Photos Canada Parliament buildings Ottawa, Supreme court & Appeal Court entrance, BC; Alberta Law Courts, prison cells etc

Why Do You Need a Canada Immigration Lawyer To Help With Your Application to Immigrate?   Why not do it yourself?
What is a Paid Canada Immigration Consultant?

Federal Regulations for Immigration Consultants / Immigration LawyersConcerns and Complaints  | AppealsInvestor ImmigrantsWork Permits aka Work Visas |

Examplars of Canada Immigration Lawyers Services - by Jeffrey Lowe, B.Com., LLB.

There is so much free information on the web right? 

photo of Canada-Business-Immigration lawyer, Jeffrey Lowe in office overlooking False Creek in Vancouver

Canada Immigration & Citizenship website www.cic.gc.ca has application forms, kits, and guides.  And there are websites, Chat Rooms, and newsgroups to get ideas about how to handle your immigration case.  So you ask yourself, "Why do I need a lawyer to handle my immigration case?"

Liberal Gov't Minister of Immigration & Citizenship, John McCallum  with Lawyer Jeffrey Lowe at meeting in  Vancouver BC Board of Trade

see 2016 profile of Minister of Immigration & Citizenhip, the Honorable John McCallum at pm.gc.ca/ eng/ minister/ honourable-john-mccallum profile


The truth is, you don't need just any lawyer.  Most lawyers specialize in a particular area of practice. You wouldn't go to a Family doctor, or even a Heart surgeon, if you have liver cancer; you'd see a liver cancer specialist!

In the same way, you don't want to go to a general lawyer, or a corporate lawyer to handle your Immigration matters; with diligent research, you may learn more about immigration procedures than the general lawyer you hire!

Jeffrey Lowe, immigration lawyer has opportunity to chat with Minister of Citizenship Immigration Canada, the Honorable Chris Alexandar, at meetings in Vancouver, BC - click to CIC profile of Hon. Chris Alexander

The same is true for Immigration Consultants.  While many Consultants are good at immigration procedures, most do not have any legal training to think about the "why" behind the "how to".  Unless they work with an immigration law firm, they're not likely to have the expertise to recognize and deal with complex situations or problems that arise.

When hiring a lawyer for your immigration case, you need one who knows the most up to date Immigration law and procedures.  Who handles immigration cases all the time, and not "on the side". And whom you can trust your family's future with.

Consider these facts:

  1. The stakes are high. It's not just money; it's the years of time, energy, and your future plans that are affected. You can't afford to make a mistake.
  2. You've never done it before, and may never do it again. Canada's immigration laws are complex, and most lawyers don't even know all the new provisions. Do you really want to learn the law and procedures yourself, and use your family as a test case?
  3. Immigration laws are in a state of flux. ...
  4. You may not know if you've made a mistake, especially a fatal one, until many months later. ....
  5. You need the right answers to your questions, which you can rely on.  Information that you get from Canada Immigration's clerks is often inconsistent, and sometimes completely wrong! Also, while there are thousands of pages on Canada Immigration's website, you need to find answers to your questions, and how to apply them to your situation. Lowe & Company, we do the thinking for you....about the right questions, as well as the right answers.
  6. You need to know the right Questions. You often have options, but don't know about them; you need to ask the right questions. At Lowe & Company, we review your case, consider your legal options, then ask YOU the questions, to process your case smoothly.
  7. There may be problems delaying your case, but you don't even know about them. We periodically search your Immigration file to see if there are problems with your case. Then, we will advise you as to the best solutions for these.
  8. Increase your chance of an Interview Waiver:  Often, we can help you get an interview waiver by providing additional documents which are not on Canada Immigration's "document lists".  We consider the facts of your case, then advise you as to what could improve your chances of an interview waiver.
  9. The cost is worth the benefit.  Lowe & Company's legal fees are competitive, and are payable in instalments as your case progresses. The cost of failure is much higher.

see also "Find application forms and guides" www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/

Appeals of Canada Immigration Decisions

Everyone applying to immigrate to Canada has the right to have their application treated fairly, and assessed in accordance with the law.  Immigration officers are human, however, and even if you have a good case, it may still be refused.  In most cases, the law provides you with a right to appeal.

There are many reasons why cases may be refused.  You may not have prepared your case well, with enough supporting evidence.

[Note:  While you don't need a lawyer or immigration consultant to apply to immigrate to Canada, only a lawyer(s) can represent you in Canada's Federal Court system.]

Robert Y.C.  Leong, called to the Bar both in Sinapore and BC fluent in Chinese

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 government’s 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 Canada’s 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 - Canada’s 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 Canada’s long-term prosperity.

EAP 2014 announced the government’s 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 Canada’s 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 Canada’s 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 CIC’s Start-Up Visa, enabling Canada to remain competitive in the global economy. Details of the new pilots will be announced in the coming months.

Quick facts
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.

Quote
“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, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister

Related product
- Backgrounder:  Terminating the Federal Immigrant Investor and Entrepreneur Programs.
- Economic Action Plan 2014
- Follow us on Twitter (new window to unfollow or login):
twitter.com/CitImmCanada

Building a stronger Canada: Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) strengthens Canada’s 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




Canada Work Permits [also commonly known as Work Visas]

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Tips on finding-choosing a Canada Immigration Lawyers | Certified Immigration Law Specialists

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



Regulating Who Can Be Paid to Represent Immigrant Applicants for Canada


New Government Regulations for Paid Representatives: Canada Immigration Lawyers and/or Immigration Consultants 
www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/representative/rep-who.asp

[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.


Consumer Protection / Complaints in use of Immigration Consultants or Immigration Lawyers

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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Canada Embassy & Counsulate Offices Around the World

See the Department of Foreign Affairs web site for their listings of embassies
www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/world/embassies/menu-en.asp



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Twenty Questions to Ask - Before You Hire a Lawyer

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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Canada Immigration Law as a Preferred Area of Practice

The Law Society of BC has lawyers who have stated a particular "preferred area of practiceCanada 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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Canada Immigration Research and Statistics

"Find the latest research and statistical information on citizenship and immigration trends." [quote from Research and Statistics fr. Citizenship & Immigration Canada [Government Web Site]

Canada Immigration Government Policy and Regulations

" 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

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) | Agence des services frontaliers du Canada

  • "The CBSA is an integral component in enhancing Canada's national security.  We will build on the success of the Canada-United States Smart Border Declaration to ensure the twin goals of public safety and economic security." [quote fr. website 050121] www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

Canadian Lawyers - Exemplars of Practice Profiles

Jeffery S. Lowe, Canada Immigration & Business Lawyer, Vancouver BC

photo Jeffrey Lowe in office overlooking False Creek in Vancouver

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:

  • Overview of Canadian Investor Immigrant Program:  Washington State Bar Association: 1990
  • Canada Business Immigration Law: B.C. Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 1994
  • Canada Business Immigration from the People's Republic of China: BC Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 1994
  • Canada Business Immigration for non-Immigration Lawyers: BC Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 1998
  • Canada Investor Immigration Update: Immigration Lawyers Subsection, Canadian Bar Association, 1998
  • Proposed Immigration Regulations Change Provisions For Foreign Religious and Charitable Workers: Canadian Council of Christian Charities, April 2002

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
Canada
phone: (604) 875-9338
e-mail: info@canadavisalaw.com
web-site: CanadaVisaLaw.com


Multi-Lingual Realtors in Vancouver & Victoria, BC

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.

www.sellsyourhome.com
see some of their work at Metrotown.info Vancouver Real Estate

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. 

This site is not endorsed by web sites to which it provides links to, unless otherwise noted, where a particular lawyer has volunteered to become a content contributor.

Credits
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Errors or Omissions

If any lawyer-firm notes that we have made an error or omission in our mention of them on this web site, please send us email with the appropriate information. 

 
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Canada Immigration & Work Permits Help For
Applicants and Employers

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


Photo skilled tradesmen working on condos near 12th & Cambie in Vancouver - skilled trades workers and employers assisted by Canada Work Permits - CLICK FOR experienced lawyers and business consultants Lowe  & Company 777 West Broadway

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

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 Jujita, immigration consultant, fluent in Japanese and English, former staff member of Japanese consulate in Singapore, now in Vancouver, BC with Lowe & Co.  www.canadavisalaw.com

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  and manager  of team  services at Lowe & Co. in Vancouver,  BC

Rita Cheng, registered Canada Immigration Consultant, see more info at www.canadavisalaw.com/about-us


Vivien Lee, is both a Registered Canada Immigration Consultant but is a Notary Public, - has over 20 years experience in the field of Canada Immigration services

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





Sarah N. Goodman, Bachelor of Business Administration, Juris Doctorate,  immigrationl-business and employment lawyer in Victoria BC

· 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...