ad I not chosen to leave my home country and to
immigrate into Canada twenty years ago - well then you would
not be reading this or even be on my website!
So I can assume that you share a similar personal history,
have a family member who does, or are thinking about taking
the immense life changing leap of faith that it is to leave
your home country, and at least some of your realtives and
friends, to travel to a new place, start life all over again
and try to be successful.
It is a great adventure; exciting as you learn new things and
meet new people, and also challenging and at times
frustrating. Still, here in Canada, there exist
opportunities that attract immigrants from all over
On this page I will share some of my experiences around this
topic ( and hope you will too), and we will try to gather some
useful resources for anyone considering immigration or
interested in the subject matter.
Anold representation of Russian Immigrants
had an opportunity to come to Canada because a relative had
inherited a house in Edmonton from another distant relative
who had immigrated to Canada before World War II (this is the
essence of my story - the full version is a little more
complicated of course).
There are different ways of immigrating into Canada; with a
work permit, investing in or founding a business or starting
out as a temporary worker.
No two person's stories of how they came here ever seem to be
the same; for some it happens quickly, for others it takes
When you first start to research this topic, the sheer amount of
information can be really overwhelming, but all immigrants I spoke to
here seem to agree on one thing: Unless you are deemed inadmissible
(for example, for medical reasons or a criminal record), where there
is a will, there is always a way. It takes determination and staying
power to go through the process, but since you are willing to make a
go of it in a new country chances are you already possess these
you are faced with the daunting task of navigating the maze of
immigration rules, it seems that hiring an attorney is the next
logical step. But careful - not all lawyers are created equal, and
there are some bad apples out there. My husband, who also immigrated
from Europe, once had his credentials evaluated by a Canadian
'specialized' law firm for a hefty fee. He was rewarded with a brief
statement saying that there was no chance of him working in Canada,
ever. Less than two years later, with his profession being in demand
and the help of a different lawyer, he was working in Canada as a
Would it have worked without an attorney? That is hard to say - it is
definitely possible to go through the process on your own and if you
don't shy away from paperwork and research it can save you quite a bit
of money. But a good attorney will increase your chances of being
successful, and the authorities know that a reputable immigration
lawyer is not likely to accept daydreamers or shaky candidates as
clients in the first place - which again works in your favour.
If you do decide to get legal assistance, be sure to do your homework.
You want someone that specialises in this field with a good track
record and reputation; and make no mistake: Not every lawyer that
takes your money will drive your case forward with due diligence and
determination or even be qualified to do so. This link is a good place
to start, but I would value most the information gathered from other
is the website of a bi weekly Russian Canadian publication named
Koleso. It should be very helpful since it has a wealth of ads by
Russian speaking immigration lawyers and consultants, real estate and
mortgage professionals, travel and shipping agencies and classifieds -
including job ads - in Russian.
Canadian Bi Weekly ' Koleso'
is a video in Russian language with immigration information
this, also in Russian, about a family's experience in Canada
Check out this link to the Canadian Russian News with a wealth of
information and links