How do you want to feel when you walk into your hearing?
Testifying at a hearing is nerve-wracking. Why wouldn’t it be? Your future in Canada could be at stake – or your chance to live in Canada with your spouse or partner. With so much riding on the hearing, we want you to feel confident entering the hearing room that you are getting the benefit of our experience in understanding the process, and in knowing what you are trying to prove and how the decider is likely to respond. We will have taken the time to understand all of the facts in your case, present the best possible evidence and prepare you to put your best foot forward in your testimony. We will do the same with each of the witnesses in your case. You will know that we will make the best legal arguments possible to assist you both during the hearing and in our submissions to the decider, citing relevant case law and statute.
You might be able to find other representation for less money. How much is your future worth to you?
How much do you care about your spouse or partner?
Every day, Canadian visa officers are called on to make decisions affecting the futures of dozens of couples from the four corners of the planet. If you are sponsoring your spouse or partner, the key to your success is a well-prepared and documented application that clearly explains your relationship and allows the officer to understand and accept it. Sometimes, understanding the customs and values of different cultures can be challenging. You can trust us for excellence in helping you to present a great application, clear and well-explained. This is never truer than when complicated family situations such as arranged marriages, previous sponsorships or marriages that do not conform to the usual customs of a country or culture are involved.
After your application is submitted, we will explain to you in detail what to expect and when and intervene with the right people at the right time to get your case processed.
Nothing brings a bigger smile to our faces than helping a client to succeed in a complicated case and then being introduced to their newly-arrived partners when they arrive in Canada.
Give your spouse or partner the best gift ever: a speedy and worry-free application leading to a reunion in Canada.
Are you a permanent resident who needs help with a question relating to the residency obligation?
You don’t have to be a weak math student to have trouble figuring out whether or not you are meeting Canada’s residency obligation on permanent residents. The law is complicated. There is no reason to be ashamed of finding it confusing.
Are you a new permanent resident wanting to ensure that you won’t have a problem in the future?
Are you already a permanent resident and concerned about whether or not you have met the requirement by working outside of Canada for a Canadian employer? By living with your spouse or partner who is a Canadian citizen?
Are you looking to apply to renew your permanent resident card or for a permanent resident travel document?
Did you recently receive a removal order from an officer at the border or a decision outside of Canada that you did not comply with your residency requirement?
David Chalk has been invited to give training to lawyers on this topic on numerous occasions over the last ten years. He can help you, too. Be it a one-hour consultation, a lengthy strategy session, a PR card renewal application or an appeal to the Immigration Appeal Division, Chalk Immigration will give you the assistance that you need and the right answers to your questions.
Are questions about Canadian citizenship making you lose sleep?
We can restore your peace of mind.
After decades of no change or slow change in its citizenship law, Canada’s Citizenship Act underwent major changes in 2015 and a bill to bring more major changes is currently working its way through Parliament and the Senate. These changes have left permanent residents with lots of questions. Until what age is it required to pass a language test? A knowledge test? Do my days in Canada before I became a permanent resident help to qualify for citizenship? Is the required time of residence in Canada to become a citizen 3 years out of 4, 4 years out of 6 or 3 years out of 5? Let us guide you through the process and answer all of those pesky questions.
If you are a Canadian citizen and have a child who was born outside of Canada, we can show you how to get their citizenship certificate and Canadian passport.
If your application for citizenship was refused, we can help you to see whether or not you have grounds to apply to Federal Court to set aside the decision and send it back for reconsideration.
Is a past arrest or conviction threatening to end your dream of living in Canada?
These questions are among the most complicated in the field of Canadian immigration. They are a challenge and that is why we love to work on them.
A foreign national can be found inadmissible to Canada even if they have never been convicted of anything or if they were given a pardon or expungement and no longer have a criminal record. The issue is always whether the particular act would constitute an infraction of a law of Canadian parliament. The question is easy to ask but much harder to answer.
Canadian immigration personnel are gaining greater access to international criminal record databases every year. The consequences of not telling our immigration authorities about your past arrests or convictions can be serious – a ban from Canada for five years being the most common consequence.
In some cases, enough time has gone by since a conviction or arrest that there is no longer an issue. In other cases, a foreign national will have to apply to the government of Canada for a rehabilitation or for special permission to enter or stay in Canada on a temporary resident permit.
Chalk Immigration will assess your case, identify any issues and lay out the way forward so that you can make the best choice on how to proceed.
A permanent resident of Canada who is convicted of a criminal infraction may face a removal order. We can help you to plead any humanitarian considerations in your case to try to convince a Canada Border Services Agency officer not to refer your case to an inquiry at the Immigration Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board.
If you are a permanent resident and become subject to a removal order for criminality, we can represent your before the Immigration Appeal Division and help you identify the factors that will help your case to succeed in winning the appeal or in getting a stay of removal.