Born in England, I immigrated to Canada when I was a child. I speak Cantonese and English. In 1994, I graduated from the University of Toronto (Erindale College) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, Industrial Relations and Professional Writing. In 1999, I graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Laws degree. In 2001, I was called to the Bar of Ontario. After 3 years of personal injury practice, I found my true calling in Canadian immigration law.
I am a member of the Law Society of Ontario and Mississauga Law Chambers. I am happy to be an advisor with the Law Society's Coach and Advisor Network (CAN) . I am proud to sponsor the American Women's Club of Southern Ontario (AWCO).
I understand the challenges of individuals and families who face increasingly complex processes and requirements to seek opportunities and achieve their goals in Canada. My mission is to reunite families in Canada, prevent deportation, present all relevant evidence, ensure fairness in proceedings and fearlessly advocate in the best interests of clients.
Life is complex and people are busy; I take my job seriously because the work I do affects present and future generations.
Respectful, responsible and responsive: that's my mantra.
My practice is 100% in Canadian Citizenship & Immigration law combining applications and litigation. My practice is threefold:
1) I advise clients and prepare temporary/permanent residence applications to Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada:
- visitor visas and study permits
- spouse, child & common-law partner sponsorship
- parent/grandparent sponsorship
- Federal Skilled Workers
- Canadian Experience Class
- permanent resident card renewals
2) I prepare clients and advocate at hearings before the Immigration & Refugee Board of Canada and Federal Court:
- detention reviews
- family sponsorship appeals
- residency obligation appeals
- criminality appeals
- misrepresentation appeals
3) I prepare and accompany clients to deportation interviews at the Canada Border Services Agency.
I also work with Canadian criminal defence counsel to provide opinion letters on the impact of a guilty plea or conviction on an accused's immigration status.
With knowledge of applications and litigation procedures, I effectively and efficiently advise clients in complex situations to present the best evidence to decision-makers.
I commit to these principles when working with clients:
1. I practise law with ethics, and integrity;
2. I treat you with respect, dignity, and civility;
3. I am responsive to your phone calls, texts, emails, and direct messages;
4. I am proactive in taking steps to manage matters efficiently;
5. I explain options and potential outcomes to you;
6. I protect your personal and confidential information;
7. I keep you informed regularly of significant steps; and
8. I advise you throughout the immigration journey to Canada.
I serve a wide range of clients from diverse backgrounds, beliefs and abilities, and value every client relationship. Each engagement benefits from the depth and breadth of my experience. I approach every client with a focus on integrity, thoroughness and understanding.
I offer thorough, fearless and ethical representation.
I provide smart, sensible and practical legal solutions on how to immigrate to Canada and/or remain in Canada.
I know how to navigate through changing regulations, procedures and guidelines of Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada, Canada Border Services Agency, Immigration & Refugee Board of Canada and the Federal Court.
I advocate for you!
"Karen is a very detailed oriented and extremely competent professional who always has her clients' best interest in mind. We are always informed of the status of our case and Karen always makes a great effort to get back to us promptly. What we especially appreciate about Karen is her passion, years of experience and her ability to remain calm. We are not sure how we could have survived the ongoing emotional roller coaster ride called Canadian Immigration. We cannot imagine what it would be like if we had to do this alone. We would highly recommend Karen to anyone seeking help with any immigration issue. You will be in great and competent hands with Karen. We could never have gotten this far with Canadian Immigration without Karen's help, direction and compassion."
- Robert and Gina Burke
"An amazing professional lawyer. Extremely organized with all the paperwork/documents. Glad we chose to work with you for our parents."
- Suruchi Gaurav Mehra
"Karen is friendly and courteous. She is thorough, competent and pays attention to details. She answered all my questions patiently and gave me correct, timely legal advice. Her legal opinion has been invaluable for me and my family."
- Madhu D.
"Karen is a true professional who pays great attention to detail and gives the best advice. She responds immediately to all queries and is a friendly face when one becomes uncertain of any process. She is extremely knowledgeable in her field and I would Highly recommend her. Thank you Karen for all you did for me. You made the daunting admin intensive process flow with ease and precision and you helped me to remain positive and hopeful at all times. I will always be eternally grateful for your services." THANK YOU!
- Lee-Ann Posthumus
"Karen's dedication and genuine passion for helping her clients, as far as I can tell from my experience, goes way above and beyond what I expected. I am extremely thankful for the outcome and Karen's guidance in my case. I was totally at ease with her from the first time I spoke with her (she made sure of that), and therefore whenever I will need any professional immigration legal services again, I will have zero hesitation in contacting her again. What was more interesting about Karen, in addition to her hard work and professionalism is this: after completing work for me and weeks had gone by, Karen still found time to check on me during the passage of Hurricane Irma. This is because I live in the Caribbean within the hurricane belt and the island that I was on was in the path of that Hurricane. I was genuinely surprised and thankful for this kind of concern. This alone in my books makes Karen a GREAT human being in addition to her being a great Immigration Lawyer. I highly recommend Karen without any hesitation whatsoever to everyone who needs a great immigration lawyer."
- John Nazarius Aristide
"Karen was a godsend in my case. When I first met her, she wasn't taking any new clients at the time. But a year later, I reached out to her and thankfully she was available to take new clients. I had to let my previous lawyer go and hired Karen to represent me. I am glad I made the right choice. It was meant to be. I was in a hopeless situation until I met Karen. I had a complicated Removal Order case. One thing my previous lawyer did not have was time and availability when I needed to reach him. Karen was there for me from day one. She made herself available to me, she kept me well informed, she was proactive, consistent and cared at the same time. She walked me through every step of the way in my case without leaving anything out. Send her an email and you will get a response the same day without hesitations. My case was complicated, delicate and unique but Karen fought for me and we won! I highly recommend Karen to everyone seeking immigration help. She will go above and beyond for you. Most lawyers are there for the money and don't care much to be there for you, but Karen is really all about the best interest of the client. She surpassed my expectations. Thanks to Karen, I am now free to remain in Canada!" - P.N.N.
"Karen is extremely professional, thorough, courteous, and organized. She is incredibly responsive to any questions that you may have along the way and I had a lot of them. I am so grateful that we found her. Her advice and services were invaluable to our family. I highly recommend Karen as an immigration attorney!"
- Krystal Davis
Karen was an AMAZING immigration lawyer for us. Our family was deported from Canada so our immigration history was extremely difficult. We knew that we had only one chance to put forward our immigration application. Karen thoroughly helped us throughout the entire process (which spanned a few years) and she always took the initiative to check the status for us with Canadian Immigration. She was constantly ensuring the process was moving forward so we never needed to ask for an update. This was a nice change as compared to my previous experience with immigration lawyers, where they tend to delegate most of the work to other staff and it's often difficult to talk to the lawyer directly. I have no hesitation in recommending Karen as an immigration lawyer. She is extremely attentive, caring, and diligent. Karen, thank you again for helping our family reunite in Canada after having been deported previously. We're extremely grateful for everything you've done for us!"- Chris Song