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Welcome to VisaPlace! Founded by Toronto immigration lawyer Michael Niren, VisaPlace is a key resource for all your US and Canadian immigration needs. This website is your go-to source for the latest immigration and visa news and programs. We work with an experienced team of immigration lawyers and licensed consultants to provide quality and affordable visa services. Our team helps you understand your options so you can make well informed decisions based on an analysis of your situation and credentials. A consultation is the best way to get started on your path to immigration.

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Christopher Miller

Thank you for guiding us through this complicated process. Although the first part of our process with Visaplace we felt was slow, they turned it around. In the end we had a good experience with their attorney, she was determined to get it right and deserves to be commended.

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Michael Klaper

I was very pleased with the service provided to me by VisaPlace. Felicita was professional and persistent, even contacting my employer to help fill out the Employer Portal. She went the extra mile and prepared a package of forms and documentation that let my wife and I breeze through the Canada Border Services process and be issued Canadian work permits.I feel I definitely got my money’s worth with these people.
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Laurence Arpin

Successfully obtained my US L1 Visa thanks to Visaplace. We had some problems with document retrieval at first but they’d been there before and guided us through. Highly recommended.

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Barb Petruzzi

Bansuri was wonderful! She was so helpful and made me feel more comfortable about the process. Give her a raise! She deserves it and I thank her for the help.

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Bansuri helped us book our consultation at Visaplace. She was very professional and super friendly and had a good array of knowledge to guide us to the right legal attorney. Highly recommend giving Visaplace a call. Thanks Bansuri!

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Zachary McGillivray

Anis was super helpful with a great attitude, he took extra care to make sure we had all the correct information and even called me back to ensure everything was in order. I can confirm, Anis is a true professional with his work.

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Hina Patel

A while ago, I consulted with Mansi Sanghvi regarding my Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) application. She assisted in clarifying my doubts and instilled confidence in me. I subsequently received my nomination. I extend my gratitude to Mansi for her invaluable assistance. I wholeheartedly recommend her, as She possesses considerable experience and demonstrates generosity. Thank you Mansi!

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Subhro Mitra

Absolutely amazing service. I would specifically like to mention Ponle Ojemakinde – she, as the Barrister / Team Leader from Visaplace, has been our guardian Angel through the entire process and exemplified what “customer delight” truly means! She was amazing, and I do hope that she gets the recognition in VisaPlace that she truly deserves.

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Mark R. Post

My new life is possible because of working with Visaplace. they took my case and knew exactly how to achieve the goals I’d set for myself and my family. Kind and courteous and got the job done.

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James C. Starkes

I got my US L1 Visa through them, pretty smooth process. We weren’t sure they’d take our case as we had some issues with retrieving some documents, but they worked with us on getting everything we needed. Recommend.

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Michael H. Perry

I express deep appreciation to VisaPlace for their unwavering commitment in securing my visa successfully. Their unmatched professionalism has left me thoroughly satisfied with the results.

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Severina Tedford

Allow me to express that our case proved to be more complex than initially anticipated. However, Aisha and Reena provided unwavering support throughout the entire process. At each juncture, they offered clear guidance on necessary actions, guiding us through the intricacies we couldn’t navigate independently. While the procedure proved more intricate than expected, our legal team maintained close communication, ensuring we were well-informed and adequately prepared. Confronted with challenges, they approached them with a positive attitude, instilling confidence through their professionalism and competence. I wholeheartedly recommend their services. While moments of stress were inevitable, their assurance and ability to convey that confidence were instrumental. Reflecting on the experience, I am certain we would not have succeeded without their assistance, or at the very least, the journey would have been significantly prolonged.

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Very impressed. We had an application that was not straightforward, but our legal team put us at ease at every step of the way. I can’t imagine what the process would have been like without their help. Highly competent and reliable. If you’re trying to avoid a lot of headaches and grief, this is the firm you want in your corner.

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John E. Raabe

I extend immense gratitude to VisaPlace for their dedicated efforts in successfully obtaining my visa!! Their unmatched professionalism has left me absolutely satisfied with the results.

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Daniel Amoakoh

VisaPlace offers professional guidance that will lead to successful visa acquisition and immigration to North America if obeyed. The staff is very caring and thoroughly discusses your case to find the best path for your application. My favorite is Mansi Sanghvi. I appreciate your support, VisaPlace.

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Common Immigration Questions

Is there a difference between lawyer and attorney?

No. Generally speaking an attorney is a person who is a member of the legal profession while a lawyer is someone who is trained in the field of law and provides advice.

Are you open during the Coronavirus pandemic/lockdown?

Yes! VisaPlace is 100% open during the COVID-19 pandemic. US and Canadian immigration are still accepting applications and inviting foreigners to apply so this is the best time to apply! All of our immigration consultations are done in a socially distant manner.

Do I need to hire an immigration lawyer?

Hiring an experienced lawyer or a law firm can help minimize mistakes and improve chance of successfully getting a visa. In many immigration situations you do not want to risk representing yourself or applying without the advice of an experienced immigration professional. Failing to work with an immigration lawyer can lead to wasted money, wasted time, and frustration.

How much does an immigration attorney cost?

The cost of hiring an immigration attorney varies depending on the services you are requesting. Typically you will pay for the processing fees which are assigned by the government and then you pay for the service of the lawyer or attorney which they will give you during the consultation. During your initial consultation with the immigration consultant be sure to ask for an estimate so that you will know how much you are required to pay.

Should I only work with an immigration lawyer near me?

Although most of our immigration lawyers are based in our office in midtown Toronto, we can help you immigrate to Canada or the US from anywhere in the world. Whether you’re in the GTA or overseas, our immigration consultants can communicate by phone or video conferencing. This allows us to help people from the comfort of their home or office. We can accommodate any client with their preferred method of communication.

What is the difference between an immigration lawyer or an immigration consultant?

An immigration lawyer acts as an advisor and counselor for foreign citizens and immigrants. Green card lawyers provide aid when dealing with visa applications, permanent residency, citizenship, and naturalization. Immigration lawyers represent their clients and help mediate communication between them and immigration authorities. They also represent their clients in an immigration hearing.

An immigration consultant is an individual who provides assistance to immigrants. This assistance can be with filing applications, filing a petition, gathering the required documentation for their application, or helping to find a translator. Canadian consultants are licensed by the IRCC, a certification all of our consultants have.

How do I start my immigration process?

If you would like to start your process but you are not ready to hire an immigration lawyer then you can fill out our free online immigration questionnaire. Here you can fill in our immigration goals and let us know a bit more about you. We will be able to tell if you are eligible for immigration then reach out to you to book a consultation.

How do I get immigration advice?

Your first step is to book a consultation with an immigration professional to start mapping out the steps to complete your immigration journey. We will help you understand you eligibility and the best path to complete your immigration goals. Book a consultation now!

Is there a difference between a US and a Canadian immigration lawyer?

Yes, the United States and Canada are two completely different countries, who both have different rules and regulations involving immigration. Our immigration lawyers have the experience and knowledge to lead you in the right direction whether you are interested in US or Canadian immigration.

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