Immigration matters can be challenging and typically consist of high-stakes situations, but it can also be rewarding and exciting. If you are interested in human rights, or people from other cultures and countries, you may be interested in being an Immigration Lawyer. Being an Immigration Lawyer helps clients navigate the Immigration process in a safe, less stressful, and knowledgeable manner. You may be interested to know how much lawyers can help and what it takes to be an Immigration Lawyer, so let us show you.
What Does an Immigration Lawyer Do?
An Immigration Lawyer can help clients to apply for citizenship, obtain a temporary resident visa (visit, study, work etc) or help in getting a permanent status in Canada. They can also help in filing for asylum and even represent you to avoid the possibility of being deported. Immigration Lawyers can work as an employee in a government department, private business or can practice independently. You can even be a client’s representative in the courtroom for judicial reviews or appeals and can also represent the client in any of the immigration divisions of the IRCC. Immigration Lawyers have extensive training and knowledge to strive in their practice area.
Common Tasks of an Immigration Lawyer
- Appearing in court to represent clients
- Researching, collecting, and analyzing data for each client
- Filing paperwork and motions for matters dealing with immigration
Skills of an Immigration Lawyer
An Immigration Lawyer needs to be able to handle various situations while remaining patient and pleasant. Not to understand policies and procedures, but they also needed to have exceptional written, social, and communication skills. This profession requires a very high level of organizational and detail-oriented skills. As discussed before, an Immigration Lawyer should have the skills to work under pressure, be friendly, and should be able to understand and navigate the legal processes needed for immigration matters.
What is Required to Be an Immigration Lawyer
If you are interested in being an Immigration Lawyer, there are few things you need to know. You will need a bachelor’s degree (3 years) from a University, as well as a Juris Doctor (JD) Law degree or a Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree. To be an Immigration Lawyer, you will be required to take part in an articling period and take the Ontario Barrister and Solicitor Bar exams. Note that the Bar requirements vary from province to province.
You can join an Immigration Lawyer’s association or have assistance from a mentor or professional to guide you. It will be helpful to use the network of those experienced in this career to help you find an agency, company, or firm to collaborate with.
Immigration Lawyers can help in making a difference for many individuals. If you feel that this is the profession that you were meant to be in, then do not be afraid to ask questions.
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