Citizenship & Immigration Law

British Columbia’s trusted legal advisors since 1866

  • I cannot thank you enough for your work, dedication, knowledge and professionalism in bringing me to Canada.

    F. H.
  • Thank you so much for all your help with my residency application. I still can’t believe how quickly it all happened! I’m so grateful that what I thought was going to be a terrifying and stressful process, you made very easy!

    L.N.
  • I received the documents in the mail today! I'm beyond happy. I can't believe I received my status this fast! I really cannot thank you enough for all your support and hard work. Thank you so much for being the amazing person that you are.

    S. N.

Why Crease Harman

Crease Harman enjoys the distinction of having prepared the first recorded immigration and refugee case in British Columbia in 1860. We have over 50 years of combined experience in immigration law among our team of lawyers who work together to provide a comprehensive, responsive and flexible client experience. Because immigration issues may require urgent attention, we ensure that our team is there to respond to your concerns in a timely manner. We offer various levels of services including summary consultations, review of select immigration applications and full service representation for your immigration application from beginning to end, whether for temporary entry, permanent status or citizenship.

Relocation to a new country can touch many aspects of life for you and your family, including issues as diverse as commercial law, customs, real estate, taxation, wills and estates, trusts or family matters. At Crease Harman, we can address all your legal needs within our firm to maximize efficiency and minimize legal costs. By working with our lawyers experienced in a wide range of areas, we can address legal issues tangential to immigration law which can impact your transition to Canada.

Why immigration lawyers rather than immigration consultants?

Immigration law is complex and can have significant, life-changing consequences for clients. Providing immigration services as a lawyer in Canada requires several years of post-secondary education (usually 4 years for an undergraduate degree and 3 years for a law degree) and one year of apprenticeship as an articling student under the supervision of a practising lawyer. Once licensed to practise law, lawyers continue to be subject to rigorous professional oversight by the Law Society of British Columbia. There are requirements to undertake continuing professional development every year, comply with rules relating to professional conduct and ethics, and maintain professional liability insurance, among others.

In contrast, immigration consultants do not need to have a post-secondary degree. They are usually only required to complete a 1- year certification or diploma program, pass a language test and a qualification exam.

Citizenship and Immigration Law Practice

Our Services

Our comprehensive citizenship and immigration services include the following:

  • Work Permit Applications
  • Study Permit Applications
  • Visitor Applications
  • Applications for Permanent Resident Status
    • Canadian Experience Class
    • Federal Skilled Worker
    • Federal Skilled Trades
    • Provincial Nominee
    • Entrepreneur and Business
    • Caregiver
    • Family Class, (spousal, common law, conjugal and parental)
    • Artists and Athletes
    • Humanitarian and Compassionate
    • Refugee
  • Temporary Resident Permit Applications
  • Criminal Rehabilitation Applications
  • Permanent Resident Card Applications
  • Citizenship Applications
  • Immigration and Refugee Appeals

Looking for a Citizenship and Immigration Lawyer? Contact Crease Harman today!

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