Business immigration in Canada

EY Law LLP

With offices in Toronto, Vancouver, Montréal, Alberta and Nova Scotia, EY Law LLP offers a truly national base enhanced by an extensive international network. The practice is strong in US immigration law, and handles both Canadian and US work permit and permanent residence applications. Managing partner George Reis heads the team from Toronto; Calgary-based Roxanne Israel advises on global immigration programme management, policy development and risk management; and Jonathan Leebosh in Vancouver heads the group's Canadian and cross-border NAFTA immigration practice.

Practice head(s):

George Reis

Other key lawyers:

Roxanne Israel; Jonathan Leebosh

Green and Spiegel LLP

Green and Spiegel LLP is an 'outstanding' independent immigration firm acting for corporates in a variety of industry sectors, including entertainment, sports, transportation, IT and mining. In addition to its work for multinational corporations, the team also acts for high-net-worth individuals and business people. Stephen Green is particularly noted here and leads the firm's investment and entrepreneur department. With several US-qualified specialists, including senior partner Evan Green, and three US offices, the team is uniquely positioned to handle cross-border matters involving the US. Shoshana Green is an expert in citizenship and refugee law, assisting employers, individuals and families with hiring and sponsorship work.

Practice head(s):

Evan Green; Stephen Green

Other key lawyers:

Shoshana Green

Corporate Immigration Law Firm

Toronto-based boutique Corporate Immigration Law Firm provides a wide range of Canada and US immigration services to corporate clients and individuals alike. Contacts in the team include immigration specialist and group founder Barbara Jo Caruso and Joel Guberman. The firm is also notable for its affiliation with Galileo Partners in Montréal. The name to note here is Jean-Philippe Brunet, who has experience handling applications for senior executives and highly-specialised workers.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Jo Caruso

Garson LLP

Garson LLP has a presence in Eastern and Western Canada, assisting corporate clients and individuals with temporary and permanent residence matters from offices in Toronto and Vancouver. Founding partner David Garson leads the firm from Toronto.

Practice head(s):

David Garson

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Ravenhurst

Gomberg Dalfen S.E.N.C.

Montréal-based boutique Gomberg Dalfen S.E.N.C. handles immigration matters for Canadian and foreign employers, with key areas of work including temporary work permits and permanent residence applications. Avi Gomberg jointly leads the practice with Seth Dalfen, who has experience in matters including family reunification, overcoming inadmissibility to Canada, and humanitarian and compassionate situations. Geneviève Hénault is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Seth Dalfen; Avi Gomberg

Other key lawyers:

Geneviève Hénault

KPMG Law in Canada

Working in conjunction with offices from across its global network, KPMG Law in Canada is recognized for its advice on global mobility issues. In addition, the team also assists with strategic recruiting, immigration policy issues and compliance. The Canada group also houses a US immigration team. Howard Greenberg is a name to note in the firm's Toronto office.

Practice head(s):

Howard Greenberg

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP is a go-to adviser for domestic and international clients seeking to employ highly specialized workers, often with significant barriers to immigration. The team also has extensive experience assisting with the development of international recruitment policies. Toronto-based Brian Dingle is noted for his client base of US film and TV studios, and individual entertainers. In addition to its work in the media and entertainment sector, the firm acts for a number of well-known clients in the technology, construction and financial services industries.

Practice head(s):

Brian Dingle

Key clients

Netflix

Credit Suisse

Work highlights

  • Represented multiple US and international film and television studios and high-profile entertainers in business immigration matters, including the acquisition of key foreign talent, audits and inspections under the International Mobility Program and overcoming criminal inadmissibility.

Dentons

The business immigration team at Dentons has been highlighted for its ability to 'appreciate the urgency' of clients' requests and 'deliver every time'. Recognized for its experience handling inbound and outbound Canada-US immigration matters, the team routinely advises on global mobility matters, work permits and intra-company transfers. Among the team's clients are large corporation in the areas of technology, financial services, media and entertainment, oil and gas, and manufacturing. Henry Chang and Helen Park head the group from Toronto and Vancouver, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Henry Chang; Helen Park

Testimonials

‘Dentons business immigration services are unique in how quickly qualified, effective resources are applied to our requests. Often times, immigration issues are raised at the last minute and require an expedient response. Dentons appreciates the urgency of our requests and delivers every time.’

‘Henry Chang is quick to respond, highly knowledgeable, thoughtful and creative in his solutions, and easy for employees to understand. He makes our company’s needs a priority and moves quickly to give us clear direction and weighted options.’

Key clients

UP Cannabis (Now HEXO)

Aldea Services LLC

The Canadian Press

Galt & Company

Habitat Flats Central Prairie Lodges LLC

Henein Hutchison LLP

ICICI Bank Canada

Level5 Strategic Brand Advisors

OneStream Software, LLC

Ready Engineering

Capital Power Corporation

Alamos Gold Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented ICICI Bank Canada in all of its inbound Canadian immigration cases, involving the transfer of foreign executives and managers to its Canadian offices.
  • Advised Alamos Gold Inc. on a number of Canadian immigration issues, including ones relating to C12 intra-company transfers and to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP has a great deal of experience advising Japanese clients thanks to the niche experience of Vancouver-based practice head Brian Tsuji, who previously worked in Tokyo and has built strong international relationships there. In addition, the team is also noted for its experience handling immigration matters for Canadian subsidiaries of Chinese clients. Core areas of work include global mobility strategies, work permits and investor visas, as well as supporting individuals with work visas and permanent residence applications.

Practice head(s):

Brian Tsuji

Key clients

Marubeni Canada Ltd.

Mitsui Home Canada Limited

COSCO Shipping Lines (Canada) Inc. and China Shipping (Canada) Agency Co. Ltd. and

Warner Bros. Entertainment Canada Inc.

Advanced Composites Inc.

Listel Hotel Ltd.

Japex Montney Ltd.

Fasken

Fasken's immigration group assists corporate clients ranging from multinational business to start-ups with entry into the US and Canada. Jointly led by Ralph Nero in Toronto and Gilda Villaran in Montréal, the team advises on business travel, temporary resident visas, work permits, special temporary permits, and bulk work permits for projects requiring specialized skills.

Practice head(s):

Ralph Nero; Gilda Villaran

Gowling WLG

Based in Waterloo, the team at Gowling WLG is rated by clients for its 'fast response times', 'thorough knowledge of the subject matter', 'on-point guidance' and 'great follow up'. Led by the highly recommended Bill MacGregor, the team regularly assists employers with global mobility matters, recruitment and compliance counselling, having developed expertise in matters involving the US. The team is active in a wide range of industry sectors, most notably construction and infrastructure, logistics, technology and manufacturing.

Practice head(s):

Bill MacGregor

Other key lawyers:

Lesley Love; Krista Schofer

Testimonials

‘Gowling provides concise, clear, and on-point guidance. The guidance is reasonable, not crossing into worst-case scenarios and takes into account the company’s risk tolerance.’

‘Bill MacGregor is available, responsive, and understands our company’s needs.’

‘We appreciate the fast-response time, thorough knowledge of the subject matter and being able to stay in touch with the latest immigration law developments’

‘We have used another law firm for immigration law matters in the past but they were not responsive enough to our demands and we switched over to Gowlings. We have been with Gowlings for close to 8 years now and are satisfied with the service’

‘Bill MacGregor is able to assist at a moment’s notice, well-versed in his field, has been working with us for a very long time, gets straight to the point, pleasure to work with, has assisted us with some complex issues, comprehensive advice, knows their client well’

‘The team is very knowledgeable and has offered us many different solutions to immigrations challenges we have experienced. They are quick to respond and great with follow up and resolution.’

‘I have worked primarily with Bill MacGregor and we have forged a great relationship. He is direct and to the point and always provides great advice. We have thrown many hail Mary’s and been successful in many and I have appreciated his flexibility and creativity when it comes to solutions.’

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault provides immigration advice to clients across the whole of Canada, supported by offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Montréal. Headed by Stéphane Duval in Montréal, the team has extensive knowledge of sectors important to domestic economy, including oil and gas, mining and minerals, agriculture, financial services and logistics. In addition to acting in large-scale global mobility mandates and other corporate immigration matters, Duval also has experience representing individuals before provincial and national tribunals.

Practice head(s):

Stéphane Duval

Other key lawyers:

Mélanie Houle; Julie Resetarits

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright's Montréal-based immigration team works as part of the firm's global immigration service, and has experience advising on multi-jurisdictional professional mobility matters. Acting primarily for corporate clients, the team provides advice in conjunction with the firm's labour and employment practice group. Practice head Chantal Arsenault has experience acting for clients ranging from SMEs to large international businesses.

Practice head(s):

Chantal Arsenault

PwC Law LLP

The full-service Canadian branch of PwC Law LLP has a nationwide presence with offices in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary, and is fully integrated in the firm's impressive global network. The team is active in US as well as Canadian immigration, handling business visitor applications, entry visas, work permits and permanent residence applications. Janet Bomza is a contact in Toronto.

Practice head(s):

Janet Bomza

Maynard Kischer Stojicevic

Vancouver boutique Maynard Kischer Stojicevic handles a wide variety of immigration and citizenship work. The practice advises corporate clients on work permits, immigration compliance and global mobility programmes. It is also experienced in Canadian citizenship and permanent residence applications, and in temporary residence permits. Managing partner Aleksandar Stojicevic is instructed by companies, nonprofit organizations and several large education institutions.

Practice head(s):

Aleksandar Stojicevic

Other key lawyers:

Gordon Maynard; Rudolf Kischer

Sherritt Greene

Based in Calgary, Sherritt Greene is a boutique immigration firm noted for its activity for clients in Alberta's oil and gas market. The practice group assists with obtaining work permits to bring personnel into Canada, and also handles permanent and temporary residence applications. Senior partners Michael Greene QC and Michael Sherritt are the key contacts.