MKS - Canadian Immigration & Citizenship Lawyers


A full service Canadian Immigration Law boutique, our firm advises a range of institutions including individuals, public and private companies, universities, not-for profit organizations, as well as other law firms.

Our legal team are specialists in all aspects of Canadian immigration and citizenship law. Maynard Kischer Stojicevic was recognized as one of Canada’s top 5 immigration law boutiques in Canada.

The strength of our firm is our in-depth knowledge of not only how immigration law works, but how immigration policy is implemented and the impact it has on processing.

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Reliance on temporary foreign workers has increasingly become an important part of many companies’ human resources strategy. Our firm handles all manner of Temporary Foreign Worker issues and has developed strategies that can streamline processing, as well as maximizing chances for success. With a long and proven track record, MKS has successfully processed work permits applications in all categories for our many corporate clients. Hospitality (including restaurants and hotels) mining, construction, high-tech, marine and engineering are some of the industries with which we work most often.
With provinces now picking upwards of 20% of the immigrants that come to Canada, Provincial Nomination has become, for many, the preferred means of immigrating to Canada. Our team has one of the largest and busiest Provincial Nomination practices in Western Canada and can help incorporate Nomination as part of any company’s foreign worker’s strategy. As pioneers in this sub-field, we have helped companies turn hundreds of foreign workers from all around the world into Canadian permanent residents.
With hundreds of thousands of applications to Canada being filed each year, refusals are inevitable. If someone has been treated unfairly by a tribunal or by an immigration officer, there may be recourse. Under Canada’s immigration laws, almost all refused applicants have the right to seek leave for judicial view of their failed/refused applications. In addition, most permanent residents and most sponsors also have rights to appeal to the Immigration Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board. Our lawyers have successfully represented clients in such cases before the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, as well as all three divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board. We handle Removal Order Appeals, Residency Appeals, Admissibility Hearings as well as Sponsorship Appeals.
Applying for Permanent Residence to Canada has generally required a person to be both “selected” (meaning that they meet the criteria of the category they applied under) and “admissible”. Since the advent of Ministerial Instructions in 2008, however, qualifying for a category is no longer enough. Now, determining factors include whether an applicant's category is Open or Closed, a priority or not, and if it has a quota attached to it. This has made the processing of applications both unpredictable and challenging, with the Government of Canada constantly changing processing priorities. It is critical now that potential applicants consult with qualified counsel to assess the situation at any given moment, and be able to react quickly to take advantage of opportunities. Our team stays on top of all developments so as to develop timely strategies that will enable clients to navigate the complex web of processing as efficiently as possible.
Whether you intend to come to Canada for a week or a year, getting advice from our firm is never a bad idea. Permits may be required, customs issues may arise and the right documents will be needed. Greater scrutiny of travelers has become a fact of life when attempting to enter Canada. Inevitably, something from someone’s past will be raised and may result in them being barred from entry. Our firm can assist with special types of permits and applications that can overcome inadmissibility and allow you to enter Canada.

Latest from our immigration blog

February 9, 2016
Express Entry - Immigrating to Canada

Gordon and Alex talk Express Entry on The Law Show

One year after the introduction of the express entry program, Maynard Kischer Stojicevic partners Gordon Maynard and Alex Stojicevic, talk to Zack Spencer on CISL 650’s The Law Show  about how the system works, its challenges and its flaws. The federal government launched the express entry program, a new process for economic immigrant applications, in January 2015. While the system seemed like it would be an improvement at first, it […]
January 24, 2016
Family Class - Canadian Immigration

Family class immigration and its alternatives on The Law Show

In their first return to CISL 650’s The Law Show  in 2016, Maynard Kischer Stojicevic partners Gordon Maynard and Alex Stojicevic talked to host Zack Spencer about the challenges around family class immigration and some alternatives to that system. The family reunification immigration policies have changed over the years, making it harder for some people to bring their relatives to Canada. Despite the difficulties, many people still apply. “We’re not in […]
December 18, 2015
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Wrapping up 2015 on the Law Show with Alex and Rudi

For their final 2015 appearance on CISL 650’sThe Law Show Maynard Kischer Stojicevic partners Alex Stojicevic and Rudolf Kischer reviewed some of the big legal stories of 2015, talked about changes coming in 2016, and gave listeners an overview of what their law firm deals with on a daily basis. “We have individual work that we do for individual clients as our personal services element of the practice,” says Alex. “We also […]
December 7, 2015
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MKS partner works pro-bono to help refugees

Canada’s federal government has announced it will accept 25,000 government-assisted refugees to aid those fleeing the crisis in Syria. Along with those receiving government support, about 10,000 refugees are being privately sponsored by community groups such as churches and mosques. Private groups must commit to providing sponsored refugees with everything government funding would provide, including allowances for clothing, furniture, housing, food and other necessities. The process for privately sponsoring refugees […]
December 2, 2015
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Refugees and other challenges for new feds: Gordon and Rudi on The Law Show

After just under a month in office, the new federal government is facing the challenge of living up to election promises and facing new issues when it comes to immigration.  Gordon Maynard and Rudolf Kischer  joined host Stirling Faux on CISL 650’s The Law Show to discuss the latest Canadian immigration news, including refugees and temporary workers. With the feds promising to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees, concerns are being raised […]

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