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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).

Nicole Oden

Of Counsel

Nicole Oden comes to VisaPlace with over twelve years of legal experience. Upon graduating from law school in 2006 from Nova Southeastern University, where she finished first in her class, Nicole spent seven years practicing commercial litigation in Fort Lauderdale as an associate for Holland & Knight LLP, one of the largest law firms in the United States. Nicole focused her litigation practice on real estate disputes, including title claims, commercial landlord-tenant actions and commercial foreclosures. She also has experience as a staff attorney for the leading personalized healthcare company in the nation, based in Boca Raton, Florida.

Avalon Paul

US Immigration Attorney

Avalon L. Paul is a family, removal defense, and business immigration attorney with vast experience assisting clients in all areas of immigration law. Avalon took a more unconventional route as she did not attend law school immediately after graduating from Connecticut College. After undergrad, she spent several years teaching at a junior high school. As an immigrant herself from Trinidad & Tobago, Avalon innately understands the necessity of having effective and efficient counsel assist clients in navigating the complexities of immigration laws.

Avalon began her career working in a boutique immigration firm which specialized in employment-based immigration laws.

Avalon L. Paul handles all areas of immigration law. Avalon represents clients before USCIS, New York Family Court, Federal Immigration Court, and consular processing visa cases. She currently specializes in employment, removal defense, and family-based immigration law, including but not limited to: VAWA, Adjustment of Status, Special Immigrant Juvenile status cases before New York Family Court, Master Calendar Hearings, Individual Merits Hearings, TN, H-1B’s, PERM, and LCA audits. Not afraid of hard-work, Avalon loves those difficult cases which other attorneys shy away from.

Avalon is a proud member of AILA, the American Immigration Lawyers Association.


J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Dean’s List, 2014

B.A. in Dance and Sociology, Connecticut College, cum laude, 2007

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