American and Moving to Canada? Better get a Lawyer

Here is an interview I did on American Public Media about the challenges for Americans immigrating to Canada and some of the myths people have about the process.

Some Myths about Immigration to Canada 

One big myth American’s hold is that one can just pack up and move to Canada when they want. Unfortunatly nothing can be farther from the truth. Amercians, like everyone else, must qualify to immigrate to Canada. Not always easy as we have explained. Depending on the immigrant category, you may or may not be able to come.

Also discussed at the interview were the costs associated with immigration to Canada. Not cheap! Firstly there are government fees that have to be paid. They range in the thousands of dollars. Then there are lawyer fees. I have written about immigration legal fees  before. Beware about what you are getting before you put down any money to a lawyer.

Do you need an Immigration Lawyer?

But if you do find a good, honest and experienced lawyer, it is usually worth the money because the immigration process is a bureaucratic maze and in order to maximize your changes of success, you should have a good lawyer by your side to help you though the process. A good immigration lawyer will tell you how much money, how long, and what your changes are for Canadian immigration.

Lastly, not all cases get approved. You could put your best foot forward but still get refused. This can be devastating for people who have made the choice to move to Canada but later find out that their dreams are over. There is hope however. If you are refused immigration, there are appeal processes in place. If you file an appeal you have to do so on time. Again a lawyer in this case would be indespensible.

Bottom line? If you want to immigrate to Canada, better get a lawyer 🙂


Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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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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