Businesses of all sizes and in all fields need to hire foreign workers and move employees seamlessly across borders. Corporate immigration requirements change frequently - and can take considerable and costly time and paperwork. International cross-border business travel, intracompany transfers and hiring foreign workers are often necessary to grow a business but can be frustrating without the proper advice and guidance.
- Who can assist your company with immigration applications? And who cannot?
- What are the risks to your organization if HR hires a foreign worker and they aren't properly authorized to work in Canada or the U.S.?
- How can you transfer workers to another country?
- What are the requirements to open a location in a new country?
- Is there a way to speed up the immigration process?
- What if an employee has an inadmissibility issue?
Canada and the United States have strict immigration laws. If laws are violated, a company can face serious business risks and civil and criminal penalties. A trained, experienced immigration lawyer can find innovative, pro-active solutions for various challenges that may arise throughout the immigration process.
We smooth the way to Canada and the United States for employees, families and individuals.
With knowledge and expertise, the immigration professionals at Ackah Law navigate complex Canadian and U.S. immigration rules and regulations to solve problems and remove obstacles, before you get to the border.
HR Cannot Provide Employee Immigration Services
Human Resources personnel cannot provide immigration services to their employees – it’s contrary to Canada regulations. Canada’s immigration laws require that anyone who provides immigration services must be members of a regulatory body. The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act sets penalties for anyone, including an HR professional, who breaks the law. An HR professional who performs any of the prohibited activities faces the possibility of fines of up to $100,000 and up to two years in jail.
HR professionals cannot complete and or submit immigration applications on behalf of an employee or a candidate, and they are not permitted to communicate with IRCC or Canada Border Services Agency on behalf of an employee or job candidate. This applies even if the person is a current or prospective employee of the company for which the HR professional works.
At our immigration law firm, we exclusively practice immigration law. We have immigration lawyers as well as immigration consultants and paralegals who are supervised by immigration lawyers. As an immigration lawyer, I am highly regulated by the Canadian Law Society and Law Society of Alberta. Immigration Consultants must be members of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council, the governing body for immigration consultants in Canada.
Corporate Immigration Compliance
Ackah Law practices immigration law exclusively and provides comprehensive expertise in all areas of Canadian and United States business immigration law.
Ackah Law firm handles all your Canada and U.S. immigration global mobility issues including:
- Work visas
- Intracompany transfers
- Labor Market (LMIA) applications
- NAFTA, CETA, CCFTA, GATS, IMP or CPTPP work visas
- Business visitors
- Canadian permanent residence
- Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP)
- Express Entry
Hiring Foreign Workers
Often employers cannot find a local qualified job candidate, yet cannot wait the four to six months it typically takes to process an immigration application. Delays cost money, and critical business deadlines can be missed. An experienced immigration lawyer understands what to do - and what not to do - to streamline the immigration application and approval process.
Case Study: Meet New Calgarians Brian, Michael and Phoenix
An international film festival in Canada needed to hire an artistic director. When there was not a local candidate, they identified an American candidate. Ackah Law was able to process their LMIA and skilled foreign worker permit with 3 weeks. The new employee's spouse was able to move to Canada with a work permit just 2 months later.
How To Expedite Hiring High Wage Employees
Many Canadian employers can't wait 4-6 months to hire a foreign worker for a vital high wage position. Canada's government wants to be responsive to employers that are creating jobs and strengthening the economy. At Ackah Law, our record in processing requests for expedited service and diligent oversight in managing high-wage employee TFW applications can prevent unnecessary and costly delays and errors.
Compliance Audit Services
Ackah Business Immigration Law Compliance Audit Services can assist your Human Resources team to prepare for a Compliance Review/Inspection 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 – Be Prepared.
Employment Law and Human Resources Advisory Services
Ackah Law offers employment law and human resources advisory services to assist our corporate immigration clients with planning for terminations, layoffs and drafting employment and consulting agreements to ensure you are well protected. We are pleased to have on our team experienced employment and labour lawyers and human resources consultants that will be contracted with us to assist our clients.
Why Choose Ackah Law
Our immigration law firm works hard to provide our clients with responsive, knowledgeable cost-effective service. Our corporate immigration lawyers, regulated consultants, and paralegals understand that you rely on Ackah Business Immigration Law to provide specialized legal knowledge about Canadian and U.S. business immigration issues. By maximizing our resources, utilizing leading-edge technology and collaborating internally to exceed client expectations, we can help you keep your focus on your business and staffing needs. We have helped thousands of people move internationally to Canada and the U.S.
When you choose Ackah Law, our experienced immigration team in Canada and the United States makes Crossing Borders SeamlesslyTM a reality.