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My Immigration Lawyer “Screwed Up”

Immigration Lawyer problems, can they be fixed?

I hired an immigration lawyer to handle my application for permanent residence to Canada. He prepared all the paperwork, got me to sign the forms, and submitted the application. I thought everything was ok. However a few months later, I received the entire application back in the mail from the Canadian government with a cover letter stating that the application was mailed to the wrong immigration office and that my application could not be processed. What’s more, they also told me that the incorrect fee was enclosed.

Needless to say this news caused me a great deal of stress. When I asked my lawyer about this he blamed the government stating that this sort of thing happens all of the time! Well I don’t see how this was the governments fault and here I am with an unfilled application and out of pocket thousands due to my lawyer’s screw up.

What do I do now? I’m really concerned.


I’m sorry to hear about your ordeal. Based on what you described it does indeed appear that your lawyer dropped the ball. Depending on the specific type of permanent resident application you applied for and your own place of residence, there would be a certain immigration office that would take you application. The applicable government fees are clearly outlined and can be found on the CIC website at www.cic.gc.ca

If you have not already done so, I would approach your lawyer and demand an explanation in writing as to what went wrong here. Further, you should consider seeking alternative legal assistance as such a mistake is inexcusable. The good news is that you are still able to submit your PR application again but make sure it is handled properly this time!

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Published on: May 29th, 2010Published by: Michael Niren

Why Immigrants Settle in Toronto? Here are 10 Reasons.


10 Reasons Immigrants Settle in Toronto

Toronto is a great place live. Many native Torontonians sadly take our fair city for granted.  Sometimes it take recent immigrants to remind us about how good we have it. Many immigrants have come from places which are lacking in basic infrastructure, culture and general standard of living. They cherish their new found home and remind us vets of why Toronto is a major immigration destination worldwide.

True, Toronto, while like many large cities has its share of problems: high taxes, pollution, congestion etc. However, unlike many of its counter-parts, Toronto has some unique benefits not found in other North American cities. So let’s highlight our “Toronto Top Ten:”

1. Residential Neighborhoods in the heart of the city. What city boasts residential real estate next to city living? Unlike places like New York you can have it both ways in Toronto. Big cities, good schools and parks rolled into one.

2. Low Crime Rate: Toronto is known for its low crime. When a violent crime occurs it makes the news–usually the front page.

3. Harmonious multicultural population. So many people from different backgrounds all living and working together. If only the rest of the world was like that.

4. Economic hub. Here’s where the merger and acquisitions, head offices, and big law firms reside. (too many lawyers: mmm, maybe that’s not a good thing)

5.  Great cuisine and entertainment. Next to New York, Los Angeles, and London, Toronto is the largest centre for the Arts in the world. The Toronto Film Festival attracts the “IT crowd” from Hollywood every year.

6. Cheap Residential Real Estate. Ok I am going to get a lot of flack for this one. But when compared to other cosmopolitan cities, Toronto housing prices are indeed more affordable. Believe it or not.

7. Government stability. Again a controversial one. But compared to other places especially outside the US and Canada, Toronto is virtually corrupt-free.

8.  A true cosmopolitan city. Toronto’s multiculturalism combined with its economic clout translates into a world class affair on the scale of New York, Paris and London.

9. Stable Climate. Yes its cold in the winter and humid in the summer here. But hurricanes, tsunamis  and earthquakes are things virtually foreign to Torontonians. Let’s keep it that way.

10.  People. After all a city is it’s people. Torontonians are busy; they are rushed and sometimes reserved. But they are nice to the core, tolerant and accepting. Smile and they will smile back 🙂

Published on: March 14th, 2010Published by: Michael Niren

Corporate Immigration Lawyer: Working with HR Professionals

How a Corporate Immigration Lawyer can help your company

We have written about the role of the corporate immigration lawyer in dealing with applications for work permits and employee transfers to Canada and the US.  But in addition to handling the immigration “paper-work” , an equally important component to managing the movement of employees across borders is to understand the needs and expectations of the Human Resource or HR professionals that are often on the front line when it comes to these visa applications.

HR professionals are  under enormous pressure to deliver and get results in terms of visa processing for employees. Their mandates are directed from other managers or executives within their organizations who sometimes have no concept of the inner-workings of visa processing. The ‘details” such as time lines, paper work, qualification issues and costs are left to HR to deal with and understand.  From the HR perspective then, their task is to get the job done to meet company expectations and fend for themselves. Well they are not alone!

As immigration lawyers and attorneys, we consider HR professionals to be are our partners in the process. We have a common objective: to get the job done as painlessly as possible.  However, to succeed it is important, as a law firm, to understand the specific mandates HR has with respect to a given file. Sometimes expectations are not realistic or too ambitious. Therefore discussing the immigration reality with HR is a must. Processing times, volume of paperwork and other factors will impact the Visa processing so this information must be communicated clearly and honestly. If all parties are on the same team with respect to what to expect, then you are assured a much smoother process and a more favorable outcome.

Contact us to learn more about our Corporate Immigration Lawyer services

As corporate immigration lawyers, we rely on our HR partners towards getting results for their employees. Our working relationship with HR is as essential as the visa paperwork itself and we have found that approaching the cases as a team effort is the best approach in managing corporate immigration issues.

Published on: February 25th, 2010Published by: Michael Niren