Joseph W. Allen & Associates' legal team with over 35 years experience provides personalized legal services according to each individual's needs. We believe it is important to build a strong relationship with our clients in order to better advise them and assist them throughout the processing of their applications.
Our firm focuses on Canadian immigration and refugee law, and almost 40 years experience this field. In addition to providing services in English and French, our firm can also assist you in Armenian, Farsi and Tamil.
We represent individuals from countries all over the world in their applications to come to Canada, whether it be for a short period of time or permanently.
Joseph W. Allen
Joseph W. Allen graduated from Sir George Williams University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1967. He obtained a Law degree (LL.L.) from Universté de Montréal in 1975.
He was called to the Quebec Bar in 1976. He has a long association with the Quebec Immigration Lawyer's Association (AQAADI), where he has held the position of both President and Vice President.
Viken G. Artinian
Viken G. Artinian graduated from Université de Montréal with a bachelor in civil law in 1999, as well as a Diplôme d'Études Supérieures Spécialisées (DESS) in 2003.
He was called to the Quebec Bar in 2002 and he transferred his DESS diploma for a Juris Doctor in North American Common Law from Université de Montréal in 2015. He has a long association with the Quebec Immigration Lawyer's Association (AQAADI), where he has held several positions in its board committee.
Mr. Artinian first joined Joseph W. Allen & Associates' team in 2001, and has almost 20 years of experience in this field.
Mr. Artinian speaks English, French and Armenian.
Nilufar Sadeghi studied law at Université de Montréal, earning a bachelor of civil law in 2009, following which she was called to the Quebec Bar in 2010.
She graduated with a Juris Doctor in North American Common Law from Université de Montréal in 2011. She joined Joseph W. Allen & Associates' team in 2011, where she also did her internship. Ms. Sadeghi is also a member of the Quebec Immigration Lawyer's Association (AQAADI) where she held a position on its board committee between 2016 and 2019.
Ms. Sadeghi speaks English, French and Farsi.
Our law firm focuses solely on Canadian Immigration Law, which allows us to provide our clients with quality legal advice in this specific field of law. We assist our clients in filing applications with Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Canadian Embassies and High Commissions abroad, in addition to representing them before the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada and the Federal Court of Canada.
The province of Quebec has a special category for successful business people who wish to immigrate to Canada for new opportunities. Such individuals may apply as Entrepreneurs or Investors, depending on their experience managing a business, and their net worth.
We will put our law firm's considerable experience at your disposal should you wish to immigrate to Quebec under either of these categories. We will assist you in the preparation of your application and be with you every step of the way.
Should you wish to come to Canada temporarily, either to study, work or visit, our law firm can help you in completing the necessary applications. We can also assist you in the context of extending your temporary visa should you need to remain in Canada longer than initially planned.
The instability and dangers in various regions of the world forces thousands of people to apply for refugee protection every year. Canada is one of the many countries that provides safe haven to these people.
You may rest assured that our law firm's considerable experience will be put to your disposal, from filing your claim, to gathering your documents and finally, preparing you for your hearing. We will be with you every step of the way, and strive to make this difficult time in your life a little less stressful.
Permanent Residence Applications, Sponsorship Applications & Humanitarian Applications
Whether it be a sponsorship application, an application for permanent residence based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds or an application for permanent residence as a Convention refugee or a protected person, our firm can assist you from the preparation of your file for submission, until a decision is rendered by the Canadian authorities.
You may also rest assured that should you be contacted for an interview, our law firm's considerable experience will also be put to your disposal for your preparation.
The last step in your path to immigrating to Canada, Canadian citizenship provides you with the right to vote and ciments your establishment in your new home country
Our law firm can assist you in assessing your eligibility to apply for Canadian citizenship, preparing your application, doing the necessary follow-ups during its processing andpreparing you for your Citizenship interview. We will make sure that you present your application in the best and clearest manner to the Canadian authorities.
Appeals andJudicial Reviews
Unfortunately, not all applications are accepted. However, in most cases, you will have a right of appeal should you disagree with the refusal decision made in your application. It is important to keep in mind that there are delays in which you are allowed to file an appeal, and so it is important to act immediately.
Our office has years of experience in appeals before the Immigration and Refugee Board as well as in applications for leave and for judicial reviews before the Federal Court of Canada, and our team will be happy to assist you through the process.
COVID-19 impact on Immigration procedures
The current pandemic has had considerable impact on all departments with regards to immigration law. Indeed, IRB offices are currently closed to most hearings and all in-person delivery of documents until further notice. Most non-urgent hearings at the Federal Court have also been postponed. According to the Federal Court's latest Practice Direction and Order dated May 29th 2020, all hearings until July 13th 2020 have been cancelled and the Suspension period of the filing of documents has been extended until June 29th 2020. However, further amendments may be done by the Federal Court at the end of June 2020, should it deem it necessary. Additional information can be found on both the IRB and the Federal Court's official websites.