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When choosing a lawyer to assist you with your immigration case, it is important to seek out a law firm with a solid track record and plenty of experience. The Law Firm of Larry Butkowsky has been a leader in immigration law in Toronto for more than two decades. Larry practices exclusively in the area of immigration and refugee law; that focus allows him to remain up-to-date on the latest developments in his field. Larry’s depth of experience means that he can provide effective and efficient representation; for his clients, that means peace of mind. Click links to the left for more information.

Larry Butkowsky assists clients with all types of immigration and refugee matters, including:

Permanent Residence

Permanent resident status allows a person to live and work in Canada, with most of the rights and protections that are afforded to Canadian citizens (although permanent residents are not allowed to vote). Spouses and dependent children may also be included on permanent resident applications or may be sponsored to come to Canada at a later date. Permanent residents become eligible for Canadian citizenship after three years, if they comply with all legal requirements. The Canadian government has created particular avenues to permanent residence for skilled workers, business immigrants (including entrepreneurs, investors, or self-employed persons), and those who are seeking admission to Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

Family Class Sponsorship – Spouse/Common Law Partner

We represent many individuals from around the world who wish to bring their family members to Canada. The bulk of these Applications are made by spouses or common law partners who wish to sponsor their spouses or common law partners such that they can become permanent residents of Canada. These type of Applications can be filed and processed overseas or even inside Canada when the spouse or common law partner is already in Canada. Inland applicants can even sometimes apply for and obtain work permits while the Application is being processed. These Applications can sometimes be very complicated and require a detailed and prescise approach to give clients the best chance possible for success.

Provincial Nominee Programs

Many Canadian provinces have also created their own individual immigration programs that allow them to nominate applicants to immigrate as permanent residents and live and work in that province.

Refugee Protection

Canada can offer protection for people who do not wish to return to their home country due to fear of persecution. A refugee protection claim may be made at any port of entry into Canada, or at a local Canada Immigration Centre (CIC). It is important to make your intention to seek refugee status known at the earliest possible opportunity; once it has been determined that the claimant is eligible, the claim will be sent to a hearing at the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB).

Study, Work, and Visitor Visas

If you are seeking employment in Canada, pursuing opportunities for education in Canada, or even if you wish to visit Canada, you will need to have the necessary legal permission; this usually comes in the form of a visa. Different types of visas carry with them different rights and requirements. They may generally be renewed, as long as the renewal is completed and filed before the original visa expires.

Appeals/Judicial Reviews

Larry and his team can assist with preparing appeals or judicial reviews of refused or negative immigration or refugee decisions.

Larry Butkowsky and his legal team are ready and available to assist you and your family in achieving your immigration goals. The firm focuses exclusively on immigration and refugee law, and represents clients who wish to become permanent residents or citizens, as well as those seeking temporary entry or short-term residence in Canada for a visit, work or educational purposes. Larry also helps those seeking refugee protection. Larry can assist clients with every step of the immigration process, from determining which immigration avenue is right for you to completing applications and paperwork to helping you prepare for interviews. Larry also advocates for his clients in immigration litigation, including appeals, judicial reviews, hearings, and deportation proceedings. With more than two decades of experience, 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 the immigration and transition to Canadian life is a smooth one. His firm is located at 41 Madison Ave., Toronto, Ontario M5R 2S2, or he may be reached by calling (416) 979-2127.

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