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VisaPlaceLegal is a leading immigration law firm specializing in Canada and USA immigration. Our experienced legal team provides expert guidance to clients worldwide.

Immigrate to United States

VisaPlace Legal provides clients with a full range of US immigration and naturalization legal services which are carefully processed and customized to reflect our clients’ immigration goals.

Temporary Visas

Work Visas

Open Work Permit; Employer-Specific Work Permit

Study Visas

F-1 Visa; M-1 Visa

Visitor Visas

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

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Immigrate to Canada

VisaPlace Legal provides a full range of Canada immigration and citizenship legal services for people within Canada and throughout the world.

Temporary Visas

Work Visas

Open Work Permit; Employer-Specific Work Permit

Study Visas

Visitor Visas

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Permanent Residence

Express Entry

Federal Skilled Immigration

Provincial Nominee Program

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Family Sponsorship

How to sponsor a family member to join you here if you are a permanent resident.

Find out your CRS score for Canada PR with our CRS Calculator.

We offer comprehensive immigration services for individuals seeking to relocate to either the United States or Canada, whether on a temporary or permanent basis. Temporary immigration options enable foreign nationals to engage in various activities such as working, visiting, or studying within the respective countries.

For those looking to come to the United States, temporary immigration allows foreign nationals to work, visit, or study in the country. This can be facilitated through different avenues, including temporary work visas, US visitor visas, and student visas. Moreover, individuals can also seek permanent residency, commonly known as a Green Card, which permits them to establish their lives in the US.

Similarly, in the Canadian context, temporary immigration permits foreign nationals to work, visit, or study in Canada. This is possible through avenues like temporary work visas, Canada visitor visas, and study permits. For those considering permanent settlement, Canadian permanent residency is an option, enabling foreign nationals to make Canada their home.

In both countries, we offer a diverse range of immigration services to cater to various needs. These services encompass Family Sponsorship, Investor Visas, and Citizenship applications, among others. In the US, our offerings extend to services such as US Citizenship, while in Canada, we provide assistance with Express Entry applications, Provincial Nominee Programs, and more.

Michael Niren

CEO & President

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section, and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association.

He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

Michael Niren’s practice philosophy is to provide highly personalized immigration service in an efficient and cost effective manner. Full legal representation is provided from the first stages of the immigration process throughout to your arrival in Canada. Niren and Associates has been named “Top Immigration Law Firm” by Top Choice Awards every year since 2010.

Michael practices immigration from Toronto. He also commutes to Boca Raton, Florida where he is growing VisaPlace, the marketing division of the Niren and Associates

Fadi Minawi

Managing Director & Lead US Immigration Attorney, Compliance, US Immigration

Mr, Minawi is a Partner at Visaplace Legal (VPL). He is a New York licensed attorney, and practices in all US/Federal matters focusing on immigration. Mr. Minawi assists with matters relating to business immigration (including: relocation, expansion, investments, and work visas), family immigration, litigation, admissibility issues, customs forfeitures and other cross-border issues. He has close to 14 years of experience in US immigration law and has extensive experience dealing with immigration offices throughout the US and Consulates around the world. He has represented clients before US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the US Department of State (DOS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the US Department of Labor.
Mr. Minawi received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) Degree from the University of Toledo, College of Law and his Honours Bachelor of Arts (B.A. Hons.) Degree from the University of Toronto. He is an accomplished attorney also practicing with the affiliate law firm, Niren and Associates, in Toronto, Canada. Mr. Minawi is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Stephanie Scarborough

US Immigration Attorney

Stephanie is a leading Immigration Attorney with over 10 years of experience in the United States. Stephanie is a trusted adviser and has built an industry-proven reputation for processing of high volume H1‐B and L1 petitions.  She is also an active member of the New York Bar Association, the Georgia Bar, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Before becoming an Immigration Attorney, Stephanie was enlisted in the U.S. Army for more than twelve years. She is known for her humanitarian work, and for extending her legal expertise to handling asylum and deportation cases. More than any of the above, Stephanie is most passionate about helping clients gain the liberty they need and deserve so they can pursue their dreams.

Matthew Silver

US Immigration Attorney

Immigration lawyer Matthew Silver has dedicated his professional life to the field of immigration. He regularly represents a range of individuals and employers, from startups to corporate powerhouses, and can handle any U.S. immigration matter that may come across his desk. Mr. Silver is a licensed attorney in the State of Florida and the Province of Ontario. As he is licensed in multiple jurisdictions, Mr. Silver has a unique international perspective that informs all case strategies.

Sherley Haratz

US Immigration Attorney

Sherley Haratz is an attorney in the United States and Panama. 

She studied law in three jurisdictions and represents clients at the Department of Homeland Security with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, United States State Department, Embassies, Consulates, CBP, and the Immigration Courts.
Sherley Haratz brings her experience in multiple jurisdictions, giving you an international perspective in dealing with international clients by providing them with strategic solutions. 
Sherley represents her clients in preparing and submitting immigrant visa applications, obtaining legal permanent residence, family-based applications, and employment-based applications for professionals. Sherley has extensive experience with PERM – Labor Certifications (EB-2 and EB-3), executives multinationals, and individuals with extraordinary abilities (EB-1), national interest waiver (EB-2); Religious Workers (EB-4. 
Sherley also represents clients for their nonimmigrant visa applications, such as Treaty Investors (E-2) and Traders (E-1), Professionals (H-1B), Persons of Extraordinary Ability (O-1), Investors and visas for multinational managers and executives (L-1), treaty national visas (TN), Religious Workers (R-1). 
Sherley studied law in three different jurisdictions. First, in Panama City Panama, where she is from, she obtained her JD (Licenciatura) at Universidad Santa María La Antigua. She went on to obtain her LLM in Maritime Law at the LSE, London School of Economics, in London, UK. Lastly, at St. Thomas University, School of Law, in Miami, Florida she obtained her USA Juris Doctor Degree. After taking the Florida Bar exam she became a member of the Florida Bar Association in 2009. In addition, Ms. Haratz has been a reputable attorney in Panama since 1995.
Sherley began her career in immigration with the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center (FIAC), now known as Americans for Immigrant Justice, an immigrant rights organization in Miami, Florida. Her time at FIAC was as a member of the LUCHA group within FIAC, a women’s legal project, which assists immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, violent crimes, and other abuses.

Sherley was the Government of Panama’s legal advisor to the United Nations, (IMO) International Maritime Organization in London and later Advisor to the Legal Department of ED & F. Man Holdings in New York City, where she helped obtain various  H-1B and L-1 petitions for ED& F Man employees.
Sherley is fluent in Spanish, English, and Hebrew.

Vivianna Stubbe

US Immigration Attorney

Vivianna Stubbe is a US immigration attorney and founding partner of the law firm Haratz & Stubbe, LLC. She represents clients with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, United States Embassies and Consulates, and Immigration Courts. In addition to family-based petitions and inadmissibility waivers, she has extensive experience in extraordinary abilities visas for artists, film industry staff and entrepreneurs (O-1 and EB-1), investor visas (E-2), and multinational executives or managers (L-1). 

Vivianna did her undergraduate studies at Boston College and studied law at Fordham University Law School in New York.  She has been a member of the Florida Bar since 2003. Vivianna was an attorney at the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center (FIAC), now Americans for Immigrant Justice, a Miami-based nongovernmental organization. At FIAC, she provided legal representation and training through the Lucha Project, where she represented immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, violent crimes, human trafficking, and other abuses. 

She was also hired by the Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women, the Florida Domestic Violence Coalition and the Florida Department of Children and Families to provide training on the rights and needs of immigrant victims. Prior to working at FIAC, she worked on immigration cases in New York City at Lincoln Square Legal Services and the New York Legal Assistance Group. 

Vivianna is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and Secretary and Member of the Board of Directors of VIDA Legal Assistance Inc. 

She was born in Puerto Rico, where she lived until she began her university studies. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

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