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Corporate and Individual Immigration Legal Services in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Our Toronto immigration lawyers can help you with all your business and personal immigration needs. Led by Canada and NAFTA immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah, Ackah Business Immigration Law is a boutique corporate immigration law firm headquartered in located in Toronto with offices in Calgary and Vancouver. We work with clients all over the world.

Our team is here to help your business and its people cross borders seamlessly. Our immigration lawyers located in Toronto and consultants provide legal advice and guidance to corporations and individuals on immigration matters including visa applications, permanent residency, citizenship, and temporary residency applications.

As your immigration legal advisors, we provide you with timely and strategic advice relating to the constantly changing immigration laws and regulations.

  • Ackah Law provides expertise in all areas of immigration law ranging from corporate immigration to personal and family immigration matters.
  • We provide comprehensive immigration services to clients around the world representing corporations, institutions, not-for-profit organizations, and individual clients.

Toronto Business and Personal Immigration Services

Personal Immigration Services

  • We help individuals move to Canada for work, for study or for family.
  • Many international students want to study in Canada.
  • We help families reunite in Canada with immigration services including Spousal Sponsorship, Parent and Grandparents Visa, Super Visa and other Family Class Sponsorship programs.

Business Immigration Services

  • Ackah Business Immigration Law Compliance and HR services can assist you to prepare for Compliance Reviews and Inspections and ensure that your organization complies with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (LMIA) and the International Mobility Program (LMIA exempt) requirements – before you receive a call from the government.
  • Ackah Law helps businesses solve their global talent problems by helping employees cross borders seamlessly.
  • Our immigration services help global executive search companies hire foreign workers and provide expatriate management services.
  • Ackah Law assists relocation companies to move ex-pats to new assignments in Canada or the United States.

Consultation and Flat-Fee Full Immigration Services

We offer two immigration service options to fit your needs and your family:

  • Sometimes all you require is an immigration consultation to answer your questions, review documentation, or explain your options.
  • Our flat-rate pricing for full immigration services means you are never surprised or caught unprepared by hidden fees: what you’re quoted is what you pay.

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Do You Want to Move To Toronto?

Toronto is a top destination for tourists and business visitors as well as immigrants! It’s no surprise so many foreigners want to move to Toronto, Canada! Toronto is a multicultural city with a strong economy built on tech, finance, film-making, education, business services and tourism.

Toronto is in the top 10 most livable cities in the world! Toronto tied at 7th with Tokyo in the Global Liveability Index - and in the top 3 most livable cities in North America with Calgary and Vancouver. 140 cities were ranked on over 30 qualities including stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

Toronto is a vibrant, diverse city and more than 50% of Toronto residents are a visible minority. Immigrants are a critical part of Toronto’s growth and economy. Torontonians are warm and welcoming to newcomers, with 200 different languages spoken.

Toronto Is A Tech Hub for Canada and North America

Toronto is the #1 tech city for immigrants in Canada - and the #1 growing tech hub in North America!

A new report shows Toronto, Ontario is the #1 tech city in North America. CBRE scores U.S. and Canadian cities on their tech talent. In their 2020 report, Toronto was #1 on the list in Canada for 2020 with a ranking of 87.6, and added 36.5% more workers between 2014 and 2019 — making tech workers 8.8% of the city's total workforce. Their 2019 study showed that Toronto saw the biggest growth in technology jobs of any North American city over the past five years, more than San Francisco, New York and Seattle.

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Toronto is attracting tech talent faster than any other city in North America, and is now the 4th largest tech hub in North America, following the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington and Seattle.

Are You Eligible to Move To Toronto?

Immigration mistakes are costly! Understanding the different options on how to move to Toronto can help you avoids mistakes that can delay your immigration process and cost you time and money. Toronto is seeking skilled foreign workers to help build the country’s economy and provide jobs for Canadians. Whether you want to move to Toronto for work, education or personal reasons, understanding the immigration options and the process can help you move through the immigration process with confidence.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

Toronto is located in Ontario Providence. Ontario encourages applications for Permanent Residence from people with skilled abilities, education and work experience that will contribute to the Canadian economy. One of the most significant programs is known as the Provincial Nominee Program or PNP. This is a system that allows the territorial and/or provincial governments to select immigrants based on the specific economic needs of that territory or province.

The OINP helps foreign workers, international students, business owners and entrepreneurs from outside of Canada apply for permanent residence in Ontario, and helps Ontario businesses recruit international talent.

Eligible individuals can apply to be nominated to work and live in Ontario permanently. OINP accepts applications under the following streams:

  • French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream
  • Human Capital Priorities stream
  • Skilled Trades stream
  • Entrepreneur stream

The following OINP streams available through the OINP Expression of Interest system :

  • Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream
  • Employer Job Offer: International Student stream
  • Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills stream
  • Masters Graduate stream
  • PhD Graduate stream

Do You Want to Move Your Business To Toronto, Ontario?

Ontario has eliminated the current Canadian residency requirements for business directors, effective July 1, 2021. This affects private and publicly held Ontario corporations and immigrant entrepreneurs who want to incorporate in Toronto and the Province of Ontario, and make it easier for foreigners to open a business in Canada. Ackah Law works closely with our clients to help immigrant entrepreneurs and founders prepare their IRCC required immigrant entrepreneur business plan, and to succeed in their entrepreneurial venture in Toronto.

Toronto, Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah, Founder and Managing Lawyer

Evelyn Ackah has been exclusively practicing immigration law for over 20 years. Evelyn grew up in Vancouver and after law school, Evelyn started her legal career as a corporate/commercial lawyer in Toronto on Bay Street, where she discovered her passion for immigration law. Her experience with the immigration process started when she was young; Evelyn came to Canada as an immigrant herself, moving from Ghana when she was five. In 2010 Evelyn moved to Calgary and founded her own firm in Calgary, so she could practice immigration law her way, using strategic technology combined with legal experience to provide the best possible services to her clients. In 2018 Ackah Law opened immigration law offices in Vancouver and Toronto to more easily serve clients across Canada.

An award-winning lawyer, Evelyn Ackah has built a reputation for her ability to solve immigration problems before they occur and her dedication to her clients and their dream to live and work in Canada.

Things to Know About Moving to Toronto

  • Healthcare is publicly funded.
  • Toronto has 4 distinct seasons - and averages 301 days of sunshine every year.
  • Toronto welcomes over 40 million visitors annually.
  • 25% of Canada's total population lives within 160 km of Toronto.
  • 50% of Torontonians were born outside of Canada.
  • 23,700 artists in Toronto - twice as many as any other Canadian city!
  • Toronto has the 2nd largest public transit system in North America.
  • 25% of Hollywood movies are filmed in Toronto.
  • More than 50% of Toronto workers have a work university degree or college diploma.

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Ackah Business Immigration Law Toronto
Email: contact@ackahlaw.com
Phone: (416) 643-7177
Toll-free: 1 (800) 932-1190 (Canada and U.S.)
Fax: (403) 452-9514

Toronto Immigration FAQs

1. Do I Need an Immigration Lawyer when Migrating to Toronto?

You need to know that immigration authorities do not demand that you have an immigration lawyer in Toronto before you can apply for Canadian immigration. However, employing immigration lawyers in Toronto offers you certain benefits. Experienced immigration lawyers can guide you through the immigration journey, making it a seamless process for you.

Canadian immigration law changes from time to time. It is beneficial to have the efforts of an immigration lawyer in Toronto to navigate through the immigration process without any hiccups.

The entire process of obtaining permanent residence is a long and stressful process you don't want to deal with all alone. With the help of the best immigration lawyers or an immigration law firm, you can apply for and get your permanent resident status more easily and conveniently.

2. How Do I Apply for A Permanent Residency Card?

Every immigrant who is now a permanent resident of Toronto must have a permanent resident card. This card is the official proof confirming their ability to reside indefinitely in Toronto even as non-Canadian citizens.

For new permanent immigrants, the Canadian immigration authorities automatically give you a permanent resident card without applying for one. The reason for this is that its part of the immigration process carried out by the immigration and refugee board.

You may not get your permanent resident card immediately when you arrive in Toronto. It typically takes three to four months before it arrives in your mail. Most of the time the processing time is always indicated on the board's website.

On the other hand, you may need to renew your PR card. This might be as a result of a change of name, change of location, or a damaged or lost card. In this case, you will have to apply through the board website.

3. Can a Student or a Worker Obtain a PR Visa?

The Permanent Resident Visa is only given to foreign nationals. It offers them a one-time entry into Canada with a validity period within which they are expected to land in Canada. Students, workers, and visitors are not entitled to receive a Permanent Resident Visa. Instead, a student will get a student visa, workers will get workers' permits and visitors will be given visitor visas.

4. What is the Legal Process Like for Obtaining Permanent Resident Status?

Aside from visiting Toronto as a student, worker, or visitor, you can choose to migrate as a permanent resident. The Canadian government has a series of programs it uses in admitting foreign nationals into Canada.

  • The first of these programs is known as Express Entry which is the most common and has the quickest and the most seamless processing.
  • There is also a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) which is targeted at skillful foreign nationals.
  • The federal skilled trades program is also another means of obtaining permanent residence.

Other notable means are Atlantic Immigration Pilot, Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, Family Sponsorship, Start-up Visa, and Quebec Selected Skilled Workers. You can get a proper understanding of all these programs by consulting an experienced immigration lawyer or a Toronto immigration law firm.

5. What are the Requirements to get Canadian Citizenship?

Citizenship Canada processing has a few requirements attached to it.

The first requirement is permanent residency status - only permanent residents can become Canadian citizens.

Secondly, your tax form must have been filled out for three consecutive years.

Also, you will be required to go through a Canadian citizenship test which you must pass excellently. Language skill proficiency in either English or French is also a requirement. Finally, you must not have a criminal record either in Canada or in your home country.

6. How Do I Apply for Canadian Citizenship?

Once you are eligible to become a Canadian citizen, the next step is to go through the application process. The entire process is a complex one and may require the effort of an extremely professional immigration lawyer. You can then choose to employ immigration consultants, immigration lawyers, or seek help from an immigration law firm.

The application process starts with calculating your staying time in Toronto. If eligible then you can proceed to download and fill out the application form. Please note you will be required to pay the application fee, submit your application test, and take the citizenship test. Finally, you will be invited to attend an interview and also to take the oath of citizenship.

7. What is the Express Entry Program?

The Express Entry Program is one of the easiest programs an immigrant can use to migrate to Toronto. It is an online application where skilled immigrants can apply for Canadian citizenship. Each applicant is assigned an Express Entry profile which serves as a ranking tool for admission. Your rank then allows you to apply for admission programs such as Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, or the Canadian Experience Class Program.

8. How are Express Entry Points Calculated?

The Express Entry Program assesses applicants based on some factors and assigns a point to each one. Consequently, the point is used for ranking and determining the most suitable of the three programs as highlighted above.

Calculating points is based on the following;

  • Skills
  • Education
  • Language
  • Work experience

You can get up to 1200 points and there is a benchmark for admission into each program.

9. How Do I Work as an Immigrant in Canada?

Working as an immigrant in Canada is based on certain factors. You might need to consult immigration lawyers to ascertain whether you can work in Canada or not. As a foreign national, you will need a work permit to work in Toronto. The work permit can either be an open or closed permit. The open permit allows you to work for any employer in Toronto while the closed permit has certain restrictions.

Students with student visas may also be eligible to work depending on the clause stated on the study permit. Generally, you can apply for work in Canada through the International Experience Canada option. You can find this on the government website.

10. How can a Permanent Resident Search for a Job in Toronto?

Permanent residents are eligible to work for any employer within Toronto. Making use of an immigration lawyer in Toronto is the best way to get linked with an employer. On the other hand, you can make use of job websites, networking, volunteering, immigrant-serving organizations, employee agencies, and recruiters to get a job as a permanent resident.

Email: contact@ackahlaw.com
Phone: (416) 643-7177
Toll-free: 1 (800) 932-1190 (Canada and U.S.)
Fax: (403) 452-9514

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