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FAQ - Butkowsky Immigration Law

As you begin to explore the Canadian immigration process, you probably have many questions. Below, we have attempted to answer some of the most common questions concerning immigration to Ontario, but this article is no substitute for sound legal advice; contact an experienced immigration lawyer for more information.

Do I need a lawyer for the immigration process?

You can apply for a visa, permanent residence in Canada, or even Canadian citizenship on your own, but it is always advisable to seek legal representation. The immigration process can be confusing for the average person, but an experienced immigration lawyer understands the laws, the rules, and the system, and can help you decide the best course of action given your specific situation. Your lawyer can help you prepare applications and documents, and even represent you at hearings if needed. A lawyer can help you avoid delays and complications that can hinder your immigration goals.

How can I be sure I’m hiring a qualified Canadian lawyer? 

Each Canadian province has its own law society, which regulates the lawyers who are qualified to practice law in that province. When choosing a lawyer in Canada, make sure that your lawyer is a member in good standing of the law society in the province where you are seeking to settle.

Why a lawyer? What about less expensive options, such as using the services of a paralegal?

Paralegals can assist you with much of the necessary paperwork involved in an immigration application. A lawyer, however, is able to represent a client at any stage of the immigration, including in litigation and appeals processes. Lawyers are also bound by rules of ethics and professional responsibility, and are regulated by law societies.

Hiring a lawyer is expensive. What is included in the cost?

Legal fee arrangements can vary widely. At the Law Firm of Butkowsky Immigration Law, fees cover the complete immigration process until the moment of arrival in Canada, including the preparation (and translation, if necessary) of application documents, all postal expenses, phone calls, and other costs related to the immigration process.

How do I start the immigration process? 

Once you have made the decision to immigrate to Canada, you will likely need to complete an application and supporting documentation. You may also have an interview with immigration officials. An experienced immigration lawyer can help you assess your unique situation and determine your next steps.

How long does the immigration process take? 

Some immigration applications can be handled in a matter of a few months, while other immigration cases may take from one to two years or sometimes longer to reach resolution. An immigration lawyer can advise you about what to expect and can look for ways to avoid delay whenever possible.

What is a Permanent Resident Visa? 

A permanent resident visa is a document that allows the holder to live and work anywhere in Canada. It provides the holder with the status of permanent resident, with many of the same rights and responsibilities that Canadian citizens enjoy (although permanent residents are not entitled to vote in Canada). Permanent residents can lose their legal status in certain situations (for example, if they are absent from the country for extended periods of time, or if they commit a crime).

Butkowsky Immigration Law

Toronto immigration lawyer Larry Butkowsky has assembled an experienced and committed team of legal professionals who are ready to help you achieve your immigration goals. The firm represents those who wish to become permanent residents of Canada (whether for business, personal, or for humanitarian and compassionate reasons), as well as those seeking temporary visas to study, work, or visit. The firm can also represent clients in immigration litigation and refugee proceedings, including appeals, hearings, judicial reviews, and legal proceedings for people who have been detained or ordered deported. They can work with clients who speak any language.

Butkowsky Immigration Law is committed to providing the highest level of client service, and is highly respected in the arena of Toronto immigration law. After more than 20 years in practice, Larry Butkowsky remains passionate about every case; he is dedicated to protecting his clients’ rights and facilitating a smooth immigration process to Canada. His firm is located at 41 Madison Ave., Toronto, Ontario M5R 2S2, or he may be reached by calling (647) 694-0539.