Business immigration in Canada

Green and Spiegel LLP

Canada’s oldest immigration law firm Green and Spiegel LLP continues to be a leading name in the field, with recent work including a flood of Covid-related advisory matters for its client base of national and international heavyweights. The team’s regular workload covers the full gamut of immigration matters, from visa applications and work permits to labour market impact assessments and border emergency support. Evan Green is qualified in both Canada and the US, where the firm has four offices to assist across both jurisdictions; he lead the team from the Toronto office alongside Stephen Green, whose specialisms include corporate employee transfers, federal skilled worker applications, work permits, and the temporary foreign worker program. Shoshana Green is a further key partner-level contact, while associates Kelly Goldthorpe and Hilete Stein are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Evan Green; Stephen Green

Testimonials

‘Very professional and accommodating. They understand our business and needs.’

‘Green and Spiegel is very responsive to our clients’ needs and provides a comprehensive analysis for the various work permits options that is customized to each foreign national. During the pandemic they have kept us updated to the ever changing requirements on the entry requirements in Canada.’

‘My main contact is Evan Green who has been an outstanding attorney to work with over the years. He has been consistently available to meet our clients’ needs. Evan’s overall knowledge on Canadian immigration requirements has consistently met our clients’ requirements.’

‘Responsive and capable of handling all issues’

‘Stephen Green is a superb lawyer and one of the best I have ever worked with.’

‘Speed to execution and wide network.’

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP fields a business immigration team that provides the full range of immigration and visa services to a client base that stands out for its comprehensive coverage of the media and entertainment sectors. Practice head Brian Dingle in Toronto is a go-to name in that field but he also has strong experience managing immigration issues in IT, mining, oil and gas, finance, and sports. In Montreal, Valérie Marcas and Darren McGuire are key contacts, while in Calgary immigration-focused labour and employment partner Brian Portas is the name to note.

Practice head(s):

Brian Dingle

Dentons

Dentons handles day-to-day Canada and US immigration issues for clients from a diverse range of sectors. From Toronto, Henry Chang has led advice to ICICI Bank Canada on all its Canada immigration matters but primarily representing the bank’s senior managers in their Canadian work permit applications, supported by senior associate Jonathan Mor. Helen Park  is the key contact in Vancouver and has particularly strong connections in the film and television industry, including preparing and filing several work permit applications for foreign workers for Bron Studios.

Practice head(s):

Henry Chang; Helen Park

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Mor

Testimonials

I have worked with Helen Park and her team of lawyers and paralegals for over five years at two different companies. I’ve found Helen and team to be incredibly knowledgeable, and she takes the time to respond to all of our questions, thinking of solutions with our specific business needs in mind.

Key clients

Nanopay Corporation

ProSlide Technology

Aldea Services

Brookfield Residential Properties

Capital Power Corporation

Champion Petfoods

Ecobee

Get Set Games

ICICI Bank Canada

Team Group

Bron Studios

Work highlights

  • Representing ICICI Bank Canada in all Canadian immigration matters. This primarily involves representing the bank’s senior managers in their Canadian work permit applications.
  • Advising Champion Petfoods on all of its US immigration matters, representing its Canadian employees in their US work permit applications, and addressing the US Covid-19 travel restrictions.
  • Acted for Bron Studios in preparing and filing several work permit applications for foreign workers in the film and entertainment categories for movie productions that were able to film in Vancouver.

Gowling WLG

Sitting within the firm’s employment and labor group, Gowling WLG‘s immigration offering assists employers with global mobility issues, international recruitment and compliance. Matters with US immigration implications are a particular strength, and the team draws on employment, privacy and tax expertise to complement its immigration advice in related work. Based in Waterloo, practice head Bill MacGregoris a very approachable lawyer who makes understanding immigration issues easy‘ and has over 25 years of experience in corporate and business immigration. Krista Schofer leads the western Canadian immigration practice, acting for corporate clients hiring foreign nationals in Canada or the US.

Practice head(s):

Bill MacGregor

Other key lawyers:

Krista Schofer

Testimonials

‘Great team! They really know what they are doing. Great response time, great flexibility to meet on short notice. 100% results! No-one was turned away at the border or had any problem either getting in Canada or getting the work permit required.’

‘Bill MacGregor is great to work with. He knows his stuff – he is able to provide great advice quickly and straight to the point.’

‘Gowling provides quick, but efficient services to our various needs. The team is not only well equipped to answer various questions, they do so with impressive speed and accuracy. There have been many times where we have been in a jam and they have provided us with quality work we can trust.’

‘Bill MacGregor makes life easy. He is quick to respond to emails, and provides well detailed responses that usually resolve issues without much follow up. On top of that, his work quality is exception – we don’t have to spend time going back & forth to fix errors or clear up misunderstandings. Ultimately – Bill is a very approachable lawyer who makes understanding immigration issues easy. I appreciate his candid approach to discussions, which helps me quickly relay advice back to my teams.’

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault has the bulk of its business immigration strength at its Montréal office, while offering support from across the country for its national and multinational client base. Practice group leader Stéphane Duval works between Toronto and Montréal, his focus is on corporate immigration and global mobility of workers and he draws on professional experience at Immigration Canada prior to his law career. Promoted to partner in March 2021, Julie Resetarits is a further key contact, while counsel Mélanie Houle and associate Shefali Tanna stand out from a strong pool of non-partner lawyers.

Practice head(s):

Stéphane Duval

BCF Business Law

BCF Business Law LLP fields a dedicated team of Canadian immigration lawyers and US immigration consultants at its Montréal office, assisting with strategic immigration strategies for its clients’ workforces. The team also advises on the development of international recruitment plans from an immigration perspective for companies facing labour shortages and is able to work in more than ten languages. Julie Lessard is the group lead and key contact and Elsa Agostinho is another name to note. Sectors of particular expertise include engineering, IT and artificial intelligence, video games, financial services, manufacturing, and pharmaceuticals.

Practice head(s):

Julie Lessard

Other key lawyers:

Elsa Agostinho

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

Drawing on the firm’s wider international network, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP‘s immigration law practice is focused on multinationals conducting business in Canada. Advising Japanese companies is a particular strength, with one client noting that ‘they understand Japanese culture and have been dealing with Japanese work visas for many years', this is an area where practice head Brian Tsuji is a key name. Other clients come from a range of industries and countries, and the team frequently handles the immigration aspects of temporary labour and employment issues.

Practice head(s):

Brian Tsuji

Testimonials

I think their strength is that they understand Japanese culture and have been dealing with Japanese work visas for many years.

‘They are really close to their client and willing to go the extra mile for us.’

Key clients

Marubeni Canada

Mitsui Home Canada

Cosco Shipping Lines (Canada)

China Shipping (Canada) Agency Co.

Warner Bros. Entertainment Canada

Listel Hotel

Japex Montney