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Our immigration law practice is largely focused on helping Nigerians secure permanent residency status in Canada. Our Lagos and Toronto offices have some of the most dedicated and experienced immigration lawyers to help clients wishing to emigrate or study in Canada. As a client-focused firm, we take pro-active steps to help our clients to obtain Canadian permanent resident status, and temporary work permits. Our lawyers are experienced in applying for judicial review of persons whose application for Canadian visitor's or student's visa have been unfairly refused.

Immigration lawyers at Blackfriars' office in Lagos also represent institutional clients and multinational corporations operating in diverse industries in Nigeria. Common areas where immigration issues arise include audits of employer compliance with immigration and Nigerian Labour Law regulations; employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant visa petitions; expatriate quotas, NOTAP approvals. We also work with expatriates in Nigeria to secure expatriate quotas, work permits, and residency permits.

Immigration to Canada

The benefits of acquiring the status of a permanent resident in Canada are varied. A Canadian permanent resident is entitled to share in the freedoms, good economy, and safety that Canada offers its millions of citizens. Although the decision to immigrate to Canada from Nigeria is largely a personal one, ensuring the success of the required application demands efficient, experienced and reliable counsel.

Blackfriars LLP, through its Lagos office and representative office in Toronto offers a client-focused and experience group of lawyers, fully licensed to practice law in Ontario, Canada. To be eligible for the programme of permanent residency in Canada, intended applicants are assessed on a number of different factors about their personal circumstances and awarded points for each factor.

Question: How many points does an applicant need to qualify? The answer is 67.

Calculating your Points:

The process of calculating may appear complex to a person who is not versed in Canadian immigration law. It is more than just adding up the scores. It is prudent for applicants not to rely on their own assessments. Legal counsel is recommended because there are often legal and policy issues involved in the points calculation method that must be taken into consideration.

In order to qualify under the skilled worker class, the applicant must have at least one (1) year of full-time (37.5 hours per week or more) work experience within the past ten (10) years in one of the occupations listed in either Skill Type O or Skill Level A or B of the National occupational classification (NOC). The NOC was developed by Human Resources Development Canada to be a systematic cataloging of occupation in the Canadian labour market.

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