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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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Peter Gianakas

I had a great experience with Andrew Diamond from The Visa Place. Andrew was very knowledgable and helped us every step of the way. When we had a discrepancy with my spouse’s Visa Andrew helped us navigate the system in the USA. He even offered to speak directly to the customs and border control officer to help us iron out the situation. Overall the experience was very good and smooth. I highly recommend Andrew and his services at The Visa Place.

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Vanessa Gomes

I spoke with Lilly last week and she’s incredible. Very informative and you can tell she definably cares about her job. She wasn’t pushy at all and she’s there to help you figure out if this service is right for you. I’d recommend contacting VisaPlace if you’re thinkin of traveling internationally and you have questions about the different types of permits.

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TK B

Great firm. They helped me with my visa at a reasonable cost. They were very responsive and most importantly compassionate about my situation. I have no hesitation to recommend them to others

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Nirmal Singh

Really the best immigration law firm. I got visa with their help, they helped me at every step. They answered every single question. I ‘d recommend 10/10

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Krista Sparkes

Extremely satisfied with the professionalism, expertise, efficiency, speed and thoroughness at which my file was managed. Fadi & Danielle are true class acts! Their response times were fantastic (especially during a high-stress period), their quality of work was phenomenal, and their willingness to go the extra mile (without hidden costs, no less!) to prepare me for my work permit interview was unmatched. I strongly recommend VisaPlace to anyone seeking legal counsel as it relates to cross-border services. Highest Regards, Krista

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ksaumure

Very good personal experience with this law firm. I am a Canadian and had overstayed a visa in the US and received a bar. Attorneys and staff were extremely knowledgeable. I was given accurate information with no false hopes. My case was completed and approved 3 months faster than expected. Overall, very satisfied with this firm and would highly recommend them. When you are in need of immigration assistance, it can be grave and critical to get help from someone who can be trusted – this firm is certainly trustworthy and will do whatever they can to get your case approved.

EDIT: Another great experience 5 years later with waiver renewal/lifting of my bar from the US. Very reasonable fees for the challenge of dealing with US immigration during Covid and new immigration laws. Another successful outcome with only a minor snag (not related to lawfirm). My bar was lifted and I am now free to travel to the US at will. Very satisfied.

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Allan Karumazondo

Thank You VisaPlace for your assistance in my study permit and a special mention To Alejandra,Nadia,Victoria and Khushboo . You are professional and make the process so easy and you provided me with answers to my questions through out the process. Thank you and I recommend you try this guys they are a team of professionals

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Duncan Chau

I had a great experience with visaplace. From start to finish, the team was very detailed with walking me on every step of the process. I would highly recommend using their service. My TN case was not easy, however they provided all the option and we were able to achieve the results. Thank you Danielle and Fadi.

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Tanvi Khanna

Literally the best immigration law firm. I was in touch with Nadia and although there were some delays in submitting my application initially (through no fault of Nadia or anyone at the firm) it has been genuinely such a great experience. Nadia guided me through every step of the way and was punctual, friendly and charismatic. She helped me with my work permit and my permanent residence application. She answered every single question promptly and with great knowledge on the matter! Literally stuck through me through the toughest time of my life and told me I’ll be okay. You don’t get this anywhere else! Tons of love to you guys! 10/10 would recommend

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Cornelius Unger

I would definitely recommend this place. I hade to get a waiver to do cross border trucking. And they where able to help me get my wavier fast.

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irvin perez

I would like to acknowledge the productive assistance of lawyer Luka Vukelic and Ms. Karina. Our case is so complex yet we got our PR in just 4 months. They did really well and good during the preparation stage and all throughout until we received the PR portal request. Thank you so much…

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Forrest Houku

Nadia, Alejandra and the whole team took what would have been a stressful process and made it quick and virtually painless! It was very comforting to know our application was in highly skilled and professional hands so we could focus on other aspects of our move. Everyone we communicated with was friendly and more than happy to answer any of our questions or concerns. Big thanks to the VisaPlace team!

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Gül Batmaz

Many thanks to Nadia and Alejandra for their interest and kind approach. From the first day to the last day, they were friendly and professional. They answered all our questions and helped us whenever we need… Even during the difficult covid process, I was able to get my visa as soon as possible, my application was finalized at the time they said. My fiancee and I feel so lucky to have found this company. Thanks a lot again.

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Mushtaq Bala

VisaPlace is an amazing law firm. They are most knowledgeable, compassionate, caring and kind. I wish to especially convey my deep appreciation and gratitude for the kindness, representation, expertise, compassion and communication i received from Shiv Kapoor and Dennis Chung from VisaPlace. They are highly skilled. erudite, learned and well read professionals. They are Subject Matter Experts who are also very humane and care a lot for their clients. I would strongly recommend these distinguished lawyers for any immigration matters and representation. Their approach, knowledge,their thoroughness, compassion,attention to detail and stellar customer service is like a breath of fresh air.They are very meticulous and an absolute delight to work with and have them represent you. Thanks a million Shiv and Dennis. You are magnificent.

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Ohia Michael

The Team were amazing, smart and professional in helping to process my TR to PR pathway. 💯 recommend them. And now I been confirmed a full permanent resident of Canada.

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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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