IRMA
ROBERTS

Irma Roberts has years of experience dealing with the complex process associated with immigration applications. Not only is she a skilled lawyer, she has a thorough understanding of the most recent changes in the government’s rules and regulations surrounding immigration laws in Canada.

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Why USE A LAWYER TO FACILITATE THE PROCESS


Understanding the forms and application process is complex and time consuming;

Hiring a lawyer will help you submit a professional and complete application;

Organizing your professional life to accommodate the time it takes to complete an application in a correct and timely fashion may not be possible; and

Submitting the essential documents to Immigration Canada is necessary if you do not want to delay the processing of your visa application.


Starting in January 2017, if you want to sponsor your parents or grandparents, you must start by completing an online form and submitting it to Immigration Canada. This year, sponsors were chosen at random from among those who completed the online process.
These changes were made as part of the government’s commitment to fairness and transparency and to improve people’s access to the application process. Before, sponsors had to rush to apply in January when the program re-opened, which led some applicants to pay higher courier fees in an attempt to secure their spot.

Currently this program is closed and should reopen in 2018. Despite this change, parents and grandparents may be eligible to visit Canada for up to two years under the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa. This visa is valid for up to 10 years and allows an applicant to remain in Canada for up to 24 consecutive months without the need for renewal of their status.

Immigration Appeal

The Immigration Appeal Division (IAD) hears and decides on appeals regarding immigration matters (for example: Appeals from those whose sponsorship applications were refused). If you have received a Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) refusal letter, it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Within each letter contains the written reasons for refusal. A lawyer will help you file a Notice of Appeal at the Registry Office of the IAD, so it is received no later than thirty (30) days after that date of the refusal letter.

Federal Appeal

Under Canada’s immigration law, you can ask the Federal Court of Canada to review decisions related to immigration. Only lawyers can represent you in the Federal Court.
In some cases, there are deadlines by which you are allowed to apply for review by the Federal Court.
Review by the Federal Court is a two-stage process. In the first stage, which is known as the “leave” stage, the Court reviews the documents related to your case. You must show the Court that an error was made in the decision, or the decision was not fair or reasonable.
There are strict timelines to commence an action in Federal court.

The various Provincial Nominee programs have Business or Entrepreneur Programs. Unfortunately, it is not available in Alberta.

Owner-operator
In any province, you could also consider starting a business as an owner-operator. This application will not be submitted to a Provincial Nominee Program.

Service Canada will consider many factors before issuing a labour market opinion which you need to apply for a work permit.

  • Is the work likely to create a viable business that will benefit Canadian or workers or provide economic stimulus?
  • Does the applicant have a particular background or skills that will improve the viability of the business?
  • Is there a business plan that clearly shows that the applicant has taken steps to initiate their business?
  • Has the applicant taken some measure to put the business plan in action (showing evidence of having the financial ability to begin the business and pay expenditures, renting space, having a staffing plan, obtaining a business number, showing ownership documents or agreements, etc.)?

There is not minimum amount to invest but realistically the cost of setting up a new business may be similar to what Provincial Nominees programs require. However, it will depend on the type of business.

As an owner-operator, you will have to apply for a work permit. We can explain this process in detail to you. We will also explain the path to permanent residency to you.

Self-employed Person

  • If you have done the following for a certain period of time you may qualify to immigrate to Canada.
  • Taken part in cultural activities or athletics at a world-class level;
  • Been self-employed in cultural activities or athletics; or
  • Experience managing a farm.
Express Entry

  • Federal Skilled Worker: based on your occupation as a physician
    • Did you know you can apply in this category without working or being licensed as a physician in Canada?
  • Canadian Experience Class: this may be an option if you have worked in Canada and you are unsure where you want to work in the future (for example: completing a residency or starting a fellowship)
  • Some provinces can Nominate you for express entry
  • Federal Trades Category.

Temporary Permits
We can assist you with any application to obtain a study permit, visitors visa or work permit application. These permits are essentially applications to extend your stay in Canada .

  • Provincial Nominee Applicants: if you are working in a province and have a permanent job offer, have studied in Canada, and have a qualification which is in demand or if you want to start a business in Canada, you should consider this route. Each province has their own specific criteria and it is important to discuss this with an immigration lawyer before making any decisions
  • Family Class Application: if your spouse is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you are able to apply
  • Your parents can be sponsored or apply for a Super Visa.


SKILLED WORKER


As a physician, it is likely you will qualify for immigration if you are currently working in Canada. The question is: to which program should you apply and how quickly can you receive your permanent residency status?
Remember, licensing and immigration are two separate issues. You may have permanent residency in Canada. Nonetheless, you may not be able to practice as a physician in Canada. Licensing of physicians is being done by the respective provincial College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Did you know that you can apply to some of these programs even if you have not lived or worked in Canada before? This is another piece of information that can be discussed in a consultation with us.


CITIZENSHIP &
PR CARD


Canadians are proud to hold one of the most prized citizenships in the world. When you apply and receive your citizenship you are finally done with the work permit process and the days of extensions and multiple entry visas are over. You no longer have to apply and renew your PR Card.

In the fall of 2017 new changes will be implemented to reduce the time period spent in Canada to three years before you can apply for citizenship. Time spent before you receive your permanent residency will count to 50% up to a maximum of one year. To avoid the delays that add to processing times, it is important that you have a properly prepared application. Please feel free to contact us to book a consultation for up-to-date information and the opportunity to learn more about changes in the application process.

Fees


Irma Roberts’ legal fees are flat-fee based. This means there are no unforeseen additional legal fees based on varying hourly rates. Fees depend on the specific type of application. Please contact us for a quote and more information.

If you need more information you may schedule a consultation. We do offer a consultation using Skype, FaceTime, or WhatsApp to discuss the immigration process and requirements. We do charge a fee because we provide you with valuable information to assist you in making a decision about an immigration matter. When we feel that you may not qualify we will advise you instead of charging you for an application that will fail. We believe that it is better to receive “ bad news” and make a decision accordingly than holding out hope about working, studying or living in Canada. During this consultation we may also advise you of other options to consider when you apply for Immigration to Canada.

Typically, a consultation is approximately 1 hour. My fee per consultation is $ 300 CAD and can easily be paid by using PayPal, by cheque, or internet banking E-Transfer .

Payment Options


We are pleased to offer a variety of flexible payment options:

  • All major credit cards (including Visa, MasterCard and American Express)
  • E-transfers through internet banking
  • PayPal.

To use your credit card, please click on PayPal on the Contact Page (note: you do not need a PayPal account to pay by credit card).