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In today’s global business landscape, the war for top talent knows no borders, often mandating Canadian business leaders to cast their recruiting net farther from home. Organizations intent on retaining a competitive edge require a business immigration law firm that understands the complex and ever-evolving nature of the country’s immigration system to bring in global top talent. McMillan’s Employment and Labour Relations Group provides legal counsel to businesses, investors and professionals intent on growing their global talent pool. We help you avoid legal pitfalls so you can execute quickly and efficiently to bring the best people into your organization.

McMillan’s immigration lawyers help clients understand and work within Canada’s immigration system, designing immigration strategies that are tailored to the specific needs of the Canadian market and the incoming executive’s qualifications. We provide creative solutions regarding how, where, and under which program or category applicants should apply for temporary and permanent immigration. McMillan’s lawyers also keep a close eye on the latest developments in immigration laws and their potential impact on your business.

As with every McMillan practice, our immigration lawyers are committed to exemplary client service. With award-winning lawyers across disciplines, and specialists in corporate, employment and tax areas, we’re well-equipped to help you successfully navigate the legal hurdles of your most complex cross-border hiring decisions. Our services include:

  • Assisting with business immigration documents, including:
    • Work permit applications and extensions
    • Labour market opinion applications
    • Permanent residence applications
    • Temporary resident permit applications
    • Applications for business visitor status and other exemptions from work permit or labour market opinion requirements
    • Work/study/visitor permit applications for family members accompanying work permit holders
  • Advising on criminal and medical inadmissibility issues
  • Assessing eligibility under provincial health care plans
  • Advising on the impact of mergers, acquisitions and other business transactions on existing foreign worker work permits

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