The firm prides itself on fee transparency. We know the last thing clients want is to be surprised by a statement of account. We only charge flat block fees for our work because we believe they give the best value and certainty to clients.
You'll receive a fee quote shortly after you contact us once we understand the scope of work you require. You won't pay any supplemental costs for us travelling to any hearing in Ottawa, Montreal or Toronto (the Eastern Canada hearing locations). Our offices are conveniently located between those three cities. Western Canada hearings can be accommodated.
The fees you pay us are deposited into our trust account, and are held in trust for you until we complete sufficient work on your file to issue you an interim billing. The trust account is regulated and audited by the Law Society of Ontario, and insured by the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation. You only pay in Canadian dollars, which usually has a significant price advantage for overseas applicants over U.S. dollars.
FORMS OF PAYMENT
We accept E-Money Transfers, Wire Transfers, Bank Drafts, Visa, MasterCard, Cash, and for ongoing clients personal/business cheques. Due to Law Society of Ontario regulations we unfortunately can't accept PayPal.
Our fees are all highly competitive based on value of services. Price is directly related to volume and complexity of work. Not all immigration law fee quotes from different firms are created equally.
Ultimately, what lawyers sell is highly skilled time applied to assist in your unique situation based on their decades of training and experience. An extremely low fee quote may mean that you are buying very little lawyer time to assist you, such that the unique challenges of your case might not be able to be adequately addressed within the time you have purchased.
By comparison, our fees quotes are the lowest reasonably possible to fully address in our assessment each unique challenge in your case so as to maximize your prospects of immigration or citizenship success.
In considering whether to hire anyone to assist you and who to hire, ask yourself:
1. Is the price of failure much higher that the legal fees?
2. Are you able to keep track of the Canadian immigration process being in a constant state of flux, with programs and forms constantly being created, cancelled and reformed?
3. Are you prepared to argue your own case, taking into account the complex rules of evidence and procedure, in front of the Immigration & Refugee Board or Federal Court?
FLAT FEES FOR SOME OF OUR MOST COMMONLY PURCHASED SERVICES
Fees are plus disbursements and plus tax if applicant is inside Canada. Some situations may merit lower or higher fees depending on complexity. We offer discounts for the purchase of multiple immigration or citizenship legal services.
Immigration Consultation (evaluation of personal or business immigration/citizenship situation, proposal of solutions, answering of client questions, provision of formal legal advice): $350. Can be conducted by Skype, telephone, email or in person.
If you’re not sure what kind of services you might need, if you should use a lawyer, or if applying for immigration or citizenship in Canada is worthwhile, starting with a consultation might be your most cost effective first step. A consultation will tell you what options you have, and which of those options would involve the best prospects for success.
Criminal Rehabilitation Application (including detailed criminal offence equivalency analysis between Criminal Code & foreign legislation, and extensive customized written submissions on justification for rehabilitation) - $4,500
These are complex applications requiring obtaining and analysing the full court record of foreign proceedings, an official translation of that full record if not in English or French, possibly commissioning an opinion from a foreign lawyer on interpretation of the foreign criminal legislation, and generally demonstrating that the applicant is a new man/woman who is changed since the time of the offence(s) and poses no risk if permitted to enter Canada. Note that the firm’s Managing Lawyer is the author of three criminal law books, has conducted hundreds of criminal trials and appeal, and has a background in transnational criminal law.
Temporary Residence Permit Application (including detailed customized written submissions on justification for entry to Canada) - $4,500
These are complex applications requiring the demonstration of truly compelling grounds to either enter or remain in Canada. Extensive supporting documents are required.
Medical Inadmissibility Research & Submissions (including detailed customized written submissions on reasons applicant is not medically inadmissible) - $4,500
These are complex applications requiring the gathering, analysis and presentation extensive medical evidence from professionals addressing how the applicant does not pose a medical risk to Canadians and would not overburden Canada’s health care system.
Judicial Review Leave Application to Federal Court (Mandamus/Certiorari/Appeal) - $5,000 (fee only applies to immigration or citizenship matters)
Including preparation of extensive Application Record, Factum of Legal Argument, and Jurisprudential Book of Authorities.
Litigation is a focus of the firm, with the firm’s Managing Lawyer having conducted hundreds of trials, appeals and judicial reviews up to the level of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Some cases will settle after "leave" is granted to bring an application for Judicial Review before the Federal Court, in which case no additional legal fees will be charged.
Judicial Review Application to Federal Court After Leave is Granted (including Oral Argument in Ottawa - cases from anywhere in Canada may be argued in Ottawa at Court headquarters) - $5,000 (fee only applies to immigration or citizenship matters, and assumes firm was already retained for leave application)
Should a case not settle after leave is granted, additional work will be required to perfect and argue the judicial review.
Immigration and Refugee Board Hearing (Immigration Appeal Division) (including documentary evidence analysis & submission, caselaw development & submission, witness preparation to testify at hearing, attendance, witness examination & oral argument at hearing in Montreal, Ottawa or Toronto) - $7,500
For denials of spousal or family sponsorships, removal orders made against permanent residents or refugees, or findings of not having met residency obligations for permanent residents.
Citizenship Commission Hearings & Appeals (including documentary evidence analysis & submission, caselaw development & submission, witness preparation to testify at hearing, attendance, witness examination & oral argument at hearing in Montreal, Ottawa or Toronto) - $7,500
For denials of citizenship.
Immigration and Refugee Board Hearing (Refugee Protection Division) (including preparation of Basis of Claim, preparation of additional documentary submissions to IRB, caselaw development & submission, witness preparation to testify at hearing, lawyer attendance, witness examination & oral argument at hearing in Ottawa, Montreal or Toronto) - $7,500
All Refugee Claims are referred to the Refugee Protection Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board for determination. The firm can provide you legal representation and assistance at each stage of the refugee claim process.
Immigration and Refugee Board (Refugee Appeal Division) (including preparation of all appeal factual and legal submissions, plus argument of appeal at hearing in Montreal, Ottawa or Toronto) - $6,500
For denials of refugee claims by the Refugee Protection Division of the Immigration & Refugee Board.
Appeal to Federal Court of Appeal or Supreme Court of Canada: Varies; contact us for a without obligation quote.
In limited circumstances, you might be able to seeking to appeal negative results in lower courts or boards to the Federal Court of Appeal or Supreme Court of Canada. We are one of the few immigration law firms in Canada with Supreme Court of Canada litigation experience where we have worked on many cases.
We will also attend Board or Court hearings in Vancouver, Calgary or elsewhere in Canada for an additional travel charge, though the IRB is moving towards a Skype hearing model where many hearings might be done by Skype or other remote video conferencing which could eliminate travel charges, and Federal Court cases can always be moved to Ottawa where one can often obtain a quicker hearing date as that is where all the judges reside and the headquarters of the Court is located.
Confirmation of Citizenship Application (for those with birthright citizenship) (including detailed written submissions on justification and analysis of basis for right to citizenship) - $2,500
Citizenship Application (for Permanent Residents) (including detailed submissions and coordination on travel history, police checks, language proficiency, and tax filings) - $3,500
Renewal of Permanent Residence Card Application (including detailed written submissions on justification and analysis of basis for right to PR card renewal) - $2,500
Residency Questionnaire Completion & Documentation Coordination for Citizenship or PR Card Renewal - $2,500
Residency questionnaires can be highly complex to complete because of the minute detail demanded of applicants for every exit from and entry to Canada, including extensive supporting documentation. Sometimes a professionally prepared Citizenship Application or PR Card Renewal Application will avoid triggering IRCC demands for a Residency Questionnaire.
Spousal Sponsorship Application (or other form of family class immigration) - $5,500
Spousal and other family class applications require careful gathering, analysis and presentation of detailed family information (including extensive supporting documentation) to avoid IRCC questioning relationship legitimacy or making accusations of misrepresentation.
Federal Express Entry Application - $5,500 (fee only $1,500 for profile creation without invitation to apply)
Provincial Nominee Skilled Worker Application - $6,000
Provincial Nominee Program Entrepreneur Class or Federal Self-Employed - $7,000 to $15,000
Visitor Visa Application (for tourists/visitors) (including detailed written submissions on legal justification for the granting of a visitor visa) - $2,500
Work Permit Application (for workers) (including detailed written submissions on legal justification for the granting of a work permit) - $2,500
Study Permit Application (for students) (including detailed written submissions on legal justification for the granting of a study permit) - $2,500
Visitor, Work or Study Extension from inside Canada (including detailed written submissions on legal justification for the granting of a renewal) - $1,750
Labour Market Impact Assessment (for employers) - $5,000
The LMIA application process is highly complex, going through Economic & Social Development Canada (ESDC) for approval rather than IRCC, and requiring detailed analysis of National Occupational Classification (NOC) coding, precise drafting of job descriptions, careful advertising of positions, and detailed written legal analysis justifying the need for foreign workers in a particular market for specific types of work.
OUR FEE VALUE PROPOSITION
We repeatedly see rushed jobs on immigration documents done by professionals who simply didn’t charge enough. We’re then retained to attempt to fix the resulting failures, leading clients to pay twice. For lawyers, maximizing client prospects of immigration and citizenship success is a combination of sufficient time being available to prepare a superior application, combined with professional qualifications and experience that catch pitfalls and spark creative solutions.
We offer the lowest possible fees commensurate with our qualifications and experience that will best get the job done. If you decide to retain us you’ll receive the benefit of:
Experience - 24 years experience licensed by the Law Society of Ontario. The firm’s Managing Lawyer has also been a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, the Nova Scotia Barristers Society, and currently holds a Special Practice Permit with the Barreau du Québec.
Geographic Scope - we’ve worked in every Canadian province and territory (other than the Yukon) and throughout the world. The firm’s Managing Lawyer has worked on international matters with the United Nations, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC), World Bank, G8/G20 and Global Affairs Canada.
Education - the firm’s Managing Lawyer holds degrees in International Relations (B.A., University of Toronto, Trinity College), as well as Common Law (LL.B.) and Civil Law (B.C.L.) (McGill University, Faculty of Law). All immigration lawyers and clerks of the firm work in both French and English, including pleading court cases in both of Canada’s official languages. The firm also serves clients in Spanish, Portuguese and Hebrew.
Speciality Knowledge - the firm’s Managing Lawyer previously served as legal counsel to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA), and has conducted hundreds of hearings, trials and appeals up to the level of the Supreme Court of Canada. The firm thus has insider knowledge of how to navigate the system successfully, including negotiating resolutions to challenging cases. Overcoming criminal inadmissibility is a particular focus of the firm as the its Managing Lawyer is author of three criminal law books and practiced transnational criminal law with the Department of Justice Canada.
Client Service - every client benefits from close lawyer-law clerk-client collaboration, as every case is unique. Treating immigration or citizenship cases like commodities where one cuts and pastes boiler plate language into applications is the best way to guarantee failure. Our firm gathers extensive personal details for every client including seeking out Canadian government information not in a client’s possession through Access to Information Act and Privacy Act requests, as well as foreign judicial or other government records. Clients also benefit from detailed custom written submissions to government coordinated with supporting documents that go far beyond the minimal forms required to be filled out according official checklists, so that the most compelling case possible is presented to immigration and citizenship officials.