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Farris has a dedicated immigration legal practice that provides leading services to businesses and individuals on all their legal immigration needs.

In that regard we are able to meet the many demands of both our international and domestic clientele.

While many immigration lawyers choose to practice in boutique immigration-only firms, our close relationship with other Farris practice groups—including Labour & Employment, Tax, Corporate and Finance Practices - allows us to offer our domestic and international clientele the benefits of full coverage legal guidance while also advising on the many inter-related areas involved. In terms of our corporate immigration services, we’re able to advise not only on the underlying immigration issues, but also on any related issues that may arise as the result of multinational companies operating in foreign jurisdictions, including local recruitment efforts, union involvement and avoidance of same, payroll tax withholdings, local corporate tax filings, and incorporation services. It is due to this competitive advantage that we are able to provide ongoing immigration advice to some of the largest and most successful companies in Canada and throughout the world.

In addition to serving corporate clients, our immigration lawyers provide personal immigration services to individuals. We take an encompassing view towards individuals’ applications for residence in Canada, whether it is temporary or permanent in nature. As a result we are able to assist not only with the technical requirements of pursuing applications for residence in Canada but also to advise individuals on such matters as local government medical coverage, education enrolment, and personal tax and customs issues.

Specifically, some of the areas in which we provide guidance include:

Corporate Immigration Services

  • Devising and administering immigration plans for foreign companies seeking to enter the Canadian marketplace for the first time.
  • Overseeing the proper work authorization process for international workers entering the Canadian labour market either on behalf of a foreign company or under the employment of a Canadian company.
  • Assisting with the entry of foreign nationals for the purposes of entry to Canada as a business visitor.
  • Developing strategies for the retention of foreign nationals for long term employment in Canada.
  • Co-ordinating the provision of customs, tax, employment, and labour advice to Canadian companies employing foreign nationals.

Personal Immigration Services

  • Advising clients with respect to all categories of applications for Permanent Residence.
  • Advising clients with respect to the ability to obtain proper work authorization in Canada.
  • Advising clients with respect to claims for Canadian Citizenship by means of derivative claims, by birth abroad or by naturalization.
  • Advising “returning Canadians” on important tax and customs considerations.
  • Advising clients who seek to sponsor family members from abroad for Permanent Residence in Canada.
  • Co-ordinating legal advice that arises during the immigration process such as personal tax, wealth preservation, and real estate transaction advice.

Immigration law updates can be found in Farris’ Labour & Employment newsletter.

Our Lawyers

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Ryan S. Neely Associate Counsel rneely@farris.com