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What It’s Like to Live in Saskatchewan as a Newcomer

By Rachel BarrickJuly 9, 2018
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Saskatchewan has been called the “land of the living skies” for its beautiful sunrises and colorful skies, and is known for its lakes and natural beauty. What you may not know, however, is what a diverse, lively, and unique place to live it really is. From a vibrant arts and culture scene, to its many provincial […]

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Supreme Court Upholds Travel Ban: What it Means and What to Do if You’re Affected

By Rachel BarrickJune 29, 2018
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Over the past year, various versions of a travel ban on certain countries have been proposed. The first two versions were turned down, however, after months of deliberation the US Supreme Court has voted to uphold the ban as an acceptable exercise of executive power, with a few minor changes. Resulting in a 5-4 vote, […]

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Alberta for New Immigrants: Moving to Alberta

By Rachel BarrickDecember 7, 2020

What It’s Like to Live in Alberta as a Newcomer The province of Alberta has a little bit of everything: from mountains and lakes, to arts and culture. The two largest cities in the province are Calgary and Edmonton, however Alberta is filled with smaller cities and towns each with something special to offer. Throughout […]

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Manitoba for Immigrants: Live Like a Local

By Rachel BarrickDecember 7, 2020

What It’s Like to Live in Manitoba as a Newcomer Located in the heart of Canada between Ontario and Saskatchewan, Manitoba is one of the three prairie provinces. The landscape of Manitoba varies from lakes and rivers to mountains, forests, and prairies. It holds a great deal of protected wilderness with over 80 provincial parks […]

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How to Choose a NOC Code for Canadian Immigration 2022

By Rachel BarrickDecember 19, 2021
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What is the NOC and NOC Code in Canada? If you are applying to work in Canada on either a temporary or permanent basis, you will be required to identify a NOC code as part of your immigration application. The NOC code is a unique four-digit code assigned by the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system […]

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Manitoba Investor Program 2022

By Rachel BarrickDecember 17, 2021
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What is Canada Investor Visa Manitoba? The Manitoba Business Investor Stream was introduced in 2015 as a means to stimulate the Manitoba economy and bring in qualified applicants from abroad. Part of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), seeks out individuals whose business experience and investment capabilities will have a high chance of success in […]

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Victoria Day Canada 2018

By Rachel BarrickMay 21, 2018
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What is Victoria Day? Every year on the last Monday before May 25th, all of Canada takes off work and school to celebrate the birthday of Queen Victoria of England. Born May 24, 1819, Queen Victoria was the longest reigning monarch of England until the current Queen Elizabeth II. Though nowadays Victoria Day unofficially marks […]

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Secrets to Getting a US Visitor Visa

By Rachel BarrickDecember 19, 2019
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What is a US Visitor Visa? If you are planning on traveling to the United States for business, tourism, vacation, or visit, you may need to apply for a visitor visa. This visa will allow you to temporarily visit the United States, and comes in the form of a B-1, B-2, or B-1/B-2 combination visa. […]

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Tips for a US Embassy or Consulate Visit

By Rachel BarrickJuly 30, 2019
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How to Prepare for Your Embassy or Consulate Visit Whether you are a US citizen or a non-US citizen visiting a US embassy or consulate, there are quite a few ways you can prepare yourself to have an easy experience. This involves understanding the type of behavior expected, what you should and should not bring […]

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Canada Immigration 2017: Year In Review

By Rachel BarrickDecember 19, 2019

Over the past year, Canada has seen an increase in immigration that will grow even more in 2018. Express Entry has continued to serve as a pathway to permanent residence, and immigration programs have evolved, many to ease to immigration process. See all the ways in which Canadian immigration has changed and been impacted in […]

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US Immigration 2017: Year in Review

By Rachel BarrickJanuary 4, 2018
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Visas and Immigration System Over the past year, the Trump administration has called for a reduction in legal immigration to the US, arguing that immigrants “take away American jobs.” To do so, he has put extreme visa vetting initiatives into place, proposed the RAISE Act, and called forth certain visas for reductions. However, with a […]

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Trump’s Proposal Could Impact Spouses of H-1B Holders

By Rachel BarrickDecember 19, 2017
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This past week, the Trump administration proposed the revocation of a rule that allowed the spouses of immigrant workers to work while in the US. This rule was initiated in 2015 under the Obama administration, and it provided that the spouses of H-1B, high skilled, visa holders could work in the US on their H-4 […]

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Reasons to Consider the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIP) 2022

By Rachel BarrickApril 16, 2022
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While those interested in immigrating to Canada most commonly choose Montreal, Toronto, or Vancouver as a final destination, they often don’t consider the vast opportunity that exists in other parts of the country. The Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) seeks to draw skilled immigrants to the Atlantic provinces of Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and […]

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What Decisions Were Made in Canada’s 2018 Immigration Plan

By Rachel BarrickJanuary 24, 2020

We recently wrote about the arguments surrounding Canada’s 2018 potential immigration plan. On November 1st, Canada announced its finalized plan, and it has been deemed the “most ambitious plan” in recent history by Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen. One of the reasons it is so ambitious is because it not only set a target number of […]

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What to Know About “Birth Tourism” in 2022

By Rachel BarrickDecember 17, 2021
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Over the past year, 379 foreign nationals were born at Richmond Hospital in Canada to non-Canadian citizens or permanent residents. This is part of an industry known as “birth tourism”, in which a pregnant woman enters Canada to give birth to a child who will then automatically be given citizenship. They typically travel to Canada […]

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Belinda Maraj

Our experience with the team at VisaPlace has been absolutely amazing. Special thank you to Nadia Bakhtiari whom we had the pleasure of partnering with. Nadia was attentive, empathetic, knowledgeable, professional, friendly and accessible. She provided guidance and kept us in the loop every step of the way. We were so impressed with the professionalism and exceptional client experience from VisaPlace that we partnered with them for both our PR application and our citizenship application. Thank you VisaPlace and thank you Nadia!

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betty klassen

We were switched legal teams 3 times within our time there.( This was not our doing) We weren’t impressed at all with the service almost all the way through our experience. Our review would have been 1 star. The response time was awful. To get in contact with our attorney was so difficult. And not thorough. Almost at the end, when we were almost ready to file, we got switched again, but this time, we are thankful. The attorney we got then was Andrew Diamond. He is fantastic and the reason for the 5 star rating. This is his rating. He was phenomenal. Absolutely amazing and prompt with response time and very knowledgeable, thorough and so helpful. We couldn’t have asked for better. Thank you Andrew for all you did for us!

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Arash Sorkhabi

I’m satisfied with the expertise and professionalism with which my case was managed and handled. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the firm for its support. Although it has been a long process time due to Covid, Nadia has always been one of the first people to guide me step by step through the path during this stressful and unprecedented time. I strongly recommend VisaPlace to anyone seeking legal counsel.

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Sarb walia

I am thrilled to share that , We have just got our Permanent residence status under humanitarian and compassionate category. It was great experience to get professional service from visaplace. All team members very knowledgeable, hard worker, polite and professional. Special thanks to Yasmeen Ali, who always guide me through out processs. Its not easy task to get positive output in HM Category. I am highly recommend visaplace for any kind of immigration needs.

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Shannon Wilde

Applying for my E2 Visa was so overwhelming for me. As soon as I engaged VisaPlace all that worry and stress was gone. They guided me through the entire process and set me up for success! I would 100% recommend using them for any of your Visa Needs.

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Julia Rood

I reached out to VisaPlace kind of on a whim, knowing that I needed to apply for permanent residency in order to stay with my spouse and our two cats. They were immediately and incredibly responsive, and almost instantly made me feel that I was dealing with professionals who cared about my case.

I reached out to them August last year, and today got the confirmation that my permanent residency has been approved. The people I worked with in VisaPlace stuck with me through the whole process, answering any questions and assuaging any fears that I had about the process, my application, or what I needed to do. Even when my anxiety made me snappy (I apologized immediately!) they handled my case and me with professionalism and compassion. Immigration is a stressful, scary process. I wanted professionals who knew the ins-and-outs so that I had the best chance of being able to come to Canada.

And now, I get to stay in Canada with my partner of nearly 10 years, and I couldn’t be happier. I would absolutely recommend this service to anyone who wants immigration help! A big thank you, especially, to Alejandra and Nadia for handling my case. I’m so lucky to have had your help!

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Sanjida Prima

Had a great experience working with the people at VisaPlace for a Permanent Residency application! The team I dealt with (Nadia B., Krisztina T., Mansi S.) was extremely knowledgeable, prompt and handled the case with care. I would definitely recommend their services to anyone in need!