Canada is one of the top immigration destinations on the planet. Within Canada, the Province of Quebec remains a top choice for many aspiring immigrants. As Quebec’s International Family Law Firm since 1957, Kalman Samuels, Attorneys is in a position to offer a vast array of immigration services, along with post immigration support on various levels. We work with affiliated offices throughout the world and maintain close contacts locally with other highly specialized immigration attorneys who are available to advise and assist on particular matters. Once you are in Canada, our firm can advise you on further legal matters and provide you with professionals to assist you in finding housing, purchasing a home, opening up a business, and managing family and property matters.
The Attorneys of Kalman Samuels
are in a position to offer a vast array
of immigration services, along with
post imigration support
If you wish to consult with one of our attorneys and are unsure of which immigration category would be best for you, we can study your situation and advise you accordingly. The most common types of immigration categories are listed here below. Please note that the government changes criteria regularly, so please consider these as only general guidelines.
Quebec Experience Program
This program is similar to the Canadian Experience Class and is designed for immigration candidates who have worked or studied in Quebec and who wish to obtain Canadian Permanent Residence. This program allows for candidates to obtain a CSQ faster than the regular Quebec Skilled Workers Program if all conditions are met. The fees for preparing this application range from $2,000 to $3,000 depending upon the complexity of the file.
Canadian Experience (express entry)
The Canadian Experience Class of application is an express entry process designed for individuals who have their temporary residency in Canada and have established themselves within their field. These individuals are acquainted with Canada and already integrated to a large degree. The professional fees for preparing this application range from $2,500 to $7,000 depending upon complexity of the file.
Federal Skilled Trades Program
Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) is an express entry application that provides an opportunity to apply for the permanent residency in Canada via the accelerated Express Entry application management system. The professional fees for preparing this application range from $2,500 to $7,000 depending upon complexity of the file.
Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP) is an express entry application that provides an opportunity for the applicant and his or her family to apply for the permanent residency in Canada via the accelerated Express Entry application management system. This program requires a language proficiency exam in either French or English. The professional fees for preparing this application range from $2,500 to $5,000 depending upon complexity of the file. Additional fees apply for additional family members.
The Province of Quebec and Canada offer a very popular family sponsorship process under its family reunification program. This program requires a sponsor residing within Quebec. As with other applications, candidates must fulfill Federal and Provincial criteria to qualify. The professional fees for preparing this application range from $3,500 to $5,000 depending upon complexity of the file. Additional fees apply for additional family members.
Quebec offers a very vigorous investor applicant program. These applications can be among the most challenging given their nature. A number of set minimum criteria are established and can vary year to year, including minimal net assets, minimal management experience, intention to settle in Quebec, investment agreements, and a specific investment into government investment program for a preset period of time.
Beginning in Year 2020, applicants must also obtain an attestation that they have learned about democratic values and the Quebec values expressed in the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. These are complex applications that require detailed care and attention, and additional business, social and family services subsequent to the initiation of the process. The professional fees for preparing this application range from $10,000 to $20,000 depending upon complexity of the file. Additional fees may apply for additional family members.
Work Permit - Employer-Specific
This temporary work permit, also called a “closed-work permit” allows a foreign worker to work for a specific employer for a certain period of time. This type of work permit is subject to a job offer from a Canadian employer and must generally be supported by a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) which concludes that there is no Canadian citizen or permanent resident available to perform the work in question.
Certain occupations do not require a LMIA. For the province of Quebec, the applicant must also obtain a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ). Professional fees for preparing this application range from $2,500 to $5,000 depending upon the complexity of the file.
Quebec Skilled Worker (Regular)
The Quebec Skilled Worker Program was developed in coordination with the Canadian Federal Government and is designed to enable highly trained and educated candidates to immigrate to Quebec.
A profile is created in the Arrima Portal to initiate your application under the QSWP (Quebec Skilled Worker’s Program). Points are attributed according to age, education, language skills, employment, experience, etc. Candidates will be drawn from a pool and a CSQ (Certificat de Sélection Québec – Quebec Selection Certificate) will be issued to applicants who have successfully qualified for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program. Once a candidate has a CSQ, they can then apply for Canadian permanent residency. Quebec has a maximum number of applicants that it accepts yearly. Beginning in Year 2020, applicants must also obtain an attestation that they have learned about democratic values and the Quebec values expressed in the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. The professional fees for applying for Permanent Residence – Quebec Skilled Workers Program range from $3,500 to $5,500 depending upon the complexity of the file, with additional fees to facilitate the entry of children and spouses or common-law partners.
Study Permits for a duration of more than six months require admission to a designated learning institution. The permits are issued for a fee by the Government of Canada. The process differs according to a number of variables such as whether you are already in Canada and this is your first application, and whether you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and Danish citizen applying from Greenland, a French Citizen applying from Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, etc.
Students who wish to pursue their education in the Province of Quebec must also obtain a Certificat d’Acceptation du Québec (CAQ). The professional fees for applying for a CAQ and Study Permit are $2,000 to $2,500 depending upon complexity of the file.
Study to Immigrate
Canadian permanent residency can be obtained by international students. Our Study to Immigrate program helps to guide you through the process, even assisting in finding the right university and study program suitable for immigration purposes. The professional fees for the Study to Immigrate application are $3000 to $4000 depending upon complexity of the file.
Work Permit - Open
These work permits are intended for the spouses of specialized temporary workers. The permit for the spouse is “open” meaning that they do not have to indicate a specific employer sponsor. This is essentially a sub-category of a spousal sponsorship and this permit is dependent upon the main permit of the sponsoring spouse.
The validity and duration of this permit cannot exceed those of the main applicant. Minor or dependent children of applicants can attend school in Canada if their parents hold a work permit. We can also assist with the procedures for facilitating this process. The professional fees for obtaining an Open Work Permit range from $2,000 to $2,500 depending upon the complexity of the file, with additional fees to facilitate the entry and attendance in school for the children.
We refer refugee matters to the top attorneys in Quebec in this matter, and then offer to work collaboratively if needed. Our attorneys have even travelled to the U.S. Border as pre-arranged in order to meet refugee claimants whom they were assisting.
Appeals and Reviews
Appeals and reviews of decisions regarding refugee claims visitor visas, study permits, permanent residence or citizenship applications are either handled in-house or subcontracted to top-level attorneys specialized in these sorts of matters. We work collaboratively with our colleagues to ensure the highest success rate.
Refusals and administrative revision
Some candidates for study permits or work permits obtain Letters of intention of refusal or Letters of refusals from the immigration authorities. It is sometimes possible to contest these decisions when sufficient grounds exist for a reconsideration of your file by another immigration officer. Our lawyers can assist in preparing submission letters to support the request of a revision of a refusal of your applications. The fees vary depending on the complexity of the case.
Other Immigration Matters
Immigration is a fast-moving, dynamic field of practice. As new governments are elected and new policies enacted, methods and strategies must be adapted in consequences. If your immigration needs do not seem to fit into any of the standard avenues, please do not despair. Schedule a consultation with a qualified attorney, in person or by telephone or videoconference if you are out of the country. We pride ourselves in our ability to find solutions that fulfill the needs of our clients.