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Posts by Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association.

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How to Hire Foreign Workers With An LMIA

By Michael NirenDecember 20, 2021
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In most cases, employers are required to get government approval before hiring foreign workers now called a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) formerly known as a Labour Market Opinion (LMO). An LMIA is issued in cases where a Canadian employer is unable to fill the position with a local Canadian worker. The main means of […]

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Why Are People Denied Entry to the US?

By Michael NirenApril 25, 2018
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Many travelers are surprised to find out that people can be denied entry to the United States and are even more surprised when it happens to them. But the truth is, people are denied entry to the United States every single day and for a variety of different reasons. When someone is denied entry to […]

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Was Your Canada Study Permit Refused? Understand Your Options

By Michael NirenFebruary 17, 2022
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The Coronavirus has affected International Students and Canadian Study Permits in a few different ways. Canada is still accepting all Study Permit applications! Those looking to enter Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic must self-isolate for 14 days after arriving in Canada.Find out more information on Studying in Canada during the Coronavirus pandemic. After being accepted […]

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Secrets to a Successful Canada Tourist Visa 2022

By Michael NirenDecember 17, 2021
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Receiving a Canadian Visitor Visa has been affected by the Coronavirus outbreak at this time, but you can start working on these steps now! To protect Canadians from the outbreak of COVID 19, the Prime Minister announced travel restrictions that will limit travel to Canada. Until further notice, most people cannot travel to Canada, even […]

Important Changes to the Express Entry Program 2016

By Michael NirenDecember 2, 2016

The government of Canada has introduced a major change in its express entry category. As you know, express entry is a key category for the applicant who would like to immigrate to Canada. Its requirements are based on your skill, experience, and education, and it has attracted many applicants around the world. Many have been […]

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3 Reasons Why Your L-1 Visa Could Get Rejected in 2022

By Michael NirenDecember 17, 2021
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Does your company need specialized knowledge of one of its employees from a branch outside of the US? An L-1 visa enables you to bring just such an employee over. There are two types of L-1 Visas: the L-1A and the L-1B. However, just because you’ve got a compelling case for bringing over an employee […]

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Trump and the Future of Immigration Under NAFTA

By Michael NirenDecember 7, 2020
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*Update June 22: President Trump has suspended several US Work Visas but the work visa under NAFTA is not affected. The TN visa is still open and accepting applications. Uncertainty and confusion continue to fill the air following Donald Trump’s win of the 2016 US Presidential Election last week. One area quite inflated with such […]

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What Are the LMIA Application Fees and Wait Times?

By Michael NirenJanuary 6, 2021
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If you’re planning on hiring foreign workers under Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), you most likely need a labour market impact assessment (LMIA). And if you’ve never applied for one before, you most likely have a number of questions about the LMIA requirements as well as the process. How much does it cost? How […]

Need Immigration Help? Make sure you do your homework first.

By Michael NirenNovember 10, 2016

By Whitney Luna With the news of Donald  Trump winning the US election, our office has received an influx of calls from Americans considering their options for  immigration to Canada.  The day after the election, our intake staff booked many consultations with American citizens within the first hour of business.  Many were claiming that they didn’t […]

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How 4 Years of President Trump Could Affect Canada

By Michael NirenAugust 8, 2020

It’s been said that when America sneezes, Canada comes down with a cold. Many people have that in mind in light of the recent election results, in which Donald Trump became president of the US. Millions of Canadians are asking themselves right now what a Trump presidency means for Canada. Within hours of Trump’s election, […]

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Trump Wins the Presidency and the Canadian Government’s Immigration Site Crashes

By Michael NirenAugust 8, 2020

What a night! On the eve of the election of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump beats Hillary Clinton for the presidency against all odds. The political pundits were united in their predictions that Clinton would handily win this one….but they were wrong. As millions watched the media networks tally up […]

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“If Trump Wins I’m Moving to Canada” — Here’s How to Do it

By Michael NirenNovember 9, 2016
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*** UPDATE: This post was originally written on March 11, 2016. As of November 8, 2016, Donald Trump is now the President-elect of the United States of America. If this is reason enough for you to consider immigrating to Canada, please scroll down to “What Types of Visas Are Available?” for more information. *** Donald […]

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Canada May See 320,000 New Permanent Residents in 2017. What Does This Mean?

By Michael NirenAugust 8, 2020

Canada may see 320,000 new permanent residents in 2017. What does this mean? The general population mostly won’t notice, but these numbers may impact those seeking work in Canada. How will this impact Foreign Workers? Foreign workers will have to try and maximize their Comprehensive Ranking System (“CRS”) points (i.e. enhance language skills and education […]

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Why You Will Love Canada’s Immigration Laws for Same Sex Marriage

By Michael NirenJuly 20, 2020
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Being in a same-sex relationship presents challenges: you’re faced with prejudices of others and discrimination against you and your partner, all while trying to live as a couple and make your partnership work. And if you live in a country that doesn’t allow same-sex marriage laws, you’re most likely the target of bigotry at the […]

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5 Mistakes People Make When Moving From Canada to the USA

By Michael NirenAugust 9, 2020

There are many reasons to move from Canada to the United States, such as the larger economy south of the border, or to marry a US citizen. The cultures are similar in many ways, and the nations are very friendly with one another, which can create the illusion that immigrating to the USA from Canada […]

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Eddie de Witt

When you get the opportunity to go to the US for work from abroad, then I would say VisaPlace would be your best option to get all your documents in place. My 5 star feedback is based on the help I received from Danielle Grbic as she was really professional, I would straight away ask for Danielle to be in charge of your process. From the time that Danielle took over my case I felt confident that it will go well and at the end it went smoother than expected. On my own I would never have been able to get this internal work transfer done as a L1 visa and was best for the professionals to take charge. After arriving in the US, Danielle was still happy to assist with documents and advise. A huge thanks to Danielle and VisaPlace

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Sweet Ness

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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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