The Turkish Success Story – Pivoting Your Immigration Strategy

The Turkish Success Story – Pivoting Your Immigration Strategy

October 06, 2020

Pivoting, i.e. changing the original plan based on constantly changing conditions has become a key feature of 2020. We started this year with a plan in mind but due to COVID-19, we had to readjust and change our original plan accordingly.

Pivoting also occurs when implementing an immigration strategy. Here’s a good example of our client from Turkey.

The basic facts:

  • Our client is a Turkish citizen in his 30s and worked in the finance area in the past.
  • Also, the Client’s US student visa was refused in 2004. So, the Client had a not-so-perfect record in applying for temporary status in a Western country.
  • Back in 2016, we got a refusal for his work permit application under the Intra-Company Transfer program. If you remember, in 2016, things got very chaotic in Turkey due to political chaos in the country. You can say that the timing of the ICT work permit application was not ideal.

So, our challenge was to come up with a solid new immigration strategy taking into account every fact in our hands and prepare the strongest application in the Client’s situation. The Client worked with our team in close cooperation.

  • The only good fact that we had in our hands was the fact that the Client had a Temporary Resident Visa to Canada obtained a long time ago. But now, the Client wanted to operate a profitable business in Canada and stay in Canada longer.
  • We decided to pursue the Owner-Operator LMIA pathway by purchasing the majority shares of an existing Canadian business. We did so because the Client genuinely wanted to operate a business in Canada and settle down in this country. More importantly, buying an existing business would strengthen the Client’s overall application.
  • The Client has not been working from mid-2019 to mid-2020 for personal reasons. So, we had to address this gap in the Client’s employment in our Submission Letter to the Canadian authorities in more detail.
  • We applied for the Client’s work permit application under the Owner-Operator LMIA on May 15, 2020, to the Consulate General in New York, US.
  • It took longer than expected due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it was worth waiting for the result. Finally, we got an Approval Letter for a 2-year work permit on September 28, 2020, from the Consulate (see below).
  • The Client’s business in Canada made a revenue of $144,000 in 2018. The Client is expecting a revenue of $200,000 in 2020 and this number can double in 2021-2022 as the Client can now focus on growing the business, and not worry about the immigration status.

What’s the main lesson learned from this interesting case?

Every client’s case is unique. Each case deserves a clear immigration strategy. Each immigration strategy needs further adjustments as the situation may change!

When devising an immigration strategy, your Canadian immigration lawyer must take time to analyze your peculiar situation from multiple angles. This would help the lawyer to pivot the strategy if necessary, to achieve a desirable result for you.

This is how we work at Sobirovs Law Firm. We carefully listen to our clients and identify the most problematic issues in their possible immigration applications. We address those issues before they become real threats to the client’s immigration applications. We always get ready to employ an alternative plan, if the original plan has to be changed.

Let the experienced immigration lawyers of Sobirovs Law Firm be your advisors who can facilitate your successful immigration to Canada. Submit your business immigration applications with great confidence and hassle-free!

We have more than 20 years of combined legal experience in our team and can pursue your best interests at any level of the Canadian government and courts.

Your first step towards Canada starts by completing our Business Immigration Assessment Form. Once you submit this form, our team will get back to you soon with our holistic assessment of your case.