Immigration law is vast and always changing. At MacLean Law our family lawyers and immigration lawyers assist clients in all areas of immigration. Family law and immigration law often intersect and can have far reaching effects on spouses and children including spousal applications, work permits, nominee programs, employer sponsorship, humanitarian applications and international adoptions and appeals. Timing is also very important. Our legal team has come from various countries and throughout our organization our staff can speak many languages including French, Hindi, Mandarin, Punjabi, Cantonese, Farsi and Russian.

Remember, applicants are responsible for keeping their immigration applications up-to-date. If your circumstances change, your application may be affected. Let MacLean Law help to ensure your Canadian immigration application status is always up-to-date.

Spousal and dependent sponsorship

In Canada you can sponsor a spouse, same-sex spouse or common-law partner, or a dependent child to immigrate to Canada if you are 18 years of age, a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.

There are various classes of sponsorship and the person being sponsored must meet all eligibility requirements. The MacLean Law immigration lawyers can help you obtain the correct documentation regarding medical, criminal and background checks and apply to the appropriate class.

Provincial nomination programs

The province of BC can nominate immigrants through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

We can help you determine your eligibility and file the appropriate documentation and applications. If you have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy of BC we can help you through the family stream or the higher education stream.

Employer sponsorships

One of the most popular entries to Canada is the Temporary Foreign Workers Program.

In order to work in Canada you must have a Visa and usually a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). However, there are other options such as the International Mobility Program. If you are wanting to work in Canada, trust our MacLean Immigration Lawyers to help assess the best path.

Criminal Inadmissibility

If you wish to work, study or join your family in Canada, but you’ve been denied because of a criminal inadmissibility issue, we can help you navigate the immigration system to gain admittance. The process may be lengthy and may include proof of rehabilitation, record suspension or applying for a temporary resident permit. Many people have made mistakes which have led to a criminal conviction, but there are successful strategies to obtain Canadian citizenship.

Humanitarian and compassionate grounds

The Humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) grounds is only granted to applicants in exceptional circumstances. Other factors will be dependent on whether this access path should be taken, including if the applicant is already settled in Canada, has family ties or dependent children. These cases are assessed on a case by case basis.

Refugee Applications

Canada has a very robust refugee program and is committed to helping people with private sponsorship or those referred by the United Nations Refugee Agency. The Refugee and Humanitarian Resettlement Program is designed to help people in need of protection who are outside of Canada and outside of their own home country.

International adoptions

If you are planning to adopt a child who has citizenship in another country, the adoption process must comply with the laws of both Canada and the sending country. If you are adopting a child to live in British Columbia, you must deal with the provincial authority for the adoption and then follow the immigration and citizenship process. Adoption can be very emotional, but having a solid BC immigration lawyer on your side can help ensure your new loved one makes it to Canada safely with all the correct legalities in order.

Withdrawal of sponsorship

Unfortunately many people have been the victims of marriage fraud. This happens when a Canadian citizen has been duped into marriage in order for another person obtain entry to Canada. The Canadian government has strict requirements that can have a long-standing effect on your personal and financial situation. If you have been a victim and need help to withdraw sponsorship, call our MacLean Law immigration lawyers.


To help resolve your immigration legal requirements or international adoption, call our offices at 1 877 602 9900 for the best legal representation in Vancouver, Surrey, Richmond, Fort St. John, Kelowna and Calgary.


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