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Looking for an Immigration Lawyer? Look for Focus and Experience

Finding the right immigration lawyer is the most important decision you will make in your case or with your Application. As you might expect, locating the best lawyer for your immigration matter is not as simple as looking in a phone book or performing an Internet search. There are lots of lawyers in Toronto or Canada for that matter who may say they practice immigration law, but is that enough?

The answer is no. Immigration law isn’t something you dabble in, and it’s not something that can be learned on the fly. Given that your life and your future depend on your immigration lawyer’s skill, knowledge, and commitment, you need to make sure that your lawyer has two essential characteristics: focus and experience.

Focus: Immigration Should Be a Full-Time Practice Area

Your immigration lawyer should focus on nothing but immigration law. Immigration is a complex area of law that is constantly changing. Whether it’s new legislation, modified rules and regulations, or new directives from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the nuances and changes to the law require full-time focus and attention. The best immigration lawyers are those who devote their entire careers to immigration matters. At Butkowsky Immigration Law, we practice solely in the areas of immigration and refugee law. This allows us to keep up with all developments in the law so we can provide the best possible guidance to our clients. Avoid practitioners who include immigration in a multi-disciplinary law firm along with other areas such as bankruptcy, family law, criminal law and personal injury. They may be perfectly fine lawyers in those other areas, but the lack of focus on immigration law means you are taking a significant risk if you retain them. I cannot tell you how many people I have met who have had their Applications and for that matter, their futures in Canada compromised by poor legal work.

Experience: There is No Substitute

So much of what happens during the immigration process is not based on things that can be found in books; knowing the nuances of both the law and the reality of practice is crucial to obtaining successful results. Look for a lawyer who knows their way around the courthouse or the immigration Boards. Look for someone who knows how things work, and knows how things get done. Sound judgment and insight isn’t learned at a seminar. That is something that only comes from years of experience. You want a lawyer with experience handling all types of immigration cases and especially one who can and will deal with the type of situation you are facing. Don’t hesitate to ask your immigration lawyer about the types of cases he or she has encountered or how long they have been practicing immigration law exclusively.


With more than two decades of experience focused exclusively on immigration and refugee law, Larry Butkowsky has earned the respect of the Toronto legal community and the gratitude of many satisfied clients. He is committed to protecting his clients’ rights and making sure that they achieve their Canadian immigration dreams. Call (416) 979-2127 to discuss your matter.

This article has been prepared by Butkowsky Immigration Law for informational purposes only and does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice from an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.

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