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Associate - Immigration Law

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Phone: 519.660.7844
Fax: 519.660.7883

Elena is the leader of our immigration law group. She practices exclusively in the area of immigration law. Elena offers a full range of business and personal immigration services, including permanent residence, work permits, study permits, visitor visas and immigration waivers applications.

Education

University of Ottawa, J.D., 2017

Humber College, Immigration Consulting, 2010

Western University, M.A. (Arts), 2010

Moscow International University, B.A. & M.A. (Law), 2008

Called to the Bar in Ontario, 2018

About

Elena is the leader of our immigration law group. She practices exclusively in the area of immigration law. Being an immigrant herself, Elena understands the importance of providing meaningful support to businesses and individuals with their immigration and border-crossing needs. Elena offers a full range of Canadian business and personal immigration services, including permanent residence, citizenship, work permits, study permits, visitor visas and criminal rehabilitation and Record Suspension (‘Pardon’) applications.

During COVID-19 pandemic, Elena has been providing border-crossing advice to foreign nationals on daily basis and has been helping family members to reunite in Canada. She has been assisting Canadian businesses to expand during the pandemic by advising on immigration regulations relating to hiring and retaining temporary foreign workers.

Elena offers a limited scope of U.S. immigration services, which includes spousal sponsorships, intra-company transfer work permits and U.S. Waiver applications.

Elena moved to Canada in 2008 from Moscow, Russia where she obtained a Russian law degree with a Specialist in International Law designation. She received Masters of Arts in History from Western University, Immigration Consultant Certificate from Humber College and Juris Doctor from University of Ottawa.

Prior to joining Siskinds LLP, Elena held a Review Counsel position at a legal clinic at Western University, Faculty of Law, supervising law students in criminal defence cases and aiding international students and postdoctoral fellows to immigrate to Canada. She also worked in affiliation with several law practitioners assisting in complex criminal and immigration matters.

Elena is a proud Londoner who believes in a culturally diverse community. She maintains strong ties to a number of local organizations, such as Community Legal Services at Western University and Cross Cultural Learner Centre.

Elena is fluent in Russian language and offers immigration services in both Russian and English.

Client Testimonials

Elena and Angela [Belair] have been immensely useful in my application towards permanent residence. Elena's first hand experience as an immigrant brings out a compassionate approach towards her clients, and she is great with her knowledge of the processes involved. She takes a great initiative in ensuring that her clients stay on top of the documents and provides incredible insights into how the application would be viewed by the immigration offices. My application had come to a stand still, and after reaching out to her, it proceeded to approval within a month. Thank you to Elena and her team for all the great work! - C.P.

I was at first hesitant about hiring a lawyer for my work permit and immigration applications. However, I don’t regret it at all. Elena and Angela have not only been professional and successful in their mission, but they also have lightened the mental energy put into this long process. I have already recommended their services to one of my friends going through immigration. - D.K.

Other Languages

Russian

Community Involvement

  • Cross Cultural Learner Centre, Board of Directors Vice Chair and Policy Committee Chair
  • Pro Bono Students Canada, Western Law, Project Supervising Lawyer 2022-2021

Elena is the leader of our immigration law group. She practices exclusively in the area of immigration law. Being an immigrant herself, Elena understands the importance of providing meaningful support to businesses and individuals with their immigration and border-crossing needs. Elena offers a full range of Canadian business and personal immigration services, including permanent residence, citizenship, work permits, study permits, visitor visas and criminal rehabilitation and Record Suspension (‘Pardon’) applications.

During COVID-19 pandemic, Elena has been providing border-crossing advice to foreign nationals on daily basis and has been helping family members to reunite in Canada. She has been assisting Canadian businesses to expand during the pandemic by advising on immigration regulations relating to hiring and retaining temporary foreign workers.

Elena offers a limited scope of U.S. immigration services, which includes spousal sponsorships, intra-company transfer work permits and U.S. Waiver applications.

Elena moved to Canada in 2008 from Moscow, Russia where she obtained a Russian law degree with a Specialist in International Law designation. She received Masters of Arts in History from Western University, Immigration Consultant Certificate from Humber College and Juris Doctor from University of Ottawa.

Prior to joining Siskinds LLP, Elena held a Review Counsel position at a legal clinic at Western University, Faculty of Law, supervising law students in criminal defence cases and aiding international students and postdoctoral fellows to immigrate to Canada. She also worked in affiliation with several law practitioners assisting in complex criminal and immigration matters.

Elena is a proud Londoner who believes in a culturally diverse community. She maintains strong ties to a number of local organizations, such as Community Legal Services at Western University and Cross Cultural Learner Centre.

Elena is fluent in Russian language and offers immigration services in both Russian and English.

Elena and Angela [Belair] have been immensely useful in my application towards permanent residence. Elena's first hand experience as an immigrant brings out a compassionate approach towards her clients, and she is great with her knowledge of the processes involved. She takes a great initiative in ensuring that her clients stay on top of the documents and provides incredible insights into how the application would be viewed by the immigration offices. My application had come to a stand still, and after reaching out to her, it proceeded to approval within a month. Thank you to Elena and her team for all the great work! - C.P.

I was at first hesitant about hiring a lawyer for my work permit and immigration applications. However, I don’t regret it at all. Elena and Angela have not only been professional and successful in their mission, but they also have lightened the mental energy put into this long process. I have already recommended their services to one of my friends going through immigration. - D.K.

Russian

  • Cross Cultural Learner Centre, Board of Directors Vice Chair and Policy Committee Chair
  • Pro Bono Students Canada, Western Law, Project Supervising Lawyer 2022-2021

Meet My Team

Angela Belair

Legal Assistant