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AyaAya Kawakita

Director of Aya K. Immigration Services Inc.

 

Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant – a member of the Immigration Consultants of the Canada Regulatory Council (“ICCRC”) and a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (“CAPIC”) .

Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant –a member of the Immigration Consultants of the Canada Regulatory Council (“ICCRC”) and a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (“CAPIC”) .

I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. I came to Canada in 1999. Through my job as an Assistant Manager at an international student agency for two years, I met many students who were forced to give up on their dreams of staying in Canada due to complications with their visas. I wanted to provide help in Japanese to those who needed legal advice related to their visa and immigration matters, and give them the freedom to express themselves in their own language. I decided to resign from my job and study law.

After leaving the international student agency, I was admitted to the Court and Tribunal Agent Program (currently the ‘Paralegal Program’) at Seneca College for two years. I studied various fields of law extensively including: immigration law, criminal law, family law, landlord and tenant law, employment law, and alternative dispute resolution. After graduating from Seneca College and successfully completing an internship at a prominent immigration law firm in Toronto, I took the opportunities to work as a Legal Assistant for two law firms with skilful lawyers. In these positions I advanced my knowledge and gained practical experience in immigration law. Although I was blessed to work in such a great environment, I could not give up on my passion –to help Japanese people in Canada with their visa and immigration matters.

For that reason, I decided to take the Immigration Practitioner Program in Seneca College for one year to study immigration law in depth. I completed the program with honors. After successfully passing the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants’ licensing exam, I became a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant. Aya K. Immigration Services was registered on September 10, 2009 and was incorporated as Aya K. Immigration Services Inc. on December 3, 2010. My clients range from individuals to global Japanese corporations.

Even though the scope of my practice is limited to immigration law in Canada, I hope to help Japanese communities in Toronto and across Canada in any way that I can.

Immigration Law is all about someone’s life.”
– Linda Pasternak, Seneca College Professor


Rieko

Rieko Shimizu

Legal Assistant

 

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in East Asian Language & Culture at the University of British Columbia. Spent six months studying abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, exploring a wide range of subjects such as traditional arts, literature, and current issues. After beginning a career as a freelance interpreter/translator, I felt a desire to further put my bilingual abilities to use in a job that would help others. That inspired me to join Aya K. Immigration Services Inc. in December 2012.

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