Extending Your Intra-Company Transfer Work Permit During COVID-19

Every business is experiencing hard times during this uncontrollable COVID-19 pandemic. Your previous plans must change completely and you have to adjust your business accordingly. You have to hold on tight to your ultimate goal. That’s just what happened with our Intra-Company Transfer client who came to Canada in 2020 to open a new restaurant business. Some might think that the timing was not ideal. And that’s a fair assessment.

However, our client and our team have been very motivated and focused and never gave up on the bigger goal – to be a successful business in Canada. That motivation has helped us to be successful in renewing the initial work permit for another 2 years.

Here’s a brief history of this successful immigration case:

  • The client is an experienced restaurant owner of Turkish origin with experience in running restaurants in Turkey and Germany;
  • He has found Sobirovs Law Firm in late 2019 when searching for a reliable legal team that can help him to expand his restaurant operations to Canada, and help him bring his family from Germany to Canada;
  • In late 2019, we have created a solid business immigration strategy for the client’s business and his family that would allow us to expand the business and bring the family before the start of the next academic year so that the children’s education would not be interrupted;
  • We successfully obtained a 1-year Intra-Company Transfer work permit for the client in January 2020 and relevant permits for the family later on;
  • But in March 2020, all our strategies and plans were stopped by the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions imposed by the Canadian authorities;
  • Because the client had a work visa approved before the travel restrictions, he could travel to Canada and obtain his work permit at the border;
  • The difficulty to find the right location for the restaurant and arranging the lease agreement took a long time due to business closures caused by COVID-19;
  • Therefore, the client could not launch his restaurant business in 2020 due to factors that were beyond his or our control. And his family could not travel to Canada;
  • The client managed to find the right place for his restaurant just before the expiry of his 1-year work permit;
  • Our team has prepared a solid application for the renewal of the work permit and explained the client’s situation and desire to open a restaurant regardless of existing difficulties caused by the pandemic;
  • At the end of January 2021, we have obtained a new 2-year work permit for the client. Now, we are preparing to apply for the client’s family and we hope that this time things will be different;
  • In the meantime, the client’s restaurant is operating under the current COVID-19 restrictions and keeping the focus on the success of the business.

The main lesson that we can get from this story is:

Crises come and go. You should focus on your goal and move the needle forward every day!” We thank our team who worked relentlessly and our client who has put his trust on us during difficult times.

If you want to work with a dedicated legal team of experienced Canadian business immigration lawyers, contact Sobirovs today. It’ll be our pleasure to work with you!

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Lucia Lu
Lucia Lu
I cannot say enough good things about Sobirovs Law Firm’s exceptional team. My work permit application was quite complex and underwent numerous tests, including a rejection from the first attempt. Feruza developed a tailored strategy that contributed to the best chance of success in the resubmission, and her entire team presented my case with unparalleled expertise and genuine care. I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to Maggie, a phenomenal consultant who supported me in every step of the application, took the time to understand my unique situation and answered all my questions patiently. Her in-depth knowledge of the work permit program, proficiency in preparing my application and professional communication were reassuring and truly remarkable. Thanks to your team’s extraordinary work, I can now pursue my business goals in Canada with peace of mind. I am grateful for your hard work and the compassionate support you provided throughout this journey. You have my highest recommendation without any reservations.
Nomin Dunburee
Nomin Dunburee
I had the pleasure of collaborating with the highly skilled professionals at Sobirovs to achieve my goals. Feruza's extensive expertise was invaluable, as she guided me through the most suitable pathway for my business immigration. I am profoundly grateful for choosing Sobirovs and highly recommend their exceptional services!
Bimal Banik
Bimal Banik
I really appreciate Sovirovs professional services ,I am truly happy and satisfied with their team work .I wish them all the best
Amirov Temur
Amirov Temur
I am happy with the help I got from Sobirov Law Firm. They were always there for me : answering my questions and giving me support through the visa application process and with general immigration related questions. They made everything easier and were quick to respond whenever I needed them. I would recommend Sobirov Law Firm to anyone needing visa assistance for Canada. I trusted them, and did not regret! Thanks for all your help! I hope for further cooperation with you.
Yuri l
Yuri l
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Ms. Feruza Djamalova, Ms. Judy Le and the entire team of Sobirovs Law Firm for their highly professional and excellent work in the complicated process of obtaining approval of our application for the business immigration program. I had several previous refusals over the course of 5 years. At that point, I contacted Sobirovs Law Firm. Their knowledge, competence, and perseverance turned my application into a success! My case was dealt by Feruza and Judy and I sincerely appreciate what an incredible job they have done and how much they have helped us. I believe they have a special gift and talent for assisting their clients. I want to particularly thank Judy for her patience and attention to detail in our case and also for thanks to her diligence, skill and attention to detail. I highly recommend Sobirovs Law Firm to anyone who wants to move to Canada using Business Immigration Programs and is looking for an immigration law firm capable of making a dream come true. They are highly professional and specialized in this field. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks for their support.
Syed Namdaar Ali
Syed Namdaar Ali
My experience with Sobirov's was very rewarding. Starting from LMIA to Work permit it was a smooth sail. The entire team especially Yulia prepared my case painstakingly. They guided me on every little detail. Special thanks to Feroza, Farukh, Madina and the entire team for making this happen.
Bhrushank Ved
Bhrushank Ved
I had an amazing experience with the Sobirovs in applying for my C11 Work Permit. Feruza, Maggie, Judy and Yulia planned every step of the way and made the process a breeze. Benjamin was also quite knowledgeable and assisted me with the business plan for my application. I recommend Sobirovs team if you plan to expand your existing business or start a new business in Canada. Highly recommended!
Senol Ercetin
Senol Ercetin
Dear Sobirovs Team, I would like to thank you (Yulia, Faruk, Feruza, Madina) for taking care of us closely in obtaining the necessary work permits for the establishment of the Canadian branch of our company and the necessary visas for our family. You have carried out a flawless process. With sincere regards
Rakesh Shrivastava
Rakesh Shrivastava
I had a great experience working with the Sobirov Law Firm. The entire team was professional, prompt, and meticulous in their approach. We started working with them on LMIA under GTS of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. The time it took from creation of an Incorporation to submission and approval of our application was around 8 weeks. Work Permit approval took another 2 weeks. They also helped us get shared office space since it was a new experience for us. They guided us in finding a payroll service provider and a realtor to help with the relocation of the foreign employee. My sincere thanks to Feruza Djamalova and Rakhmad Sobirov (Attorneys), and Yulia Kan (Team Lead).

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