Meet Ackah Law Articling Student Heather Barber-Hardy | Ackah Business Immigration Law

Meet Ackah Law Articling Student Heather Barber-Hardy

Heather Barber-Hardy attended law school at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom where she achieved a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours). Upon returning to Canada, she completed a Masters of Law, Common Law degree from the University of British Columbia. During her time at UBC, Heather volunteered at the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program at their Immigration Clinic where she was able to work on a variety of immigration cases. She also volunteered with a nonprofit organization, Amici Curiae, where she assisted Temporary Foreign Workers with obtaining uncontested divorces at the BC Supreme Court. Heather also worked as a Research Assistant to the Dean of Peter A. Allard School of Law, Catherine Dauvergne on researching Article 1(F) Exclusion of refugee women in Canada and gendering of Islamophobia and the impact on women refugees. 

She was offered a full-time articling position with Ackah Business Immigration Law and will be called to the Alberta Bar in September 2018.

Q&A with Heather Barber-HardyAckah Law Articling Student

1. Why did you decide to practice immigration law?

Immigration law is constantly changing and evolving, which makes it very engaging to practice as you need to stay up to date on all of the new changes. I also enjoy making a difference in the lives of my clients and knowing that I am able to assist them with achieving their goals.

2. Why does someone need to hire an immigration lawyer?

Immigration law is one of the most complex and heavily regulated areas of law. While there may be quite a lot of information online about the immigration process, it requires someone with the expertise and understanding of all the rules and regulations to properly navigate the system and ensure a successful outcome. 

3. What do you see as the future of immigration law?

I believe that embracing immigration is the key to success of Canada as an economic and social world power. As a result, immigration law is going to become increasingly important in our society as Canada looks to bring in more skilled immigrants. 

Heather Barber-Hardy’s Key Professional Accomplishments

  • Masters of Law Common Law degree from the University of British Columbia 2017
  • LL.B (Honours with Distinction) from the University of Leicester, England 2016
  • Awarded “Judge of the Year” as a volunteer for internal mooting competition
  • B.A. in History from the University of Calgary 2014

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Evelyn Ackah is a US and Canada immigration law expert and founder and managing lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. Business immigration law focuses on helping people move into new opportunities — both personally and professionally. Ackah Immigration Law helps you to navigate the complex maze of rules and regulations involved with Canadian, U.S. and international immigration law with confidence. Headquartered in Calgary and with offices in Vancouver and Toronto, Ackah Business Immigration Law provides legal immigration advice for those looking to move for work, education or personal reasons.

We provide expertise in all areas of immigration law ranging from corporate immigration to personal and family immigration matters. We provide comprehensive immigration services to clients around the world representing corporations, institutions, not for profit organizations and individual clients. As your immigration lawyers and paralegals, we provide you with timely and strategic advice relating to the constantly changing immigration laws and regulations.

Contact Ackah Business Immigration Law

Calgary: (403) 452‑9515     Vancouver: (604) 985‑9512     Toronto: (416) 643‑7177

North America: 1 (800) 932-1190

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Tech Conferences Announce Move to Canada From US | Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah

Several top tech conferences have announced they will move to Canada from the U.S. in 2018 and 2019 due to Trump administration policies, including Collision, Creative Commons and RightsCon. Canada has been actively recruiting top tech talent. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “I have to say, I’m not completely surprised. Toronto is a key global tech hub and an example of the diversity that is our strength.”

Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah says Canada is a desirable destination for tech immigrants:

Canada’s quality of life and values are very appealing to highly skilled immigrants and entrepreneurs who want to move to Canada. Our cost of living, education system and healthcare are excellent. Ackah Law helps skilled tech immigrants from around the globe who want to move to Canada to work or build their business and help build a stronger Canada. 

Canada’s Global Talent Stream provides innovative firms in Canada with a faster way to hire highly skilled foreign talent when Canadians or permanent residents are not available and helps approved companies recruit and hire the highly specialized and skilled global talent they need to expand by providing faster and more predictable application processing.

Learn more: Canada Attracts Tech Conferences Away From US

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Do you need help with Canada immigration?
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Evelyn Ackah is a US and Canada immigration law expert and founder and managing lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. Business immigration law focuses on helping people move into new opportunities — both personally and professionally. Ackah Immigration Law helps you to navigate the complex maze of rules and regulations involved with Canadian, U.S. and international immigration law with confidence. Headquartered in Calgary and with offices in Vancouver and Toronto, Ackah Business Immigration Law provides legal immigration advice for those looking to move for work, education or personal reasons.

We provide expertise in all areas of immigration law ranging from corporate immigration to personal and family immigration matters. We provide comprehensive immigration services to clients around the world representing corporations, institutions, not for profit organizations and individual clients. As your immigration lawyers and paralegals, we provide you with timely and strategic advice relating to the constantly changing immigration laws and regulations.

Contact Ackah Business Immigration Law

Calgary: (403) 452‑9515     Vancouver: (604) 985‑9512     Toronto: (416) 643‑7177

North America: 1 (800) 932-1190

contact@ackahlaw.com 

Canada Border Crossing is Limiting Flagpoling by Residents | Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah

The Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) is limiting flagpoling land borders in Ontario and Quebec to only Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to manage the high volume and long waits due to flagpoling at certain land borders on the weekends. Flagpoling is not illegal; the word flagpoling refers to making a U-turn at the border entry flagpole.

Canadian resident flagpole to validate their Canadian immigration status is less than 30 minutes, versus the weeks or months required to schedule an appointment at an IRCC office or submit your application online. “Flagpoling” is the name used to describe when Canadian foreign national residents who need validate a Confirmation of Permanent Residence or a permanent resident visa exit Canada at a United States land border, then immediately turning around to re-enter Canada at the same land border where an officer will interview and grant them entry into Canada.

The Canadian Bar Association has officially protested that the CBSA Flagpoling Pilot Project and refusing to process applications of genuine temporary residents seeking entry is unlawful and called for its elimination.

To validate a Confirmation of Permanent Residence or a permanent resident visa

  1. Schedule your flagpoling trip only on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
  2. Schedule a day trip to the United States so you can apply for re-entry to Canada on any day of the week, at any time of day.
  3. Apply online or by mail for an appointment with Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada to have your visa validated, which IRCC advises could take longer than 2 months.
  4. Consult an immigration lawyer or expert if you feel your rights are being denied and you need assistance with immigration to Canada.

Learn more: Canada Border Agency Restricts Flagpoling for Canadian Residents 

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Do you need help with Canada immigration?
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Evelyn Ackah is a US and Canada immigration law expert and founder and managing lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. Business immigration law focuses on helping people move into new opportunities — both personally and professionally. Ackah Immigration Law helps you to navigate the complex maze of rules and regulations involved with Canadian, U.S. and international immigration law with confidence. Headquartered in Calgary and with offices in Vancouver and Toronto, Ackah Business Immigration Law provides legal immigration advice for those looking to move for work, education or personal reasons.

We provide expertise in all areas of immigration law ranging from corporate immigration to personal and family immigration matters. We provide comprehensive immigration services to clients around the world representing corporations, institutions, not for profit organizations and individual clients. As your immigration lawyers and paralegals, we provide you with timely and strategic advice relating to the constantly changing immigration laws and regulations.

Contact Ackah Business Immigration Law

Calgary: (403) 452‑9515     Vancouver: (604) 985‑9512     Toronto: (416) 643‑7177

North America: 1 (800) 932-1190

contact@ackahlaw.com 

Beginning July 31 Canada Will Use Biometrics to Make Canadians Safer | Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah

Beginning July 31. 2018, Canada will require biometrics including fingerprints and a photo for most Canadian immigration applications beginning July 31 for people from Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and on December 31, 2018, for applicants from Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas. Biometrics are tools for the measurement of unique physical characteristics such as fingerprints or eye scans and are globally recognized identification and security tools. Biometrics make travel to Canada easier and keep Canadians safer, says IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada).

According to immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah,

The Canadian government will be launching a new biometrics program which means that they will be collecting personal information fingerprints pictures and other identifiers for all applications for immigration going forward.  For study permits, visas and work permits they will be collecting them as a normal course. Once they do collect them, they’ll be valid for ten years so you won’t have to keep doing them every time you change your immigration category in Canada. 
This will be launching at the end of July and for those who are concerned about privacy this might be a good opportunity to call us and we can discuss what happens to your biometrics, how they’re stored and if you can be certain that they will be kept private by the Canadian government.

Biometrics are tools for the measurement of unique physical characteristics such as fingerprints or eye scans and are globally recognized identification and security tools. Canada has been collecting fingerprints since 1993 for refugee applicants for TRVs (Temporary Resident Visas.)

Watch: Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah discusses Canada’s new biometrics requirement for immigration applications: 

Learn more: How Canada Uses Biometrics to Make Canadians Safer

 

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Do you have questions about Canada immigration?
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Evelyn Ackah is a US and Canada immigration law expert and founder and managing lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. Business immigration law focuses on helping people move into new opportunities — both personally and professionally. Ackah Immigration Law helps you to navigate the complex maze of rules and regulations involved with Canadian, U.S. and international immigration law with confidence. Headquartered in Calgary and with offices in Vancouver and Toronto, Ackah Business Immigration Law provides legal immigration advice for those looking to move for work, education or personal reasons.

We provide expertise in all areas of immigration law ranging from corporate immigration to personal and family immigration matters. We provide comprehensive immigration services to clients around the world representing corporations, institutions, not for profit organizations and individual clients. As your immigration lawyers and paralegals, we provide you with timely and strategic advice relating to the constantly changing immigration laws and regulations.

Contact Ackah Business Immigration Law

Calgary: (403) 452‑9515     Vancouver: (604) 985‑9512     Toronto: (416) 643‑7177

North America: 1 (800) 932-1190

contact@ackahlaw.com