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CKR Law's Global Immigration Group assists companies in effectively managing global talent. This is accomplished through a comprehensive and complete global mobility and relocation services program. It is essential in improving the talent base in a target market, and thereby managing the global transition on the legal, financial and talent management fronts. The Global Immigration Group is led by partners Véronique Malka - Chair of the Canadian Law Group and Mike Hammond - Chair of the U.S. Immigration Group.

We offer the following Global Immigration Services:

U.S. Immigration

We provide U.S. immigration representation to clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurial mom and pop shops. Our clients include publicly traded companies, public and private universities, internationally recognized research institutions, manufacturing firms, hospitals and healthcare systems, IT and engineering staffing and solutions firms, healthcare staffing firms, and many others. We also represent investors and individuals.

Our interdisciplinary and collaborative relationship with other CKR practices—including Employee Benefits, Tax, and Business and Finance—allows us to deliver to clients the benefits of integrated legal resources across a broad spectrum of legal matters. We recognize the close connections between a multinational corporation’s immigration program and its other essential operations, including internal employment policies, corporate compliance and governance, and plans for expansion and corporate development.

Our U.S. Immigration Group is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio and we have immigration attorneys in several offices throughout the U.S. The Group provides 24/7 on-line status, reporting and tracking of cases.

The areas in which we provide support and counsel include:

U.S. Visas and Permanent Residence

  • H-1B Visas for temporary specialty workers
  • EB-5 Visas for immigrant investors
  • L-1A and L-1B Visas and Blanket L Petitions for intracompany transferees
  • E-1 and E-2 Treaty Investor and Trader Visas
  • O-1 Extraordinary Ability Visas for scientists, researchers and others
  • Athletes and Entertainers (O and P)
  • Training visas (J and H-3)
  • TN-NAFTA Visas for Canadians and Mexicans
  • E3 and other treaty visas
  • H-2B Visas for temporary workers
  • Consular processing of nonimmigrant and immigrant visas
  • Labor certification/PERM
  • Multinational managers and executives, extraordinary ability, and outstanding researchers visas (EB1)
  • National interest waiver
  •  Naturalization
  • U.S. Immigration Compliance
  • Due diligence for immigration aspects of corporate change
  • DOL LCA audits
  • Auditing and government (ICE) investigations
  • I-9 compliance
  • Corporate immigration policy development and implementation
  • Social Security no-match counseling
  • Training

U.S. Immigration Resources

  • We offer timely immigration alerts to subscribers to keep clients updated on critical policy changes and legislative developments
  • We publish blogs for both healthcare and corporate clients
  • We publish a monthly newsletter that provides in depth analysis of key immigration issues
  • Preparation of strategic plans to facilitate corporate transfer visas;
  • Work permits for executives, managers and specialized knowledge workers;
  • Changing temporary visas into permanent residency options where applicable; and
  • Assisting with dependent visas.

Canadian Business Mobility & Immigration:

  • Corporate formation and expansion in Canada
  • Foreign Talent (out of Status employee) Retention
  • Temporary work permits & Extensions
  • Business Visitor Applications
  • Relocation of executives, managers and specialized knowledge workers
  • Intra-company transfers
  • Investment options into Canada, including emergent technologies (Blockchain, Cannabis)
  • Help with Business Plan formulation
  • Assistance with mergers and acquisitions of foreign investors/companies in Canada
  • Referral to trusted cross-border Tax Advisors

General Immigration to Canada

Working legally in Canada has amazing benefits not found in other countries: It can lead to Permanent Residence, your spouse may be able to work as well, and your children can study free. Free Government Health care and social benefits are available. Services we offer:

A. Temporary Residence

  • Visitor Visas
  • Work Permits
  • New Company transfers
  • LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment)
  • NAFTA and other treaty applications

B. Permanent Residence to Canada

  • Express Entry (CRS Points system)
  • Skilled Trades
  • Family Class Sponsorships (including Grandparents sponsorship)
  • Super Visa
  • Start-Up visa (including business plan preparation for immigration)
  • Entrepreneurs & Investor Programs
  • Provincial Nomination Programs

C. Overcoming Inadmissibility to Canada

Foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, with past criminality incidents cannot enter Canada without making sure they are admissible. Be careful if you or your client faced a DUI or charge of possession, even if those were dismissed. They will still appear on the applicant’s record upon entering Canada and present a bar to entry. We can help with:

  • Temporary Residence Permits (TRP)
  • Deemed Rehabilitation Determinations
  • Rehabilitation Applications

For more information please contact:

Veronique Malka - | Chair of the Canadian Law Group

Mike Hammond - | Chair of the U.S. Immigration Group.