Jeremy Bohbot
Barrister & Solicitor
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Vancouver British Columbia Canada Immigration Lawyer and Notary Public Jeremy Bohbot

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Canada is one of the most attractive places in the world to live in - Canada is beautiful, enormous, full of opportunity and remarkably tranquil for an industrialized, first world nation. The fact is Canada has always been a favourite destination for people seeking a better life for themselves and their loved ones. As a result, Canada receives many thousands of temporary and permanent immigration applications each year. Sorting through all these applications and picking out the applicants that stand out from the crowd is no easy task. As a result, if you are serious  about applying to Canada - for work, study, vacation, or immigration - you should consider seeking professional guidance on application strategies as well as assistance with the preparation of your application.

In my Immigration Law practice, the value of my services can be divided into two primary areas:

1) Advising You on Strategy
2) Preparing the Best Application Possible

1) Advising You on Strategy

The first area of focus involves advising you on strategy - primarily in terms of application options. For those looking to immigrate to Canada, there are a number of options available to immigrants:

        - Skilled Worker Class: This option involves reviewing and scoring your educational and work
          experience (as well as language abilities and other smaller factors). If you have enough points
          to pass the test, you are eligible to apply under this category.

        - Business Class: This option involves reviewing your business experience and requiring you
          to present plans for a business in Canada. If you agree to finance, set up and run the
          business in Canada, you are eligible to apply under this category.

        - Family Class: This option allows permanent residents or citizens to "sponsor" their relatives
          for immigration. The relationship is limited to spouses (including common law and same-sex
         spouses), parents, grandparents and dependent children. There are also provisions for
         adopted and orphaned family relatives. In some cases there may be minimum income
         requirements for sponsorship eligibility, and all sponsors must legally commit themselves to
         financially support their sponsored relatives and their dependents for up to ten years.
         Otherwise, if the validity of the family relation can be proven, you are eligible to apply under this
         category. Note that common law partners, as well as same-sex common-law and legally
         married partners, are eligible to be sponsored by their Canadian spouses.

       - Provincial Nomination Program: This option allows you to be fast-tracked by Immigration
         Canada if your work skills and experience qualify as a "strategic occupation" according
         to provincial regulations (based on what is currently in great demand). As well, you must have
         a current job offer from a qualified Canadian employer whose activities contribute to the
         province's economic development. The purpose of the Program is to assist and accelerate
         your application for permanent residence, however you must make two separate applications -
         one to your destination province, the other to Immigration Canada (in the form of Skilled Worker

For those looking to work in Canada as a Foreign Worker, an application must be made to Immigration Canada for a Work Permit. There are a few options available for obtaining Work Permits - the primary route is to obtain a job offer from a Canadian employer, who must validate the job offer with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). The test consists of proving to HRSDC that there are no Canadians capable of filling the position - but you are! Upon approval, you must apply to Immigration Canada for a work permit.

There are additional options available to highly skilled workers, as well as workers in the Information Technology industry. These options greatly reduce the time frame for obtaining a work permit. These options are based on policies and organizations that are not exclusive to Immigration Canada - such as HRSDC, NAFTA and GATT. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

For those looking to study in Canada as a Foreign Student, an application must be made to Immigration Canada for a Study Permit. While in some instances you may have to submit medical and police clearance certificates, in other instances you may not need Study Permit itself to study in Canada. As a Foreign Student, you must be accepted for enrolment in a recognized Canadian educational program, and must demonstrate financial capacity to pay foreign tuition fees as well as support yourself throughout the program (although some limited on and off-campus employment is permitted).

Finally, for those looking to visit some friends / family in Canada (or just visit Canada itself - I highly recommend touring the West Coast!), an application must be made to Immigration Canada for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). However, take note that not all foreigners need a TRV to visit Canada. TRV's are issued for up to six months at a time, and can be renewed by making application to extend your stay.

Note that you can always extend or change your temporary status while in Canada, such as by renewing your TRV, or changing from Foreign Student to Foreign Worker, but only by successfully applying to Immigration Canada. As well, you may apply for immigration while in Canada on a work permit.

2) Preparing the Best Application Possible

The second area of focus in my Immigration law practice is assisting you with preparing the best, most persuasive application possible.

In the world of Canadian immigration, you only get one shot at acceptance. There are appeals processes, but they are lengthy, legally technical and expensive. If your application is rejected, you may have to wait years before you can apply once again.  As such, it is extremely important not only to select the best immigration option available to you (above) - but also equally important to prepare the best application possible for Immigration Canada. This is where experience and a legal background are extremely valuable.

In my practice I assist clients with every step of the application process, including:

         - Reviewing and explaining the immigration application questions, as well as assisting you
           with their completion - ensuring accuracy, comprehensiveness and appeal.

         - Identifying and obtaining all supporting documentation (usually going well beyond the
           standard guidelines) including birth certificates, passports, reference letters, employment
           letters, statutory declarations of friends / family, educational diplomas, educational
           transcripts, scholarships, professional licenses, financial documents, business documents,
           tax documents, photos, schedules (personal histories), publications, emails, receipts, bills,
           police certificates, medical certificates, etc.

         - Drafting a cover letter that organizes and references all your supporting documentation as
           well as tells your life story (and why you wish to move to Canada) in a very human and
           compelling way. In the process we emphasize your strengths and potential contributions to
           Canada while explaining and contextualizing your weaknesses.
         - Professionally organizing the entire package (application forms, supporting documents,
           photos, application fee with cover letter on top of it all) and mailing it by registered mail to the
           quickest processing centre for which you are eligible. As well, we use my law office address
           for all correspondence to ensure all Immigration Canada requests are answered
           immediately and accurately, and no documents are misplaced.

         - Advising and preparing you for an interview, should one be requested by Immigration

         - Providing any additional supporting documentation, should any be requested by Immigration

         - Assisting you with paying the final processing fees and obtaining your right of landing papers
           and permanent residence documents.    

If you wish to have me assess your qualifications for immigration to Canada or for working / studying / visiting Canada on a temporary permit, please do not hesitate to contact me for a free consultation. Moving to a new country is probably the biggest change you will ever make in your's important that you take your time to understand the process and, should you decide to retain professional assistance, it's important that you feel comfortable with and confident in their ability to best represent you. There is simply too much on the line to accept anything less.
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Jeremy Bohbot

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