consultant, in Vancouver, BC with Lowe and Company business immigration lawyers. Akiko is a member of Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). Akiko first came to Kamloops, B.C. from her native Japan as a student and later returned to Canada as a Permanent Resident. Prior to immigrating to Canada, Akiko was a local staff of the Japanese Embassy in Singapore Consular section, and served the Japanese residents in the country for nearly 8 years. She has been helping clients of Lowe & Company to realize their dream of coming to Canada since 2006. you can see her profile at CanadaVisaLaw.com and Japanese introduction at canadaimmigration.asia/ consultants/ RegulatedCanadianImmigrationConsultants.html#japanese
Rita Cheng, registered Canada Immigration Consultant, see more info at www.canadavisalaw.com/about-us
Vivien Lee, registered Canada Immigration Consultant and Notary, see more info at www.canadavisalaw.com/about-us
See also her website about notary public services: www.canadanotary.com
· see also article written in Dec. 2014 re 2015 changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers programs of Canada Immigraton services written by Sarah N. Goodman, BBA JD, a immigration-business and employment law lawyer based in Victoria BC businessmatrix.com/ca-foreign-workers/Canada-foreign-workers-options-Goodman150106.html
· see article on Express Entry - where are we now? CanadaImmigration.asia ... express-entry...
Canada Immigration Lawyers Listings
Robert Y.C. Leong, LLB (Hon) (UK), is a lawyer serving Singapore and Vancouver, BC clients to assist in immigrating to Canada or handling immigration litigation - click to see his profile in English and Chinese text at CanadaImmigration.Asia/ Singapore
Immigration Litigation Law & General Applications
He has 11 years experience as immigration litigation counsel for the Department of Justice Canada in Toronto.
He has appeared before all levels of Federal and Ontario courts & various tribunals of the Immigration & Refugee Board of Canada.
You have become a Canadian citizen but just got injured in a car accident in Vancouver
Consider these Personal Injury Lawyers experienced in ICBC (Insurance Corp. of BC) injury claims disputes
Rose Keith, Vancouver Personal Injury and Employment Law Lawyer - Experienced representing individuals injured in motor vehicle accidents with a variety of injuries including brain injury, spinal cord injury, chronic pain, psychological injuries and soft tissue injuries. Office in Downtown Vancouver, on West Hastings. Web site: RoseKeith.bc.ca
see also articles on personal injury by Rose at BCpersonalInjury.org
Z. Philip Wiseman's Personal Injury American legal background is useful in handling cross-border cases. He offers services in Cantonese, Mandarin, Polish, Vietnamese, and Korean - through experiuenced translators. Office 2 blocks from Vancouver General Hospital. See his web site at www.zpwlawcorp.com
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