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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)

Do you want to immigrate?

Start by booking a consultation with a VisaPlace immigration professional to understand your options, fees and timelines.

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.

Julio Féliz

US Immigration Attorney

Julio Féliz received his law degree from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, School of Law (2015, Cum Laude); and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science, (2011, Cum Laude) from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez campus.

After law school he practiced medical malpractice, criminal defense, wills and estates in Puerto Rico; before transitioning fully to immigration law.

For the past five years he has worked with hundreds of clients in various immigration matters, including affirmative applications and visas before the National Visa Center (NVC) and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), removal defense before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).

During his free time, he enjoys mountain biking and cooking.

Bar Admissions: Florida; Puerto Rico; United States Federal Court, District of Puerto

Languages: fluent in Spanish and English

Taimar Ledee

US Immigration Attorney

Taimar Ledee obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree with a Major in Psychology (2009, Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, and thereafter her Juris Doctor degree (2015) from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, School of Law. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

Taimar began working in the Civil Law practice with a focus on Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Family Law, Employment Law, and Successions. For the past four years, she has been a full-time immigration attorney. As part of her immigration practice, she has worked with multiple types of cases, including Adjustment of Status, Family Sponsorship, Waivers, Temporary Protected Status, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), U Nonimmigrant Visas, and T Nonimmigrant visas before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS); affirmative applications and visas with the National Visa Center (NVC); removal defense, such as Cancellation of Removal and Asylum before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR); as well as Appeals with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).

Ira Katz

US Immigration Attorney

Mr. Katz specializes in representing international business clients, focusing extensively on the U.S. immigration implications of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and EB-5 investment-based immigration. His expertise covers a broad range of commercial and corporate legal matters.

Previously, Mr. Katz served as General Counsel for a leading global technology company, where he played a pivotal role in navigating complex legal landscapes. Before his tenure as General Counsel, he was a Senior Attorney at a prominent law firm where he specialized in representing high-tech companies.Mr. Katz has also held positions as International Counsel for an aviation firm and as Chief Legal Officer and Board Member for a medical/dental device manufacturer listed on the OTCBB. His extensive experience includes representing governments in various commercial transactions and disputes.

Mr. Katz’s deep understanding of corporate, securities, and immigration law uniquely positions him to optimize immigration outcomes.

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
City University of New York – Queens College


Zila Katz

US Immigration Attorney

Zila Katz is an attorney who was born and raised in New York City to immigrant parents. She has a special understanding of immigrants’ needs. Ms. Katz has over 25 years of legal experience in various areas of law with the last 20 years devoted exclusively to the practice of immigration law.

Ms. Katz has a high success rate in obtaining countless business immigration visas with extensive experience in employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. Ms. Katz provides answers for effective relocation plans and provides creative solutions for the legal transfer of employees abroad. She handles complex and awkward immigration dilemmas and resolves these issues, providing opportunities for individuals to realize their dream of residing and working in the US legally.

Ms. Katz has counseled numerous multinational companies in all phases of their relocation process, including many publicly traded companies and their key personnel. Including among them are CEO’s, high net worth individuals and those with extraordinary ability.

Zila Katz has a BA from the City University of New York at Queens College and a Juris Doctor from Touro Law Center (Dean’s List). She is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Kaitlyn Dhar

US Immigration Attorney

Kaitlyn has practiced as an immigration attorney in Texas, Florida, Illinois, and Vancouver B.C. (Canada). Her practice focuses on employment-based immigration. She helps employers prepare immigrant and nonimmigrant visa petitions for foreign nationals seeking employment authorization in the U.S., by providing expert consultation on visas, compliance, and consular processing. She has supported employers of all sizes in a multitude of industries and fields, such as 

Fortune 500 multinational corporations and small to midsize employers in the finance, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, information technology, consulting, retail, and fashion industries; top-tier research and educational institutions; athletics field; third-party placement IT Consulting and Staffing industry.

In addition to her experience in employment-based immigration, she has diverse experience in other immigration matters including family-based immigration, student and visitor visa assistance, citizenship, removal defense, and relief for asylum seekers.
Kaitlyn was recognized by Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch in 2024 in the area of Immigration Law and 

Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” in 2020 and 2021. She has been called to speak at various industry and peer-related conferences on immigration topics.  

Kaitlyn has also provided pro bono immigration assistance nationwide. She has supported the Office of New Americans of Miami-Dade in TPS forums, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services as a Volunteer Immigration Intake Attorney, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston in citizenship forums, and DACA, Own the Dream. 

She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and its South Florida chapter, where she serves as Second Vice Chair, and has served on its Board of Directors and various committees to further the practice of Immigration Law. 

From work product to communication, clients can expect meticulous attention to detail when working with Kaitlyn. Her service is of high quality and responsiveness, keeping clients well-informed throughout the process. She ensures that all options and any risks are properly assessed when guiding clients in decision-making goals for their immigration visas and programs, ensuring accurate compliance with immigration laws. Her own family’s personal immigration journey translates to passionate services and casework.

Outside the office Kaitlyn is a loving mother and wife enjoying quality time spent with family and friends. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and learning. She is a certified yoga instructor.

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