Heron Law Offices (HLO) Seeking Experienced Canadian Immigration Lawyer (Business/Economic/PNP/WP/LMIA Focus, with Future Interest in Litigation) for FT Contract Position Starting April/May 2023

We are looking for an experienced full-time, contractor, Canadian immigration lawyer who is ready to join Vancouver’s fastest growing immigration boutique law firm and become a next-level game changer in this area of law.

We are specifically seeking a 3-5 year (plus) call lawyer who has in-depth knowledge in the areas of business immigration, economic immigration, Provincial Nomination Programs, work permits, and LMIAs (either from an employer perspective or an employee one, or even better both). 

Please note that this is a full-time independent contractor position. You will be remunerated based on a fee-split (negotiable, subject to experience). In addition to our collaborative legal mentorship environment, HLO will provide you with legal administrative support, billing and trust accounting, your Law Society dues, and provide you a marketing budget so you can focus on growing your practice and knowledge of the law.

We are a busy, dynamic, young, racialized immigration, refugee, and administrative/public law firm headquarted in Fraserview, Vancouver but with national and international reach that extends within and beyond Canada’s constructed borders.

Our advocacy work and services are frequently engaged and consulted with by Government decision-makers, judges, media, and community groups. We are not afraid to challenge the system status quo and aim our work towards serving migrant communities in the pursuit of fairness, justice, and transparency.

TO APPLY: We ask prospective candidates to email lawyers@heronlaw.ca with their cover letter, resume, two references, and a short writing sample by 13 April 2023Interviews will take place on a rolling basis ending late April 2023 or when a candidate has been found.

Our Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate is someone who really wants to be a person who works towards systems change in Canadian immigration law, specifically in the area of economic immigration. You have experience working in the field and are eager to engage in a high volume of client work, exciting consultations, and grow your research and advocacy skills through our community-facing initiatives. You are tech-savvy (or willing to get there) and you love pouring over case law, ATIP requests, and data to drive your excellent written and oral advocacy skills.

We envision the perfect candidate having worked at either a leading boutique law firm or as a global mobility specialist. You have seen the ins and outs of the changes of moving workers, the pathway to PR, and many pitfalls in the process. You are interested in potentially litigating issues, particularly on behalf of employees while maintaining a practice helping our Firm’s high profile individual clients – entrepreneurs such as businesspersons, creatives (in the Sports/Entertainment/Media space) with their immigration applications and challenges. In addition to your work, you will be leading HLO’s efforts to study and reframe the existing immigration environment for both employers and employees.

Personally, you are seeking liberation in your work. You want to choose your own schedule as a contractor, your own billing targets, work primarily from home but have access to our beautiful office space, and are drawn to access to the mentorship, shared resources, and energy of a young team that supports each other.  You are a self-starter with self-discipline. You are entrepreneurial.

*While being located in proximity to our Vancouver offices is an asset, we are open to a lawyer who wishes to work remotely from another city in Canada.

Our Team Culture

You are joining a team that works both independently with clients and co-dependently on client files.

We spend copious time laughing with (and at) each other on MSTeams, having pizza party lunch and learns, designing ridiculous T-Shirts, and representing our Firm at events and conferences.

Our team of lawyers and support staff  are very active in cultural communities. We volunteer our time to help others outside of our working hours. Above all, we emphasize ‘family first’ and focus on your well-being, safety, and security while practicing with us. 

As they say – birds of the same feather, flock together.


  • You are called to the Bar in a Province within Canada and are or are able to be an authorized representative under the IRPA;
  • You have a home office set-up and/or the ability to travel to our Vancouver offices to work) and are able to contribute to our Firm on a full-time (37.5 – 40 hours a week) basis; 
  • You have experience in economic immigration (preferably corporate immigration) and are experienced in various pathways to permanent residence (including provincial nomination programs), work permits, and LMIAs; and
  • You have a keen eye towards policy and litigation in Canadian immigration law



  • In your first few months you will receive a monthly stipend to get you started. After that, the training wheels are off and you will manage a full practice load on a competitive percentage-based fee split;

  • Based on early performance, we are looking to engage an additional case manager to primarily work with you and assist you on your files to increase your billings; and

  • Law Society Fees and a CPD/Marketing budget will be covered.


Application Close Date: 13 April 2024

We are committed to hiring in a manner that serves the community we represent. Preference will be provided to Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities.  Please let us know if any accommodations are required, as they will be provided upon request during the selection process.


About Heron Law Offices 

We are a forward-looking full-service Canadian Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship law firm based in the Greater Vancouver area and serving clients across Canada and Globally.

Our focus is in the representation of families (sponsors/applicants), international students/designated learning institutions, and temporary workers with complex immigration applications and litigation. Our immigration litigation work focuses on Immigration Appeals before the Immigration Appeal Division, Inadmissibility matters before the Immigration Division, and Judicial Reviews before the Federal Court of Canada. We actively engage in strategic litigation and community lawyering.

Our dedication and focus on our craft enables us to assist you and your loved ones. Canadian immigration is not an easy process, but we are here to be your trusted advisors in your time of greatest need. We take care of your best interests and at the same time work to break down systemic barriers, help change law and policy, and advocate for Indigenous sovereignty.

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