As a Dual Licensed law firm with a global presence in the U.S. and Canada, we are regularly asked to explain the rather complex world of Immigration. Below, you will find the top frequently asked questions we are asked and our responses. The responses you see here are very general and brief. This is not meant to be legal advice. Each situation is different, and you deserve individual attention to your immigration pathway questions and concerns.

If you have a question about your specific immigration matter, please call us at +1 (770) 299-8496 or email us.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why should I choose your firm?
    A successful pathway to immigration starts with an immigration lawyer and law firm you can trust. The immigration process is complex, varies from country to country and requires advanced legal knowledge and a keen eye for detail. With the Faryal R. Poonah Law Firm, you will have a qualified immigration attorney working on your behalf to produce the best possible results. We want to make the immigration visa process as simple and expedient as the governmental agencies and regulations will allow. To ensure each client is fully aware of the parameters of legal representation, our firm executes a retainer agreement with clients for all immigration matters. Upon retention of our law firm, we will email you a retainer agreement to sign that is specific to our representation of you.
  2. What is an immigration visa?
    In the U.S., there is a distinction between immigrant visas and non-immigrant visas. The type of visa you will need is determined by the purpose of your visit or stay in the U.S. An immigration visa is granted to individuals who desire permanent residence in the U.S. A non-immigrant visa is issued to people who are not permanent residence, but desire to enter the U.S. temporarily to study, work, tour, seek medical treatment or do business in the U.S. The U.S. offers several different visas. To learn more about your options, please visit our U.S. Immigration page.
  3. What  factors are  considered  by  the  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in granting immigration status?
    The USCIS considers a number of factors when evaluating an immigration application. Some of these factors include family reunification considerations, in-demand work skills, education and capital investments. When petitioning the USCIS for immigration status, our law firm can help you prepare your application, related documentation and ensure that you are ready for interviews with Immigration Officers.
  4. What does it mean to have legal status in Canada?
    To have legal status means that an individual or business is authorized by the Canadian federal government, a Providence or Territory to enter and remain in Canada as a temporary or permanent resident, Canadian citizen or Registered Indian. Please note that temporary resident status only grants you legal status for a specific period of time.
  5. How long does the U.S. citizenship process take?
    From the point at which you get your Green Card to taking the U.S. citizenship test and interview, it takes approximately 6 – 12 months to obtain U.S. citizenship.
  6. With regard to Canadian immigration, what is the difference between the express entry and Provincial Nominee Programs?
    Both the Federal Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) are immigration pathways. They have their own set of criteria and primarily differ in the following areas: (1) application process; (2) duration for getting the petition or application granted; and (3) intricacies in the eligibility requirements of each process. Speak with our knowledgeable immigration attorney today to determine the best option for you.
  7. Can I go to Canada without a job offer?
    Yes. Unlike some foreign countries, Canada offers programs that allow you to immigrate to Canada in advance of a job offer. We are experienced with all of the available programs and current laws surrounding this issue. Call us today to discuss your immigration plans.

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