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Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah
Welcome to the Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast. I answer your questions about moving to Canada and the US for work, for family, for life.
Jul 1, 2021
AEA030: Calgary Lawyer Charles Fair of Fair Legal - On Your Side When Life Gets Messy
Calgary Lawyer Charles Fair and Evelyn Ackah discuss Fair Legal in Calgary and his practice in criminal, civil and family law on the Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah Podcast. Charles Fair has been practicing law for nearly 30 years and founded Fair Legal because he is passionate about how lawyers can help others and ensure their rights are protected and that people are treated fairly. Charles and Evelyn discuss why he founded Fair Legal, why the choice of a lawyer is so important, and the unique legal needs of immigrants facing a family law issue, criminal charges or involvement in a legal dispute: * How practicing law became Charles' 2nd career * Why Charles chose to run his own law firm, versus joining a law firm * How law school can change people's values * His biggest business challenges running a solo law practice * How did Fair Legal weather the pandemic? * Hiring the right legal support team is critical for running a successful firm. Charles' hiring advice to young lawyers or to new firm founders * Fair Legal Team 100 * Where is Fair Legal heading in the next 3-5 years? * Having an impact on someone's life * How a legal case in one area leads to help that client with legal cases in other areas, such as when a family law case leads to a business law case * Immigration implications of criminal cases. Many Ackah Law immigration clients become permanent residents, but not citizens. If someone in Canada is charged with a crime, what are their rights if they are a temporary resident versus a permanent resident versus a Canadian citizen?
Jun 22, 2021
029: Martine Boucher Founder & Managing Partner of Simplex Legal
Immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah talks to Martine Boucher, Founder & Managing Partner of Simplex Legal. Simplex Legal LLC was founded in 2011 to help businesses surpass themselves and overcome legal challenges in the most cost-effective way. Martine and her co-founders started with a simple plan: To build a better law practice - professional without pretension, offering value without compromising skill, and proposing simplicity without sacrificing quality. Martine and Evelyn discussed: * Why Martine launched a virtual in-house counsel law firm * Simplex Legal's secret recipe for success * How the pandemic impacted their firm and their clients * Simplex Legal's fees and services * Learning to be a business leader and entrepreneur * Inspector Gamache's path to wisdom * Becoming a team player * Why businesses choose Simplex Legal: what type of client is the best fit for Simplex * Moving to Calgary and practicing law as a Francophone, and needing to learn English * Mentoring women in law * How the legal industry is changing in a big way * What unique qualities does Martine bring to the table
May 19, 2021
AEA028: Daniel Devis, Founder and President of Immigrowth
Immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah talks to Daniel Devis, the Founder and President of Immigrowth. Immigrowth is a management consultancy that provides business plans for immigration Individuals moving to Canada who want to qualify under the entrepreneur or investor categories, and even under intercompany transfers. Daniel Devis and Immigrowth help immigrants create the documentation to demonstrate they meet the immigration requirements, and how they will implement their business plan once they arrive in Canada. Immigrowth is not immigration lawyers or consultants but works closely with their clients' immigration lawyers to prepare their entrepreneur business plan. Daniel talked about why he started Immigrowth, and how a business plan helps immigrants succeed on their entrepreneurial journey to Canada: * How does a business plan help applicants succeed in their immigration applications? * Is prior business experience required for a foreigner to start a business in Canada? * The 3 ways immigrants can start a business in Canada * What are alternatives to the owner-operator LMIA visa? * The steps in the 10-15 days required to create the initial business plan * Types of new businesses being created by immigrants to Canada * Countries of origin for Canadian entrepreneur immigrants * How Immigrowth provides personal service to its clients * How Immigrowth sets their clients up for success after they land in Canada * Startup visa application support * 3 core pillars of a successful immigration business plan
May 10, 2021
AEA026: Seattle Immigration Attorney Dustin O'Quinn: The Best Solution Is Communication
Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah spoke with Dustin O'Quinn, a Seattle immigration attorney and Immigration Team Chair at Lane Powell on the Ask Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah Podcast. Dustin counsels clients of all sizes, from startups to Fortune 100 companies, in all areas of immigration law with a focus on the technology, energy, design and financial industries. In dealing with the many changes in US immigration law, Dustin says the best solution is communication. Be flexible and be patient. Evelyn and Dustin discussed the rapidly evolving changes in immigration laws in the United States and Canada, and how they impact corporate immigration: * How the 2017 Presidential elections impacted corporate communication * How the impact of COVID-19 and closed borders and made it challenging for companies to continue cross-border immigration and for employees to cross borders on essential work * Port of Entry L-1 renewals * Canadian companies and individuals moving to the United States * The rapidly evolving changes in immigration laws in the United States and Canada * E-2 nonimmigrant investor visa process * H-1B visa application volume and status * Corporate compliance and audits * Technology and innovation in immigration * Dual citizenship in the United States * Lawful Permanent Residence status benefits and drawbacks * Requests for Evidence impact on cost and timeline for immigration applications
Feb 25, 2021
AEA025: Using Intra-Company Transfers and More Strategies To Move Your Business to Canada
How To Move Your Business To Canada Do you want to move your business to Canada? Do you also want to bring yourself and your family to Canada? As a business and personal immigration law firm, we work with successful and professional business owners from all over the world. We've helped many entrepreneurs and business owners move their businesses to Canada. In this podcast, business immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah explains the steps to move your business to Canada: * incorporation * tax issues * intracompany transfers * work permits * citizenship or residency requirements for business owners * buying an existing business versus moving a business * structuring your business * naming your business * shareholders * NAFTA opportunities for American and Mexican citizens We work with successful and professional business owners from all over the world. For more information on how to move your business to Canada, and immigration to Canada or the United States in general, Ask Evelyn Ackah at Ackah Business Immigration today at (403) 452‑9515 or email us directly at email@example.com.
Jan 12, 2021
AEA024: Legal Entrepreneur Evelyn Ackah Talks With Jared Correia, Co-founder and COO of Gideon Legal
Business immigration lawyer and legal entrepreneur Evelyn Ackah, host of the Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer podcast, recently spoke to Jared Correia, founder and COO of Gideon Software, Inc. which offers intelligent chatbots, messaging and predictive analytics software built exclusively for law firms. A former practicing attorney in the United States, Jared D. Correia, Esq. is the CEO of Red Cave Law Firm Consulting, which offers subscription-based law firm business management consulting and technology services for solo and small law firms. He is also the host of the Legal Toolkit podcast and speaks frequently at industry events. Some of the topics we discuss are: * Helping consumers connect more easily with lawyers * Legal technology and the consumer experience * How chatbots benefit legal consumers and law firm owners * Legal entrepreneurship * Incorporating technology into your law firm * How legal technology can help law firm owners grow their business For more information on immigration to Canada or the United States, or if you have a question about how to grow your law firm, Ask Evelyn Ackah at Ackah Business Immigration today at (403) 452‑9515 or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec 22, 2020
AEA023:Expat Entrepreneur Marla Brock on Launching a Business In Canada
On the Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah Podcast, Canada business immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah talks to American expat Marla Brock, the Founder and CEO of Kidcoover, Vancouver's leading resource for babysitters, nannies and au pairs and Canada's fastest-growing childcare agency. Marla started the company while on maternity leave with her third child. She is a former lawyer and began her legal career in California's Silicon Valley, practiced law in Miami and later worked as a director of strategy at a publicly traded company in Vancouver. In life, I really believe that it's "not what you know, but what you do with what you know." Marla has also founded Cleancoover (an on-demand residential cleaning company), Carecoover (eldercare, home support and respite care) and Coover Immigration, (an immigration firm that specializes in the needs of foreign labourers). Work Permits for Home Caregivers in Canada A live-in caregiver in Canada must be qualified to provide care for the elderly, disabled or children. They work in private homes and do not have direct supervision as they do their jobs. Contact us today at 403-452-9515 or email us directly. As in so many other parts of the world, though, there is a high demand for workers of this kind, and it is not unusual for foreign workers to seek employment as live-in caregivers in all parts of Canada. To accommodate the demand for this huge labour pool, the LCP or Home Caregiver Program was created by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Learn More: * New In-Home Caregiver Programs Open For Applications * Live-in Caregiver Program Ending November 29, 2019 * Program Update: Open Work Permits Under the Interim Pathway for Caregivers Ackah Law Can Help Your Canadian Dream Come True For more information on immigration to Canada or the United States, contact Ackah Business Immigration today at (403) 452‑9515 or email us directly at email@example.com.
Dec 9, 2020
AEA022: American Expat Linsey Jorn Talks About Moving To Canada
Canada business immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah spoke to American expat and Ackah Law client Linsey Jorn about why she moved to Canada, and what it's like to move to Canada from the United States. Linsey and Evelyn discuss her families immigration success story: * The tragedy that made Linsey and her family decide to move to Canada * Why did they choose to move to Kelowna, Canada? * Why Linsey left her 1st lawyer and instead hire Evelyn Ackah at Ackah Business Immigration Law to manage her immigration application? * How long it took to get their application approved * Applying to attend school in Canada * Starting a business in Canada and hiring Canadian employees * The most important quality in hiring an immigration lawyer * Living in Kelowna versus living in Colorado * NAFTA intercompany executive transfer * Dual American / Canadian citizenship * Making friends and how Canadians are different from Americans Ackah Law Can Help Your Canadian Dream Come True For more information on immigration to Canada or the United States, contact Ackah Business Immigration today at (403) 452‑9515 Ext. 100 or 1-800-932-1190 or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov 13, 2020
AEA021: November 2020 Immigration News and Updates
November 10 Canada and United States immigration updates and news from Canada immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah: * U.S. immigration changes do to the new Biden administration * NEXUS extensions * LMIA updates * New Immigration pathways for foreign graduates * Tech worker visas * Nondiscretionary travel and quarantine exemptions * Travel into Canada for humanitarian and compassionate grounds * Expedited quarantine pilot in Calgary, Alberta * DLI (designated learning institution) travel exemptions for graduate schools Ackah Law Can Help Your Canadian Dream Come True For more information on immigration to Canada or the United States, contact Ackah Business Immigration today at (403) 452‑9515 Ext. 100 or 1-800-932-1190 or email us directly at email@example.com
Nov 2, 2020
AEA020: How Indian Tech Workers Can Move From the United States to Canada
Canada immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah spoke Dr. Alka Chopra Madan, founder of Global Women Power, and Nancy Tobesman, Vice President at Global Women Power, about how Indian foreign workers and business owners in the United States can move to Canada to work or open a business, and then make Canada their permanent home. Canada and U.S. immigration topics discussed include: • Differences in U.S. and Canada immigration • How H-1B visa holders and applicants can move to Canada • NAFTA immigration to Canada • Tech immigration to Canada • Global Talent Stream • Express Entry • Spousal and Family • Intra-company transfers • Student visa • How to set up a business in Canada
Oct 7, 2020
AEA019: 6 Months In: COVID’s Impact on U.S. Immigration
Canada immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah discusses 6 months in: how COVID-19 is impacting Canadian and U.S. immigration with U.S. immigration Lawyer Lucy Lee Fong, Senior Partner at Fallon, Bixby, Cheng & Lee, Inc., an immigration law firm in San Francisco: * NAFTA and immigration * COVID's impact on U.S. business immigration * Politics impact on immigration * Employment-based immigration to the United States and Canada * How managing an immigration law firm has changed and stayed the same during the pandemic * CrossBorder Business Immigration * COVID's impact on immigrant employees and employers
Sep 22, 2020
AEA018: Who Can Travel to Canada? September Updates On The Impact of COVID on Immigration
Canada immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah discusses the latest news and updates on how COVID-19 is impacting Canadian and U.S. immigration including: * U.S. Canada border closures and cross-border travel * Essential workers and business travel into Canada and the U.S. * Family reunification travel into Canada * Mandatory quarantines * Express Entry * LMIAs and employing foreign workers * Spousal permanent residence * Americans looking at options for moving to Canada * Realistic timeframes for immigration applications
Aug 18, 2020
AEA017: Crossborder Business Transactions: How Immigration and Corporate Law Intersect
Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah and Melanie Cole, Partner at Aird & Berlis LLP law firm in Toronto, discuss B2B immigration, crossborder business transactions, Melanie's services as a cross-border corporate lawyer and how immigration and corporate law intersect. * cross-border business and immigration law * legalization of cannabis in Canada and immigrant entrepreneurship * startup visas and business immigration * women in law * our businesses and our law practices * how we can work with you to do cross-border transactions and get you to Canada by way of immigration
Jul 7, 2020
AEA016: Taxes for Expats: CrossBorder Canadians and Americans
The close proximity of Canada and the United States offers business immigration opportunities for citizens of both countries - and can result in cross-border tax issues for expats: * Tax Information for Americans Living and Working in Canada * Tax Information for Canadians Living and Working in the United States Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah and Cross Border and International Tax Expert James Belesiotis discuss cross-border immigration and tax law. * Is now a good time to open a branch office in Canada? * How do salaries and income taxes compare for H-1B visa holders or applicants who decide to move to Canada? * If you’re not a Canadian citizen, do you have to be a resident to open a business or branch in Canada? * What tax benefits and incentives do foreign investors have to move to Canada?
Jun 23, 2020
AEA015: Practical Information for Professional Speakers Travelling to the US
Today's podcast is a live webinar presented by Evelyn Ackah, Canada Immigration Lawyer to the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers: CAPS. What Is a Business Visitor? As a Canadian going to the United States, business visitor activity is not work from an immigration perspective. It's more about are you going there with a prearranged engagement? Have you been paid? Are you being paid in the U.S.? You don't want that if you don't have a work permit. So business visitor, we can get honorariums, you can get your expenses paid for, there's a lot more flexibility. U.S. Visa Options NAFTA B-1 and TN visas are probably the main U.S. visa options that will affect a speaker travelling to the United States. An O and P visa could also that'll probably affect you. You are not actually seen to be entering the U.S. labor market. Generally speaking as a NAFTA business visitor: * you have to be a Canadian citizen * you have to be going down for meetings * you can do sales activity…
Jun 10, 2020
AEA014: Immigration and Tax Solutions for Canadians On Business Travel to the United States
Today's podcast is a live webinar presented by Evelyn Ackah, Immigration Lawyer, and Laura McLeman, CPA, CA, CPA (Illinois), of Citizen Abroad Tax Advisors. Cross Border Business: Practical Immigration and Tax Solutions The main aspects of NAFTA that apply to individuals, professionals and companies Using NAFTA * The preferred tool to facilitate cross-border movements between Canada and the United States is the North American Free Trade Agreement - NAFTA * Used for temporary entry - not permanent * NAFTA was established in 1994 to support economic and trade relationships between the United States, Canada and Mexico * As part of NAFTA, three main nonimmigrant categories were created: 1) Business Visitors (B-1 Visa) 2) Professionals (TN Visa) 3) Intra-company transferees (L-1 Visa) Benefits of HR and Leadership Training on Cross-Border Business Issues * Create awareness of the rules for business leaders and HR * Allows business to address the issue and make informed b…
Apr 28, 2020
AEA013: Nearshoring to Canada: How to Open a Branch Office in Canada
What is Nearshoring to Canada? Many American tech companies are frustrated by their inability to hire highly skilled and educated foreign talent due to scarcity and cost of H-1B visa workers. Nearshoring aka nearsourcing is defined as outsourcing business processes, especially tech and IT processes, to companies in a nearby country, often sharing a border with the target country. Find more information at: * https://www.ackahlaw.com/ * https://www.linkedin.com/in/evelynackah/ * https://www.facebook.com/AckahBusinessImmigrationLaw/ * https://www.instagram.com/ackahlaw/
Mar 20, 2020
AEA012: Immigration Impacts of the Coronavirus
Ackah Law is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) immigration policies and news, and following the health and travel recommendations that are evolving due to the worldwide crisis. We are dedicated to helping our clients do the same. We want to share our approach with you and assure you of our commitment to maintaining uninterrupted immigration legal services during this global pandemic. Ackah Business Immigration Law is open for business to help people by telephone, email, and skype and zoom, etc. The health and safety of our team, our families, our clients and our community are our main priorities. If you need immigration legal advice now or you think you're going to need it in a week, or a month or six weeks from, we want to help you get your immigration applications ready now. The Canadian immigration office, IRCC, will definitely be backlogged, given all the travel challenges. Start your immigration process now: Don't wait, thinking that things will get easier later. Fin…
Feb 25, 2020
AEA011: Can You #Mexgit to Canada? How Brits and Americans Can Move to Canada
Right now there's a very active hashtag going around called #Megxit. It relates to Meghan Markel and Prince Harry and their rumored moved to Canada and departure from the royal family. I've given some interviews about #Megxit and spoken about it quite frequently. What's realistic? You don't have to be a prince or princess to come to Canada. Find the episode here.
Jan 30, 2020
AEA010: NAFTA & NAFTA 2.0: How You Can Work In the US, Canada or Mexico
The 3 countries covered by NAFTA - the United States, Canada and Mexico - provide opportunities for their citizens to work in or move to another member country; including NAFTA business visitors, intra-company transfers, NAFTA professionals, TN visas, traders and investors. Canada immigration and U.S. NAFTA lawyer Evelyn Ackah explains the opportunities NAFTA 2.0 (USMCA) has created for U.S., Canadian and Mexican citizens interested in cross-border business and corporate immigration.
Nov 11, 2019
AEA009: Immigration Compliance Audits and Portals
Be Prepared! We are finding that more clients - both businesses and individuals - are receiving random Canada immigration compliance audits to confirm that salary, hours, benefits, etc. are accurate and consistent with what was referenced when the initial compliance portal was completed - and we want you to be ready.
Oct 2, 2019
AEA008: Misrepresentation: Document Fraud & Immigration
Have you ever been refused a visa? It’s a serious crime to lie or give false information or documents to IRCC. The fines and penalties for misrepresentation can be serious: it can be a ban of five years where you cannot come to Canada or apply for anything, whether it's a visitor, worker or permanent residence, and face a $100,000 fine or imprisonment.
Sep 4, 2019
AEA007: Do You Want To Be An American Expat in Canada?
Important Info For Americans Who Want To Move To Canada At Ackah Business Immigration Law, we are getting more and more inquiries from Americans about their eligibility to move to Canada for personal and professional reasons. * people who are concerned with US politics, the economy and overall well-being * parents looking for a safe place to raise their children * retirees who like the common language and proximity of Canada
Aug 1, 2019
AEA006: Student Visas and Study Permits for Canada and the US
Canada Study Permit International students who want to attend school in Canada for over 6 months must get a Study Permit. This document allows students to enter Canada, get a visa and an electronic travel authorization and start their academic life in Canada. To qualify for a Study Permit, you must be accepted into the academic program in advance and it must be a designated learning institute.
Jun 26, 2019
AEA005: Start-Up Visas and Entrepreneur Business Immigration to Canada
Canada's start-up visa program is a permanent resident stream that allows people who own their own business to move to Canada to create jobs and help build the economy. Your immigration application must meet all other eligibility criteria in order to be approved for a start-up visa and all other self-employed and entrepreneur business immigration programs.
Jun 1, 2019
AEA004: Overcoming Criminal Inadmissibility to Enter Canada or the United States
One of the most stressful issues for people traveling to Canada or the United States is criminal inadmissibility. DUIs, an assault, possession of marijuana convictions even 30 or 40 years old can cause you to be deemed inadmissible to enter at the border.
May 16, 2019
AEA003: Clearing Up Misconceptions About Immigration
Immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah clears up misconceptions and #FakeNews about immigration to Canada and the United States.
May 9, 2019
AEA002: IT Opportunities in Canada
Are you a tech worker who wants to move to Canada? Immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah has the facts about opportunities for IT and technical jobs in Canada.
May 2, 2019
AEA001: Bringing Your Spouse or Partner To Canada
Do you want to bring your spouse or partner to Canada? Immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah answers your questions about spousal sponsorship, conjugal sponsorship and all things spousal immigration.
Apr 26, 2019
AEA000: Introducing Evelyn Ackah
Meet immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah: Helping You Smooth The Way to New Opportunity