Understanding of Your Needs as a Corporate Immigration Client

Our cross-border Visa services involve a comprehensive understanding and analysis of our Client’s needs before implementation. Once we know what is required, we develop a creative, cost-effective Immigration Plan, managed by our highly trained and specialized immigration professionals. We work closely with our Clients, government officials, and other stakeholders to ensure a seamless Visa process.

Our law firm has been providing global mobility solutions for over 14 years and we would welcome the opportunity to serve our Clients and its employees with their cross-border needs.

We believe we are uniquely positioned to assist Companies of all sizes with their Global Mobility needs for the following reasons:

1. Proven global team with accreditation and experience:

Michael Niren - Immigration Lawyer

Michael Niren, the founding partner, has been providing immigration and visa services to global industry leaders in the varying fields including technology, natural resources, finance and industrial products.

He has been invited to speak on a wide range of immigration topics and has been featured in many national and international publications including Canadian Business, the Globe and Mail and Canadian Lawyer.

Michael has served as a past member of the Canadian Bar Association, Immigration Section and is an Associate member of the American Bar Association.

Asher Frankel - Immigration Lawyer

Asher Frankel is a senior member of the Firm with over 25 years experience in corporate immigration law. Asher is a licensed member of the Bars of Ontario and Florida and is a registered Foreign Legal Consultant (FLC) with the Law Society of Upper Canada enabling him to service Clients on both sides of the borders.

Asher served as the past executive member of the CBA Citizenship and Immigration Law Section, past chair of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA) Canada chapter, and past member of AILA’s CBP liaison committee. He has also lectured extensively in Canada and the US on various aspects of immigration law, including comparative immigration law, at the LSUC, CBA, AILA annual conferences, AILA regional conferences, and local state bar immigration law conferences.

Has substantial experience assisting with employee mobility of multinational companies with worldwide operations in numerous industrial sectors. Finally, Asher has published numerous articles on Canadian, US and comparative immigration law in many prestigious immigration law publications.

Fadi Minawi - Immigration Lawyer

Fadi Minawi is one of our US Attorneys who heads up our US corporate immigration team.

Fadi is admitted to the State Bar of New York and is a licensed FLC with the Law Society of Upper Canada. Fadi specializes in corporate immigration including relocation, expansion, work visas and investment.

He also serves as the current Media Liaison Representative for AILA.

Our team also includes over 20 immigration professionals consisting of lawyers, senior paralegals, quality assurance and project management personnel. Together we form one of the largest and dynamic immigration firms in Canada.

2. Approach to Immigration Services: Creative, Cost-Effective and Compliant

We consider our approach unique in the industry. We leverage case management technology, Continuing Legal Education and a strong value system to empower our people. Quality immigration Services are an essential component to a company’s growth, reputation and overall deliver ability. Our Firm takes our Client’s needs very seriously and approaches each Visa application from the perspective of ensuring efficient cross border transitions are smooth and always meet regulatory requirements.

We get results by consistently keeping our teams current on the latest developments in the law, training them to think creatively, employing a robust case management system designed to process large case volumes and relying on an internal quality control hierarchy. Our Visa processes have been scaled to accommodate large caseloads, urgent matters and complex immigration applications. And when the need arises for specialized attention for a given case, our senior lawyers are always on hand to troubleshoot and resolve the issue quickly. Our approach can best be described as “Going Beyond the Borders”.

3. Competitive Pricing

We are dedicated to providing our clients with competitive and flexible pricing models. This is especially the case for our premier clients offering large file volumes. As requested in the RFP, we have outlined our proposed fee structure and have offered options to ensure that sufficient flexibility is built in to meet your needs. Our visa processing systems have been scaled to allow for what we consider very competitive rates without sacrificing quality of service. We understand that economies of scale apply to pricing. Making sure that our Clients get good value not only in terms of results but also in pricing are key objectives of our firm.

4. Global Reach

We are proud of our consistent growth especially over the last few years. While our head office is located in central Toronto, we serve a worldwide clientele and have expanded nationally and throughout the US with offices in Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. In the US, we have offices in New York, Chicago and Miami. Our expansion has enabled us to provide local representation where needed, especially for complex out of province cross border matters. Our regional offices are supported by locally engaged, experienced lawyers who are licensed and insured in their respective jurisdictions. Our regional structure combined with our technology driven internal processes allow us to effectively represent clients nationally and internationally. We therefore are especially equipped to service clients who themselves have a global reach.

5. Shared commitment to corporate responsibility

Our Firm and its employees has been involved in a number of initiatives in an attempt to give back to the community. For example, we are regular donors and event participants for the Hospital for Sick Children, Cardiac Kids Foundation. We also engage in pro bono work dedicating our time to those in need of immigration services but who are unable to afford them. As an acknowledgement of our own CR, we have been awarded the 2010 “Top Choice” Award for the Top Immigration Law Firm in the GTA. This award recognizes not only quality service but also a commitment to the larger community.

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"VisaPlace referred us to a great law firm and great lawyers. All I can say is "thank you" for getting my visa quickly. VisaPlace knew exactly what kind of legal team could help where other's couldn't. The fees were reasonable and everything went smoothly. Thank you for everything! I would highly recommend VisaPlace and the immigration attorneys they work with to anyone wishing to move to Canada or to the US."
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