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Why Businesses Should Hire an Experienced Immigration Lawyer (Not An Immigration Consultant) for Hiring Temporary Foreign Workers

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Why Businesses Should Hire an Experienced Immigration Lawyer (Not An Immigration Consultant) for Hiring Temporary Foreign Workers

Hiring temporary foreign workers (TFWs) can be a great way to fill labour shortages for seasonal workers in the hospitality, travel, recreation and entertainment industries. However, it is important to follow the proper immigration procedures to avoid legal problems. An experienced immigration lawyer can help you navigate the complex immigration process and ensure that you are in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. A lawyer can also help you avoid costly mistakes that could result in fines, penalties, or even deportation for your TFWs.

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Employers can't always keep track of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's (IRCC) temporary foreign worker hiring requirements. That's why businesses hire experienced immigration lawyers and qualified consultants who do understand immigration compliance and have systems in place to ensure all immigration employment law requirements are met and documented.

In 2022, the Fairmont Hotel in Banff, Alberta was fined $100,000 for improperly hiring 32 TFWs through a staffing agency, and the foreign workers were improperly hired and did not have the proper documentation to work in Canada. All but one of the 32 TFWs had improper documentation, including work permits and visas, and had to be deported.

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This case is a reminder of the importance of hiring an experienced immigration lawyer when hiring TFWs. A lawyer can protect your business and help you avoid the costly mistakes that the Fairmont Hotel made and ensure that you are in compliance with all applicable Canadian laws and regulations.

Here are some of the benefits of hiring an experienced immigration lawyer for TFW hiring - and not a consultant:

  • Lawyers have the knowledge and experience to navigate the complex immigration process.
  • Lawyers can help you avoid costly mistakes that could result in fines, penalties or even deportation for your TFWs.
  • Lawyers can represent you in front of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) if there are any problems with your TFWs' immigration status.

If you are considering hiring TFWs, it is important to hire an experienced immigration lawyer to help you navigate the process and ensure that you are in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

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Businesses Should Always Hire an Experienced Canada Immigration Lawyer Who Understands IRCC Laws and Regulations

Businesses that hire temporary or seasonal foreign workers should always hire an experienced Canadian immigration lawyer who understands IRCC laws and regulations. This is because the immigration process can be complex and there are many potential pitfalls that can result in fines, penalties or even deportation for the business or the foreign worker.

An experienced immigration lawyer will have the knowledge and experience to help the business navigate the immigration process and ensure that all of the necessary paperwork is completed correctly. They will also be able to advise the business on the best way to structure the employment relationship with the foreign worker in order to comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

In addition, an experienced immigration lawyer will be able to represent the business in front of the IRCC if there are any problems with the foreign worker's immigration status. This can be a valuable service, as the IRCC can be a challenging governmental body to deal with.

Hiring an experienced Canadian immigration lawyer is a wise investment for any business that hires temporary or seasonal foreign workers. By doing so, the business can protect itself from potential legal problems and ensure that the foreign worker is able to work in Canada legally and without interruption.

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The Ackah Business Immigration Law Team Includes Trained and Licensed Immigration Consultants

Ackah Law's #1 goal is to help our clients achieve their immigration goals. For businesses, it's important to manage the costs involved with hiring foreign workers. In addition to experienced immigration lawyers, Ackah Law's team includes experienced, licensed and regulated immigration consultants who work under the direct supervision of an experienced immigration lawyer.

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Don't Risk Your Business and Your Reputation: Hire An Immigration Legal Professional

Hiring an experienced immigration lawyer can protect your business and ensure you are in compliance. Even companies that have internal HR staff and procedures to manage foreign workers have difficulty keeping up with the many immigration regulatory and compliance requirements and changes. An experienced immigration lawyer who exclusively practices immigration law is an investment in protecting your business and proactively addressing potential problems and issues.

Contact Ackah Law today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you immigrate to Canada. Ackah Business Immigration Law is a full-service immigration law firm for business and individual immigration, with offices in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. Contact Ackah Law today at (403) 452-9515 or email us directly at contact@ackahlaw.com.


Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

Founder/Managing Lawyer

Ms. Ackah is passionate about immigration law because it focuses on people and relationships, which are at the core of her personal values. Starting her legal career as a corporate/commercial ...

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