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Immigration Law in Edmonton

Are you in need of an immigration lawyer for yourself? Are you helping a loved one navigate the complexities of Canada’s immigration system? If so, Verhaeghe Law Office is here to assist you.

Over the years, the lawyers at our firm have helped countless clients acquire legal status, appeal visa rejections, and much, much more.

When you find yourself in need of expert legal services, we hope you think of us. Contact our offices at (587) 410-2500 to schedule your consultation.

Speak to an Expert.

Experienced Immigration Lawyer

Finding the right immigration lawyer can be a difficult process. A reliable immigration lawyer is one that has years of experience dealing with the ever-changing waters of immigration law. We have been helping new Canadians immigrate with relative ease for years and look forward to helping you with your case. Our years of dedication to helping people immigrate have allowed us the opportunity to see what works and what doesn't work. We will provide you with a comprehensive free assessment that will help you know where you stand in the process.

With over 50 years of experience, Verhaeghe Law Office has set itself apart as Edmonton's leading immigration law firm. Our diligence is matched only by our expertise, ensuring every client gets the best care and guidance possible. Here at our office, we're not just committed to finding a solution to your situation. We're committed to finding the best solution to your situation.

As a client of Verhaeghe Law Office, you can expect:

  • Personalized advice and guidance
  • No-obligation case consultations
  • Solutions tailored to your individual needs
  • Competitive rates
  • A team committed to your success

The Importance of Specialization in Immigration Law

After doing a little bit of research, one will begin to notice that many of the big law firms stay away from immigration law. It is such a vastly complex area of law because immigration laws and policies in Canada change regularly. All of these shifts in Canadian immigration law need to be looked over carefully and monitored by a lawyer who understands what's happening with the changes and works in immigration law day-in, day-out. We have been helping our clients with their immigration cases for years now. Our success in this particular practice is due to the sheer amount of time spent with the laws and as a result, helping our clients immigrate successfully.

Verhaeghe Law Office is a specialized immigration lawyer who is here to help you with your project. Our robust understanding of the Canadian immigration system allows us to provide comprehensive guidance on all immigration-related matters. Whether you’re looking to sponsor someone to help them settle in Canada, apply for a work permit, or get citizenship, our team of experienced immigration lawyers is here to help. Get in touch with our team today to learn more.

An Immigration Lawyer with Excellent References

Another factor that must be considered when making a savvy decision in selecting your new immigration lawyer is their references and referrals. A strong list of references is always preferable because it proves that the lawyer has done their job correctly. Even if you haven't been referred to us directly by friends or family, we are always happy to show you our references. We have many bonafide references and personal testimonials from former clients who have been pleased with our services, we look forward to adding you to that long list of satisfied clients.

Please feel free to ask us about the types of cases that we have handled and the outcomes of said cases. We are always willing to show them off. Our solid list of testimonials is a result of our good judgment as lawyers and our deep understanding of the laws that affect individuals throughout their immigration process.

Clear and Concise Terms and Conditions

When you finally decide to choose our firm for your immigration services, we will lay out the terms and conditions of your specific case in an easy-to-read way. We believe that many other law firms over-extend themselves when it comes to handing out their terms and conditions, offering their clients far too many details and promises in the agreement. We know that is bad practice. Our agreements are always easy to understand, and will never include misleading information. We understand that the immigration laws are much too pliable to make any guarantees about your case, but our vast experience in this field will enable us to communicate to you an accurate representation of the potential result.

Immigration Lawyers for You

Everyone needs adequate legal advice and representation when immigrating to another country. We make sure you get nothing but the most adequate assistance possible.

Verhaeghe Law Office provides top immigration law assistance to individuals and their families who are looking to make a new home in Edmonton. When you are leaving your home to settle in a new country regardless of the reason, navigating the complexities of foreign local laws, without the informed guidance of a specialist, can be confusing, intimidating and can end up taking a lot longer than necessary. Our commitment to your case and expedient nature keeps wait-times to their absolute minimum.

We can advise and represent you on matters pertaining to:

  • Citizenship and naturalization
  • Visa applications and appeals
  • Employment for non-citizens
  • Implied or Maintained Status
  • Work permit obtainment
  • Permanent residency
  • Family and conjugal partner sponsorships
  • Asylum
  • And more

Guiding You Through the Legal System

We are committed to helping our clients however possible. We aren't just attorneys and legal experts-we are our client's advocates. We pledge to provide the most relevant advice and work diligently to help you obtain legal status. While no two cases are the same, we will steer your course in the most proactive and effective manner.

We make understanding and maneuvering through bureaucratic red tape much easier by explaining the process at each interval and ensuring you have submitted all supporting documentation correctly and in a timely manner. Our firm has years of first-hand experience protecting your rights and removing barriers for new citizens.

Would you like to learn more about our legal services? If so, contact us at your convenience. Our offices are eager to be of assistance.

A Top Immigration Law Firm Open to All Visa Applicants

Whether you are an international student confused by the numerous applications and forms on your desk, or you're unsure how to help your spouse acquire citizenship or a Visa, we can help you.

We provide a complete range of services to help all who need help navigating the immigration system. From students to family members, we’re here to ensure everyone gets the guidance they need to make a life for themselves here in Canada.

Do you have family in Canada you’d like to join? Our experts provide qualified legal guidance on Canada’s extensive Family Reunification programs. Thinking of moving to Canada through the Express Entry program? We can help with that, too. Whatever your situation, we’re here to give you the advice you need to make immigrating a stress-free experience.

An Experienced Legal Firm

In matters related to immigration and status, one must seek the services of a firm with experience in such matters. Needless to say, our firm has more experience than most.

With over 60 years of experience, we've established ourselves as one of Edmonton's most trusted law firms. Together, our legal team leverages over 100 years of combined experience to assist our clients with a range of immigration-related matters. We provide expert legal counsel for:

  • New Immigrants
  • International Students
  • Work Permit Applicants
  • Express Entry Applicants
  • Spouses/Partners of Canadians
  • Family Members of Canadians
  • Canadian Emigrants
  • Permanent Residency Applicants
  • Citizenship Applicants
  • Visa Rejections
  • Asylum Seekers
  • Refugees
  • ...and more

Whether you're looking to come to Canada, secure your status in this country, or establish yourself somewhere else in the world, you can take advantage of our expert legal advice and skilled representation.

Our firm is conveniently located in West Edmonton. We also have two secondary offices in Athabasca and Whitecourt for your convenience. We offer free parking.

To find out about our application fees, navigate to our Immigration Law page.

Immigration Law Assistance for Sponsoring Spouses and Partners

Sponsoring your partner, spouse, or common-law partner requires your commitment to meeting certain criteria outlined by the government of Canada. This includes:

  • A commitment to provide clothing, food, shelter, basic needs for daily living, and medical/dental expenses for the duration of 3 years.
  • A commitment to providing these necessities to your spouse or partner for the designated length of time, even if your living arrangements or relationship status is to change.
  • A commitment to being responsible for keeping your spouse/partner from needing government financial assistance.

To sponsor a partner or spouse, you must be:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • A registered citizen of Canada
  • Residing in Canada
  • Can prove you do not receive social assistance (outside of disability)
  • Are able to commit to providing for your spouse for the full duration of 3 years

For more details and information on filling out the required paperwork to sponsor your spouse in Canada, give us a call to set up an appointment.

Sponsoring Dependents

If your spouse would like to bring a dependant with them to Canada, you will be obligated to meet the following criteria:

  • Dependant is under 22 years of age
  • Dependant does not have a significant other
  • Dependants over 22 must prove they have been dependant on your spouse long-term or because of a mental or physical health condition

Connect with the area's best immigration lawyers for more information on sponsoring your spouses' dependants. We're looking forward to working with you.

Refugee: Immigration Law

Starting life over again in Canada can be made easier when you partner with an immigration law expert with many years of experience in helping you navigate Canadian refugee protection programs. To begin this process, you must be selected for resettlement in Canada by The United Nations Refugee Agency or a private sponsor. An individual cannot apply directly for resettlement.

Asylum Seekers

To be eligible to make an asylum claim in Canada, you must be within the country of Canada, and no removal orders must be applicable to you. There are two types of asylum seekers to qualify for this status, you must be in need of protection from risk to your life, threat of torture, or at risk of cruel and unusual penalties in your home country.

The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act protects asylum seekers’ right to enter and claim asylum in Canada. Asylum seekers can make a refugee claim upon entering Canada at a Port of Entry. Alternatively, if already in Canada, they can claim refugee status by applying online. Whether you’ve already claimed refugee status or you plan to, Verhaeghe Law Office is here to help you and ensure your application is as strong as possible.

Reach out to us today to learn more.

International Students

Allow us to help you reach your goals of studying at one of Canada's many prestigious universities and educational opportunities for students of all ages. International students looking to gain entry into Canada will need to apply for a study permit, which will allow them to enter into the country to begin the next phase of their education. Once you have secured a study permit, you are then eligible to apply for a student Visa.

A student Visa is required for all foreign persons wishing to pursue academic studies in Canada for longer than 6 months.

If you wish to work during your academic period, the Canadian government allows full-time students the opportunity to work for up to 20 hours a week. Connect with us today for more information on securing a study permit, student Visa, and work terms.

Studying in Canada is one avenue to achieve long-term residency status. After completing your studies, you will generally be eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP), which lets you live and work in Canada for up to 3 years. If you meet certain criteria, you can then apply for continued status through the Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) program, Express Entry program, or another program that provides permanent status.

Personalized Consultations, Top-Quality Legal Advice

At our firm, we take all the time needed to familiarize ourselves with all the minutiae of your predicaments-and it all begins with your in-depth, personalized consultation.

Each immigration application is different. At Verhaeghe Law Office, we use a differentiated approach to tackle the peculiarities of our clients' situations. Unlike many lawyers, we take the time to get to know our clients, tailoring our services according to their precise needs and circumstances.

When you first contact us, we'll go through the full details of your immigration situation, including your education level, language proficiency, skills, and work experience. Doing so may take up time, but it means we develop a complete picture of your legal status. That way, we can find the best course of action for you to obtain legal status in the country.

Rest assured, our attorneys are compassionate professionals. We've worked in the field of immigration law long enough to know the unique challenges that you face. We recognize how difficult it can be to navigate complex immigration processes, particularly if English or French is not your first language. Our lawyers will clarify confusing terminology, regulations, and procedures so that you can maximize your likelihood of a positive outcome.

We provide free phone consultations and affordable in-person consultations. To take advantage of our advice and guidance, call us at (587) 410-2500 today.

A Canadian Immigration Lawyer Committed to You

In addition to unmatched legal expertise, our services come with a commitment to client satisfaction. We strive to provide the care and support that our clients need to ensure a smooth journey through the immigration process.

We are a communicative, considerate, and compassionate team of lawyers. We respond quickly to all questions and concerns, whether sent by phone, email, or text. We ensure that you get the assistance that you need. That way, you can rest assured that your immigration application will be processed in time and properly. Top-notch legal counsel is what we provide. Peace of mind is what we promise.

An Immigration Law Firm with a Record of Success

Since opening our doors, we've achieved an impeccable record of success as a local immigration law firm. We've helped countless citizens, residents, and new immigrants reach a successful resolution to their case.

As a law firm, we consider our job finished only after we've satisfied the client. We strive to help all our customers to the best extent possible, going so far as to re-open old or rejected cases. Should you encounter any difficulties with your application, we'll be there to represent you and ensure you get a fair chance at success. At Verhaeghe Law Office, we're here to defend your rights and protect your interests. We're here to help.

With us at your side, you stand the best chance at a successful resolution to your immigration case. You can expect nothing less than the best with Verhaeghe Law Office.

Applying for Permanent Residency

Are you hoping to acquire permanent resident status in Canada? If so, we can help you.

This multi-tiered application process might seem daunting to some, but with us by your side, the process will be as smooth as can be. From the initial PNC application to the subsequent IRCC application, we will review every document and more. We'll also ensure that you have all the documentation necessary to avoid any delay in the process.

The first step to acquiring Canadian citizenship is often becoming a permanent resident. As a permanent resident, you are a legal, active participant in the Canadian economy and eligible for basic social services, such as healthcare. You, along with your family members, gain the right to live, work, and study in Canada for as long as your permanent residency is valid. To be eligible for permanent residency (PR), you must demonstrate that you have resided in the country. If you are a refugee, you must also obtain an approved refugee claim.

The application for PR is lengthy and detailed. Our attorneys are intimately familiar with the personal information required in this document and can complete the form, error-free, on your behalf. Some examples of the information you will need include:

  • Education and work history
  • Certified travel document
  • Recent photographs of yourself
  • Application processing fee

If your application is approved, you will receive your PR card in the mail within 180 days. Usually, PR cards are valid for five years. If you need to apply for, renew, or replace a PR card, consider our law firm your reputable source for efficient and expedient service.

Applying for Canadian Citizenship

Applying for Canadian citizenship is a life-changing and significant step, although it can be stressful if you are not familiar with the associated provincial and federal eligibility requirements and procedures. Our law firm is here to help you successfully apply and optimize your application for a positive result. Our team of skilled attorneys stays continually up to date with changing immigration protocols and can give you the latest advice and information on how to get approved.

Applying for Citizenship with PR

Becoming a citizen as a permanent resident is known as naturalization and is the most common process of gaining citizenship. The Citizenship Act mandates that applicants must have been physically present in Canada for a minimum of three years of the five-year period preceding their application. Also, if applicable, candidates must have filed an income tax return for those three years. If you meet the residency requirements, you must also pass a government-issued test to demonstrate your knowledge of Canada.

If you’re a permanent resident looking to apply for Canadian citizenship, we can help you navigate the system and complete your application in a timely manner. From managing your application to helping you prepare for the citizenship test, we’ll be there every step of the way to ensure your application’s success.

Citizenship Appeals

If your application for Canadian citizenship is rejected, you have the opportunity to file an appeal within 30 days. The Federal Court will then review the file based upon your given evidence.

If you do not appeal, you may also apply for citizenship a second time, with no waiting period. However, in this scenario, you must pay the application fees anew.

Who is Eligible for a Visa?

Becoming a permanent resident of Canada requires good legal standing, as well as certain eligibility requirements based on your qualifications. A foreign national may be eligible for permanent residence if:

  1. They are married or in a common-law relationship with a Canadian
  2. They have family in Canada and would like to reunite with them
  3. They have an employer who can sponsor them
  4. They have acquired 67+ points through Canada's Federal Skilled Worker Program

We Explain Each Step of Your Permanent Residence Application in Full Detail

As a foreign national, the application process may seem daunting and insurmountable on your own. Don't lose hope. We are top-rated experts who are well respected in our field. We put our decades of immigration law experience to good use helping folks all over the world, like you, successfully complete the application process

Immigration Help-Here When You Need Us

There are a number of reasons to turn to a qualified legal source for immigration help. From communication difficulties to running into problems by overstaying a previously granted visa, we are here to provide you with the comprehensive immigration help you need to make the most informed choices for you and your family.

We work closely with each client, personalizing our services according to their individual needs and circumstances. When you partner with us, we take the time to understand the precise details of your case, helping you find the best path forward to settle in Canada. Here at Verhaeghe Law Office, we’re committed to helping everyone who comes our way. We’re committed to giving you the guidance you need to immigrate quickly and successfully. We’re committed to finding the best solution to your legal needs.

Why Partner With a Canadian Immigration Lawyer?

Hiring an immigration lawyer on our Edmonton team gives you confidence you need to be sure your application represents you fairly, and your rights are protected by years of experience navigating the immigration process.

Why is it important to hire an immigration lawyer who specializes in the unique complexities of permanent residence? With hundreds of thousands of applications being submitted each year, Canada remains one of the most popular immigration destinations on the planet. With so many applicants, it's easy to feel like yours will be lost in the system, especially if it does not contain each piece of the required information.

Verhaeghe Law Office is here to help you through the process and ensure your application gets the full attention it deserves. To book an appointment for a consultation with our Edmonton immigration law pros, give us a call or stop by our local office today.

Professional Immigration Assessment

We know that the immigration process is filled with bureaucratic paperwork that can be extremely overwhelming. We are here to make it easier with our professional immigration assessment services. This process will allow you to find the options that are best for you to immigrate to Canada. To begin the process, we'll need some of your information, including your age, education, spoken languages, history in Canada, relationship with spouse and family, your resume, and additional pertinent information. Our team of immigration lawyers will review your information and use their expertise in order to identify the most successful application routes for you.

Meticulous Immigration Application Review

We are experienced in the industry and know the government's formulas to process immigration applications inside and out. One or two errors on your application can truly alter the outcome of your approval. It is a harsh reality, but one that should not be feared with the help of our services. We know all the system's intricacies and do not let any of our clients slip through the cracks.

For any questions about our immigration assessment services, please call us at (587) 410-2500 , and one of our representatives will gladly answer any queries you may have.

Express Entry

At Verhaeghe Law Office, we recognize that some immigration processes are time-sensitive, and their process needs to be sped up. With our help, we can identify if you are eligible for an express entry, and if you qualify, we can guide you through the necessary steps that you need to take.

The Canadian government implemented Express Entry to expedite the permanent resident visa process. This process is available to a few select groups of people. Including a Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)-someone who has a post-secondary degree, has job experience in a profession, and is fluent in English.

A Federal Skilled Trade (FSTC) is someone who has a job offer in a trade field they have worked in for at least two years and who speaks English moderately.

There is the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), which is for people who have PNP sponsorship from a particular province. Typically, many candidates can apply through this category.

Additionally, the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is for candidates who have at least a year's worth of job experience (profession or trade) in Canada. There are more categories, however, these are the four main ones.

With the help of our immigration lawyers, we can make sure you apply to the proper category and that you get the fair assessment you deserve. We know that completing this process properly can result in you gaining a job, rejoining or relocating your family, and starting a new life. We are here to help.

For any questions concerning how our law firm can help you with your Express Entry process, call us at (587) 410-2500 , and one of our representatives will gladly answer any queries you may have.

Speak with Our Immigration Firm Today

Our firm is well acquainted with the stress and bureaucratic barriers that our clients encounter during the immigration process. In situations related to personal liberty and a sense of security, every decision matters-and no details can be overlooked. Rest assured, our proactive immigration law firm will handle your case and concerns with the utmost care.

Let us help you find a way forward. Speak with our firm today by calling (587) 410-2500 at your convenience. One of our staff members will guide you in the right direction and schedule a no-obligation consultation.