Immigration

The Davis LLP Immigration Law Practice Group provides a broad range of immigration advice and services to our domestic and international clients, many of whom have received recognition as leaders in the forestry, mining, automobile manufacturing, food produce, export and import trading, shipping, high-tech, aerospace, telecommunications, architecture, travel and tour services, hotel services and amusement park industries, among others.

Canadian Immigration

Companies carrying out business in Canada often require non-Canadian senior executives, senior managers, professionals, specialists and other skilled workers. Immigration law can have a significant impact on personnel planning, including recruitment and succession planning.

The experience gained by acting on hundreds of applications per year provides us with the knowledge, insight and contacts necessary to formulate and implement immigration solutions that best suit our clients' needs. We have, over the course of many years, established an excellent working relationship within the spectrum of immigration-related government agencies.

Our group consists of experienced solicitors and litigators. Particularly, our solicitors provide ongoing immigration services for some of Canada's largest companies.

Services we have provided include:

  • Formulating and implementing immigration strategies that will enable businesses to recruit and start employing foreign workers within desired time frames and to best accommodate their families
  • Assisting businesses to hire foreign workers already in Canada
  • Assisting businesses to obtain Business Visitor Permits
  • Assisting businesses to obtain Labour Market Opinions
  • Assisting businesses to obtain Work Permits
  • Canadian Experience Class and Federal Skilled Worker permanent residence applications
  • BC PNP applications, other provinces' and territories’ PNP applications and Quebec immigration applications
  • Investor permanent residence applications
  • Spousal/Common-law and other Family Class permanent residence applications
  • Helping businesses retain foreign workers by formulating and implementing strategies that will lead to permanent residence and citizenship
  • Strategizing on and implementing large-scale employment situations including Service Canada/HRSDC Labour Market Opinions and BC PNP nominations
  • Accompanying clients to the border to make an application when the circumstances merit it
  • Helping foreign nationals in enforcement-related matters to overcome inadmissibility issues e.g. criminal, health or otherwise by way of temporary resident permits, rehabilitation and other means
  • Representing foreign nationals at immigration hearings and on appeals to Federal Court
     

U.S. Immigration

Licensed to practice in the United States, we assist both individuals and companies with their U.S. Immigration needs. We have expertise advising clients on immigration matters relating to temporary and permanent entry into the U.S.

We advise employers and individuals on: hiring temporary foreign workers and obtaining work permits for executives and workers with specialized knowledge under international trade agreements; permanent entry into the U.S.; maintaining residency obligations and the acquisition of permanent resident cards; and citizenship requirements and applications for citizenship in the U.S. We provide services relating to cross border inadmissibility issues including applications for criminal rehabilitation, temporary resident permits and U.S. waivers.

We have experience and expertise in the following U.S. Immigration specific areas:

  • Permanent / Green Card
  • Family-Based Petitions
  • Spousal Sponsorship Petitions
  • General Family Sponsorship
  • Employment-Based Petitions
  • Work and Study Visas
  • TN Visa Applications
  • L1 Visa Information
  • E1 and E2 Visas
  • B1 Business Visitor Visa
  • H-1B Visa Work Permit
  • H-2B Visa Work Permit
  • Denied Entry

 

Representative Work

  • Assisted one of China’s largest shipping companies with obtaining work permits
  • Assisted one of Germany’s largest shipping companies with obtaining work permits
  • Assisted one of China’s largest mining companies with obtaining work permits
  • Assisted one of Japan’s leading cable companies with setting up operations in Canada and a large power grid cable project including obtaining approximately 17 work permits
  • Assisted one of Japan’s largest oil and gas companies with setting up operations in Canada including obtaining five work permits
  • Assisted one of Japan’s largest trading companies with obtaining work permits
  • Assisted another one of Japan’s largest trading companies with obtaining work permits for various businesses and joint ventures in the trading, lumber, coal and automobile parts industries
  • Assisted one of Canada’s largest lumber companies with obtaining work permits and business visitor permits
  • Assisted a large American manufacturing company with obtaining work permits and obtaining approximately 20 business visitor permits
  • Assisted one of Japan’s largest film and camera companies with obtaining work permits
  • Assisted one of America’s largest movie film studios with obtaining work permits and business visitor permits
  • Assisted a leading Japanese hotel company in obtaining work permits and business visitor permits
  • Assisted one of the United Kingdom’s largest construction companies and project management companies in obtaining work permits
  • Assisted one of Japan’s leading manufacturers in obtaining work permits
  • Assisted a leading Canadian brewery and winery in obtaining work permits
     

On an ongoing basis we assist leading shipping, cable, oil and gas, trading, mining, lumber, manufacturing, film and camera, movie film studio, and hotel companies with their work permit, business visitor permit and permanent resident applications.
 

Emerging Issues

We stay informed of changes in immigration laws and policies by writing chapters in books, writing articles, writing papers, speaking at conferences, presenting seminars and attending at legal conferences and Canadian Bar Association B.C. Immigration Section meetings. We also have previously served in executive positions with the Canadian Bar Association B.C. Immigration Section Executive and the Canadian Bar Association National Immigration Section Executive. We also monitor discussions and developments regarding:

  • Contending with extra long processing times by immigration-related government agencies when formulating application strategies
  • Anticipated changes in policies for the BC PNP, Service Canada and HRSDC, and Citizenship and Immigration Canada

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