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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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Daren Saldanha

Great preliminary consultation meeting with Manasi. She offered good immigration options keeping my requirements in mind and answered any queries I could think of. Would definitely consider going ahead with her for my immigration needs.

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Tanisha Merchant

I had an incredibly easy and convenient experience at VisaPlace! Mansi, who assisted me, was extremely friendly and patient. She provided immediate solutions and was exceptionally kind. Immigration issues can be very challenging, but Mansi made me feel understood and supported, sharing in my struggle and making the process much easier for me. I highly recommend this place!

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VisaPlace is truly a one-stop shop for all things related to visas, work permits, and anything having to do with immigration. It’s so nice having to deal with only one team at one firm for all the paperwork and government requirements. Convenient!

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Marilyn T.

I give VisaPlace the top possible rating for their commitment to my case! Their service was incredible. They were very attentive to me. The fees were about average. Overall, I rate them quite highly.

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VisaPlace is a super impressive operation. Amazing service. Many experts on staff with a huge knowledge of the law. They broke everything down for me and made the whole process easy to understand. I have nothing but good things to day about them.

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Mark Collen

My initial call was much more informative and helpful than I had imagined it could be. It’s a daunting task to undertake moving to another country, and it was very useful to be able to discuss it with someone who is clear thinking, capable, articulate as well as patient. Well worth it!

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Yash Patel

I recently booked an appointment for immigration consultancy through VisaPlace, and I am thoroughly impressed with their service. Anis Doba, who assisted me over the phone, was exceptionally helpful and pleasant. He made the entire process smooth and efficient, demonstrating a high level of professionalism and customer care.

Anis patiently answered all my questions, provided clear information, and ensured I understood the next steps. His friendly demeanor and thorough knowledge significantly alleviated my concerns and made me feel confident about the consultancy process.

I highly recommend VisaPlace to anyone seeking immigration consultancy. Their staff, especially Anis Doba, exemplifies excellent customer service and expertise. Thank you, VisaPlace, for a great experience!

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John Espinosa

My experience with Visaplace has been excellent. I’ve received prompt and accurate assistance at a very fair price. Fadi and Mansi were knowledgeable, professional and extremely courteous. Immigration issues are not easy to deal with. Having VisaPlace behind you certainly makes the various processes so much easy to deal with.

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Susan A

Mansi was a helpful guide through the complex procedures involved in my application. I can’t imagine trying to get through the process alone. I highly recommend the services of VisaPlace to anyone needing help getting the proper documents to attend school in Canada

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Gillian A. Williams

This firm is effective. The people who work here are knowledgeable and attentive. From the first consultation right up until my case was resolved, they made sure I knew what was happening. It’s not an exaggeration to say that without their help, I probably would not have gained entry into Canada.

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Donna J.

Navigating the immigration system is intimidating. I was glad to have the reprs from VisaPlace on my side through the whole process. they did a wonderful job explaining every step to me and preparing me for what to expect. I can’t thank them enough!

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Mary Connin

Bansuri was very helpful in explaining the reason she was asking me certain questions about my upcoming appointment. She was polite, clear and persuasive – excellent qualities for someone who does her job, and really a great first impression for The visa Place. Thank you, Bansuri.

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My interaction with Brenda was cordial and professional, she understood what I needed and made sure that I got all my questions answered. Dumb thing to say maybe but I felt her smile coming through the phone. Thank you Brenda!

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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.
Michael Klaper, M.D.


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.

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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