Miller Thomson’s Immigration Group provides advice and assistance to individual and business clients on all forms of temporary entry into, permanent residence and citizenship for Canada and the United States. We assist clients ranging from corporations seeking to do business in international markets or transferring personnel, to individuals seeking to invest in Canada or to reunite with family members. As members of legal bars in both Canada and the United States, we possess in-depth and comprehensive expertise in nearly every aspect of Canadian and US Immigration law. In particular, we are able to provide a single immigration law resource for corporate clients who do business in both Canada and the United States.
We work closely with our firm’s Business, Employment, Tax and other Specialty groups to provide comprehensive legal advice to companies and individuals as they navigate the regulatory requirements necessary for temporary or permanent establishment in Canada.
Our services include:
- Tourist and Business Visitor Visas
- Work permits (including Labour Market Impact Assessments)
- Intra-company transferees
- Study permits
- Permanent residency applications
- Family sponsorship applications
- Inadmissibility issues (Criminal Rehabilitation and Temporary Resident Permits)
- Tourist and business visitor visas (B1/B2)
- Work visas (including TN, E, H, L, O and P categories)
- Employment-based Permanent Residency applications (including adjustment of status and consular-based applications)
- Family-based Permanent Residency applications
- Inadmissibility issues
Our team of experienced lawyers, paralegals and assistants are located in our various offices across the country which further enhances our ability to advise on and assist with province-specific immigration programs and specific policy requirements for different immigration offices and ports of entry.
Our clients include:
- Companies in all industry sectors including oil and gas, technology, manufacturing, financial services, mining, transportation, entertainment, hospitality, tourism and trades
- Post-secondary institutions
- Professional leaders in business, the sciences and the arts
- Investors and entrepreneurs
- Individuals and family members
Miller Thomson Provides Pro Bono Support to Typhoon Haiyan Victims
VANCOUVER, November 18, 2013 — Miller Thomson LLP will offer pro bono immigration legal services to those who have been significantly affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan, the Minister of Citizenship and...
Miller Thomson lawyers recognized by Who’s Who Legal Canada 2013
Miller Thomson is pleased to announce that 10 of its lawyers have been recognized in Who’s Who Legal Special Report Canada 2013 in six of the publication’s researched practice areas. The firm’s ranked lawyers with comments by reviewers are: Construction Scott J....
Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in Who’s Who Legal
We are pleased to announce that seven Miller Thomson lawyers have been recognized in the latest edition of Who’s Who Legal’s The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2013. This annual compendium features the very best legal practitioners in 143 countries...
The Globe and Mail features an article, “Does temporary foreign workers program create second class of labourers? “
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ALERT: Government Rewards Employer Compliance with a 10 day Turnaround Approval System for LMOs
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Haidah Amirzadeh joins the Saskatoon office as an associate.
Haidah was called to the Saskatchewan bar in 2005. Her primary area of practice is Immigration law. Haidah represents clients in all categories of immigration including entrepreneur, skilled worker, work permit and study permit. She has represented clients with their issues...
Loretta Bouwmeester, Veronica Choy and Mariana Hohman are quoted in the Calgary Herald regarding new foreign worker regulations.
With a looming labour shortage, Alberta will again look to thousands of temporary foreign workers. But this time, companies will need to comply with tighter regulations and stricter enforcement. In the article, “New foreign worker rules change employer responsibilities,” Loretta...
Phebe Chan is quoted in The Vancouver Sun about a new federal government plan to reduce the number of foreign parents and grandparents allowed into Canada on family reunification visas.
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Veronica Choy and Shannon Houston speak on Changes and Updates on the Recruitment, Hire and Retention of Foreign Workers
Veronica Choy and Shannon Houston present to the Human Resources Managers with the Petroleum Services Assocation of Canada (PSAC) on Changes and Updates on the Recruitment, Hire and Retention of Foreign Workers on March 13, 2018.
Veronica Choy and Shannon Houston present at HR conference
Veronica Choy and Shannon Houston present “”Alberta’s Ramping Back Up – What’s Changed in Business Immigration Since 2014” at the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of Alberta (CPHR AB) Conference.
Veronica Choy is presenting at The Canadian Institute’s 6th Annual Legal and Human Resource Guide to Employing Foreign Workers
Veronica Choy is presenting at The Canadian Institute’s 6th Annual Legal and Human Resource Guide to Employing Foreign Workers. The Canadian Institute’s 6th Annual Legal and Human Resource Guide to Employing Foreign Workers will bring you the latest developments, best...
Veronica Choy and Loretta Bouwmeester present “HR Considerations for Employers of Foreign Workers” at the HRIA Conference in Calgary
Veronica Choy speaks on the “Updates on Obtaining Canadian Work Permits and Related Issues” at the Northwest Regional Immigration Law Conference, March 10, 2011.
Michael Aasen and Veronica Choy will present a seminar on “Executive Employment Issues” in Calgary on June 14.
Navigating Global Skills Strategy Labour Mobility for Foreign Talent in IT and Tech in Canada
Miller Thomson’s national Immigration group is hosting a breakfast seminar to address immigration programs recently announced by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) that will facilitate the recruitment and hiring of foreign talent...
Employing Foreign Workers Seminar
Canadian companies compete for talent on a global basis. At a recent tech company forum, leaders of four prominent companies identified the recruitment of talent as one of their top priorities and all expressed concern over the challenges of navigating...
What You Need to Know About Immigrating to Saskatchewan
Express Entry – The New Reality for Economic Immigration to Canada On January 1, 2015 Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) launches the much anticipated Express Entry system for certain economic permanent residence application programs. Express Entry is being lauded by...
Express Entry: The New Reality for Economic Immigration to Canada
On January 1, 2015 Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) launches the much anticipated Express Entry system for certain economic permanent residence application programs. Express Entry is being lauded by CIC as a way to reduce processing times, and to select...
Employment Considerations for Employers of Foreign Workers
This seminar is designed for senior corporate executives, business owners, in-house counsel, human resource professionals, and members of your management team who have a role in the hiring and retention of foreign workers. Our Session Focuses On: Immigration changes (specifically...
Immigration Breakfast Seminar: Hiring Foreign Workers
Immigration Breakfast Seminar: Hiring Foreign Workers
Canada Immigration Sends Strong Message to Employers
Miller Thomson’s Calgary Immigration Group hosts a breakfast seminar entitled “Canada Immigration Sends Strong Message to Employers.”
Now That You Have Your Foreign Workers, How Do You Keep Them Here?
Veronica Choy and Mariana Hohman host an Immigration breakfast seminar, “Now That You Have Your Foreign Workers, How Do You Keep Them Here?” This seminar is of interest to any Canadian business that is looking to hire and/or keep its...
Travel and Admissibility to the United States after the Enactment of Canada’s new Cannabis Legislation
Non-Americans who are “inadmissible” are not permitted by law to enter or remain in the United States—whether it be as visitors, students or workers. The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) sets forth “General Classes of Aliens Ineligible to Receive Visas...
Facilitating Labour Mobility for Foreign Talent in IT and Tech in Canada
Miller Thomson Immigration seminar
Global Skills Strategy
Canada’s federal government has announced that it will launch the Global Skills Strategy (GSS) on June 12, 2017. This program is designed to help Canadian companies to source global talent on an expedited basis. It engages both Employment and Social...
The New BC Provincial Immigration Programs Act and the Provincial Immigration Programs Regulations
On February 1, 2017, the Provincial Immigration Programs Act and its corresponding Regulations came into effect in British Columbia. The administration of the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is now legislated under the Act, whereas previously it was governed...
News Flash: Express Entry Immigration Bulletin
On November 10, 2016, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) announced that it will be implementing changes to the existing point distribution for applications for Permanent Residency status submitted under the Express Entry system. These changes will come into effect...
Chapter in Miller Thomson’s Business Laws of Canada, all editions 2009-2015.
Express Entry – The New Reality for Economic Immigration to Canada
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is expected to launch a new economic immigration system known as Express Entry (EE) on January 1, 2015. Billed as a new system of managing applications under the existing economic permanent residency programs (namely Federal...
Employment And Social Development Announces Moratorium
Employment and Social Development (ESD) Minister, Jason Kenney, announced moratorium on processing of labour market opinions and work permits for food service, retail and other service industries.
Section 91 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act: Clarification From CIC Regarding Human Resources Personnel
On June 30, 2011, Bill C-35, a proposed amendment to the Immigration Refugee Protection Act (“IRPA”) was passed into Canadian law. The amendment addresses who is authorized to assist individuals in the preparation of their immigration applications to Canada. Now...
Government Rewards Employer Compliance with a 10 day Turnaround Approval System for LMOs
On April 25th, 2012, Service Canada announced a new Accelerated Labour Market Opinion Initiative (A-LMO), which acknowledges previously successful employers, who have obtained at least one positive Labour Market Opinion in the previous two years and who remain compliant with...