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Sean Murphy Mortgage Banker: Home Mortgages for Canadian Citizens in the US | Episode 76
29-01-2024
Sean Murphy Mortgage Banker: Home Mortgages for Canadian Citizens in the US | Episode 76
On the Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast, Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah talks with Sean Murphy, a mortgage banker with BMO. Sean specializes in home mortgages for Canadian citizens in the US looking to buy in the "lower 48" and use Canadian income to qualify. Sean and Evelyn discuss programs available for Canadian snowbirds and expats in the U.S. to buy property in the United States.Connect with Sean Murphy on LinkedIn.Here are the key points from their discussion:Gateway Program for Canadians:Sean discusses BMO's Gateway program designed for Canadian citizens purchasing property in the U.S.The program offers more favourable terms, including lower down payments and interest rates.Gateway Program for Canadians:Sean discusses BMO's Gateway program designed for Canadian citizens purchasing property in the U.S.The program offers more favourable terms, including lower down payments and interest rates.Assistance for Snowbirds:The Gateway program is available for primary residences, second homes or investment properties.Snowbirds interested in buying property in the U.S. can benefit from the program.Challenges for Canadians Buying in the U.S.:Sean addresses challenges faced by Canadians, such as higher down payments and interest rates, when considered foreign nationals.The Gateway program aims to provide better options for Canadian citizens.Timeline for Mortgage Approval:Sean mentions that the mortgage approval process typically takes around 60 days.Documentation conversion from Canadian to U.S. standards is part of the process.Market Insights:Sean discusses the recent changes in the interest rate market, with rates coming down from their peak in the previous year.Advises potential buyers not to wait, as market timing may lead to higher home prices.BMO's Specialized Loan Programs:BMO offers specialized loan programs for professionals like physicians and dentists.These programs provide tailored options for professionals with specific needs.Support Beyond Mortgages:Sean emphasizes BMO's support beyond mortgages, including assistance with opening bank accounts and other financial services.Networking connections with professionals in various fields are available to support clients.About Evelyn AckahEvelyn Ackah is the Founder and Managing Lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. With offices in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver, we work with individuals and business owners from all over the world who want to cross borders seamlessly. For more information on immigration to Canada or the United States, Ask Evelyn Ackah at Ackah Business Immigration Law today at (587) 854‑3821 or email Evelyn directly at contact@ackahlaw.com.The Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast by Calgary Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah was named #1 Best Canada Immigration Podcast in 2023 by Feedspot.BOOK YOUR FREE CASE EVALUATION
Jean-Philippe Couture - A Business and Tax Lawyer With A Passion for Technology and Innovation | Episode 75
16-11-2023
Jean-Philippe Couture - A Business and Tax Lawyer With A Passion for Technology and Innovation | Episode 75
On the Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast, Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah interviews Jean-Philippe Couture, a business and tax lawyer who is passionate about technology and innovation. He is also the founder of Ingenio Solutions, a company that provides software for the corporate law practice. The software aims to automate and streamline corporate tasks, such as incorporation, annual maintenance, and dividend payments, while reducing errors and improving efficiency. Ingenio Solutions also offers services such as minute book storage and can act as a representative for companies in certain provinces. The software utilizes artificial intelligence to extract data from documents and improve accuracy._Jean-Phillipe emphasizes the importance of innovation in the legal profession and welcomes inquiries from fellow innovators and clients. Connect with _Jean-Philippe Couture on LinkedInEvelyn Ackah and Jean-Philippe discuss the following immigration topics:The development of Ingenio Solutions and its focus on automating corporate law tasks.The increasing availability of corporate incorporations across Canada for non-residents and directors.The pros and cons of federal incorporation versus provincial incorporation.The upcoming launch of a federal transparency registry for corporations.Jean-Philippe alsoprovides insights into why a company might choose to incorporate federally, such as for the name protection and modern registry.notes that federal corporations need to extra-provincially register in the province where they are carrying on business.About Evelyn AckahEvelyn Ackah is the Founder and Managing Lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. With offices in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver, we work with individuals and business owners from all over the world who want to cross borders seamlessly. For more information on immigration to Canada or the United States, Ask Evelyn Ackah at Ackah Business Immigration Law today at (403) 452‑9515 or email Evelyn directly at contact@ackahlaw.com.The Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast by Calgary Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah was named #1 Best Canada Immigration Podcast in 2023 by Feedspot.BOOK YOUR FREE CASE EVALUATION
How Helping Her Father Complete His Exceptional Ability Visa Inspired Business Immigration Lawyer Saja Raoof | Episode 74
02-10-2023
How Helping Her Father Complete His Exceptional Ability Visa Inspired Business Immigration Lawyer Saja Raoof | Episode 74
In this episode of the Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast, Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah talks to Business Immigration Lawyer Saja Raoof, a U.S. immigration attorney specializing in extraordinary ability visas for individuals wanting to move to the United States. Saja shares her personal background as an immigrant from Iraq and her journey to becoming a lawyer. She discusses the Alien of Extraordinary Ability category and the criteria for eligibility, including original contributions, publications, awards and impact on the field. Saja also talks about the challenges faced by immigrants and the importance of standing up for one's freedoms and liberties. She shares her experiences with clients and the delays caused by COVID-19 in the immigration process. Saja concludes by discussing the increasing interest in EB-1 applications as an alternative to H-1B visas, particularly in the STEM field.Connect with Saja Raoof on LinkedInOn the podcast, Evelyn and Saja discuss as an Iraqi immigrant to America, Saja's journey to becoming a business immigration lawyer.Key points from Evelyn and Saja's conversation:Saja shares her background, including being born in Baghdad, Iraq, and later moving to the UK and Saudi Arabia before immigrating to the US.Saja's family decided to immigrate to the US in the early '90s under the category of Alien of Extraordinary Ability, which her father qualified for. She assisted in putting together the application.Saja discusses the challenges she faced as a woman, Arab American, and Muslim when she first moved to the US for college. She also talks about the decision to wear a hijab in college as a way to connect with the Muslim community and how 9/11 and its aftermath affected her choice to continue wearing it despite the challenges.Evelyn and Saja discuss the importance of standing up for one's freedoms and liberties, especially during difficult times.Saja talks about her transition from pre-med to law school and her focus on immigration law, particularly extraordinary ability visas. She shares her passion for helping clients navigate the criteria and process.The conversation touches on the challenges and delays in immigration processes caused by COVID-19.Saja explains the criteria for an Extraordinary Ability visa, which can be demonstrated through factors like original contributions to a field, publications, awards, and impact on the field.They discuss the variations in processing times for immigration applications, influenced by factors like place of residence and country of birth.Evelyn asks about the trend of individuals exploring EB-1 visas as an alternative to H-1B visas, especially for those in STEM fields. Saja confirms that it's a popular topic among immigration lawyers.Saja's practice primarily focuses on business immigration with a special emphasis on EB-1 visas for those with extraordinary abilities.About Evelyn AckahEvelyn Ackah is the Founder and Managing Lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. With offices in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver, we work with individuals and business owners from all over the world who want to cross borders seamlessly. For more information on immigration to Canada or the United States, Ask Evelyn Ackah at Ackah Business Immigration Law today at (403) 452‑9515 or email Evelyn directly at contact@ackahlaw.com.The Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast by Calgary Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah was...
Immigration Lawyer Jim Hacking on the Challenges and Opportunities for Immigrants in the US | Episode 73
24-07-2023
Immigration Lawyer Jim Hacking on the Challenges and Opportunities for Immigrants in the US | Episode 73
On the Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast, Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah talks to Jim Hacking, the founder and leader of Hacking Immigration Law Firm in the United States and co-founder of Maximum Lawyer. Jim became an immigration lawyer after converting to Islam and marrying a Muslim woman. Hacking Immigration Law Firm's main client base is people who are married to someone from overseas and want to get them a green card or an immigrant visa to come to the United States. The firm also handles citizenship, asylum and employment-based immigration cases.On the podcast, Evelyn asks Jim:What drew Jim to immigration law?Jim has built a big firm. What is the most rewarding part of his job?What is the most challenging part of his job?What is the most common misconception about US immigration law?What advice would he give to someone who is considering a career in immigration law?What are some of the biggest changes Jim has seen in US immigration law over the years?What are some of the most important trends in immigration law that he is watching?What are some of the biggest challenges facing immigrants today?What are some of the things that Jim is most passionate about in your work?What does he see for the future of immigration law?What are some of the biggest challenges facing immigrants in the United States today?In Canada, we advocate for immigrants to come to Canada - we want immigrants, we’re more welcoming than the United States and we have less barriers. How does Jim respond to that?Is running an immigration law firm what he expected? Does he feel he practices immigration law - runs a business - or does marketing?"I sort of feel like a gunslinger from the old West. I am making the government do what I want them to do."  - Jim HackingHere are some key points from Evelyn and Jim's conversation:Jim Hacking became an immigration lawyer after converting to Islam and marrying a Muslim woman.Hacking Immigration Law Firm's main client base is people who are married to someone from overseas and want to get them a green card or an immigrant visa to come to the United States.The firm also handles citizenship, asylum, and employment-based immigration cases.The Trump administration was very hostile to legal immigration, which has made it more difficult for people to immigrate to the United States.The State Department and USCIS have been gutted under the Trump administration, which has led to delays in processing immigration applications.Hacking is optimistic that the Biden administration will be more favourable to legal immigration, but he says that it will take time to undo the damage that was done under the Trump administration.About Evelyn AckahEvelyn Ackah is the Founder and Managing Lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. With offices in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver, we work with individuals and business owners from all over the world who want to cross borders seamlessly. For more information on immigration to Canada or the United States, Ask Evelyn Ackah at Ackah Business Immigration Law today at (403) 452‑9515 or email Evelyn directly at contact@ackahlaw.com.The Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast by Calgary Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah was named #1 Best Canada Immigration Podcast in 2022 by
Opportunity Awaits! Study In Canada | Episode 72
21-07-2023
Opportunity Awaits! Study In Canada | Episode 72
On the Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast, Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah discusses how to get a Canada study permit. Canada is a popular destination for international students, and for good reason. The country offers a high-quality education system, a safe and welcoming environment and many opportunities for work and further study after graduation.If you are considering studying in Canada, you will need to apply for a study permit. A study permit is a document that allows you to study in Canada legally. To be eligible for a study permit, you must be accepted to a designated learning institution (DLI) and be able to show that you can afford to pay for your tuition and living expenses. You must also not be inadmissible to Canada, meaning you must not have a criminal record or any medical conditions that would prevent you from entering the country.On the podcast, Evelyn Ackah covers:To be eligible for a study permit, you must be accepted to a designated learning institution (DLI) and be able to show that you can afford to pay for your tuition and living expenses.You must also not be inadmissible to Canada, meaning you must not have a criminal record or any medical conditions that would prevent you from entering the country.Once you are accepted to a DLI, you can apply for a study permit through an immigration lawyer or on your own. The processing time for a study permit can vary depending on your country of origin, but it typically takes between one and four months.If your study permit is approved, you will be able to work full-time in Canada while you are studying. You will also be eligible to apply for a post-graduate work permit after you graduate, which will allow you to stay in Canada and work for up to three years.There is no age limit for study permits, so you can come to Canada to study at any age. This is a great way to start your immigration journey to Canada, as you can then apply for permanent residence after you graduate.Key points:You must be accepted to a DLI to be eligible for a study permit.You must be able to show that you can afford to pay for your tuition and living expenses.You must not be inadmissible to Canada.You can work full-time in Canada while you are studying.You can apply for a post-graduate work permit after you graduate.There is no age limit for study permits.About Evelyn AckahEvelyn Ackah is the Founder and Managing Lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. With offices in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver, we work with individuals and business owners from all over the world who want to cross borders seamlessly. For more information on immigration to Canada or the United States, Ask Evelyn Ackah at Ackah Business Immigration Law today at (403) 452‑9515 or email Evelyn directly at contact@ackahlaw.com.The Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast by Calgary Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah was named #1 Best Canada Immigration Podcast in 2022 by Feedspot.BOOK YOUR FREE CASE EVALUATION
Family Reunification Made Easy: Family Program In Canada | Episode 71
13-07-2023
Family Reunification Made Easy: Family Program In Canada | Episode 71
Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah discusses family reunification in Canada through family immigration programs. On the Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast, Evelyn discusses the options and requirements for family reunification in Canada.Family reunification programs are for Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their family members for permanent residency in Canada. In this podcast episode, Evelyn Ackah discusses Ackah Law can help you determine if you are eligible for family reunification and advise you on the best family immigration options for your family.During the podcast, Evelyn Ackah provides an overview of family reunification programs and how Ackah Business Immigration Law offers assistance with family sponsorship and other immigration matters:Spousal sponsorship: This is the most common type of family sponsorship in Canada. There is no income requirement for the sponsor, but the spouse must undergo police checks and medical exams. The application process can take up to 2 years.Parent and grandparent sponsorship: This is a more difficult type of sponsorship because it is based on a lottery system. The sponsor must have a minimum income of $50,000 to $80,000 and the parents or grandparents must undergo police checks and medical exams. The application process can take up to 5 years.Super visa: This is a long-term visitor visa that allows parents or grandparents to stay in Canada for up to 10 years. The sponsor must have a minimum income of $30,000 and the parents or grandparents must undergo police checks and medical exams.Sponsorship of orphaned siblings: This is a rare type of sponsorship that is only available if the sibling is an orphan and has no other family members in the home country. The sponsor must have a minimum income of $30,000 and the sibling must undergo police checks and medical exams.Other family sponsorship options: In the past, there were more family sponsorship options available, but these have been limited in recent years.About Evelyn AckahEvelyn Ackah is the Founder and Managing Lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. With offices in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver, we work with individuals and business owners from all over the world who want to cross borders seamlessly. For more information on immigration to Canada or the United States, Ask Evelyn Ackah at Ackah Business Immigration Law today at (403) 452‑9515 or email Evelyn directly at contact@ackahlaw.com.The Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast by Calgary Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah was named #1 Best Canada Immigration Podcast in 2022 by Feedspot.BOOK YOUR FREE CASE EVALUATION
Latest Immigration Updates June 2023 | Episode 70
11-07-2023
Latest Immigration Updates June 2023 | Episode 70
Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah discusses the many immigration changes Canada made in May and June 2023 on the Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast.On the podcast, Evelyn Ackah discusses the following Canada immigration updates:18-month extension for open work permits:The government has offered an 18-month extension on open work permits for people who are already in Canada under the spousal and family class applications. This is to address labor shortages and to keep people in the workforce while their permanent residence process is being completed.Pro bono legal consultation day:Evelyn Ackah will be hosting a pro bono legal consultation day on July 18th to celebrate her birthday. This is an opportunity to get some initial legal advice for 15-minute increments.New express entry options:The government has created a new express entry category for skilled workers in healthcare, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), as well as trades, transport, and agriculture and agrifood industries.Verified traveler program:The government is launching a new verified traveler program that will allow eligible people to move faster through security at major airports in Canada.Nexus pass:The government has reopened Nexus interviews, so if you have a Nexus pass that's been approved, you can now apply for an appointment to get your new card.Importance of working with a legal professional:Evelyn Ackah emphasizes the importance of working with a legal professional when it comes to immigration. She warns against using agents and consultants who may not be qualified or who may be involved in fraudulent activity.New electronic travel authorization (eTA) countries:The government has added 13 new countries to the list of countries whose citizens can apply for an eTA instead of a visa to enter Canada.About Evelyn AckahEvelyn Ackah is the Founder and Managing Lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. With offices in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver, we work with individuals and business owners from all over the world who want to cross borders seamlessly. For more information on immigration to Canada or the United States, Ask Evelyn Ackah at Ackah Business Immigration Law today at (403) 452‑9515 or email Evelyn directly at contact@ackahlaw.com.The Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast by Calgary Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah was named #1 Best Canada Immigration Podcast in 2022 by Feedspot.BOOK YOUR FREE CASE EVALUATION
Seize the Opportunity: Explore Canada's Start-Up Visa Program | Episode 69
11-07-2023
Seize the Opportunity: Explore Canada's Start-Up Visa Program | Episode 69
If you are an entrepreneur who is interested in starting a business, Canada's Start-Up Visa Program may be a good option for you. On the Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast, Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah gives an overview of the Start-Up Visa and who qualifies.The **Start-Up Visa Program **is a Canadian economic immigration program for foreign entrepreneurs with innovative business ideas to immigrate to Canada and start their own businesses.During the podcast, Evelyn Ackah covers:The Start-Up Visa Program is for entrepreneurs who want to start a business in Canada.In order to qualify, you must be connected with a designated partner organization.There are a number of designated partner organizations, including venture capitals, academic institutions, angel investors, and business incubators.The Start-Up Visa Program has a number of criteria, including business experience, education, and an innovative business idea.The cost of working with a designated partner organization can be considerable.Ackah Law can help you assess your eligibility for the Start-Up Visa Program and connect you with a designated partner organization.The Start-Up Visa Program is designed to attract entrepreneurs who have innovative and creative business ideas that will benefit the Canadian economy.The government of Canada wants to ensure that Start-Up Visa recipients are successful in their business ventures, so they require applicants to have a strong business background and education.The Start-Up Visa Program is not a cheap endeavour. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have the financial resources to support their business venture.If you are not a good fit for the Start-Up Visa Program, Ackah Law can help you explore other entrepreneur options in Canada.During the podcast, Evelyn Ackah provides an overview of family class sponsorship and how Ackah Business Immigration Law offers assistance with family sponsorship and other immigration matters:The spousal sponsorship category allows spouses, common-law partners, and same-sex partners to come to Canada and be together.The process for sponsoring a spouse outside of Canada requires extensive paperwork, evidence of the relationship, and can take up to two years.Spouses already in Canada as visitors can apply for sponsorship from within the country, including a work permit application for the spouse.Sponsoring children or adopted children is also possible under the family class category.Financial requirements must be met when sponsoring children, but there is no low income cutoff for spousal sponsorship.Sponsoring parents is a challenging stream with limited openings and often requires utilizing the super visa option.Sponsoring siblings has specific requirements and is more difficult than in the past.Hiring a professional to handle the family sponsorship application is recommended to avoid delays and refusals.About Evelyn AckahEvelyn Ackah is the Founder and Managing Lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. With offices in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver, we work with individuals and business owners from all over the world who want to cross borders seamlessly. For more information on immigration to Canada or the United States, Ask Evelyn Ackah at Ackah Business Immigration Law today at (403) 452‑9515 or email Evelyn directly at contact@ackahlaw.com.The Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast by Calgary Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah was named #1 Best Canada
Family Class Sponsorship: Reuniting Loved Ones | Episode 68
06-07-2023
Family Class Sponsorship: Reuniting Loved Ones | Episode 68
On the Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast, Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah discusses reuniting loved ones in Canada through family class sponsorship.Family class sponsorship is a program in Canadian immigration that allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their family members for permanent residency in Canada. The program aims to reunite families by providing a pathway for spouses, common-law partners, conjugal partners, dependent children, parents, and grandparents to join their Canadian family members in CanadaDuring the podcast, Evelyn Ackah provides an overview of family class sponsorship and how Ackah Business Immigration Law offers assistance with family sponsorship and other immigration matters:The spousal sponsorship category allows spouses, common-law partners, and same-sex partners to come to Canada and be together.The process for sponsoring a spouse outside of Canada requires extensive paperwork, evidence of the relationship, and can take up to two years.Spouses already in Canada as visitors can apply for sponsorship from within the country, including a work permit application for the spouse.Sponsoring children or adopted children is also possible under the family class category.Financial requirements must be met when sponsoring children, but there is no low income cutoff for spousal sponsorship.Sponsoring parents is a challenging stream with limited openings and often requires utilizing the super visa option.Sponsoring siblings has specific requirements and is more difficult than in the past.Hiring a professional to handle the family sponsorship application is recommended to avoid delays and refusals.About Evelyn AckahEvelyn Ackah is the Founder and Managing Lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. With offices in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver, we work with individuals and business owners from all over the world who want to cross borders seamlessly. For more information on immigration to Canada or the United States, Ask Evelyn Ackah at Ackah Business Immigration Law today at (403) 452‑9515 or email Evelyn directly at contact@ackahlaw.com.The Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast by Calgary Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah was named #1 Best Canada Immigration Podcast in 2022 by Feedspot.BOOK YOUR FREE CASE EVALUATION
Inadmissibility Due To Criminality: How To Move Forward On Your Immigration Journey | Episode 67
04-07-2023
Inadmissibility Due To Criminality: How To Move Forward On Your Immigration Journey | Episode 67
On the podcast, Evelyn Ackah discusses how someone with a criminal history can legally cross the border into Canada or the United States, and how consulting with a professional lawyer can help navigate the complexities of inadmissibility and facilitate seamless border crossings.In Canada, individuals with previous criminal history, even from many years ago, may face challenges entering the country.How Ackah Business Immigration Law can help determine eligibility for a temporary resident permit (TRP) that grants special permission to enter Canada for work, pleasure, or business.Americans who are usually exempt from formal visa processes may require a TRP if they are deemed inadmissible due to criminality.Factors affecting TRP approval include the recency of the criminal history and the justification for entering Canada.Individuals with a significant history (10-15 years or older) can also apply for criminal rehabilitation to permanently remove their inadmissibility.Ackah Law recommends considering both a TRP and criminal rehabilitation for cases involving older convictions.Immigration may refuse TRP or criminal rehabilitation applications if the volume of charges and convictions is high or if rehabilitation is not evident.In the United States, Canadians with criminal convictions are inadmissible, and a Canadian pardon does not remove this inadmissibility.Legal counsel is recommended to apply for a Visa waiver, which can take four to six months for approval.Once approved, the Visa waiver allows entry into the United States for a period of one to five years, depending on US Immigration's discretion.Unlike Canada, the Visa waiver requirement in the US does not go away and needs to be repeated for each entry.Pending charges can also affect entry into the US, even without convictions.About Evelyn AckahEvelyn Ackah is the Founder and Managing Lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. With offices in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver, we work with individuals and business owners from all over the world who want to cross borders seamlessly. For more information on immigration to Canada or the United States, Ask Evelyn Ackah at Ackah Business Immigration Law today at (403) 452‑9515 or email Evelyn directly at contact@ackahlaw.com.The Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast by Calgary Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah was named #1 Best Canada Immigration Podcast in 2022 by Feedspot.BOOK YOUR FREE CASE EVALUATION
Intra-Company Transfers To Canada | Episode 66
29-06-2023
Intra-Company Transfers To Canada | Episode 66
On the podcast, Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah provides a detailed explanation of intra-company transfers to Canada including the program requirements, candidate eligibility qualifications, how long the process takes and how an intra-company transfer works.An intra-company transfer to Canada is the process of transferring an employee from a related foreign entity to a Canadian entity of the same organization. It allows multinational companies to relocate their employees to Canada to work for their Canadian branch, subsidiary, or affiliate.During the podcast, Evelyn Ackah discusses:Intra-company transfers involve the relocation of employees from one related entity corporation to another, requiring at least one year of work experience with the company abroad.Intra-company transfers can be done from any country to Canada, not limited to NAFTA countries like the US and Mexico.NAFTA-related transfers can receive work permits at the port of entry, valid for one year or up to three years, renewable.For individuals coming from countries requiring visas, such as Europe, Africa, India, China, the work permit needs to be processed at the consulate before travelling to Canada, taking around 3 to 6 months.UK citizens, who are visa-exempt, can apply for intercompany transfers at the port of entry under the LMIA exempt category.The intra-company transfer process involves demonstrating the intercompany relationship, employment abroad in a specialized or managerial role, and the need for the individual to take on a new opportunity in Canada.The transfer allows knowledge transfer and expansion opportunities within the Canadian organization.In the United States, intra-company transfers are referred to as L-1 visas, with L-1A for managerial/executive roles and L-1B for specialized knowledge workers.About Evelyn AckahEvelyn Ackah is the Founder and Managing Lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law.  With offices in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver, we work with individuals and business owners from all over the world who want to cross borders seamlessly. For more information on immigration to Canada or the United States, Ask Evelyn Ackah at Ackah Business Immigration Law today at (403) 452‑9515 or email Evelyn directly at contact@ackahlaw.com.The Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast by Calgary Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah was named #1 Best Canada Immigration Podcast in 2022 by Feedspot.BOOK YOUR FREE CASE EVALUATION
Post Graduate Work Permit Extension |  Episode 65
27-06-2023
Post Graduate Work Permit Extension | Episode 65
Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah discusses the recent Post Graduate Work Permit extension (PGWP) announced by Canada's Immigration Minister, Mr. Sean Fraser. The PGWP extension is to help address Canada's labour shortage so that foreign nationals with expired or soon-expiring post-graduation work permits can work in Canada longer.Canada's Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) Program is an initiative that allows international students who have completed a program of study in Canada to work in the country for a specified period of time after graduation. The program is designed to provide students with valuable Canadian work experience, which can enhance their chances of obtaining permanent residence in Canada, and help Canadian employers find highly qualified foreign workers who were educated in Canada. During the podcast, Evelyn Ackah explains the PGWP extension including: The program is available for individuals who have studied in Canada and were eligible for the Post-Graduate Work Permit.An additional 18 months will be granted to those whose work permits have expired or are still active, allowing them to continue working and gather more time in Canada.The extended program aims to provide an opportunity for students to apply for permanent residence in Canada.The program will launch on April 6th, 2023, and applications can be submitted at that time.Individuals who have lost their status or are currently working and want to apply for permanent residence can benefit from this program.It is important to note that the program only applies to individuals who attended a program or school that qualifies for permanent residence.About Evelyn AckahEvelyn Ackah is the Founder and Managing Lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. With offices in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver, we work with individuals and business owners from all over the world who want to cross borders seamlessly. For more information on immigration to Canada or the United States, Ask Evelyn Ackah at Ackah Business Immigration Law today at (403) 452‑9515 or email Evelyn directly at contact@ackahlaw.com.BOOK YOUR FREE CASE EVALUATION
How To Protect Yourself From Immigration Fraud and Scams | Episode 65
22-06-2023
How To Protect Yourself From Immigration Fraud and Scams | Episode 65
Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah discusses how to protect yourself from immigration fraud and scams. As a Canadian immigration lawyer for over 20 years and founder of Ackah Business Immigration Law. she emphasizes the need for ethical practices and accuracy in legal representation,During the podcast, Evelyn Ackah urges viewers to be vigilant, prioritize honesty and seek assistance from reputable professionals while avoiding fraudulent behaviour. Here are some of the key points from the podcast:Canada is very concerned about immigration fraud and has designated the month of March every year to educate the public, newcomers and future immigrants on the different types of immigration fraudher firm's thorough review process and client involvement to ensure accuracyreal-life examples of fraud, such as marriage fraud and scams by unscrupulous agents, paralegals and consultantsadvise on how individuals can vet immigration professionals carefully, checking references and licensing statuswarnings against guarantees of 100% success or dishonest practices, emphasizing the potential consequences and bans resulting from submitting fraudulent informationa personal story of a client scammed by an immigration consultant and stresses the importance of due diligence.About Evelyn AckahEvelyn Ackah is the Founder and Managing Lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. We work with individuals and business owners from all over the world who want to cross borders seamlessly. For more information on immigration to Canada or the United States, Ask Evelyn Ackah at Ackah Business Immigration Law today at (403) 452‑9515 or email Evelyn directly at contact@ackahlaw.com.The Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast by Calgary Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah was named #1 Best Canada Immigration Podcast in 2022 by Feedspot.BOOK YOUR FREE CASE EVALUATION
Is It A Good Time To Apply For An LMIA? | Episode 63
20-06-2023
Is It A Good Time To Apply For An LMIA? | Episode 63
Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah discusses as a Canadian employer or a business owner how to determine when is a good time to hire a foreign worker and how to apply for an LMIA.Canada's LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) is a process used by the Canadian government to assess the potential impact of hiring a foreign worker on the Canadian labour market. The LMIA is required for employers who want to hire foreign workers through certain work permit programs. The LMIA process aims to ensure that the hiring of foreign workers does not negatively impact Canadian workers and the domestic labour market. It helps address labour shortages in specific industries or occupations where there is a genuine need for foreign talent.In this podcast, Evelyn discusses the following LMIA considerations for employers applying for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).the importance of prioritizing Canadian and permanent resident hires but the need for foreign workers in certain situationsthe requirements for an LMIA application including extensive advertising and proper documentationthe processing timeline and options for work permit issuancehow employers can evaluate their recruitment efforts before pursuing an LMIAhow Ackah Business Immigration Law can assist Canadian employers in the LMIA processAbout Evelyn AckahEvelyn Ackah is the Founder and Managing Lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. We work with individuals and business owners from all over the world who want to cross borders seamlessly. For more information on immigration to Canada or the United States, Ask Evelyn Ackah at Ackah Business Immigration Law today at (403) 452‑9515 or email Evelyn directly at contact@ackahlaw.com.The Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast by Calgary Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah was named #1 Best Canada Immigration Podcast in 2022 by Feedspot.BOOK YOUR FREE CASE EVALUATION
L-1 Visas For Canadians Who Qualify for an Intracompany Transfer to the US | Episode 62
15-06-2023
L-1 Visas For Canadians Who Qualify for an Intracompany Transfer to the US | Episode 62
Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah explains L-1 visas for Canadian citizens who qualify for an intracompany transfer to a U.S. company.The L-1 visa allows Canadian citizens who have worked for a Canadian entity for at least 12 months in the past 3 years to transfer to a related US entity in a managerial, executive, or specialized knowledge role. The L-1 visa can be processed at the border for Canadian citizens, and spouses of L-1 visa holders are eligible to work in the US. The fees for L-1 visas are expected to increase in May or soon after, so it is recommended to apply sooner rather than later. Ackah Law can assist with L-1 visa applications.Here are some of the key points from the discussion:Canadian citizens who have worked for a Canadian entity for at least 12 months in the past 3 years are eligible for the L-1 visa.The L-1 visa allows Canadian citizens to transfer to a related US entity in a managerial, executive, or specialized knowledge role.The L-1 visa can be processed at the border for Canadian citizens.Spouses of L-1 visa holders are eligible to work in the US.The fees for L-1 visas are increasing soon, so it is recommended to apply sooner rather than later.Ackah Law can assist with L-1 visa applications.About Evelyn AckahEvelyn Ackah is the Founder and Managing Lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. We work with individuals and business owners from all over the world who want to cross borders seamlessly. For more information on immigration to Canada or the United States, Ask Evelyn Ackah at Ackah Business Immigration Law today at (403) 452‑9515 or email Evelyn directly at contact@ackahlaw.com.The Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast by Calgary Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah was named #1 Best Canada Immigration Podcast in 2022 by Feedspot.BOOK YOUR FREE CASE EVALUATION
For Canadian Employers: Understanding The Global Talent Stream | Episode 61
13-06-2023
For Canadian Employers: Understanding The Global Talent Stream | Episode 61
Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah explains how Canadian employers can hire highly skilled foreign tech workers through the Global Talent Stream.The Global Talent Stream (GTS) is a fast-track program for employers in Canada to hire foreign workers in the Information Technology (IT) industry.To be eligible for the GTS, employers must offer a competitive salary, a position that requires a master's degree or more, and a labour market plan that outlines how they will train and develop Canadians.The GTS process is much faster than the regular LMIA process, and can be completed in as little as two to three weeks.There is no minimum or maximum number of employees that can be hired through the GTS program.Employers who are interested in using the GTS can contact Ackah Law for more information and assistance.On the podcast, Evelyn discusses some of the key benefits of the GTS for employers:Faster processing timesAbility to hire foreign workers with specialized skillsOpportunity to train and develop CanadiansReduced costsIf you are an employer in the IT industry and are looking for ways to hire highly skilled foreign workers, the GTS is a great option. I encourage you to listen to the podcast, and contact Ackah Law to learn more about how we can help you navigate the GTS process and bring the best talent to your company.About Evelyn AckahEvelyn Ackah is the Founder and Managing Lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. We work with individuals and business owners from all over the world who want to cross borders seamlessly. For more information on immigration to Canada or the United States, Ask Evelyn Ackah at Ackah Business Immigration Law today at (403) 452‑9515 or email Evelyn directly at contact@ackahlaw.com.The Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast by Calgary Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah was named #1 Best Canada Immigration Podcast in 2022 by Feedspot.BOOK YOUR FREE CASE EVALUATION
A Deep Dive Into CETA: The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement | Episode 60
08-06-2023
A Deep Dive Into CETA: The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement | Episode 60
Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah explains why CETA is a really good option for Canadian businesses that want to hire or bring in professionals from Europe into Canada to do work.CETA stands for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. It is a free trade agreement between Canada and the European Union (EU) that aims to create new opportunities for trade and investment between the two regions while promoting regulatory cooperation, labor rights, environmental protection, and sustainable development.The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) makes it possible for Canadian citizens to work in the United States on a TN visa. The TN visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows Canadian citizens to work in the United States in a professional occupation. If you are interested in hiring workers to come to Canada under CETA, in this podcast, I will discuss:the benefits of hiring professionals under the CETA agreementCETA for intercompany transfersbringing skilled workers and contract workers to Canada under the CETA provisionssimilarities and differences between NAFTA and CETAthe streamlined CETA application processcost savings by hiring foreign workers under the CETA agreementAbout Evelyn AckahEvelyn Ackah is the Founder and Managing Lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. We work with individuals and business owners from all over the world who want to cross borders seamlessly. For more information on immigration to Canada or the United States, Ask Evelyn Ackah at Ackah Business Immigration Law today at (403) 452‑9515 or email Evelyn directly at contact@ackahlaw.com.The Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast by Calgary Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah was named #1 Best Canada Immigration Podcast in 2022 by Feedspot.BOOK YOUR FREE CASE EVALUATION
Growing Your Business In The US: A Canadian's Guide to E Visas | Episode 59
06-06-2023
Growing Your Business In The US: A Canadian's Guide to E Visas | Episode 59
Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah explains how Canadian business owners and entrepreneurs can qualify for an E visa to grow their business in the United States.The E Visa program provides a streamlined process for Canadians to obtain a U.S. work permit. An E visa is a type of nonimmigrant visa that is available to individuals who wish to enter the United States for a temporary period of time to engage in specific business activities. E visas are intended for individuals who are treaty traders or investors, and are only available to citizens of countries with which the United States has established treaties of commerce and navigation.There are two types of E visas: E-1 visas and E-2 visas.If you are interested in growing your business in the United States with an E visa, I encourage you to listen to my podcast. In this podcast, I will discuss the following topics:the differences between an E-1 and an E-2 visawhat is a commerce treatythe requirements for a Canadian business owner to qualify for an E visathe processing of E visa applications through the Toronto Consulatemoving employees to the U.S. on an E visabenefits of being a Canadian citizen when applying for an E visaAbout Evelyn AckahEvelyn Ackah is the Founder and Managing Lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. We work with individuals and business owners from all over the world who want to cross borders seamlessly. For more information on immigration to Canada or the United States, Ask Evelyn Ackah at Ackah Business Immigration Law today at (403) 452‑9515 or email Evelyn directly at contact@ackahlaw.com.The Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast by Calgary Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah was named #1 Best Canada Immigration Podcast in 2022 by Feedspot.BOOK YOUR FREE CASE EVALUATION
Are You A Canadian Who Wants A NAFTA TN Visa? | Episode 58
24-05-2023
Are You A Canadian Who Wants A NAFTA TN Visa? | Episode 58
Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah explains the NAFTA TN visa for Canadians, a non-immigrant visa that allows citizens of Canada to work in the United States in a professional occupation. The TN visa is a part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which was created in 1994. NAFTA was replaced by the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) in 2018 and went into effect on July 1, 2020. The USMCA is a modernized version of NAFTA that includes new provisions on labor, environmental protection and digital trade.The TN Visa program provides a streamlined process for Canadians to obtain a U.S. work permit. For a Canadian who wants a NAFTA TN Visa, you must be a citizen of Canada and have a job offer in the United States in a professional occupation. The list of eligible occupations is published by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) makes it possible for Canadian citizens to work in the United States on a TN visa. The TN visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows Canadian citizens to work in the United States in a professional occupation. If you are interested in working in the United States on a TN visa, I encourage you to listen to my podcast. In this podcast, I will discuss the following topicsWhat is a TN visa?Who is eligible for the TN visa?What are the requirements for a TN visa?How to apply for a TN visa?What are the benefits of the TN visa?About Evelyn AckahEvelyn Ackah is the Founder and Managing Lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. We work with individuals and business owners from all over the world who want to cross borders seamlessly. For more information on immigration to Canada or the United States, Ask Evelyn Ackah at Ackah Business Immigration Law today at (403) 452‑9515 or email Evelyn directly at contact@ackahlaw.com.The Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast by Calgary Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah was named #1 Best Canada Immigration Podcast in 2022 by Feedspot.BOOK YOUR FREE CASE EVALUATION
For Immigration Attorney Eric Widman, Immigration Isn't Just Business: It's Personal! | Episode 57
17-05-2023
For Immigration Attorney Eric Widman, Immigration Isn't Just Business: It's Personal! | Episode 57
Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah spoke with Erick Widman, a Portland immigration lawyer who has experienced all sides of immigration: he began as an American expat living and working in Budapest, Hungary; then helped his Hungarian wife immigrate to the United States and become and naturalized citizen, and now as the Founder and Managing Attorney of Passage Immigration Law, he helps others navigate the immigration journey. Erick practices both business and immigration law and his firm's “why” is to enable people to achieve their full potential by living globally.Live Globally and Help Others Live GloballyAs a former immigrant himself and a parent to 3 multicultural, dual citizen children, Erick's mission is to live globally and help others live globally. Evelyn and Erick discuss:Why Passage Immigration Law - why did you choose that name for your law firm?Like me, you practice both business and family immigration law. What do you see as the biggest differences between a business law practice and an individual - and why do you choose to both practice areas?As an American who immigrated to live and work in Hungary, what did you learn about being an expat yourself that helps you today as an immigration lawyer?How was your immigrant experience different than your wife’s, who immigrated to live permanently in the United States, while you returned to the US after a few years?Have your kids lived in Europe, or only visited?How do you raise children with a global mindset, versus a border mindset?What is your biggest frustration with the U.S. immigration system?How does your law firm manage the challenges and roadblocks immigrants face?Why do you think some Americans are so resistant to immigration?What do you say to Americans who strongly oppose immigration?Connect With Erick on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/erickwidmanAbout Evelyn AckahEvelyn Ackah is the Founder and Managing Lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. We work with individuals and business owners from all over the world who want to cross borders seamlessly. For more information on immigration to Canada or the United States, Ask Evelyn Ackah at Ackah Business Immigration Law today at (403) 452‑9515 or email Evelyn directly at contact@ackahlaw.com.The Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast by Calgary Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah was named #1 Best Canada Immigration Podcast in 2022 by Feedspot.BOOK YOUR FREE CASE EVALUATIONMentioned in this episode:Business Immigration Ad -- Ackah Law