I want to work/extend my work in Canada.
Do you have an employer who wants to hire you? Do you want to come and check out whether Canada is for you – and explore the country a bit at the same time? Are you finishing your University/College program in Canada and want to start working? What sort of job is best for becoming a permanent resident? Have you been working on a work permit and it’s going to expire? You want to change jobs but your work permit is linked to your employer, what can you do? Do you need a work permit for the type of work you do? You’re coming for a short time to consult with your company’s Canadian suppliers, do you need a work permit?
There are lots of different factors that can affect the answers to these questions. Getting the right information can avoid a lot of hassle, frustration and worry down the road. Check out the links on this page for more resources and testimonials from past clients to see if we’re the right fit for you. When you’re ready, book a consultation so we can help you find the path that works best for you.
I’ve had a long road to get to where I am today. Fleeing from my home country as a teenager in the 1980’s, going through the refugee system in Canada where I was eventually successful in becoming a protected person. I filed for my PR on my own but it was refused in 2012. A few years later, I didn’t notice that my work permit had expired and I needed to restore my status. I spoke with Guelph Immigrant Services and they referred me to Jennifer’s office.
I knew that I wasn’t getting anywhere on my own. I’d fill out the form and send it off and they’d send it back because something was missing. I’d fix that and then it would come back with something else. I realized that I needed help. I went for a consultation with Jennifer and decided to hire her, as I only had a short time to restore my status. I’m glad I hired them – even though it ended up being a lot of money over the years.
I kept getting into trouble, but they were able to rescue me. Finally, I applied for PR again with their help; and today, I became a permanent resident. Now I have security that I’m not going to have to leave my spouse of 20 years and my Canadian children. I no longer have to fear being deported to a nation that I haven’t seen since I was a teen.
I would recommend Jennifer and her team to anyone who needs help. They’re efficient, competent and helpful professionals. They get the job done. I appreciated the way I felt in their office. They don’t talk down to their clients and I never felt like I was being interrogated. It was a lot of money and sometimes I needed some time to pay them. I’m grateful that they were helpful and came up with a payment plan that worked for both of us.
When I heard today that I can stay here in Canada for the rest of my life completely legally; that meant the world to me. What relief and freedom I feel as that weight is lifted off my shoulders. I know I’m going to be back as soon as possible for Jennifer and her team to help me finally become a Canadian citizen in this country where I’ve lived for 30 years.
I knew my case was unusual and complicated. My status had expired and my home country in South America was not a safe place any longer. I had not lived there for over 20 years and I had little reason and desire to go back given the crime and political instability. I had contacted a few lawyers in the Toronto area about my situation and all of them told me the only route for me to stay here was on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds – and that application takes years and is very difficult to prove. Their estimates told me that I had a 50% chance of succeeding with my application and the fees quoted were very expensive. My neighbor was the mother of a local lawyer, who works in other areas of law. She asked her daughter if there was someone she would recommend I speak to about immigration. The daughter recommended Jennifer and so I gave her office a call.
I wasn’t really expecting much from my first consultation with Jennifer. I expected that she would give me the same advice that all the others had. Everyone else that I’d spoken to focused on the broad strokes of my situation. Jennifer delved into the specifics. I was skeptical when she presented me a strategy that used the economic immigration pathway, through the express entry system. I told her that everyone else had told me that wasn’t an option for me. She looked at me and said ‘I don’t care what everyone has told you; I can see a path to making this happen and I have done similar things before”. Her passion, experience and confidence led me to trust her and see what happens. She gave me 80% odds initially of estimated success. Today, I’m so glad I made that leap with her. She calls me her ‘miracle file’ and I’ll take that.
There were a few hiccups during my time with the office; some miscommunications and different expectations on both sides. However, I appreciate that they worked with me to resolve those issues with a face-to-face meeting which sorted things out. Everyone I dealt with at the office was competent, knowledgeable and friendly. I was a bit concerned when Jennifer transferred the day-to-day aspects of my file to one of her senior staff, but after dealing with her, I’m happy to sing her praises. I have a deep appreciation for all the hard work she put in on my behalf. My questions were answered quickly and clearly. There were a few times when I needed further clarification on an answer, but it was always given promptly and I was eventually clear on the communication.
I am happy to recommend Jennifer and her team to anyone who needs it. No matter your situation, they will get you the right help for you. They will give you an honest and upfront assessment about your situation and your options. They helped me through an impossible case so I’m fairly certain they can help you.
Looking back on my time with Jennifer and team, I remember when they had all the documents ready to be uploaded and every box was ticked off and we were good to go. It was so reassuring to know that after looking over everything I’d given them, we were finally ready to get the process started.
Now, less than a year later, I have my permanent residency here and I see it as the key to freedom for the rest of my life. My home country is not sustainable at the moment. If I had to return there, I’d be starving, dead, or a criminal. I can now help my family come and stay in Canada. I met someone during my time here in Canada and now I can look forward to planning our wedding and getting started on our future together.
Thank you Jennifer and team for getting me this first step towards freedom.
My Great Aunt is quite elderly and could no longer manage on her own. She was alone here in Canada and so I needed to figure out a way to build my life here so that I could support myself while I was taking care of her. My friend has contact with a lot of judges in the Waterloo Region and she asked them who they would recommend to help me. They all said Jennifer. One of my neighbours is a former client as well and he also had good things to say about the process he had to bringing his wife to Canada using Jennifer’s services.
I’d met with other lawyers and they said, “maybe the law will change and there will be a way to have you get PR”. I didn’t have too much hope that Jennifer’s answers would be different but I had nothing to lose. However, when I went to see Jennifer, she came up with a plan. It was a bit outside of the box – but it worked. We worked together to build up a business that would get me to my goal of permanent residency. It was a lot of work, and it was a bit expensive (both with the business and Jennifer’s fees) but it was worth it – I would hire them again.
Everyone in the office is nice. They are good people who answered my questions quickly. I am happy to recommend them to others as they provided a valuable service for me. They know how the system works and their ability to guide me through the process was really helpful. Jennifer is always learning and keeps on top of the changing rules. You’ll be in good hands with them.
Now I have a home here in Canada. I am free to explore all the options I want for my future. Now I’m looking forward to being able to be a citizen as soon as possible.
Thank you for helping me get here.
Anna and Anh
I first came to Jennifer’s office on the recommendation of a family friend. I was having trouble with my Post-Graduate Work Permit back in 2016. Jennifer was very helpful in sorting out my situation and so when it came time for figuring out how to get permanent residency, she was the one we turned to.
Shortly after I first went to see Jennifer, I met My Canadian husband Anh. In the spring of 2018 we went together for a consultation with Jennifer once we were engaged. Anh had a refused sponsorship application before and so we knew we didn’t want to do this on our own. His previous experience, with another representative, didn’t give him high hopes of Jennifer being able to help us. However, after our first consultation with Jennifer, he completely changed his mind. Both of us liked the detailed plan she presented us and he said ‘we should do this – I think they’ll do great for us”. We hired Jennifer and were 100% glad we did.
The process was less stressful and went very smoothly, even with both of our previous application hiccups (individually) in the past. The entire office is friendly, organized and very professional. We didn’t have a lot of concerns or questions because they were so thorough in preparing us for each step along the way.
We had complete confidence in them and that was invaluable. It gave us less stress as we were going through the process. We’ve already recommended them to others telling them that Jennifer and her whole team will make sure everything is done properly. You’ll be 100% good to go before they file. They were on point with everything with us and were very transparent about what they were doing.
Overall as a team, everyone we dealt with was equally great. We’d like to give a shout out to the whole office. It didn’t matter who we saw in a particular meeting, the same values and professionalism were there across the entire team. It was a great process, start to finish.
Now I’m a permanent resident here, after being here for six years. If we tried to do this by ourselves, we would have really struggled. Now we can plan our future; trips, travels, bringing my family here… the future is bright.
Thanks to everyone for getting us here.
Anna and Anh
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 employer was the one that introduced me to Jennifer and her team. They were working on getting me a Work Permit through a Labour Market Impact Assessment. They were very helpful through that process and so; when it came time for me to think about permanent residency here, it was a no brainer to use their firm. They had most of my information already – in fact they were the ones who were on top of me that I was now eligible to apply for PR.
As I was out of town, it was very helpful to be able to do things remotely most of the time. They were super informative and gave me lots of helpful reminders. They were always amazing to answer my email questions and I felt like I had all the help in the world.
In the time frame I had, I would never have been able to do this on my own. I have a full time job and it isn’t working on immigration. I leave that to the professionals.
I’m happy to recommend Jennifer and her team to anyone. They make the process easy. They told me here’s your list of stuff to do, I did it and they took care of everything else.
I appreciate their preparation. From the time I was going to get my work permit for the first time at the border to the call to me telling me that I had a date to become a permanent resident, I was supported by a great team.
For any future immigration matters, I know where I’m turning first. Thanks guys.
I initially came to Jennifer through the recommendation of my employer – who had used her for other clients and was happy with their services. I can now say that I add my recommendation to hers. When I first came to Jennifer and her team for my permanent residency, both of us thought it was going to be fairly straightforward.
However, the main reason I’m grateful that I hired them was because there were a lot of unexpected challenges. They discovered that there were some hurdles with my previous work permit employment and so we had to come up with a few different strategies to get me to where I wanted to be – a permanent resident here in Canada.
That being said, I didn’t have to do much thinking and worrying about the details. Jennifer and her team laid out the plan and gave me that plan to follow. That plan was very comforting. I wouldn’t have been able to do this on my own. In fact, that’s one of the things I most appreciated – I was never alone through this process. If an issue came up, it was quickly addressed, often with solutions or options before I even knew there was a concern. They were always quick to give me a phone call or email as needed.
The value of having someone there for you when there are problems is impossible to put a dollar figure on. Everything was organized and they got it done. I didn’t have to figure out how to do it, they overcame the challenges that I brought to the table. For all those reasons, I’m happy to recommend Jennifer and her team to others.
It’s been longer than I originally anticipated when I first came to their office, but they got me here. I’m now a permanent resident and my opportunities are now able to become realities. Thanks Jennifer and team for all your help.
I originally came to Jennifer when I was planning to study in Canada. She was able to get me my study permit and then my post graduate work permit. I’m very happy with the service I received then and there was no need to go anywhere else when it was time to apply for permanent residency.
Everyone in the office is patient and competent. Jennifer is really kind and been very helpful in stressful situations. I’ve always been given all the support that I need from their office. No one is perfect and sometimes glitches happen. I see that as the cost of doing business and I’m much more likely to go return to a place that owns their failings. I’ve referred other friends and family to Jennifer and now that I’m a permanent resident, I’ll remain engaged with her law office for my Citizenship. I plan on referring Jennifer’s law office to my family, friends and acquaintances interested in applying for Canadian immigration. Thanks again for everything.
I was in trouble when I came to Jennifer the first time. I hadn’t told Immigration Canada that I was married when I came to Canada as a live-in-caregiver – as a result when I added him to my PR application, they sent me a letter asking for more information. I didn’t know what to do; but I knew I needed someone to help me sort things out. I didn’t want to have to give up on our dream of a better life here in Canada, but I didn’t know if I had options.
My former employer Googled immigration lawyers and Jennifer came up first. I read everything. She sounded like the best person to help me and so we called for an appointment. I felt like no one would be able to help me, but I had to at least try. I wasn’t sure how I was going to do this financially, but this was more important than money.
Since working with Jennifer and her team, my nerves are gone. It’s a nice place that calms my nerves. I trust them. I’m not organized and so they would follow up with me and keep me on track. I was able to cry with them, and be honest with them, and then they could really represent me to Immigration Canada. They never stopped fighting for my husband and me. They’re on top of things and didn’t forget about me.
When I got a call from the office telling me the date I was going to become a permanent resident, I just started to cry. I couldn’t believe that it was finally my turn. When I looked at the landing paperwork and saw my husband’s name there as my accompanying spouse, I finally felt it was real. I sent him a photo of the paper and told him ‘ you’re next in line – I’ll see you soon’. It’s such a relief. I felt like there has been a bone stuck in my heart for years and now it’s gone. I haven’t seen my husband in five years because I wanted to save for our future. Now I’m going back to get him. This time when I leave the Philippines, I’ll be happy to return home because my family is coming with me.
Thank you, Jennifer and team, for making that happen.
Corey & Taylor
My partner and I are cheerleading coaches from the US. We initially discovered Jennifer’s office when we were looking to take jobs offered to us in Canada, but we couldn’t get the work permit process figured out on our own. Our employers found Jennifer online and looked over the reviews. They called three different people and ended up coming in for a consultation with Jennifer and the rest is history.
It may seem strange that my best moment with the office was when they were with me at the border trying to get my work permit and I had been refused entry. From the way they talked to me in that moment, I knew right then and there that they had a plan, that they had my back. They knew the next step in the process and I felt confident that I was in good hands. They did get my work permit approved and so it only made sense to go to them once we were eligible for permanent residency.
I have a lot of energy and have trouble sitting still for meetings in a lawyer’s office. I really appreciated that our meetings were quick. They were well thought out and decisive. I knew the next thing that I had to do and there was always an email follow-up to remind me. I need deadlines and they were great to give them to me.
I’m a great cheerleading coach, but I don’t know this process. They do; so I let them do what they do best. That being said, they never talked down to me. The people I interacted with were pure gems.
Now that my partner and I are permanent residents – approved in less than 2 months by the way – I have the freedom to work and grow in my profession as a coach. There’s a lot more stability because we can stay here, work here and live our lives here. With the uncertainty in my country, I love that both of us have found a future here in Canada.
— Corey & Taylor
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.
Arjen & Karin
My wife and I had been working here on Work Permits. Unfortunately, things did not go as we expected with my employer. We didn’t want to rely on our previous lawyer to make sure that things got sorted out for our permanent residence application so we got a referral to Jennifer’s office. We looked her up online and then called in to the office.
From the first consultation meeting with Jennifer, we realized that this was a place we felt comfortable. The meeting was hectic and there was a lot of information and options thrown around. We both agreed that she was very knowledgeable. As we had a lot of stuff on our plate; this was something we could off-load. We knew that we couldn’t do the process by ourselves and we both agreed to let the professionals handle it.
Every meeting or interaction (phone, email, skype) we were greeted warmly – usually with hugs in the office. Each milestone in our journey was celebrated with the whole office and we knew that they genuinely cared about us and our future. Not worrying about the details allowed the two of us to focus on our lives and our relationship; not our immigration paperwork.
We’re happy to recommend everyone at Jennifer’s office to others. It’s a personal, caring and professional team. They stay up-to-date on the law and there may be more options available that you know.
We came to Canada to start a new life and now we have. Now that we are permanent residents; the restrictions are gone. We can choose our future. We have ideas to start new businesses, personal goals that can now move forward; our insecurities and fears are gone. No one is going to kick us out of our home.
Thank you Jennifer and team for helping us achieve the life we’ve always wanted.
— Arjen & Karin
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 am originally from Bermuda and while that may sound like a great place to call home, I realized that I no longer fit in with that culture. I realized that I fit in Canada like a hand in a really nice glove.
I had come to Canada for University and had stayed and found work and love here. I wanted to figure out how to get my permanent residency and I knew that I had procrastinated on getting that taken care of. I googled Immigration lawyers in the area because I didn’t want to do this process myself. I came to her office because she had the highest ratings on Google and I liked that Jennifer was an immigrant herself. I liked everyone immediately and although Jennifer was tough, but fair, during the consultation, she laid out my options clearly and didn’t, as I like to say ‘blow a lot of smoke up the tailpipe’.
Because of a variety of circumstances, we decided to do an In-Canada Spousal application with my partner Andy sponsoring me. Both of us are extremely satisfied with our experience with Jennifer and her office. They are professional and courteous and fast working. I never walked away without the answer I was looking for. They’re honest and transparent and they provided a lot of value for both of us. I did learn that this process works as hard as you work it.
This process isn’t cheap, but I expected that. I do like to feel that the people I’m paying are working for my money, just like I did to earn it. I felt they used my time well. Everyone we worked with was fantastic. They have great expertise and industry-specific knowledge that is very helpful. I have recommended like 12 people to their office because I’m that satisfied with them.
I’m the type of person that, if I can cut risk out, I will do it. I could do this process myself but if I can make sure that every “i” is dotted and “t” is crossed by having someone do it for me; that’s worth it to me. They see changes in law and respond faster than I could ever do on my own. I like hedging my bets so spending time and money to have a good shot and being successful the first time was the way to go for me. Canada isn’t a frightening country, but the process is still intimidating and I didn’t want to mess anything up. I was still anxious whenever I heard from them and so simple things like ‘good news!’ in the subject line of an email was really helpful for me.
When they called me in December and told me that our file was complete and that I was going to have the gift of permanent residency for Christmas, I couldn’t contain myself. It finally sunk in; the freedom that gift gave me. I moved around a lot as a kid and so I’d always defined ‘home’ in terms of people, not geography. This is the first time I have a geographic home. I’ve sacrificed for it, I’ve worked for it, and now I have the freedom to enjoy it.
I’ve got my love here, my job is here and I have a community here that I want to give back to. Thank you Jennifer and team for helping me to come home.
I had a complicated work history and I wasn’t sure how to even go about the process of becoming a permanent resident here in Canada. I am an American whose partner was here in Canada but I traveled so much for work that we didn’t meet the requirements for the family class. I knew that I didn’t have the time or the desire to take care of this process on my own and so I did what many people do, I did a Google search. I really liked Jennifer’s site and that she was an immigrant herself and so I sent her an email from her website. I didn’t expect a reply over the holidays but I was pleasantly surprised. I liked that their office felt very personal and not corporate and I trusted them right from the beginning. Everyone I spoke with was very straightforward and honest. I didn’t bother contacting any other firm, I knew I’d found the people that could help me.
They were very competent and helpful but also kind and patient. They were very understanding of our less than stereotypical situation and never made us feel embarrassed with anything we shared with them. They were very realistic in laying out various options and gave us scenarios from other clients where they had done similar things. I felt that I asked a lot of questions – especially at the beginning but was never made to feel ‘less than’ for not knowing something. They explained complicated issues in a straightforward manner and I would tell anyone who was going through this process that they can have confidence that Jennifer and her team will get you though, no matter how long it takes.
Did they provide value for us? Oh my gosh yes! We were supported through every stage of the process and it felt like the team was cheering every milestone achieved right along with me. That simple encouragement made a long process feel like we were accomplishing goals along the way and I can’t overstate the value of that as a client.
Now that I have my permanent residency I can live my life in Canada with freedom and peace of mind. I still travel a lot and now I don’t have to worry that I will be stopped from coming home to my family. Thank you Jennifer and team for making that dream come true.
In applying for permanent residence in Canada, I had a bit of a complicated situation, as I was already working in Canada and travelling overseas a lot. I looked on the Immigration website and saw that there were a lot of options and this confused me given my situation, so I didn’t think that I could / wanted to do this process on my own. When I was referred to Jennifer by a friend, I read her website and researched her a bit. She seemed like she had experience and was well known and knew what she was talking about. I booked a consultation and decided to hire her to help me.
Would I do it again? Yes. Of course it did cost a fair amount of money, but it relieved me from a lot of stress and me having to figure out a whole lot of things that I just didn’t have time for. I have a somewhat complex work history including working in various countries in the past, and I would have had a hard time to try and figure out how to represent myself to Immigration accurately. I appreciated that they had a professional, structured process and they kept me in line. They sometimes gave me maybe too much information at once but I overall knew what I needed to do and was able to follow their instructions and felt taken care of. I appreciated that they responded to my questions promptly and directly.
While there wasn’t anyone specifically in the office that stands out for me, they were all very helpful. They know their business and they get things done. They’re trustworthy and transparent – and honest. Overall, I’m very happy with the process. They have given me all the tools I need to become a permanent resident here in Canada.
Thank you to Jennifer and team for walking with me through a challenging and sometimes stressful process and taking away the frustration and stress that I’m sure would have overwhelmed me if I’d attempted this on my own.
I came to Canada from the Philippines as a live-in caregiver to an elderly gentleman who has remained a good friend to me throughout this process. I applied for permanent residency in 2013 and had become more and more frustrated at the length of time that my application was taking. There were several communications back and forth with Immigration but I finally decided that I needed someone advocating for me. A close friend of mine had recently received her PR and she told me that I should go and see Jennifer to see if she could help.
My employer and I went for a consultation and I felt, after talking with Jennifer, that she could help me. I’m so glad that I made the decision to hire her. When my marriage fell apart, I’m so glad that Jennifer and her team understood my situation and listened and gave me true respect, good advice and helped me to understand all that I needed in order to make good decisions about the future for me and my son.
When I think of the value that Jennifer’s office provided me, it’s hard to put it into words. I trust them. They handled all the details and now I have my PR and soon my son will join me and I can begin my life again.
I tell people that I have the proof that she does what she says – I am able to permanently stay in Canada because Jennifer and her team really took care of me. I’ve spent my life taking care of others and to feel taken care of meant so much to me. They treat me as family and they care that they do things right.
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 was referred to Jennifer by my financial advisor. I was in a difficult situation in that I was working with a Canadian business partner and we needed to figure out if there was a way for me to become a permanent resident using my experience with my business. He told me that Jennifer was straightforward and to the point and would honestly tell me if I had a chance.
My business partner and I went to Jennifer for a consultation and laid out our situation. She was very honest and said that my chances were close to zero. I’d gone to another firm and they gave me some generic options that didn’t sound like they suited my situation. Jennifer outlined what she thought of a long shot option but it seemed to make sense. I realized I was more comfortable with the honest answer that this probably won’t work than those who gave me false hope. She was able to see clearly without all the emotion that was clouding my judgement. She could see the whole plan and not just the next step.
There is no ‘dilly dallying’ with Jennifer and her team. They are very efficient and got back to me with anything that I needed really quickly. Most often they were the ones to chase my partner and me down to get the information they needed. I liked that they would send me information by email so that I could go back and review what they’d said later when I couldn’t remember what they’d told me.
They gave me such peace of mind – even though it was a long shot, I knew that they were in my corner and would do everything they could for me. They were great at telling me exactly what I needed to provide to them and they made me more organized. As complicated as the process was, they made it straight forward and simplified so I wasn’t overwhelmed.
I would recommend them to people who are serious about getting results. They make sure you’re on the same page and get things done. They don’t make false promises and are very transparent through the whole process. I really valued that they gave me an honest opinion on my situation. Their previous experience with corporations and business people make them uniquely qualified to talk to our corporate lawyer as well as my business partner and explain why we had to do things a certain way. I felt very supported through the whole process.
I’m soon to be a new father and I was successful in getting my permanent residency. I’m certainly going to come back to Jennifer to help me make sure that my family can all be together here in our new home.
I came to Canada for University and stayed on to work with my Uncle on my Post Graduate Work Permit. I had come to love Canada and wanted to become a permanent resident but neither my uncle nor I could figure out the point system or how to be selected under the economic streams.
My uncle had a friend who recommended that we come and see Jennifer and we’re glad we did. Jennifer drafted a plan and then another plan when the law changed late last year. I’m glad I hired her to be on top of the changes in law because she was able to shift plans mid-stream and find a solution that worked for both my Uncle and I.
The office is friendly, informative and they get the job done. The price was reasonable and the office was easy to get to – we didn’t have to go to Toronto. What I liked about Jennifer was that she would lay out all the options that were available to me and then she would give her personal recommendation as to which option she thought was best – but it was always my decision. I really liked that she personalized the law to fit my situation.
They were able to help me pull together all the information I had in an organized way – and told me what I needed to provide and why that was needed. Everyone in the office was really nice to me.
What I would recommend for anyone with immigration issues, whether they’re straight forward or complicated, go to Jennifer for a consultation. Get your options from an expert rather than looking online. Not all the answers are there and your situation may not be like another person’s. Go; get your options as things change all the time. Get the current info and then make an informed decision if you want to do this on your own or hire someone to help you.
Now I’m able to go and visit my family over the holidays and become a permanent resident when I land back in Canada. Thank you Jennifer and team for helping me settle in my new home.
I came to Canada for University and fell in love with the country. I graduated from University in Waterloo and started working in my field. My employer was willing to help me get my permanent residence through the Express Entry system, although I didn’t end up needing to go through the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process. They got a recommendation from their lawyer to come and see Jennifer and her team for advice on how to best go about getting me permanent status here. When I came for a consultation with my employer, Jennifer instilled a lot of confidence that she could help us through this process.
I had no experience with this system and so hiring Jennifer took the headache off of me. I was applying when the Express Entry rules were changing and the amount of points you got for various things was shifting. I was really glad that I had someone to help me navigate through all the policy changes. Everyone that I dealt with in the office was confident in what they were doing and so I was confident. I have to give them a “double thumbs up” for how they responded to any questions or concerns that I had.
I got used to getting calls from the office saying ‘so.. this happened and so now we’ll do this…”. It was frustrating but at the same time it was nice to know that I had other options and had people who were walking me through the process.
I am now a permanent resident here in Canada and I’m happy to recommend Jennifer and her staff to anyone – in fact I already have. I tell them my experience was great and so they should use my lawyer because I had a great one.
Thanks, Jennifer and team.
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
I am from the Bahamas and have been here as a work permit holder in Canada. I had done most of my applications on my own but I ran into some difficulties extending my work permit and dealing with the LMIA process. I decided that I needed to hire a lawyer and so I did a google search and found Jennifer Roggemann Law Office and specifically, her associate, Tiffani Frederick.
What I most appreciated when I met with Tiffani and Jennifer during my meeting to hire them was that Jennifer came in to explain all my options and Tiffani assured me that my case was not the most dire one they had ever worked on – a great relief to me.
Although we didn’t end up doing a lot of things together, they were friendly and reassuring and quite professional. They were very quick to respond to my emails. Hiring them allowed me to sleep better at night. Sometimes, you just need a lawyer to fight for you and get you the right information. Jennifer and her team are the ones to do that for you.
If I had known at the beginning what I know now, I would have hired an immigration lawyer from the start – just for the peace of mind if nothing else. I really enjoyed working with Tiffani and her way of keeping me calm and Jennifer was very knowledgeable and had some suggestions that I had never even thought of.
I am now a permanent resident here and I will definitely use their services again. I want to have my mom and sister join me from Bahamas and the peace of mind is well worth the money.
Florian & Elizabeth
My girlfriend and I had done some research online about how to get me to be able to become a permanent resident here in Canada. Our situation was a bit unique and we weren’t sure that it could be done. We talked with Jennifer and with another lawyer at another firm. When we compared them, there was really no comparison. While Jennifer quoted us a higher price than the other firm, we could see why. Jennifer put us at ease quite quickly and was very professional. She was very organized and gave us a plan. She had a solution that the other person hadn’t even mentioned.
We decided to go with Jennifer because we knew our situation was difficult and didn’t want to do it on our own. We decided that Jennifer’s plan made sense and we believed it was our best option. Looking back, both my girlfriend and I would make the same decision again. Jennifer and her team are efficient, clear on what we needed and easy to get a hold of. They gave us a time frame for the things we needed to get done and set goals for us to meet. They knew the process and were very good at emailing us or phoning us to keep us on track. The ability to use online tools to share documents was really helpful.
Their knowledge of the process, and giving us extra information just to be helpful, was very much appreciated. Both Elizabeth and I would recommend Jennifer and her team because you know for sure that you are going to get the best service possible. It’s professional and they know what they’re talking about. They kept us in the loop as the process was going along and although it was still stressful, it was nice to know that they were on top of things.
I am now a permanent resident and both my girlfriend and I are looking forward to our future together here in Canada. We really thank Jennifer and her team for helping make our future a reality.
— Florian & Elizabeth
Darren & Penny
I met my partner at the trucking company where we both worked at the time. I was on a work permit as a long haul trucker and my partner Penny worked in the main office. I fell in love with her and her family and soon we were looking for ways to have me stay here permanently. As I was on the road a lot, the burden was really on Penny to be on top of all this. We knew that we didn’t want to do this on our own. We wanted to leave it to the professionals and get it done right the first time. Penny found Jennifer online and we called for a consultation. Both of us walked out from that meeting with 100% confidence that this was the person that we wanted to work with. It just felt right.
I told Jennifer that, knowing what I know now, that I would absolutely hire Jennifer again in a heartbeat. I told her if she doubled her fee, I’d still do it. We had a few hiccups in our file – from the government end and having Jennifer on our side was invaluable. The staff is friendly and welcoming and very helpful. They were wonderfully patient and understanding with our questions and concerns.
As I was on the road a lot, having Jennifer’s team handle everything was worth its weight in gold. They knew what needed to be done and it was done when it was supposed to be done. It was invaluable to have Jennifer in our corner when there was a glitch from Immigration Canada. We would have been lost if we had received our package back and had nowhere to turn.
I have recommended others to go and see Jennifer because the extra touches go above and beyond normal service. I had been trying to figure out a business plan and needed a corporate lawyer but hadn’t been able to get anywhere. I mentioned my frustrations to Jennifer in passing while we were in the office for another reason. We knew that was not her area, or we would have come to her for that as well. Without even asking, she set me up with her own personal lawyer – that’s the kind of person that she is.
Everyone we dealt with in the office, and each person is an expert in their part of the application, was super fantastic. The professionalism and respect from everyone was amazing. Even with hiccups in our file, we completed our In-Canada application well short of the posted processing time.
Neither Penny nor I could imagine using another firm for any immigration work we have in the future. Jennifer and team, thank you for your amazing work on our behalf. Now we are able to move forward with our lives without travel restrictions and worries about our future.
— Darren & Penny
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
I am from India and wanted to continue my post graduate education in Canada. I was seriously considering the University of Waterloo at the time and it made sense to see if there was an immigration lawyer in that area who could help me. I searched on Google and found Jennifer Roggemann’s Google+ page. I saw the law office reviews (4.8 out of 5) and this got me to contact her offices via their website. They very quickly replied to my email and set up a skype consultation that fit my busy schedule.
I liked the thoroughness of the consultation. Jennifer was honest with me throughout our interactions. She always played the ‘devil’s advocate’ and showed me the way by addressing all my issues and concerns. I am glad that I decided to hire her and her team to apply for my study permit. With her, every penny spent was worth its value.
I have already referred many friends and acquaintances to Jennifer and her team. I tell them that the office reflects professionalism and honesty. I told them that Jennifer is the right person to give you a new perspective on your situation. Her staff is thorough, organized and prompt in their response to any questions. I appreciated that I could see them over skype and feel more connected to the process.
I received my study permit faster than I was expecting and I am now ready to start my Master’s program this fall at the University of Waterloo. When I arrived at their Canadian office in person for the first time, I was warmly greeted and welcomed.
When I am eligible, I am definitely going to use Jennifer and her team to help me with any further immigration matters.
I came to Jennifer’s office very nervous about my status in Canada. I had gone to school here and finished my degree. I’d made a very simple mistake of not signing my application for my Post Graduate Work Permit before I sent it in. Also, my study permit expired at that moment. I was in a time crunch to be able to start my career here in Canada. I had met with someone else whose information just didn’t seem right to me and so I decided to look online and found Jennifer. I asked a family friend who works in the industry what they thought of Jennifer and she highly recommended her. I’m glad that I followed her advice to come and have a consultation with Jennifer.
Jennifer is very sharp and knows what she’s doing. I felt comfortable with her and the proposal she outlined made sense. For the first time, I saw a light at the end of the tunnel and knew that there were options for me. This was my first real experience with a lawyer and I’ve heard others who had a bad experience with a lawyer but I would hire Jennifer again. She and her team are friendly and welcoming and yet very professional. They made me feel relaxed and comfortable and I trusted them.
When it was time for me to apply for my permanent residency under the Canadian Experience Class, they were well prepared and gave me a list of what I needed to do. They were always responsive when I asked them a question and I felt like they outlined the options for me and informed me but the decision and control always rested with me. I felt empowered that I was making good decisions for my future based on solid advice. Throughout the process, they were on top of my file and making sure that I was kept in the loop. My work permit was expiring in a few months and Jennifer made sure to have a meeting with me to discuss my options and plan out what we needed to do so I could keep working while we waited for the paperwork. Thankfully, none of that was needed because I received my permanent residency before my status was expired.
Would I recommend Jennifer and her team to others? I already have. I definitely got the service I expected. Yes, lawyers cost money, but they saved me time and I didn’t have to worry all the time. I received timely email updates from the staff and answers to my questions were prompt and well informed. I appreciated that I got a personally signed Christmas card from everyone I had worked with in the office. It meant a lot to me that they took the time to write a personal note in a busy time of year.
I am now a permanent resident and I can look forward to having my family come and visit me in my new home here in Canada. Thank you Jennifer and your team for all your hard work on my behalf.
I am a US Citizen who had been working in Canada for a few years. I wanted to apply for permanent residency through the Canadian Experience Class in 2014. It was important to me to get a licensed professional to make sure everything was done correctly. I searched the internet for immigration lawyers in the area. My search led me to the office of Jennifer Roggemann.
When we met, I found Jennifer to be very knowledgeable and straight-forward about the process, the timing and the chances for positive outcome. Advised of likely success, we agreed to move forward and I retained her services for the completion of my PR application. During the process, I was always kept abreast of progress and my questions were always answered quickly and decisively. Along the way, Jennifer also helped me to obtain a Bridging Work Permit which awarded me with the ability to stay and work in Canada while my PR application was under review by the government.
With the changes in how Economic applications are being processed, my file took longer than originally anticipated. However, I was kept informed on changes as they occurred.
It was never difficult to get an appointment and communication was always easy and swift. The staff at Roggemann’s is friendly and everything was processed accurately. I am happy to report that my VISA has been approved. I would recommend the Roggemann Law Office to others who are looking for assistance with their immigration to Canada. As a bonus, if you like supporting professional women like I do, Jennifer’s office is an all-female office dedicated to superior service!!
I am grateful for the expert advice and assistance that the Roggemann Law Office was able to provide.
I am a European university professor who has been living in Canada for many years with my Canadian wife and son. I first contacted Jennifer in July of 2014, after my wife and I had run into problems with our Spousal application
for my permanent residency.
In our first meeting, Jennifer explained the situation and laid out the available options very clearly. Whether or not you intend to let her handle your application, I recommend that you consult with Jennifer at least on
I myself decided to entrust Jennifer with handling my application, since my work permit was set to expire soon, and I felt that there was no more margin for error. We submitted a Canadian Experience Class application at the end of the year, only to be told later by CIC that they had already met their quota for the year by the time of our submission, and moreover that some new rules and regulations had come into effect. This was of course quite
frustrating, but Jennifer and her staff were on the case immediately and promptly refiled the application according to the new regulations. We ended up going through the Express Entry Profile and Online CEC Application
system. Ongoing changes to the system made by CIC meant that the ground kept shifting beneath our feet.
However, Jennifer and her team stayed on top of things. Their replies to our questions, mostly via email or phone, were always prompt and helpful. On the whole we felt well taken care of. Happily, my PR application was
recently approved. I do not think that I could have managed this alone, particularly not in the available time frame, and I’m happy with my decision to let Jennifer handle my file.
A colleague of mine, who is in a similar situation and whom I have since referred to Jennifer, has also decided to entrust her with his application. I would recommend Jennifer and her team to anyone looking for competent and
efficient help with their immigration issues. Thanks Jennifer.
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