Do we need a lawyer to deal with Service Canada and the Work Permit Process?

It takes focused and determined expertise to keep up to date with the constant changes in Canadian immigration law. That’s why CanadaTradeJobs recommends working with experienced Immigration lawyers who handle work permits daily.

When hiring a lawyer to assist you with bringing in foreign workers,  you need one who knows the most current law and procedures with Canada Immigration, Service Canada (formerly Human Resources and Skills Development Canada), and Provincial Nominee Programs across Canada.

Consider these facts:

  1. The stakes are high. You need to bring foreign workers to work in your company on time.  Delays can be costly, not only in terms of lost productivity, but also competitively; some companies have found that their foreign workers have been “poached” by employers in other countries when the Canadian work permit process took too long. You can’t afford to make a mistake.

  2. Immigration laws are in a state of flux. The June 2002 Immigration Regulations were the most extensive change in 24 years, and many provisions are still not clear. This creates opportunities as well as problems, although these will be very difficult for non-immigration professionals to work through.

  3. You may not know if you’ve made a mistake, especially a fatal one, until many months later. Delays may mean critical losses, not only in terms of time and productivity, but emotional and physical stress on the foreign worker and his or her family.

  4. You need the right answers to your questions, which you can rely on. Information that you get from Service Canada, Canada Immigration, and Provincial government officials sometimes conflicts with each other, leading to critical mistakes, or loss of opportunities. Also, while there are thousands of pages on Canadian and Provincial governments’ websites, you need to find answers to your questions, and how to apply them to your situation.  A good Immigration lawyer will be able to answer your questions, and find solutions to your problems, saving much time, headaches, and uncertainty.

  5. You need to know the right Questions. You often have options, but don’t know about them; you need to ask the right questions. A good Immigration lawyer will review your situation, consider your legal options, then ask YOU the questions, to process your work permits smoothly and efficiently.

  6. There may be problems delaying your case, but you don’t even know about them. A good Immigration lawyer will periodically search your Immigration file to see if there are problems with your case. Then, the lawyer can advise you as to the best solutions for these.

  7. Increase your chance of an Interview Waiver: Often, Immigration lawyers can help your employees get interview waivers by providing comprehensive submissions, often including additional documents which are not on Canada Immigration’s “document lists”.  Each case is different, and good judgement calls can speed up the work permit process.

  8. Service Canada officials can be helpful, but…  They don’t always know the whole picture.    Processing times, procedures, documents, and other local issues in each Immigration Office around the world are different, and will require different techniques and strategies.  Also, there are training and documentation issues which need to be considered for trade licencing bodies.

  9. Provincial Immigration officials can be helpful in obtaining Provincial nominations, but… These officials may not be well versed in all of the immigration and work permit options available to your foreign workers.  Other complications may arise if you have operations in more than one province, and may wish to move the employees to another province.

  10. Training institutions can be helpful to prepare foreign workers for trade exams, but…   They are not trained to deal with Canadian immigration processes, nor can they act as authorized representatives for employers, unless they are unpaid.  Also, they are not equipped to deal with complications such as immigrant intent, criminal or medical inadmissibility, and other issues.

At CanadaTradeJobs, we work with experienced Immigration lawyers across Canada. Our President, Jeffrey S. Lowe, is the founder and Chief Inspirational Officer of Lowe & Company, a Canadian Immigration and Business Law firm based in Vancouver, B.C.    Founded in 1990, Lowe & Company’s lawyers have over 50 years of combined experience, and have taught immigration law to lawyers, consultants, and immigration officials across Canada since 1990.   They often work with an employer’s Corporate, Employment, and Tax lawyers to structure the employer’s foreign worker plans.

Lowe & Company’s focus on Canadian immigration makes all the difference for people planning a move to Canada. The firm has assisted clients from over 60 countries, from Presidents of Multinational corporations, to low skilled workers in Iron foundries, to come to Canada to work, study, and immigrate.

Contact Jeffrey S. Lowe at 604-875-9338 or jlowe@CanadaVisaLaw.com to find out how they can assist you!