Immigration Law in Canada - East
150 York Street, 5th Floor, Toronto, ON M5H 3S5
Green and Spiegel is Canada’s largest and oldest immigration law practice with over 50 years of experience assisting a diverse global clientele. We are headquartered in Toronto, Canada with U.S. offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Providence, Rhode Island and Vail, Colorado.
Green and Spiegel offers a full range of Canadian and American immigration services for employers, temporary workers, individuals and their families. Whether you are coming to Canada or the United States, to work, join your family, or seek new opportunities, Green and Spiegel can help. If you are an employer who needs an expert to manage your global mobility needs, Green and Spiegel has the depth and breadth of expertise to provide your business with immigration support to ensure a global mobility program that operates smoothly and efficiently.
Mendel Green founded Green and Spiegel LLP in 1962 when immigration law was in its infancy. It was not uncommon for families to be separated by seemingly arbitrary decisions and the prospect of an appeal was nonexistent – immigration decisions were final. The importance of our work was underlined by a lack of accessibility to representation – there were only two lawyers practicing immigration law in Toronto at the time.
What a difference more than 50 years can make. Since then, our practice has grown to include three U.S. offices, 5 partners, and a family of over 100 employees. We restrict our practice exclusively to immigration law and our law firm is considered an industry leader.
How is Green and Spiegel different? Simply put – we are all immigration, all of the time. We are built on the foundation of our staff and team approach to immigration services. Our diverse and talented staff of over 100 immigration professionals are able to offer services in over 30 different languages. We live our diversity – and it shows. Our mantra is to get the work done.
Our reputation has been earned over many years of providing excellent immigration services. The vast majority of our clients come to us the old fashion way: word of mouth referral. Happy clients refer friends, family and colleagues to us.
Green and Spiegel has been recognized by a number of leading publications through peer review, and has received many awards recognizing excellence. The firm was recently ranked by Chambers & Partners in the Chambers Canada Guide 2016 as a Band 1 Law Firm for immigration services. In addition, it was selected by Who's Who Legal for Canada Corporate Immigration. Finally, it has been named as one of Canada’s Top 5 Immigration Boutique law Firms by Canadian Lawyer Magazine and has been selected by Best Lawyers Canada for Immigration Law.
Cristina Guida is an associate lawyer with Green and Spiegel LLP in Toronto. Cristina advises clients in all aspects of Canadian immigration and citizenship matters. Her practice focuses primarily on facilitating the entry of personnel into Canada for a variety of multi-national corporations and small businesses. Cristina offers clients her expertise in preparing tourist and business visitor applications, study permits, and all types of work permit applications, such as Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications, intra-company transferees and work permits under various International Free Trade Agreements, such as NAFTA and CETA. Cristina also assists with citizenship applications and a wide range of permanent residence applications including, family class sponsorships and economic class applications such as provincial nominations and Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades and Federal Skilled Worker applications under the Express Entry System.
Prior to joining Green and Spiegel LLP, Cristina worked for the immigration enforcement branch of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) for five years. Among her various roles at the CBSA, Cristina represented the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (MPSEP) at tribunal hearings before the Immigration and Refugee Board. The unique experience of working as a MPSEP representative has allowed Cristina, in her current role as opposing counsel, to successfully advocate for her clients in various enforcement, and litigation matters, such as temporary resident permit (TRP) and criminal rehabilitation applications, inadmissibility and detention review hearings, appeals before the Immigration Appeal Division and litigation matters before the Federal Court of Canada.
Cristina is able to assist clients in Italian.Show more +
Cristina has been made a Committee Member for the Private Client Group in 2020. As a member of IR Global for a few years now, Cristina continues to have an active role within the network.