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Dependable Temporary Residence Lawyer in Calgary

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Current and future demographic trends, coupled with labour shortages at both the national and local levels, indicate that foreign labour will continue to be relied upon to meet Canada’s labour needs. If you need a temporary residence lawyer to help you with your stay in Canada, or assistance in applying for a work permit in Calgary, rely on us. 


Phoenix Legal’s temporary residence lawyers in Calgary have more than 31 years of experience in the field and can help you with immigration applications. We strive to help our clients accomplish their immigration-related objectives. We help our clients by providing them with dynamic solutions to the complex challenges posed by Canadian immigration law.


If you have decided to apply for a temporary residence visa in Canada, you have already taken the first step toward immigrating to Canada. Now, it is time for the next step, as there are still many formalities to be taken care of. Our temporary residence lawyers in Calgary can give you the proper guidance and help with the paperwork to ensure the process goes smoothly.

Work Permits

At Phoenix Legal, we provide a comprehensive process package commencing with the application for a labour market opinion (LMO) with Service Canada, followed by the preparation and submission of the work permit applications under the existing criteria outlined in the act and the regulations.

Your situation may allow you to work in Canada without a work permit, provided certain conditions are met, or you may be permitted to engage in employment pursuant to agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement [NAFTA] and other international bilateral treaty arrangements with Canada.

To gain a work permit, it is important to get a Canadian job offer. After receiving a job offer from a Canadian employer, one can begin the process of obtaining a work permit. As per the Canadian Immigration law, there are several categories of work permit exemption as well. In some cases, a work permit exemption allows individuals to enter the Canadian labour market without a Canadian work permit.

For over three decades, our temporary residence lawyers in Calgary have helped foreign nationals and temporary workers immigrate to and reside in Canada. We know the laws, policies and procedures of Canada’s immigration system, and we know what it takes to succeed.

Contact us today to book an appointment.

How Can Our Temporary Residence Lawyers Help?

Handling cases related to immigration law requires expertise and experience. At Phoenix Legal, our team of temporary residence lawyers in Calgary offers professional assistance and guidance on immigration rules. We can help you in the following areas:

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Temporary Resident Permits

A Temporary Resident Permit (“TRP” formerly known as the Minister’s Permit) can assist foreign nationals who wish to enter Canada, but face inadmissibility stemming from security, medical or criminality issues. The TRP can overcome the inadmissibility and permit a foreign national to enter, work, study and remain in Canada.

If you have criminality issues, we can assist in the immigration rehabilitation application process taking you closer to becoming a permanent resident.

Purpose of Temporary Residence Permit

The provisions regarding Temporary Residence Permits can be found in section 24 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act IRPA. These provisions also operate to mitigate the stringent consequences of the strict application of the IRPA, in certain cases where there may be “compelling reasons” to allow a foreign national to enter Canada even if he or she is otherwise not admissible. Temporary Residence Permits allow Canadian authorities to respond to applications filed under special circumstances while meeting Canada’s social, humanitarian, and economic commitments.


From individuals seeking to visit their family members in Canada to those seeking to enter on humanitarian grounds to professional athletes, artists and emergency workers, Canada gets the highest number of applications for Temporary Residence Permits among the most popular countries of the world. At Phoenix Legal, we handle many TRP applications every year. Call us to get complete assistance in securing a temporary residence permit in Canada.

Understanding the Difference Between Canadian Visa and Permit

An important step to immigrate to Canada is understanding the difference between a Canadian Visa and Permit. Visas are documents issued by the Canadian embassy in your respective country or by the consulate of Canada in your country of residence. The difference between a visa and a permit is that a visa is a document that allows you to travel to Canada and enter the country, whereas a permit allows you to work or study in Canada.

A visa is on par with an entry document to enter Canada. The duration of the visa depends on several factors, including the purpose of visit, type of visa, and country where you are applying from, among others. 

Both of these documents are used by immigrants who wish to move to Canada, and they both require different application processes. Our Calgary immigration lawyers at Phoenix Legal can help you prepare these applications and answer all your questions.

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Visiting and Studying

The first and foremost step to obtaining a Canadian study permit is to secure admission to a Canadian institution. A study permit is not required for educational programs that are for a duration of six months or less. These documents authorize intending temporary residents to visit or study in Canada subject to certain conditions that must be observed by the temporary resident. We can assist in preparing a customized letter of invitation and declaration of support should you wish to invite a friend or relative.

At Phoenix Legal, we are prepared to assist intending students by providing useful information on studying in Canada and other information to help foreign students obtain a letter of acceptance from a post-secondary institution.

How Do I Change My Temporary Permit to a Permanent Residency?

If you are temporarily working with a valid permit in Canada, it is possible to apply for permanent residency through one of the following programs:


  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP): If you meet the criteria listed under this program and your Canadian employer offers you permanent employment, you can opt for this route.

  • Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP): is a Canadian immigration program that allows the country’s provinces and territories to nominate individuals for permanent resident status based on the person’s skills, education, work experience, language ability, and other attributes. Applicants need to qualify for at least one of the PNP categories in order to become permanent residents.

  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC): Is a streamlined immigration process that makes it easier to apply for Canadian permanent residency. The CEC program was established to help fill available Canadian jobs with skilled workers who have valuable Canadian work experience and the ability to settle in quickly to become active and productive citizens.

Schedule an Appointment

Contact our temporary residence lawyers in Calgary and book an appointment to discuss your case. We understand how important immigration issues are and strive to provide you with efficient solutions. We also specialize in business and criminal law. Please fill out our online form for further questions about our legal services.

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Temporary Residence Lawyers in Calgary

You can seek legal assistance for temporary foreign workers from us.

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