We often get calls from US immigration attorneys from New York, Miami, Texas, California and other US cities asking about options for their clients for Canadian immigration and visas. The typical scenario we encounter in discussions with these attorneys is that their clients are out of options when it comes to US immigration and they are now at the point of looking “elsewhere” for solutions.
By the way, the term “attorney” is an American term. Here in Canada we call ourselves “lawyers” or “barristers and solicitors” . Our American colleagues still call us attorneys anyway but we know what they mean 🙂
Canada’s immigration system, while similar in may respects to the American system (especially when it comes to NAFTA cases), has many features that simply do not exist under US Immigration rules. The Canadian immigration categories available to clients are expansive and can serve as viable alternatives for people stuck in the US with no legal place to go.
For instance, US attorneys can consider the skilled worker category where a Canadian job offer is not always necessary to qualify. The skilled worker category is for applicants who have the experience and education in one of 38 occupations on a designated occupation list. In addition to the skilled worker category, there are other immigrant options including business immigration and family immigration categories. For the non-immigrant candidates or temporary resident applicants, we have our own rules pertaining to visitation, work and study permits, all of which may be the way to go for your clients.
Canadian immigration and visa law can indeed be the solution US attorneys are looking for when it comes to hard cases for their US based clients and even for clients not located in the US. We at Niren and Associates immigration law firm enjoy working with our US colleagues towards finding immigration solutions for their clients.
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