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Joshua is Here to Make Realties Come True

immigration lawyer

Vancouver Immigration Lawyer

Joshua obtains results.

Joshua is the senior partner in our immigration department, providing full-range immigration services to individual and corporate clients world-wide.

Joshua assists clients with immigration processing, admissibility issues, procedural fairness matters and refusals. He regularly appears before the Immigration and Refugee Board (“IRB”), its Appeal Division (“IAD”), and the Federal Court of Canada. Joshua specializes in cases that involve misrepresentation, criminality, security, residency, and detention.

Joshua has a diverse background in immigration law, which includes litigating complex immigration matters and the processing of various temporary residence, permanent residence / citizenship applications, and labour market impact assessments (“LMIA”) to Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada / international Canadian visa offices, Canada Border Services Agency, and ESDC / Service Canada.

Joshua is well-known in the industry for accompanying clients to ports-of-entry across Canada to resolve admissibility issues, and to facilitate the processing of complex work permit applications. He also works with individuals and families – with an emphasis on employment, investment, humanitarian / compassionate and family sponsorship-based applications.

Joshua prides himself in his client-responsiveness, and endeavors to bring his positive and upbeat attitude to every file, regardless of the difficult circumstances that the client may find themselves in. Joshua is passionate about immigration law – and is committed to helping clients turn visions into working realities through creative and innovative immigration strategies and a client-focused approach.

Joshua graduated from law school in 2009 with distinction and a gold medal. He was first called to the Bar in North Dakota, and later called to the Bars in Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia. Prior to joining Coal Harbour Law as a partner, Joshua practiced immigration law with other leading immigration firms in Canada. Joshua has been listed as a top-10 Vancouver immigration lawyer.

Joshua started law-blogging for The Huffington Post in 2012 – and is regularly consulted by media outlets regarding Canadian immigration law and policy. He previously sat on the Canadian Bar Association’s Executive Committee – Immigration Division, where he participated policy developments that impacted the Canadian legal profession. He has become a regular on the immigration-lecture circuit nation-wide, where he enjoys sharing his working knowledge of complex immigration issues with fellow and prospective immigration professionals and students. Joshua also serves as an adjunct-professor at Queen’s School of Law in Kingston, Ontario, where he teaches Family-Class Immigration.

Outside of work Joshua enjoys trying new restaurants, walking and sailing in the Gulf Islands and Puget Sound.

Joshua also has law offices in Surrey, Victoria and Abbotsford, British Columbia. He can be contacted at jslayen@coalharbourlaw.ca and 604-754-2405.

"Is there a more than 5 star option?! Joshua took my family and I under his wing, and brought us all together..."

Kassidy

"...I always turn to Joshua for advice. He always finds a way!"

Yaron

"Joshua was a true 'knight in shining armor' for our family."

Ireena

"Joshua Slayen is the most professional lawyer and most highly qualified when it comes to immigration related matters."

Vivek

"...Fortunately, Joshua helped me when I was in the most difficult time."

Xiyan

"...DON’T THINK TWICE AND HIRE JOSHUA SLAYEN, he’s worth every penny!!!"

Dvir

"Joshua Slayen is one of the great lawyer who helped me got off from the admissibility hearing."

Zabur

"If you need an excellent Immigration attorney with a sterling reputation work with Josh."

Michael

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Winnpeg
  • Juris Doctor, University of North Dakota

"Is there a more than 5 star option?! Joshua took my family and I under his wing, and brought us all together..."

Kassidy

"...I always turn to Joshua for advice. He always finds a way!"

Yaron

"Joshua was a true 'knight in shining armor' for our family."

Ireena

"Joshua Slayen is the most professional lawyer and most highly qualified when it comes to immigration related matters."

Vivek

"...Fortunately, Joshua helped me when I was in the most difficult time."

Xiyan

"...DON’T THINK TWICE AND HIRE JOSHUA SLAYEN, he’s worth every penny!!!"

Dvir

"Joshua Slayen is one of the great lawyer who helped me got off from the admissibility hearing."

Zabur

"If you need an excellent Immigration attorney with a sterling reputation work with Josh."

Michael

Attention to Detail

Joshua has a diverse background in immigration law, which has included litigating complex immigration matters, and the processing of various temporary residence, permanent residence and citizenship applications to Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency and international Canadian visa offices.

Experience

Prior to joining Coal Harbour Law, Joshua practiced immigration law with other leading immigration firms in Canada. He was first called to the Bar in North Dakota (2009), and later called to the Bar in Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia.

Jennie McCahill

Jennie McCahill   Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant R713232

Jennie is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and the Practice Manager of our Immigration Department.

Originally from Ireland, Jennie understands the immigration process from both sides having navigated the immigration process herself and strives to use that experience to assist clients in achieving their immigration goals.

Jennie manages the day-to-day running of our busy dynamic practice and is known for always being up to date on new immigration polices and procedures. Jennie has a passion for current affairs and international politics – and keeps a keen eye on evolving world events that may affect our international clients and their immigration strategies.

Jennie uses her vast experience in the areas of banking, insolvency and corporate litigation, and other practice areas to help create client-focused solutions to complex immigration issues.

Jennie works with clients on a range of applications including: Study Permits, Work Permits, Permanent Residence, Business Immigration, Citizenship Matters, Family Sponsorship, Humanitarian and Compassionate Applications. She is looking forward to obtaining the RCIC Immigration Refugee Board specialization designation in the near future.

Outside of work Jennie is involved with local sports clubs and is a community triathlon coach.

Education

  • Bachelor of Law (B.A.) Dublin Institute of Technology, 2008
  • Professional Diploma in Financial Advice University College Dublin, 2014
  • Certificate in Immigration Law University of British Columbia, 2020
Guin Sykes

Guin Sykes   Administrative Assistant

Guin is our talented Administrative Assistant who now assists with a wide range of matters after initially joining the firm as a receptionist.

Outside of the office, Guin enjoys rock climbing, fine art, and coffee.

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Emily Mountain   Junior Legal Assistant

Emily joined the firm in August of 2022 as a Junior Legal Assistant. Being one of the youngest members of our firm, she is passionate about her studies in criminology, which is what sparked her interest in working in the legal industry, and is quickly learning the ins and outs of law. Emily has an extensive background in Customer Service, and loves learning and exploring new skills.

On the weekends, you can find Emily at home with her family, including her cat, Flicker, and her two dogs. She enjoys being outdoors, especially on horseback, and loves hiking up mountains to admire the multitude of colours of autumn from above.

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How Can Joshua Help You?

Joshua Slayen is a Vancouver immigration lawyer with several years of experience helping people immigrate to Canada. Called to the bar in 2009, he’s helped hundreds of people from all walks of life and he can help you too! His services are affordable and effective, so don’t hesitate – contact him and his team today for a consultation that could change your life.