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Elizabeth Wozniak

Elizabeth is from Alberta. She has a LL.B from Dalhousie (2001) and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta (1994). She is the founder of North Star Immigration Law Inc.  She has taught immigration and refugee law at Schulich School of Law (Dalhousie University) and often presents at conferences on the immigration and refugee policy and process. Elizabeth is a member of the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society and is a licensed foreign worker recruiter (NS and BC). Elizabeth lived and worked in Asia (China and South Korea) from 1994-1998 before attending law school.

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Lori Hill

Lori, immigration lawyer, halifax, nova scotiaLori is from Nova Scotia. She holds a LL.B from Dalhousie Law School, LL.B. (2003) and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Dalhousie University (1999). Lori articled at McInnes Cooper and was called to the bar in Nova Scotia in 2004. Lori has been practicing immigration law exclusively since 2004. After articling, she chose to begin her law career as in-house counsel at the Halifax Refugee Clinic and moved into private practice in 2007 when she joined Elizabeth. Lori’s practice focuses mainly on the family class, advocacy before all divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board, and immigration inadmissibility matters, such as temporary residence permits and rehabilitation applications. Lori taught the immigration and refugee law course at the Schulich School of Law in 2018 and is a member of the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society. Lori leads our Family Class practice area.

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Cameron MacLean

Cameron is from Ontario. He has a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School (2012) and a B.A. (Hons) from University of Toronto (1996). He articled in Ontario and was called to the bar in Nova Scotia in 2014. Cameron first began working with Elizabeth  as a paralegal in 2006. After moving to Toronto and graduating from law school, he returned to Halifax in 2013 and joined the firm. Cameron’s practice is focused on economic-class applications such as Labour Market Impact Assessments, work permits, and permanent residence applications under the federal and provincial economic streams. Cameron is a member of the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society and is a licensed foreign worker recruiter (BC). Cam leads our Economic Class practice area.

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Sophie Chiasson

  Sophie is from Ontario. She holds a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School (2017), a MSc (Distinction) from the London School of Economics (2012) and a BA (Hons) from the University of King’s College (2010). After law school, Sophie served as a law clerk to two Justices of the Federal Court of Canada. She was called to the bar in Nova Scotia on October 22, 2018. Sophie has lived and worked in New Zealand, England, Egypt and Uganda. She is a member of the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society.

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Elise Mercier

Elise is from Ontario (well, she’s mostly from Ontario – she lived in the South of France, Nova Scotia and Quebec before settling in Ontario). She holds a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School (2017) and a BA (Hons) from Carleton University (2012). Elise articled in Ontario and subsequently worked at a boutique immigration law firm and at York University’s Centre for Refugee Studies before joining North Star in 2020. She is a member of the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society.

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Immigration Lawyers in Halifax, Nova Scotia

We are a team of experienced immigration lawyers headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We provide great service and practical solutions for all categories of immigrants. We believe that all immigration issues should be addressed with creativity and attention to detail. Since Canadian immigration rules are increasingly complex and ever-changing, we work in a collaborative environment where only lawyers work on client files and we only charge flat rates. This makes us unique in the Canadian legal profession. After more than ten years in practice, we believe this approach works best. We love our work and are proud of our approach and results.

The majority of our ongoing immigration work is for repeat clients and through referrals and word-of-mouth.

We act in a wide variety of immigration matters, including:

  • Corporate clients seeking to hire temporary foreign workers
  • Temporary residence for business visitors, workers and students
  • Permanent residence applications for family members, skilled workers and provincial nominees
  • Conducting refugee hearings
  • Judicial review matters in the Federal Court
  • Citizenship applications and hearings
  • Appeals and ADR conferences in all immigration matters, including residency issues
All our lawyers are licensed in Canada by a provincial regulatory authority. In addition, Elizabeth is an authorized recruiter licensed by the Nova Scotia Department of Labour.