Saskatoon immigration lawyers are the men and women lawyers of Saskatoon’s legal community who handle the immigration requirements of people who live in Saskatoon, or anywhere in Saskatchewan for that matter.
Contacting an immigration lawyer can be one of the most important decisions you ever make. It can determine your entire future.
Sometimes immigration “lawyers” are referred to as immigration “attorneys” although this is generally considered more of an American term and really has no place in the Canadian legal system.
Canadian immigration is governed by the federal law known as the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) which came into force in 2002. Whether you are coming as a Refugee, in the Family Class or as an Economic Immigrant (including the “skilled worker” category) it is the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) which governs and sets the rules. This legislation can be viewed at Canada’s Department of Justice website.
In 2007 Statistics Canada prepared a report called “The Demographic Situation In Canada”. That report found that there were some 236,759 immigrants admitted to Canada in that year – 27,955 refugees, 66,229 who were family class and a hefty 131,250 who were in the economic class. The economic class includes business immigrants, company owners, investors, provincially nominated individuals and as well the self employed.
It is interesting to note that in 1913 over 400,000 immigrants were admitted to Canada – primarily to settle in western Canada. Many residents of the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan area can trace their roots back to those early settlement days of a hundred years ago. Today immigration to Canada is at about half that number and includes a great many skilled workers, temporary workers, live-in caregivers, and students.
The top 10 countries of origin in 2007 were reported as being:
- China and Hong Kong (counted together) 28,898
- India 28,520
- Philippines 19,718
- Pakistan 9,808
- USA 8,750
- Great Britain 7,324
- Iran 7,195
- South Korea 5,909
- Colombia 5,382
- Sri Lanka 4,068
Until 1947 Canadian citizenship did not exist. People were known as “British subjects”. However, shortly after the end of World War Two, the Canadian Citizenship Act came into force and Canadian citizenship became a reality. The law was substantially amended in 1977 with the passage of the Citizenship Act and that legislation governs to this day. There are further requirements but speaking generally an incoming immigrant becomes eligible for Canadian citizenship once they have been resident in Canada for 3 years. You need to check with an immigration lawyer on these matters.
The Citizenship Act can also be viewed at the Department of Justice website.
Advice from an immigration lawyer should be obtained to learn about all immigration requirements. Saskatoon immigration lawyers – like all lawyers in Saskatchewan – must be members of must be members of their professional and regulatory association which is called the Law Society of Saskatchewan.
Your more involved Saskatoon immigration lawyers will also be members of the Citizenship and Immigration Law North subsection of the Saskatchewan Bar Association as well.
Immigrating, trying to become a Canadian citizen in Saskatchewan or trying to get permanent residency in Canada are huge decisions. The legal requirements are complicated. Having a careful, knowledgeable immigration lawyer on your side provides the best chance of achieving success. The best immigration lawyer is the one that will help you and explain things to you and keep it simple.
It is important, in considering who your Saskatoon immigration lawyer is going to be, that you select one that is practical, experienced and knowledgeable of exactly how things work in Saskatoon. They should have an office in Saskatoon which is staffed full time and have been there for some years.
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