The Corporate Immigration Lawyer: The Attorney's Role for US, Canada and Global Transfers

Employing foreign workers? You may need a corporate immigration lawyer

In the age of NAFTA and globalization, companies are under pressure to move employees around the globe on a more frequent basis. From small companies on the growth path to international conglomerates, HR departments are having to find ways to efficiently transfer personnel across borders.

Work Visas or Work Permits as they are commonly known is the mechanism through which the movement of workers are accomplished. Canada and US (and Mexico) have simplified the work permit process through NAFTA. However, given the downturn in the global economy, applications for work permits under NAFTA are not as seamless as they used to be. Moreover, many candidates for work permits are not eligible under for NAFTA and therefore other more complicated Visa solutions may be in order.

The role of the corporate immigration lawyer is to provide a comprehensive immigration and Visa plan for companies that take into account their specific employee transfer needs and time lines. Given the various complications associated with work permits, it is imperative that proper representation be a top priority for HR.  We have represented many companies, large and small, and have found that no Visa Plan is identical. The needs of companies, like individuals, have to be customized taking into account the various credentials and backgrounds of employees, their proposed duties after arriving at their destinations, the duration of employment and other factors.

Only after obtaining a full understanding of all aspects surrounding a company’s corporate immigration situation, can the visa application process proceed.

For an assessment of your company’s corporate immigration needs, contact us at 416 410 7484 or email us at [email protected]

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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