Life doesn’t always go as planned. Have you been charged with a crime: shoplifting, impaired driving, assault? What effect will these charges have on your future in Canada? Have you got a conviction from years ago and want to get your record cleaned up? When should you talk to someone about your immigration status? The answer to that question is as soon as possible. Criminal charges can have a significant, lasting impact on your future here in Canada. The time to get immigration help is as soon as you can; preferably as soon as you’re charged and certainly before pleading to anything. Knowing the immigration consequences of your charges will help you and your criminal lawyer navigate the system more effectively.
Are you in trouble with Immigration Canada? Illegal? About to be deported? Did you not tell the whole truth on your application? Received a refusal letter or request for more information that you don’t understand? Asking for help is the smart decision.
Check out the resources on this page and if you’re ready, come clean, show us your record during a consultation with our office, and let us help you.
My husband and I are so VERY grateful to Jennifer and her team for working hard to help us obtain permanent residency for myself in Canada, so our little family could grow and thrive TOGETHER in Canada. It has been a long, tiresome, and stressful road for our little family and we appreciate Jennifer and her team’s thoroughness, thoughtfulness, understanding, and diligent work in getting us here. We are SO glad to have them share in our happiness. We would certainly recommend them to those in need! From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!
Brad and Sarah
My wife and I came from overseas because I was offered a job at a Canadian company. We loved it here and started a family. My employer had been handling all my immigration paperwork and had started collecting items for our permanent residency applications, then the unexpected happened and I was no longer working for the company. I was in a tough situation: I could no longer work and support my family as my work permit was tied to the company but we were desperate to ensure that we could continue our future in Canada as we had invested a huge amount both financially and emotionally in relocating.
I was overwhelmed at the sudden change in our situation so I googled local immigration lawyers, I read the reviews that had been posted and decided that Jennifer’s clients had genuinely been well taken care of. I called the office, they were empathetic to our situation and were able to see me promptly. Jennifer put me at ease, gave me comfort and confidence that we would have a future here in Canada.
We’re glad we hired them to help us out. They were very prompt if we had a question, and made a horrible situation less stressful. They were friendly and helpful – although I would have liked more check-ins as I was waiting to be able to return to work as soon as possible.
There is no way we could have done this in the time frame required, on our own. Time was a factor for us and although it cost us a fair bit of money up front, we feel it was a great investment as the process went as smoothly as it could. Experience in dealing with the immigration process was of great value to us.
We are happy to be adding our recommendation to the others I looked at before hiring Jennifer, our experience is proof that they know what they’re doing. They are not what I would perceive a stereotypical law firm to be, they’re personable and everyone we worked with was so keen to help and actually cared about or progress. We were treated like family.
Now Sarah and I are permanent residents here and can continue our life after it being practically on hold for the last seven months. Being able to move forward and work on providing for my family again is a relief that is hard to quantify.
Jennifer, thank you and your team for helping us get our lives back on track.
Brad and Sarah
My brother-in-law was a client of Jennifer’s and he had me tag along during one of his appointments to see Jennifer. I knew she’d done a good job for both my brother-in-law and his parents and so I had confidence that she could help me as well.
All of my immediate family is now here in Canada, I was the last one to get permanent residency and so I didn’t want there to be any mistakes. I hired Jennifer and I’m glad I made that decision. I faced some unforeseen complications during the processing of my PR application and I was so glad to have Jennifer to help me navigate the system to make sure everything worked out smoothly. I give her a ’10 out of 5’ rating for how she handled my complications.
During my time as their client, they were very transparent and gave me clear information – not too much to overwhelm me or too little to make me confuse myself. I appreciated the mix of email and in-person meetings to make sure that we were on the same track.
The value they gave for me I think of like a light shining into a dark tunnel. I didn’t have a clue how the system works and they helped illuminate what I needed to know. Every person that I met with was excellent and I’ve already recommended them to others.
I tell people they are the experts in their field. You’ll get the right information for your situation. When people ask me for advice, I point them to Jennifer. I tell them ‘just go see her in person. It will be faster and clearer than talking with friends or looking online’.
I’m thankful that Jennifer and her team were there when I most needed it. It was a very anxious situation but I was in good hands and so the biggest load was shouldered by Jennifer and her team, not me. Thank you.
Gary & Diana
I came to Jennifer because we needed help. We had tried a couple of times to get my then girlfriend to come for a visit to Canada. We’d been refused both times, and we found the IRCC website confusing. We wanted someone to assist us with figuring out the system. One of the most valuable things that Jennifer gave us was insight into how the system works, and doesn’t work. I thought I had educated myself, but I learned about Immigration’s perspective from Jennifer and her team.
I came in for a consultation, as Diana was overseas, and Jennifer gave me options. Originally we were going to try to have Diana come on her own through the economic stream but; by then, our relationship had progressed to where we knew we wanted to be together and decided to get married. Jennifer then recommended that we go the spousal sponsorship route and that it would be about 12 months. They succeeded in that time frame!
They are expensive; but I realized that my remaining life span is shorter than my wife’s and I wanted to spend as much time as possible with her. Therefore, we went with the experts. Everyone in the office was good to me – and to Diana overseas. We would have liked a bit more regular communication during the waiting period because we were anxious about how our file was progressing. However; they were always available by phone or email and got back to us quickly with answers to our questions.
Would I recommend Jennifer to others – of course. I’d tell them ‘you want success? Look at our case’. They operated within the time frame they set out and it’s now a reality.
For Diana and me, our life started on May 3, 2019. That’s the day she became a permanent resident. We’re so happy together. Now our lives can truly be shared, no more quick visits and long separations. She’s making my house a home again. It’s fantastic; there’s laughter, music and life again. I’ve gained not only a wife, but a whole extended family overseas.
We were prepared to sell all our asset in Canada and moved to the Philippine where we would live together. We are now privileged to have a vacation home there if we visit Diana’s parents and family. Now we know that we can always come home together.
Thanks Jennifer and team for your help to make this life a reality.
Gary & Diana
I came to Jennifer’s office on the recommendation of my lawyer. I was looking for assistance with bringing my wife from Laos. After our consultation, I realized that Jennifer was the one to help me – there was no need to shop around. Sometimes cheaper isn’t better.
They were helpful and supportive and I never left a meeting confused about what was next. I have learned that getting married to a citizen of Laos is complicated but Jennifer and her team were very helpful in pointing me to the right places to get information. I learned a lot about the process which was very valuable – even though my relationship broke down and we never ended up submitting the application.
I still recommend people to go and see Jennifer to get help with their situation. At least go for the consultation and find out where you stand. That’s money well spent. From there you can figure out if it’s best for you.
I’m still hopeful about the future and maybe I’ll be back to see Jennifer again.
I received an email from Immigration Canada telling me that I had to leave the country because I was out of status – my work permit had expired. So, I packed my bags and was ready to leave but a friend said that maybe I should see a lawyer before I left. I did a Google search and found Jennifer. I did a few consultations at other firms but I decided that Jennifer was the one I wanted to work with. I read her reviews and, although she was tough on me in the consultation, I realized that she was the one with a plan to help me.
Everyone is nice and friendly at the office, although they take their work very seriously. They fixed my status legally so that while I was waiting for my Permanent Residency application to process, I didn’t have to fear being in Canada illegally.
Now that I am a permanent resident here in Canada, I tell others who are in a similar situation to go and talk to them. At least then you’ll know your options and see if they can help you. The political situation in my home country makes me grateful that I have the freedom to enjoy my life here in Canada.
Thank you Jennifer for helping throughout this process. This will definitely help me to have a bright future here in Canada.
I was first introduced to Jennifer when she did an immigration seminar at my college when I was a first year nursing student. I’m so glad that I kept her card from that night back in 2013. However, I wish I made use of it earlier than I did.
When I was planning for my permanent residence application, I decided to get some help from a community organization and that didn’t go well. I tried to do things on my own, put up my profile online and didn’t get it right. I was thinking that the only option was for me to head back to my home country. I had a friend who really counselled me well that before I packed my things and left, I should go and see a lawyer who knows this industry.
I remembered Jennifer’s presentation and she had left an impression on me that she tells the truth and is very straightforward. I decided she was my last chance. If she said it can’t be done, then I will know for sure.
I rummaged in a box until I found her card and gave the office a call just before Christmas in 2016. She fit me in for a consultation right away and I told her everything that I had done. She gave me a lot of options and some things to think about. Then in the spring of 2017 her office called me and told me that the rules had changed and that there were new options available to me. I was so surprised that she remembered me and my situation and thought of me when things changed that would benefit me.
I retained them to help me with a new Express Entry profile and, with her suggestions of including my French language abilities; I was given an invitation to apply for permanent residence. When someone asks me what I value about their service, I tell them that they gave me a golden opportunity to better my future. They gave me the chance to make a new direction for my future in Canada. I can now go back to school as a resident, not an international student. They have given me the opportunity to have more control over my future and make my own decisions for a career path.
I’m still here in Canada solely because of Jennifer and her team. The service I received was amazing. They are approachable and give you real, honest information. If they can help you, they will tell you – you just need to let them.
I’m now a permanent resident here and it’s such a relief to have a future here. When I look back at my time in my home country, I see myself as a child. Canada was where I was able to learn to be independent and develop my character as an adult. I look forward to my family visiting me here – and to me visiting them, but Canada is now my home. Thank you, Jennifer, for making that dream a reality.
I came here as a child refugee from Cambodia. I don’t have a country to call my own technically, although I’ve grown up here in Canada as a permanent resident. I fell in to the wrong crowd and ended up losing my PR status. I didn’t know where to turn and I didn’t have any hope that my life would ever change. I had met a wonderful woman and we’d started a life together but I still didn’t belong anywhere or have any legal status. My uncle and I came to see Jennifer as a last ditch effort to see if anything could be done for me. I found someone who was honest with me about the long road ahead of us and that nothing was guaranteed but she still had some options that she thought might work.
I had found an honest lawyer close to my home so we decided to hire her to see if I could find a way to regain my PR status in Canada. It was hard to talk about my former life and mistakes. I had now met a wonderful partner who loved me and we were starting a family together. I wanted to leave my past behind me and so it was hard to talk about it with my lawyer however; they were very professional and I trusted that they were on my side. They told me the truth and sometimes that’s hard to hear but today, now that they rescued me, I can honestly tell them that they saved my life, that’s how I feel. I’d be an idiot to make those mistakes again.
I’ve learned that it’s better to be honest and poor than dishonest with money. They gave me hope and their plan succeeded. It doesn’t matter how much money it cost, I was thinking that there was no chance and now I’m able to be a real partner and father to those who love me. I can earn a living and hold my head high. I can be proud of the man I’ve become and I’m grateful to Jennifer and her team for allowing me to have a second chance to prove myself. Thank you for believing in me.
This time, I’m looking forward to becoming a Canadian citizen and having a real home to belong to.
Michelle & Bob
My husband and I were looking for an immigration lawyer to help us as we felt really stuck with regards to my situation with Immigration. I had come over to assist my former spouse’s family as a caregiver and that situation had really ended badly and left me worried about my status here in Canada. I had three children to support back home and I didn’t know where to turn. My partner, now husband, Bob was looking on Google and came across Jennifer’s website. He read all the reviews and it seemed like they really knew what they were talking about.
We knew that we needed the best person working for us because our case was complicated. When we left our consultation with Jennifer, although she speaks really quickly and gave us a lot of information, the overall impression we had was hope. Although she had given us honest options, we both felt confident that we had a plan that was going to work.
Jennifer’s team was confident but very polite and understanding of our situation. They gave us confidence just in how they carried themselves. Everything was organized yet friendly and welcoming. As Bob said, we don’t mind paying extra money for a good lawyer – and that’s what we found.
Everyone we dealt with at the office, and I think we met with everyone at some point, was excellent in how they interacted with us. Bob makes me smile when he recommends Jennifer to others. He always says ‘Michelle had a tough case but they tackled it no problem. It went just as they’d said it would‘.
I’m a permanent resident now and we’re thrilled that my boys flew in last week to join us and meet their Canadian baby brother for the first time. But the thing I remember most is back at the beginning, almost two years ago, during that first consultation with Jennifer; I was in tears and Jennifer looked at me and said ‘we can do this’. Thank you.
— Michelle & Bob
I was really desperate when I reached out to Jennifer. I had been sponsored to Canada by my partner and our relationship deteriorated into abuse and I had to leave for my own safety. At the time there was a condition to my PR that I had to stay with my sponsor for 2 years and so I got a letter from IRCC saying that I needed to prove that I could receive an exemption from that condition.
It was a very delicate situation and I didn’t know where to turn. I looked online and when I emailed the office, they replied the same day. I needed someone to calm me down and point me in the right direction to know what to do next. I came for a consultation with Jennifer and she gave me a lot of peace of mind. I’d hire her again just for that. I liked the way that I was treated with respect and a straightforward, professional plan to deal with my situation. They gave me clear instructions and were very efficient with my tight timeline to respond to IRCC.
Although the legislation changed and a few weeks later my case was dismissed as that condition was repealed, I would still recommend Jennifer Roggemann Law Office for anyone. They gave me peace of mind which allowed me to concentrate at work and gave me an outside perspective on my situation that made me feel better. They looked after the details so I could get on with my life. I would tell any perspective client that whatever the outcome, this office will do the best for their clients.
Thank you, Jennifer and team, for all your help.
John & Louise
I met my common-law spouse just before she was immigrating to Canada with her family. We did the long distance thing for a while and then I found out about the International Experience Canada program and so I was able to come over and we were able to be together for a couple of years. We’re a young couple, just starting out and we didn’t want to get married just for immigration reasons. We were living in the Windsor area at the time and we wanted to get some information on how I could stay here with the woman I loved. The first question of every consultant and lawyer we talked with was “why not get married?”, so we knew that they weren’t a good fit for us. I didn’t know that I couldn’t renew my IEC work permit for longer than two years and so we were both devastated when my extension was refused and I only had a couple of weeks to leave the country.
Both Louise and I wish we had come to see Jennifer before I left back in 2014 as we wouldn’t have been apart for so long. At the urging of Louise’s family, we looked up immigration lawyers and Jennifer was the top name on Google. We read the testimonials and saw some were from people who sounded like us, who had tried to sort this process out on their own. She was close to Louise’s parents and so when I came over from Scotland for a visit, we came for a consultation.
After our consultation, we felt 110% better. Finally, we felt like someone understood us. She made everything so clear and all of a sudden, there was hope. We didn’t even know that there was a common-law option. Jennifer was the first person to agree that we shouldn’t get married just because it would make immigration easier. Even if you don’t use their services, go for a consultation to make sure you know all the options available to you. Jennifer didn’t give us a ‘hard sell’ during the consultation. She gave us our options and a lot of information that, should we wish to do it on our own, we were informed.
Whenever we walked into the office we felt welcome. In fact it didn’t seem like walking into a lawyer’s office – there is a real family dynamic there. From the first time we came in to the last we were treated with respect and almost like part of the family. They never looked down on us and answered any of our questions knowledgeably and consistently across the team.
What both Louise and I found valuable about hiring Jennifer and her team is that we were taken care of. All we had to do was collect the things they asked us for and let them worry about the rest. Yes, it’s a lot of money and we took some flak from friends and family about not doing this on our own. But what we tell people when we recommend Jennifer is that if you don’t EVER want to do this again, go there.
We filed an In-Canada Spousal application and I never thought that I could come and be in Louise’s company and get a work permit within a few months of filing our application. Everyone we dealt with in the office was amazing in their own right. They’re good people there. The phone call when they called to tell me that I had a date to land as a permanent resident was the happiest day ever. That was the day I finally understood that I didn’t have to leave. I could stay here in my new home.
Now that I’m a permanent resident, feels like we can finally begin the rest of our lives – travel, buy a house … live. Thank you, Jennifer and team, for getting us to the life we now have together.
— John & Louise
Dom & Danielle
My wife and I were referred to Jennifer through a family friend of hers. I am from the US and we had tried different options to see if Danielle would come to New York or I would move to Toronto. In the end, as my family is on the west coast, it made sense for us to be near one of our families. When we went to Jennifer, she seemed so knowledgeable and gave us many options to think about. We decided to hire her and her team as there were some complications to our file.
It is a stressful process but the office always gave us a quick response to our questions – usually by email which we really appreciated so we could refer to them if we forgot something. They gave us a detailed list of what they needed us to provide and knew how to navigate through the system.
If we were to refer someone to Jennifer and her team, we would tell them that Jennifer is very knowledgeable and keeps on top of things. She is the best person to have in your corner. She got back to us very promptly and was very helpful. Everyone we dealt with at the office was really great. The team stayed consistent working on our file and everyone we spoke with was up to date on our case.
We appreciated that they were able to deal with time sensitive things promptly and we are really glad that I am now able to travel to my little brother’s high school graduation in the US and to travel the world with my wife – knowing that we will have Canada to come home to.
— Dom & Danielle
Brian & Jean
I met my wife Jean through mutual friends several years ago. We really clicked right away and soon I knew that I wanted to stay with her forever. I’m from the US and had been busy living my life here in Canada and hadn’t worried about my immigration status. I knew that I had to get it corrected and so both Jean and I were nervous when we came to Jennifer’s office. We had looked up various immigration lawyers online and sent email requests out to three of them. Jennifer was the only one who responded. We talked with them on the phone and decided to book a consultation. We never felt the need to look elsewhere.
The team at the office were very pleasant and helpful and we felt as comfortable as you could ever expect to be in a lawyer’s office. We were always able to joke and laugh in the office and never felt talked down to – one of my wife’s biggest pet peeves. We were lost in the sea of paperwork at times and the amount of information that we were asked to provide by Jennifer and her team was more than we would have ever thought of on our own. We could see the rationale behind what they asked for but it was hard to open our private lives to others. We could see the path that we were traveling and never felt pushed or pressured.
We want to give accolades to everyone in the office. From the front desk onwards everyone is professional and treated us like real human beings. We trusted them and weren’t disappointed. We always felt better upon leaving the office after a meeting with the folks in the office. The expense is a lot but now I can work here freely and I have a great job with benefits. Such a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Jean and I truly thank Jennifer and her team for helping us to live our lives. Thanks for all you did.
— Brian & Jean
A & W
I met my husband while on vacation in Northern Ireland. We fell in love and he came to Canada as a visitor. We did a couple of applications – for International Experience Canada and to extend his visitor visa on our own. We thought we were doing well until we hit a snag and were refused. We came to Jennifer because we were worried about some trouble in my husband’s past. We left our first meeting with Jennifer with hope. Both of us now wish that
we had come to her right from the start.
It has been a long journey for us – through a common-law application, a refusal, criminal rehab for a drinking charge several years ago in Northern Ireland, the second application after our wedding, the birth of our son… Jennifer and her team have been with us for it all. The team is very friendly and they certainly got to know us as people, not just clients. There were a lot of bumps in our road to get here but every time we hit a bump, Jennifer had a next step or a new path to take. We became a bit used to the ‘ok, here’s what happened… now we’re going to do this’ meeting. We learned to take the ‘good news’ phone calls with a bit of caution – especially if we’d gotten this far before. We truly felt that the team at the JRLaw was going through this journey with us. They were just as happy as we were with any good news and they felt the losses as deeply as we did.
When we received the call that Immigration had completed our file and my husband was going to become a permanent resident, I burst into tears. I was so glad that the father of my child would now have the weight of waiting
lifted off his shoulders.
We couldn’t have done this process on our own. When we recommend Jennifer and her team we tell them they are tried and tested. We’ve got the results to prove it – my husband is now a permanent resident and we can now begin our dreams for a home for our family.
Thank you, Jennifer and team, for always being on our side to make this happen.
— A & W
Andy and Christy
My wife Christy and I decided to file our own application for Christy’s permanent residence and work permit. I wish that we had come to see Jennifer before we put in our application. After our application was rejected two times by CIC, we went to Jennifer after searching on Google. When we did come to see her, we had problems with our file because we hadn’t done everything correctly. At our first consultation with Jennifer, I was impressed that she was very helpful and even stayed as long as she needed to ensure we had all of the information that we needed.
Jennifer was very efficient and very patient. She would even answer emails on her holidays if necessary for us. We were so stressed and anxious but Jennifer and her team helped to calm us down and give us a plan on how to proceed. What impressed us the most was that we constantly received updates and reminders of our file from her team. We never had to worry about our application, as we knew it had been monitored and taken care of. She was honest when she said in her first consultation ‘I wish you’d come to see me two years ago – you’d have your PR by now’ – and I’m convinced she was right.
We live out of town but they tried to make everything as convenient as possible – even allowing us to pay over the phone rather than having to make a trip to Kitchener. Her fees are fair and her account is very detailed and transparent which I appreciated.
When my wife faced some health challenges, Jennifer was the first one we turned to. She was able to take care of the immigration details and now my wife is a permanent resident and we are enjoying life with our family.
Thank you Jennifer and team. You’ve helped us to be able to live the life together that we’ve dreamed of.
— Andy and Christy
Kay and the Boys
Jennifer, I’m just writing this letter to thank you and your staff for all that you have done for the boys and I. You have made a lot of sacrifices for us.working-overtime
I am still in a state of euphoria and I can truly see the hands of God extended to us. He is truly an awesome God that loves us very much. The boys are so elated and they really appreciate all that you have done for them.
We thank you for attending the hearing with us especially on a holiday, and it was on family day when you could have been spending time with your family.
Words can never express the magnitude of what you have done for us and the time that you and your staff have put into our case and it is because of the great work that you all have done we were able to achieve this success.
The boys and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts. They have promised me that they intend to use this opportunity that was given to them to the best of their ability – to become productive members of society.
Because of you they have been given the chance of a lifetime – a home in Canada and great future.
God bless you.
— Kay and the boys