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Major credit and debit cards accepted. Interac accepted. If you pay by cheque I wait ten days before starting work. See Family Law page of this website for details on fees for divorce, separation, litigation, mediation etc

OFFICE CONSULTATIONS:
Mini-consultations of up to 20 minutes are free. Paid consult fee is $310 plus HST, covers up to two hours. If you then hire me this is a credit toward your account (I do not charge for the first $310 worth of work I will do, so it is lke a free consultation.)

EAP or LAW ASSIST member clients: If you are on the Employee Assistance Plan (through your workplace) or Law Assist (they send me an e-mail to confirm that you are registered) consultations are free for the first 30 minutes, then $2 per minute.

Fees for Notary Services:
To Notarize (commission) one document $26.55 ; second, third and fourth $25 each; after that $20 each. If you use your credit card my machine automatically adds 13% HST. These fees are only for me as a Notary Public to notarize (commission) documents you swear are true. Fees do not include explaining documents, helping you to fill out forms, write letters or affidavits, making sure you have the correct documents, etc. For that, my office consultation fee applies.

HOURLY RATES, FLAT FEES, DISCOUNTS etc. for Legal Services:
Nearly all immigration law cases are on a flat or fixed fee basis. See rates below. Some family law matters are fixed fee, e.g. simple, uncontested divorce. Most family law matters (divorce, separation, court) are on an hourly rate. Most of my family law clients are on a discount plan called "EAP" due to an arrangement beween their employers and Law Assist. This is great for them but what about people who work for smaller companies that do not have this arrangement?. And what about the self-employed? So to make things fair I am offering the same deal if you bring me your last two year's Canada Revenue "Notice of Assessment" and it shows an income on line 150 of less than $75,000. The discount is 25% off my regular hourly rate.

Due to my over 20 years experience and high quality work in immigration, and close to eight years in family law, I charge accordingly, so my fees are not the cheapest. On the other hand by having low overhead I can keep my costs low so do not need to charge at the high end of the fee scale either. This year I have no full-time assistant, to minimize overhead. Also I know that most people cannot afford to pay lawyers $400 - $800 a hour even if the lawyer is worth it. (For the $400 - $800 an hour ones you are paying mostly for their overhead, such as huge rents in high-rise suites, huge advertising costs, $80,000 a year secretaries, even $100,000 a year articling students who are often doing the bulk of the work.)

My standard rate is $345 per hour for solicitor's (desk) work and barrister's work (court time). All fees exclude disbursements which are necessary expenses incurred on your behalf. Keep in mind that this is for time I spend as a lawyer. For work done by me that a legal secretary could do, the rate is $35 per hour. Travel time within the Greater Toronto area (Mississauga, Brampton, Toronto, as far North as Newmarket, as far East as Durham) is free, but outside those places is $100 per hour because otherwise I could be in my office earning more.

FOR MORE EXPLANATION ON HOW LAWYERS BILL AND "WHAT IS A RETAINER" SEE BELOW.

Discount plans: Many clients are on employer discount plans so check with your Personnel (Human Resources) office to see if there is any "EAP" or "Law Assist" program at your workplace. Your union may have some sort of deal in place, or you may be entitled to a discount from your insurance company or credit card. As noted above, I am prepared to offer the same discount to people who are not on an EAP if they can prove their line 150 income from their Notice of Assessment is less than $75,000 on each of the last two years.

Other deep discount plans: If you are not on an EAP, and you earn less than $60,000 per annum (you must bring in last two years's tax Notice of Assessment) you may qualify for JusticeNet.ca deep discount rates (about the same as Legal Aid rates). I do not accept Legal Aid for family matters but do take a small number of JusticeNet.ca clients especially when I am not busy and need the cash flow..

HOURLY FEES:
Clerical work that could be done by a legal secretary or articling student: $35 per hour
Solicitor's Work (standard desk work such as drafting of documents or letters, reviewing documents, consultation, advice, written opinions, corporate work, legal research, preparing Statements of Claim, Statements of Defence, Replies, all other trial preparation, written submissions or arguments; also negotiations not done in the presence of a Mediator or Arbitrator): $345 per hour. For unusually complex cases and Trials I reserve the right to charge more (subcontracted assistants and other lawyers may be required).
Barrister's Work (trial work such as Court/Tribunal appearances, examinations for discovery, examinations in aid of execution, depositions, client interviews conducted by government Officers, Mediation Sessions, or Arbitrations ) $345 per hour. Recesses or breaks count toward the time and are not deductible. Waiting time at court houses is considered part of the $345 per hour fee. For unusually complex cases and Trials I reserve the right to charge more (subcontracted assistants and other lawyers may be required).
Travel Time Travel time within the GTA is not counted. GTA includes Mississauga/Brampton, Durham as far as Courtice or Bowmanville,and York Region (N. of Toronto, up to Newmarket). Travel time outside of the GTA to court/administrative tribunals, mediation or arbitration sessions, interviews of client by government officers, is billed at $100 per hour.

(all fees subject to HST)

What is a Retainer for legal services?

A retainer is a deposit (pre-payment) toward your account, a retainer is not a quote or estimate of the total bill at the end of the case. A retainer is deposited into a Trust account, which is strictly regulated by the Law Society or the Bar Assocaiton or the Courts, whoever comtrols lawyers in your jurisdiction. Your lawyer bills you at the end of each month (unless he/she did no work on your case) and deducts what you owe from the Trust account. When it gets below $1000 balance he/she will usually want you to replenish it ("top it up") unless it appears the case will soon end and cost less than what is left in the account. Obviously if a lot of work was done one month there may not be enough money in Trust to cover the lawyer's fees so you would need to pay what is outstanding AND "top up" the Trust account. This can be difficult if you are not expecting it. If the case ends and you still have a credit in trust it will be promptly refunded (if you can show that your refund was due and not paid, the Law Society, Bar or Courts will go after any lawyer who tried to keep your money), but usually you will need to replenish the trust account whenever the lawyer asks and/or the Retainer Agreement requires.

What is a Retainer Agreement?

It is simply a contract between you and the lawyer about what service will be provided at what costs. It may focus on actions such as review a document and give advice, prepare and file an application or brief, prepare and file an appeal, attend at court to argue a case, but usually it is an agreement that you will pay the lawyer for his/her time and effort and expertise in doing whatever he/she thinks is necessary regarding the legal issue you hired the lawyer for; with no promise or outcomes or guarantee of results. It will rarely talk about winning the case, application or procedure. Unlike a contract with a mechanic you are paying for the effort and not a successful result. e.g. when you pay a mechanic to install new brakes you expect them to work; for a new starter in your car you expect it to work (unless the car won't start because of the engine or fuel or battery, rather than the starter motor, but then you would have to pay the mechanic to diagnose and repair that extra problem.) Sometimes a retainer agreement (or a side agreement) may provide for a bonus if a really good result is obtained for you. It may be on a contingency basis wherein you do not pay until the other side pays a settlement or award and then the lawyer deducts his/her fee (up to 33.3%) and expenses before you get the rest. That sort of Retainer Agreement is standard in personal injury law firms. Such contingency fees are not allowed in Ontario for family or immigration cases. The more detailed the Agreement is, the less chance there is for future misunderstandings and arguments, so read every word before signing.

Specific v. General Retainers:

Nearly all retainers are "specific" to the case being worked on. However corporations and celebrities also have lawyers on "general retainers" meaning they will be available on call, whenever any legal issue arises, to start work on the new issue. If you want me to be like that I would need an additional $1,500 general retainer in addition to the usual specific one. I say this because some clients run into problems that are not covered by the (specific) Retainer Agreement (e.g. put in jail, stopped at border, demand letter or lien from the tax dept.) and they expect me to rush to their aid when in fact I have no obligation to do so. Legally I need not even talk to them about it. Of course I talk to them for awhile and offer suggestions but unless they pay a new retainer (or send someone over with it if they can't get to me or do an online money transfer) for that new problem I do not help them. Nevertheless a couple of them complained that I abandoned them and "all I care about is the money". Ask yourself if you would like to work for free. If you were paid to put new wheels on a car and it broke down on the road the next day due to an engine failure, would you leave all your customers and rush out to try to repair the engine? If you are a medical doctor and were paid to treat a broken ankle, and later the person got bronchitis, and had no money, would you leave your office to rush over to treat them? If you are an accountant and got paid $150 to fill out a tax return based on what the client told you and the dcouments they provided, and then the person got audited, would you spend hours preparing for and attending the audit for no extra money? Consider this when you read online postings by people who claimed that lawyers, mechanics, accountants or other service providers "ripped them off".

FAMILY LAW FEES

See the Family Law page of this web site.

IMMIGRATION LAW FLAT FEES
IMMIGRATION ABBREVIATIONS:
CIC = Citizenship and Immigration Canada (old name)
IRCC=Immigration and Refugees and Citizenship Canada (new name)
CBSA = Canadian Border Service Agency (this acts as the Immigration Police)
IRB = Immigration & Refugee Board (has RPD, RAD, IAD and ID (Immigration) Divisions)
RPD= Refugee Division
RAD=Refugee Appeal Division
IAD = Immigration Appeal Division
H & C = Humanitarian & Conpassionate Application
PRRA = Pre-Removal Risk Assessment
GTEC= Greater Toronto Enforcement Center (near Airport)
BOC= Basis of Claim form used in refugee claims (formerly PIF)
RM = Randal Montgomery

IMMIGRATION FORM (QUESTIONAIRE) TO FILL OUT:
IF YOU CANNOT MAKE A TRIP TO OUR OFFICE FOR A CONSULTATION, BUT YOU ARE SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING MOVING TO CANADA, OR COMING TO WORK OR STUDY, mail a check or money order for $150 (U.S. currency, made out to Randal Montgomery) and we will mail you a screening questionnaire. Or you can email randanalysisi@gmail.com and we will email you back the questionnaire for you to download. Fill it out fully and carefully and truthfully and mail it back to us, or email it back in MS-Word or PDF. Dr. Montgomery (providing the $150 has been paid) will then study it and decide on the best way to get you into Canada, and what your chances of success are. This office will then contact your either in writing, email or phone with the results of Dr. Montgomery's opinion. The $150 fee is for the time spent studying your questionnaire and coming to an opinion on the best and fastest ways to get you into Canada. Even after a free consultation Dr. Montgomery will usually want you to fill out the questionnaire so he can get a better idea of how to best serve your immigration needs. (Dr. Montgomery does not provide free e-mail consulations and gives no reply or very short replies to e-mail queries because he gets so many e-mails, and the sender cannot provide all the information Dr. Montgomery needs to make an informed Opinion.) If you decide to hire us after a personal consultation we will often still require you to fill out the questionnaire but there will be no extra cost for it - it will be part of the normal fee for immigration services.

The questionnaire and $150 fee is necessary because otherwise we spend most of our time giving out free information by phone and e-mail. Also we cannot give proper and useful advice without knowing a lot about you. Immigration is a complex area of law; beware of anyone offering fast, simple answers. There is plenty of free information available on the internet, including Canada Immigration's official website. Another reason we must charge for this is that the form costs money to print and mail out, and takes Dr. Montgomery over an hour to study and form an Opinion. Another very important reason we charge for the form to be analysed and an Opinion made is to keep the information in it confidential. For the information to be protected from government eyes by lawyer-client privilege, the lawyer has to be retained by the client, meaning the client must have paid the lawyer some money. You will find that there are many very personal questions on the Questionnaire about you and any relatives in Canada which you would not want anyone else to see. In order to legally prevent the government from looking at these (in the rare case where it wanted to) I need to show that you paid me some money and that there was a lawyer-client relationship, which is then considered "privileged", meaning I cannot be forced to disclose what was in the questionnaire, even to a judge or the police or the tax department. Keep this in mind for other websites where the lawyer offers to give a free Opinion on your questionnaire which is sent over the internet. If that lawyer's office is ever raided by the police or immigration officials, they could confiscate your questionnaire and it would be very hard for the lawyer to say it was privileged when he/she could not prove any payment.

Anyone who wants to emigrate to Canada and is not sure what category or what their chances are should get a consultation or pay the $150 and receive this questionnaire form.

FEES FOR SPECIFIC IMMIGRATION SERVICES
(not Consultations or Questionnaires)

These fees do not include disbursements (expenses incurred on your behalf, or which you pay yourself directly). Examples include CIC application fees, cost of translations of documents, photocopies, faxes, couriers and process servers, binding court briefs, Court fees, etc. To see CIC fees go to http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/fees/fees.asp

Dr. Montgomery does not boast of low fees. The more experience a lawyer has, and the more time and effort they are willing to spend on each case, the more they charge. Dr. Montgomery has seen the low quality of work and low time spent by those who charge less (usually after the client loses their application or case with the cheaper counsel and then comes to Dr. Montgomery). Also Dr. Montgomery has had 13 years of experience working for the Immigration Department and for the Immigration & Refugee Board. Dr. Montgomery keeps track of what the competition charges and tries to set his fees to be about 65% between the cheapest and the most expensive. These fees are not negotiable so do not waste time trying to bargain for a lower fee.

Due to demand from clients most of these are fixed or flat fees, but they are based on estimated time involved, which reflects the complexity of the case. Some cases, e.g. a Humanitarian (H&C) or a family sponsorship application are usually not legally complex but take a lot of time, many documents, and many phone calls and meetings with clients to properly prepare.

TAX:
The 13% federal HST tax applies to:
a) all clients who are living in Canada (so in a sponsorship if the sponsor pays they must pay HST, if the sponsoree / applicant pays there is no HST), and
b) to all litigation regardless of the residency status of the client

The Law Society also requires a $50 levy (fee) on all litigation which is paid to the insurance fund.

REFUGEE CLAIMS
To prepare Personal Information Form (PIF), assemble and disclose documents, prepare claimants to testify, research country conditions, prepare for legal and factual issues, prepare claimant to testify: DOES NOT INCLUDE TIME AT HEARING (see separate Table further below) or doing WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS.

a)

$1,800

Per adult (aged 18 or more) for one country with own narrative (not sharing same narrative) and no exclusion issues or opposition by CBSA

b)

$500

For each additional adult. $150 for each child using principal Claimant's narrative.

c)

$1,250

For each additional country of nationality (citizenship or habitual residence). Applies only to adults not sharing a narrative.

d)

$1000

Per person if there is a likely exclusion issue for that person. If Board or CBSA decides prior to at the beginning of the hearing that there is no exclusion issue, $750 will be refunded.

e)

$1,250

If CBSA officer (Minister's Representative) opposes any claim for any reason. This fee is payable as soon as it is known that the Minister will intervene to oppose the claim.

Payable: $2,000 retainer is needed to start work (prepare and file PIF). Balance due in cash no later than one month prior to hearing date. The basic fee includes up to 3 meetings to prepare PIF with Dr. Montgomery, plus up to two more meetings after PIF is filed and before hearing to prepare for hearing, prepare evidence, review documents etc. IF CLIENT WANTS EXTRA MEETINGS THESE ARE $320 per hour EACH.

ATTEND and REPRESENT at Refugee Hearing
(fee covers everyone, not per person) minimum $3,500 per hearing, If there are more than one witness (claimant) add $500 to $1,500 per witness. If adjourned after 2.5 or more hours and we return for another sitting, each additional sitting is $1,750 including preparation and attendance. If Minister of CBSA opposes (intervenes) on paper add $1,000. If Minister intervenes by personal attendance, add $1,750. If Board orders written submissions, an additional $750 ($1,000 if Minister intervend) must be received at least five days before the submissions are due; otherwise submissions will not be written.

Payable:
Payment must be received no later than 15 days prior to hearing or interview. Otherwise RM will not submit evidence nor enter the hearing or interview room, and RM will cease to be your counsel.

DISBURSEMENTS (EXPENSES) re Refugee Hearings
Client must reimburse RM as soon as possible or pay directly to the person who provided the service (e.g. interpreter or process server):
Photocopies 15 cents per page
Faxes 50 cents per page sent or received
Process Serving $25 per document delivered to the IRB (we often just fax or mail)
Interpreters at RM's office (whatever they charge, usually about $25 per hour, payment is usually made directly to the interpreter)
Translations of documents (whatever the translator charges, usually 20 cents per word)

APPLICATION TO RE-OPEN AN ABANDONED CASE
Preparation: $320 per hour
To attend at Abandonment Hearing (sometimes there are two: A Show Cause hearing and if that fails, a final Abandonment hearing) min. fee $800

APPLICATION FOR RE-HEARING
(request to Refugee Board, not Federal Court, to re-hear a claim)

Same fee rate as RAD (see below)

RAD Appeals

Depends on complexity, whether or not I was counsel at the refugee hearing etc. Range from $4,000 (e.g. if I was original counsel, short reasons for decision, not necessary to listen to CD or get a transcript made) to $6,000 (e.g. I was not counsel, or long reasons with several legal or factual issues, need to listen to CD or get a transcript made). Average $5,000. If RAD calls a hearing (which they very rarely do), add $2,500 to prepare for and attend that hearing. If Minister (of CBSA) opposes the appeal, add $1,500 to $2,500.

JUDICIAL REVIEW LEAVE APPLICATION FEDERAL COURT
(of failed refugee claim, of failed RAD, of failed PRRA, of failed H&C, of refusal of Visa Office to issue a visa; fee is to prepare application, does not include hearing time at Federal Court if permission for a hearing is granted) Average is $6,000. Range:
If RM was original counsel:
$4,000 to $6,000 + expenses (depends on length and complexity of decision being reviewed)
If RM was not original counsel:
$5,000 to $7,000+ expenses (depends on length and complexity of decision being reviewed)

N.B. If client cannot provide an exact copy of all the documentary evidence which was filed by his/her counsel at the IRB (Refugee Board), with exhibits properly marked (e.g. C-2, C-3), there is an extra $800 charge to reflect the many hours which will need to be spent re-constructing the file. The IRB does not provide copies of the file unless and until "Leave" (permission for a hearing at the Federal Court) is granted.

Payable by: $2,000 minimum retainer, another payment of $1500 due 30 days after the Notice is filed (Notice is usually filed between 1 and 14 days after we meet), balance of fees and disbursements is due 30 days after 2nd payment.

If the Notice is filed late, (more than 15 days after client received the refugee, PRRA or H&C decision; 60 days for a visa refusal) it will only be accepted by the Registry if it includes a detailed explanation and evidence for the lateness. This will cost an extra $800.

Motion for Extension of Time, to file a late Application Record or Reply $1500.

So if the Notice was late AND the Application Record was also late you must pay an extra $2800. A lot of work is involved in these late applications. These special late fees must be prepaid before work is begun on them.

TYPICAL FEDERAL COURT EXPENSES (Disbursements)

Court filing fee

$50

Process Serving

$140 to $165 (some also charge tax)

Photocopies

15 cents per page

Faxes

25 cents per page received

Transcript of refugee hearing CD (Not always needed)

This costs about $90 per hour of hearing time, averages $150 - $350

Often it is not necessary to get a transcript made (e.g. if the decision is not based much on what the claimant said, or if client does not dispute what the Board Member says the client said, or if no issue of bad interpretation at the hearing).

If Leave Application is successful (Permission is granted by the Court to hold a hearing)
To attend and argue at Federal Court. Minimum is 8 hours at $250 = $2,000. Maximum depends on whether RM was original counsel, whether RM prepared the Leave application, and on complexity of case. If client desires, a maximum number of hours can be set, e.g. 16 hours or $4000. The fee is due no later than 30 days before the hearing date.
In rare cases the Department of Justice will concede the case at the last minute, so there would be no hearing, but since they wait so late, I still need to prepare so only $600 will be refunded.

Federal Court Hearing Expenses: HST 13%. Law Society Insurance Levy $50; photocopying of caselaw and cerlox binding of Book of Authorities: varies from $20 - $60; Process Serving of Book of Authorities: $0 to $50.

FEDERAL COURT MOTION for Emergency STAY (postponement of Removal)
A "Stay Motion" is a last ditch attempt to postpone a deportation. There are two types, urgent and "Short Notice" (super urgent).

First I must write the Removals Officer with a formal, lengthy request to defer removal. The Fee for this is $1000 + 13% HST + $20 for copies and faxing. The better the request, the better chances that it will be granted, saving the cost of a Stay Motion. Also the better the Request, even if refused the greater chances of success on a subsequent Stay Motion. This fee of $1,150 must be prepaid by cash.

If the officer refuses to defer, or does not reply by my deadline (deemed refusal) I must issue, serve and file both a Judicial Review Notice and also the Stay Motion (both must be issued, then serrved on Dept of Justice and then filed with proof of service at Federal Court). Expenses (court fee $50, process server, copies, binding) vary from about $100 to $200 or more, so I have rounded them off to make the total come out to a round number.

Fee for "urgent" is $4000 + $520 HST + $150 expenses = $4,670. Must be paid by INTERAC or cash or Canada Post Money Order or Certified cheque. (I will phone bank to verify.).

Fee for " super rush" is $4500 + $585 HST + $200 expenses = $5285. Due to the very short time frame, this must be paid by cash.

Note: For URGENT In order to get the Record filed by Wed. afternoon we need all of your documents by Tues. 10 AM. If the Record is not filed with the Dept. of Justice and the Court by 16:30 hours on a Wednesday so that the Motion can be heard the next Tuesday, it will be necessary to request a SUPER URGENT SHORT NOTICE which means a lot of extra work. Such Urgent motions are often argued over the telephone on a Saturday.

In late 2004 RM presented a Stay Motion before the Chief Justice and the matter went all afternoon and then continued two days later. (RM was successful.) In such rare cases where there is a second attendance or tele-conference, an extra $1200 fee is payable (before the second appearance).

APPLICATION FOR CANADIAN PERMANENT RESIDENCY AS AN INDEPENDENT SKILLED WORKER
$3,500 - $6,000. Fees are higher for families compared to individuals. C urrently you need 67 points. One quarter of these are based on your English or French language test results. If you have a job offer you get an extra ten points. Note that our fee does not include getting you a job offer. This is up to you and the employer. Sometimes we meet employers who are willing to make job offers. If they do we charge extra for the time spent getting this offer. It is best if you come to Canada as a visitor and meet potential employers on your own. Go to the Immigration page of this website for information about Skilled Workers and the new PNP.

Minimum deposit to start case and file "SAP" (simple application) $1000. Then pay $1000 per year until when CIC says it wants the detailed application, at which time the balance will be due before we complete and file the application. We strongly suggest you pay the $1000 immediately as the longer you delay the longer you will wait. Applications from many countries take 4 - 5 years.

Fees do not include expenses (client must pay for CIC application fee, translations, medicals, ESL testing, postage, couriers, photocopies )

CANADIAN EXPERIENCE CLASS

$3500 + tax and disbursements*, add $250 to get a spouse or child aged 18+ landed with you and $150 for each minor child

* Fees do not include expenses (client must pay for CIC application fee, translations, medicals, ESL testing, postage, couriers, photocopies )

TEMPORARY WORK PERMIT (1 - 3 years)
Minimum fee is $3500 for one person + expenses. ( If applicant has a DUI or DWI or a criminal conviction, above fee does not cover doing legal research and making submissions to CIC and any other expensese incurred trying to overcome this obstacle, if hired to do so.) Fees increase for each family member you want to bring. Minimum fee $4000 + expenses for a married couple with no children coming and a wife who does not plan to work. (An extra $500 to get a work permit for a wife). Note that our fee does not include getting you a job offer. We are a law firm, not an employment agency. Getting a job offer is usually up to you and the employer (or you can hire a Canadian employment agency). However, sometimes we meet employers who are willing to make job offers. It is best if you come to Canada as a visitor and meet potential employers on your own. It is often possible to get permanent residence after being in Canada on a work permit for a year. See the Immigration page of this website.

Fees do not include expenses (client must pay for CIC application fee, any translations, medicals, ESL testing, postage, couriers, photocopies )

WORK PERMIT APPLICATION or RENEWAL (extension) For Refugee Claimants and failed ex-claimants
(Allowed by CIC 30 days after Medical Check is completed, and as soon as PIF is filed)
Fee covers assistance in filling out application form. Also need Certificate of Eligibility + IRB date-stamped copy of PIF. Send all 3 to CIC Vegreville. Keep copy in Office. Note: There is no government fee for the first work permit.
$320
If Refugee Claim fails, to renew work permit (To send renewal application with $150 CIC fee. Allows person to keep working during PRRA & JR) Send all 3 to CIC Vegreville. Keep copy in Office.)
$320

VISITOR VISA EXTENSIONS
$320 for first extension, $640 for a second extension

TEMPORARY RESIDENT PERMIT (Visitor Visa to visit Canada for those countries which require a visa.)
For list of countries which do and do not require a TRV to visit Canada go to http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.html ).
This is not for student or work or business visas, which are a higher fee.
$1,500 (includes "Letter of Invitation"). Fee to only prepare a Letter of Invitation $320 + HST.
Fee does not include preparing applicant for an interview as interviews are usually not required. Add $320 if person is called to an interview at the Visa Post (Canadian Consulate) and it is desired to help prepare the person how to respond at the interview, what questions to be prepared for etc. (recommended if an interview is required by the Visa Officer). Some clients (e.g. the person here who is inviting the visitor) just want to pay for the Letter of Invitation which is actually an Affidavit with various attachments
.

STUDENT VISA
If person already in Canada on Temporary Resident Permit: $750 If not, depends on other factors, min. $1000

For 6 month student visas (study permits) to study English in Toronto, Cambridge International College, Centennial College and George Brown College offer such ESL programs.

For those wanting to come on regular student visas for over six months to get a diploma or degree, we suggest Seneca College or Canadian Business College.

PERMANENT RESIDENT APPLICATION from within Canada
(e.g. for persons granted refugee/protected status)

$320 to $640 if RM does the work, $30 per hour if Law Clerk does the work. As always, expenses are extra. (Government fee is $490 for each adult.)

TEMPORARY RESIDENCE PERMIT (TRP) formerly Minister’s Permit $3,000 - $4,500 + disbursements and HST (based on 10 – 15 hours work)

PRRA (Pre Removal Risk Assessment) APPLICATIONS

Failed Refugee Claimant

Failed Refugee Claimant

Never made a refugee claim

RM was counsel at IRB

RM was not counsel at IRB

 

See below*

See below**

See below #

* $1800 per single adult or Head of Family. Add $1000 for a spouse or partner who works or $500 for a spouse or partner who is not working and has not worked in Canada. Add $250 for each for child aged 18+. Add $100 for each child aged 7 -17. If the refugee claim or PRRA involved more than one country add $250 per person aged 18 + .

** $2300 per single adult or Head of Family. Add $1500 for a spouse or partner who works or $1000 for a spouse or partner who is not working and has not worked in Canada. Add $400 for each for child aged 18+. Add $200 for each child aged 7 -17. If the refugee claim or PRRA involved more than one country add $500 per person aged 18 + .

# minimum $2,750; depends on complexity.

In the very, very rare case where the PRRA Officer calls an interview, fee to attend and represent clients at interview is $600 for one person, $750 per family, add $200 if not in Toronto or Mississauga, payable at least 48 hours in advance.

FAMILY CLASS SPONSORSHIPS (applicant sponsoree is outside Canada)
Note there is a temporary suspension of sponsoring parents.
A possible alternative is the new 2 YEAR "SUPER VISA"
allowing parents to visit children for up to two years.
But now also there is a lottery to sponsor parents and grandparents from Jan. 3 to Feb 2, 2017 and 10,000 names will be selected. Apply online on the CIC website. Then you have 90 days to formally apply. If you miss out, there will be another lottery a year later.

$4,000 to sponsor a spouse, one parent, or an adopted child. (Adoption cases often become complex so often cost more.) + expenses.

Add $175 for each child under age 19; $250 for each child over 18 or additional adult being sponsored.

Add $300 if person is called to an interview at the Visa Post and it is desired to help prepare the person how to respond at the interview, what questions to be prepared for etc.

If applicant pays, no sales tax as they are technically outside Canada. If sponsor pays, tax applies.

IN-CANADA SPOUSAL SPONSORSHIP (for married or common-law husband wife or homosexual partner)

$4000 for the couple and up to two minor children.

Add $150 for each adult dependent being sponsored.

If CIC calls an interview, fee to attend and represent clients at interview in Greater Toronto Area is $700. If interview is elsewhere, add $200.

If applicant has a visa which expires before the sponsorship application is filed, or expires after filed and before a decision is made, the above fee does not include applying for an extensuon of the visa. If applicant has a DUI or DWI from the US, or a conviction from another country, above fee does not cover doing legal research and making submissions to CIC and any other expensese incurred trying to overcome this obstacle.

Fees do not include HST and expenses. E.g. Government Fees: $550 per adult application ($150 per child) + (if application is successful) $490 Permanent Residence fee per adult. Client must also pay for any translations of documents, photos, criminal record checks, medicals, ESL testing, postage, couriers, photocopies )

IAD (Immigration Appeals of Sponsorship Refusals or Removal Orders)
Full Hearing:
IF RM WAS COUNSEL AT ADMISSIBILITY HEARING or DID THE SPONSORSHIP:
Min. $4500 More complex or difficult-to-win cases take more time so cost more.

IF RM WAS NOT COUNSEL AT ADMISSIBILITY HEARING or RM DID NOT DO THE SPONSORSHIP:
Min. $5500 More complex or difficult-to-win cases take more time so cost more.

ADR (instead of full hearing):
ADR = Alternate Dispute Resolution, basically a conference and sharing of documents to try to settle the matter without a formal hearing.
$1500 to prepare and attend once. ($300 for each additional preparation and $500 for each additional attendance.) If ADR is successful, that is the end. If ADR is not successful and case goes to full hearing, deduct $1500 from the Full Hearing fees quoted above.

All above are plus HST where applicable and plus expenses.

ADMISSIBILITY HEARINGS (contest a Removal Order)
To prepare and attend: Depends on complexity and amount of time spent preparing and in hearing room. $320 per hour. Minimum $700. (Most cases are simple and quick. If you agree to concede the allegations so that we can move on to the IAD appeal stage quickly, only the min. fee applies. Money is better spent at the IAD in most cases, as chances of success are much higher there whereas chances of success at Admissibility Hearings are very low.)

HUMANITARIAN AND COMPASSIONATE (H&C) APPLICATIONS
(for Permanent Residence from inside Canada for people who have no status in Canada and are supposed to leave)

$3,600 for one person, $3,900 for a couple with no kids, $4200 for a couple with 1 or 2 minor children.

Add $150 for each adult dependent being sponsored, and each minor child after the first two.

If CIC calls an interview, fee to attend and represent clients at interview in Greater Toronto Area is $700. If interview is elsewhere, add $200.

Fees do not include expenses. E.g. Government Fees: $550 per adult application ($150 per child) + (if application is successful) $490 Permanent Residence fee per adult. Client must also pay for any translations of documents, photos, criminal record checks, medicals, ESL testing, postage, couriers, photocopies.)

Fee does not include providing CIC with the annual updates they now require. A small addtional fee is required to do this each year it is required.

CIC COMPUTER "FOSS" CHECK or ATTEND AT CIC OFFICE TO INSPECT FILE
$500 to get the information and read it. Time spent meeting with client to discuss results (if there is any new information which is harmful to the client) and decide what to do is $250 per hour.

ATIP (Access to Information and Privacy statutes) REQUEST
$500 to get the information and read it. Time spent meeting with client to discuss results (if there is any new information which is harmful to the client) and decide what to do is $250 per hour.

FILE APPLICATION (MOTION) for CHANGE OF VENUE of IRB matter
(request to change location of hearing, e.g. Vancouver to Toronto)
$400

ATTEND "CALL-IN NOTICE" INTERVIEW WITH CLIENT and CBSA/CIC OFFICER
(Direction to Report for Pre-Removal Interview or to pick up H&C or PRRA results)
GTEC (Mississauga) $700
Hamilton, Niagara Falls, London $900
Windsor (via my agent) $1000

This fee must be paid in cash or postal money order at least 72 hours in advance.

ATTEND SECURITY INTERVIEWS (CBSA, CSIS, RCMP)
at GTEC (Mississauga) $700

This fee must be paid in cash or postal money order at least 72 hours in advance.

DETENTION REVIEWS
at Metro East Detention Centre or Scarboro CIC, Toronto (Don) Jail or 74 Victoria St., CIC Etobicoke or Mississauga: (GTEC, Metro West Detention Centre or Immigration Detention Centre at 385 Rexdale Blvd.), etc. I do not do these Detention Reviews anymore. Contact any of the following lawyers (or David Benning tel: 416-236-9240 is a very good paralegal consultant):
Marc Herman tel.: 416-245-2400, Steve Morris 416-778-9795, 416-450-5093 John Howorun 416 363 9355, Susan Woolner 416 925 1679

 

BUSINESS INCORPORATION FEES

Nowadays most people use cheap online services by paralegals, DIY online services etc.

BASIC Package:
Ontario NUANS name search for your proposed corporate name, completed Ontario Articles of Incorporation and Form 1 Initial Filing. Filing of Articles of Incorporation with the Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations. All correspondence regarding the incorporation by email, phone or fax. $729.84 includes all taxes, disbursements, delivery, government fees etc. (if want corporate seal add $57 + tax and shipping)

DELUXE package:
Ontario NUANS name search for your proposed corporate name, completed Ontario Articles of Incorporation and Form 1 Initial Filing. Filing of Articles of Incorporation with the Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations Completed Organizational Minutes, Share Certificates, Shareholder's, Director's and Officer's Registers Minute Book including: Corporate Seal, Standard Corporate By-Laws, Share Certificates (20), Registers & Ledgers. All correspondence regarding the incorporation by email, phone or fax. $1017.24 includes all taxes, disbursements, delivery, government fees etc.

OPTIONAL EXTRA SERVICES:
Above fees do not include consultations and advice to help you decide about incorporating and answer your questions. Does not include time to help you decide on various options you must choose within the Articles and Bylaws. Above fees do not include assisting with filling out forms, shares, and to set up Bylaws (after the dozen options have been decided) and to fill out and file the Organizational Meeting forms (must be held within 60 days of incorporating; likewise the Initial Notice must be filed within 60 days): For all these services my regular consultation fee of $2 per minute applies.

WARNINGS TO BUSINESS OWNERS: 1) Initial Notice must be filed within 60 days of incorporating. 2) Organizational Meeting must be held within 60 days of incorporating 3) Organizational Meeting is not same as first Annual Meeting of Directors and Shareholders. 4) First Shareholders' Meeting can be held as late as 18 months after incorporating. 5) First Annual Meeting of Directors date depends on corporate fiscal year. 6) You must file a Notice of Change to Ontario government if there is a change of directors, officers, addresses etc. 7) Ontario requires an annual report even if there are no changes, and this Annual Return form is usually attached to the Ontario tax return. You must file an EFF ("nil") tax return even if company owed no tax for a given year. Both Ontario and Canada can and do fine the director(s) of the corporation (not the corporation) for failing to file tax returns, regardless of whether the company profited, broke even or lost money in a given tax year. If you are served with an Ontario summons and fine, get your accountant or book-keeper to file the missing tax returns ASAP, get proof of filing, and hire me. I will negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutors from the Ministry of Finance and get the fine reduced to $400 + surcharge and admin. fee of $90. Otherwise you are facing at least $800 + surcharge and admin. fee, or a trial with potentially many thousands in fines ($200 for each day after the filing deadline passed). Quite separate from failure to file a tax return to the Ontario government, failing to file a federal tax return bears a penalty of $1,000 to $25,000 and also possible jail time of up to a year. So again hire me if you are charged with failing to file a federal tax return, and get the return filed ASAP, even if your book-keeper or accountant wants double fees for rush work. Do not have a good accountant or book-keeper? I work closely with two in Durham. Also a financial planner in Toronto.