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Welcome to VisaPlace! Founded by Toronto immigration lawyer Michael Niren, VisaPlace is a key resource for all your US and Canadian immigration needs. This website is your go-to source for the latest immigration and visa news and programs. Our experienced team of immigration lawyers and licensed consultants work to provide the best, most efficient visa services available. We provide affordable legal consultations that can help you understand your options so you can make well informed decisions based on an analysis of your situation and credentials. A consultation is the best way to get started on your path to immigration.

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Tanya Rodulfo

Great experience! From the beginning to the very end. Fast at responding, clear communication and thorough. Big thanks to Alexia and her team for all that they do and for assisting me through a hassle-free process during this pandemic.

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Arthur Reece

This is my second time working with the law firm. 2017 and 2021. Both times they’ve proved to be top notch and both times they’ve helped save my life. Working with Nadia, Alicea, and khushboo was an honor from the start. I haven’t told them until now but when the time is right I’ll be flying here to Toronto to thank these ladies face to face. They did a tremendous job!

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Maria Gortaire

My son and I would like to thank the whole team for helping us to achieve our goal of getting our approval for PR in Canada. We were full of doubts, questions and really didn’t know where to start with the whole process because everything seemed difficult and long. However, they were very supportive and gave us the necessary guidance throughout the process. All of our inquiries were always properly responded and now we are finally reunited in Canada with my husband and living our new life here. Thank you Zainab Jamal and Yasmeen Ali for helping us to achieve this!

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Vincent Torma

I was impressed and well taken care of by their knowledgeable , approachable and welcoming group.
I dealt with Victoria and and was very impressed with her efficiency and effectiveness.
This group assisted my 21-year-old daughter and me recently, for which I’m very grateful.
They even sent follow up communications to recap the minutes of our meeting and then made follow ups after the fact.
Top-notch group and people.

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Leta Root

I’ve been a client with the firm since 2015. Through no ones fault we’ve been through a lot of consultants.

Nadia Bakhtiari is by far the most attentive, diligent, thorough, informative legal consultant I’ve had in the 6 yrs with Visa Place – helping my husband with his Criminal Rehabilitation to get back into Canada.

Kudos to Nadia. I have nothing but positive words and would definitely recommend Nadia at Visa Place with any immigration matters

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Jessen Lee

Had a great time working with Karina, Marianne and team. Choosing to invest in having them helped me with Permanent Residency application was one of the best decisions I have made for myself, due to the following reasons:
1. They actively keep you updated on the progress of your application.
2. They notified you right away on actions that need to be completed ahead of time, so that you won’t miss any deadlines.
3. They are professional with handling your documents and information.
4. They took away the stress of having to complete the application yourself (believe me, it can be a pain working with so many forms, and so many questions). 90% of my stress associated with PR application was alleviated because of their help.
As a result, the process to getting my PR has been smooth and easy. The peace of mind that the VisaPlace team got me was valuable, and I’m forever grateful to them for helping me obtain the PR status successfully.

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Jessica Angeles

Carmen and Amy are two lovely ladies of this office. They were very patient answering all my questions. They understand and calm me when I’m having anxiety from waiting for an answer on my parents application. Having them who understand the situation was really helpful. I highly recommend this place for your visa requirements here in Canada. They are outstanding working with me every step of the way. Thank you so much!

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The staff at VisaPlace are professional and efficient and made the process of completing the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) much less daunting as a result. They took care of every detail and always provided me with information and updates along the way to keep me informed. It was an excellent choice to hire them and I highly recommend them. Thank you.

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Payam Rahimian

I had the best experience with VisaPlace. They made the E2 renewal process hassle free. Preejo was very attentive and answered all my questions. I appreciate their professionalism and would recommend them to everyone!

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timothy bockelman

Our company had many reservations about the TN process, Visa Place answered every question we had over several conversations and left us feeling comfortable. Our potential employee was granted his Visa on the first attempt. We are excited to start working with our new employee as well continuing work with Visa Place. We specifically worked with Preejo Mathew and would highly recommend his services.

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Meaghan M

A very special thank you ANDREW to answering service for calming my anxiety and was so sweet and understanding. Also great sense of HUMOUR and COMFORTING. Please give this guy a raise a bonus or promotion. Such a great experience
I’m glad you are here for us who have issues getting into usa

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Asmita Kulkarni

I had a great experience working with VisaPlace. My TRV was initially rejected and with the help of VisaPlace lawyers they were able to get it accepted in about ~2 months. Highly recommend using their services!

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Kenny dahl

I was originally denied my TN visa when attempting to cross into the USA. I reached out to the VisaPlace and told them my situation. After a short 15 minute conversation they assure me that I would be eligible and met all required NAFTA specification for the TN Visa. After working with their team and the company HR department I was able to get all the documentation in line and re-apply. The team at the VISAPLACE guided me step by step and even did a mock interview with questions that the immigration office could have. Overall this was a great experience and I would recommend them to anyone with VISA/immigration issues.

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Arash Arash

Very professional and dedicated team. I had a refusal before contacting Visa Place. Brian and Amy worked on my study permit and successfully got it. I would like to thank them a lot for the hard work they put in for my case.
Visaplace is one of the best in their field.

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Indra Moragwa

Hi preejo,

It was a pleasure working with you, you made my application process easier and smoother.
Your call for the prep before the interview made me more confident and more prepared.
For sure I know I’ll be working with you in future.
Thank you so much

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Common Immigration Questions

Is there a difference between lawyer and attorney?

No. Generally speaking an attorney is a person who is a member of the legal profession while a lawyer is someone who is trained in the field of law and provides advice.

Are you open during the Coronavirus pandemic/lockdown?

Yes! VisaPlace is 100% open during the COVID-19 pandemic. US and Canadian immigration are still accepting applications and inviting foreigners to apply so this is the best time to apply! All of our immigration consultations are done in a socially distant manner.

Do I need to hire an immigration lawyer?

Hiring an experienced lawyer or a law firm can help minimize mistakes and improve chance of successfully getting a visa. In many immigration situations you do not want to risk representing yourself or applying without the advice of an experienced immigration professional. Failing to work with an immigration lawyer can lead to wasted money, wasted time, and frustration.

How much does immigration attorney cost?

The cost of hiring an immigration attorney varies depending on the services you are requesting. Typically you will pay for the processing fees which are assigned by the government and then you pay for the service of the lawyer or attorney which they will give you during the consultation. During your initial consultation with the immigration consultant be sure to ask for an estimate so that you will know how much you are required to pay.

Should I only work with an immigration lawyer near me?

Although most of our immigration lawyers are based in our office in midtown Toronto, we can help you immigrate to Canada or the US from anywhere in the world. Whether you’re in the GTA or overseas, our immigration consultants can communicate by phone or video conferencing. This allows us to help people from the comfort of their home or office. We can accommodate any client with their preferred method of communication.

What is the difference between an immigration lawyer or an immigration consultant?

An immigration lawyer acts as an advisor and counselor for foreign citizens and immigrants. They provide aid when dealing with visa applications, permanent residency, citizenship, and naturalization. Immigration lawyers represent their clients and help mediate communication between them and immigration authorities. They also represent their clients in an immigration hearing.

An immigration consultant is an individual who provides assistance to immigrants. This assistance can be with filing applications, filing a petition, gathering the required documentation for their application, or helping to find a translator. Canadian consultants are licensed by the IRCC, a certification all of our consultants have.

How do I start my immigration process?

If you would like to start your process but not ready to hire an immigration lawyer then you can fill out our free online immigration questionnaire. Here you can fill in our immigration goals and let us know a bit more about you. We will be able to tell if you are eligible for immigration then reach out to you to book a consultation.

How do I get immigration advice?

Your first step is to book a consultation with an immigration professional to start mapping out the steps to complete your immigration journey. We will help you understand you eligibility and the best path to complete your immigration goals. Book a consultation now!

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