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About Abramovich & Tchern, Immigration Lawyers

About Abramovich & Tchern, Immigration Lawyers

About Us

We are Canadian immigration lawyers in Toronto who believe your immigration application deserves dedicated, focused advocacy. We provide a full range of corporate and individual immigration services, from student visas, provincial nominations, Express Entry and spousal sponsorships to political refugee claims, inadmissibility issues, visa rejections, and judicial reviews.

Our advocacy focus and litigation capability means that we can support our clients through every stage of even the most challenging immigration cases. It also means we approach routine immigration applications with litigators’ eyes. We think of everything that might go wrong, so you don’t have to.

Persuasive advocacy matters.

Our multicultural, multilingual immigration team has experience in working with business, professional, student, family and individual immigrants from India, Latin America, the former USSR republics, and around the world. We also work with international and Canadian businesses on strategy and compliance issues related to foreign workers, recruitment strategies, and employee immigration.

Need help with Canadian and cross-border immigration issues? Challenging a visa rejection? Have questions about Express Entry, CRS Calculator, provincial nominee programs, and your options for permanent residency? Confused about student visa requirements in Canada? Out of status and out of options?

We’re here to help, every step of the way.

Lev Abramovich

Partner

A founding partner of Abramovich & Tchern and a skilled litigator, Lev focuses exclusively on immigration and refugee law. His immigration practice is focused on complex corporate and personal immigration and refugee law matters.

Lev has successfully represented clients at all levels of Ontario Courts. He routinely appears before the Federal Court and divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada with respect to judicial reviews, appeals, inadmissibility-related issues, and other immigration cases.

Lev knows nobody wants to go to court. He takes pride in being able to see the big picture and anticipate issues before they arise. His goal is to achieve his immigration clients’ goals without litigation. But, when issues become contentious, he’s the immigration advocate you need.

This litigation lens means that when Lev assists businesses and individuals with their routine immigration needs, he crafts persuasive cases that anticipate challenges and take into account how adjudicators and immigration decision-makers think.

When he’s not helping his clients solve their immigration problems, Lev serves as a director for a Canadian-based technology recruitment firm, helping Canadian employers hire top international technology talent.

Lev obtained his LL.B at the University of Windsor, after obtaining a Bachelor of Philosophy from the University of Windsor. During law school, Lev volunteered at the Freedom House of Detroit, helping with Canadian and US refugee claims. In addition to English, Lev is also fluent in Russian.

Ksenia Tchern

Partner

A founding partner of Abramovich & Tchern, Ksenia started her legal career at one of Canada’s top immigration firms, where she operated her own immigration law practice, with a focus on corporate and individual immigration applications.

Ksenia represents corporate and individual clients in business-related applications, including Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA), intra-company transfers, international trade agreements, reciprocal agreements, and business visits, including after-sales service agreements. She also helps individuals transition from temporary to permanent status under both the federal Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Program economic streams.

Ksenia also advises corporate clients on strategies and compliance-related issues. She works with clients in an array of industries including technology, construction, manufacturing, and agriculture . She also helps professionals in the health, engineering, banking, film and education sectors to obtain work authorization.

Ksenia leverages her extensive corporate and individual immigration experience to guide foreign entrepreneurs towards permanent Canadian residence. She works with foreign business investors and entrepreneurs to create a tailored path for their permanent residency as they work to establish their corporate presence in Canada.

Ksenia has volunteered as legal counsel for CARA, a pro-bono organization that provides legal assistance to women and children who are seeking asylum in the United States and are detained at immigration holding facilities.

Ksenia obtained a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from York University. She earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa, subsequently obtaining a Master of Law from the University of Puerto Rico and focusing her thesis on the comparative analysis of Canadian and U.S. immigration policy. In addition to English, Ksenia is conversational in Russian and Spanish.

Irina Maimust

Articling Student

Irina possesses over 4 years of work experience as a law clerk specializing in the area of corporate immigration. Prior to her tenure with the company, Irina was employed by leading corporate immigration law firms, working with large and small companies to assist them with both temporary and permanent residency immigration matters. Irina is known for her ability to guide clients throughout their immigration process, explain nuances of immigration pathways in plain language, and be extremely attentive to details.

Irina also volunteered as a law clerk for the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program, Toronto chapter, where she was assisting individuals and groups seeking to privately sponsor refugees to Canada.

Before moving to Canada, Irina was an in-house legal counsel in Russia, where she was practicing in the area of corporate and securities law.

Irina joins Abramovich & Tchern Immigration after completing the GPLLM program at the University of Toronto. She is also a holder of an LL.B. degree obtained at Perm State University in Russia. In addition to English, Irina is also fluent in Russian.

Christie Chan

Immigration Consultant and Office Manager

Christie is a licensed immigration consultant and an office manager at Abramovich & Tchern. Before joining Abramovich & Tchern, Christie worked for several Toronto immigration law firms. She has extensive experience with temporary and permanent visa applications, as well as corporate immigration matters.

Committed to our clients’ needs, Christie takes pride in providing tailored, responsive service. She assists with the preparation of immigration applications and ensures our clients’ immigration law needs are met in a cost-effective and efficient manner.

When she’s not serving Abramovich & Tchern’s clients, Christie volunteers at the Centre for Immigrant and Community Services, a non-profit organization that provides settlement and integration services to newcomers in Toronto.

Christie obtained her Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the University of Toronto, specializing in International Development Studies and Public Policy. Subsequently, she received a diploma in Immigration Consulting from Herzing College. In addition to English, Christie is also fluent in Cantonese..

Jayson Thomas

Counsel

Jayson Thomas is of-counsel to the firm, and a seasoned trial and appellate litigator. He uses his extensive high-stakes litigation experience to assist Abramovich & Tchern’s clients with complex immigration litigation matters. He started his career on Bay Street with a large global law firm, then established and ran a successful litigation boutique.

Jayson handles a wide range of litigation matters including judicial reviews and appeals. He has appeared before the Federal Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal, as well as before US state courts and international arbitral tribunals.

Between 2018 and 2021, Jayson worked as an attorney in Miami, Florida. He returned to Toronto in January 2021 to continue his Canadian and cross-border litigation practice.

Jayson holds law degrees from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and the University of Windsor, and is a member in good standing of the Florida Bar and the Law Society of Ontario in Canada.

Counsel

Jayson Thomas is of-counsel to the firm, assisting with complex immigration litigation matters. Jayson is a seasoned litigator, having started his career on Bay Street with a large global law firm. Shortly thereafter, he opened his own firm handling a wide range of litigation matters including judicial reviews and appeals, appearing before the Federal Court, Immigration Appeal Division and the Immigration Refugee Board.

Between 2017 to 2020, Jayson worked in Miami, Florida, returning to Toronto in January 2020 to restart his litigation practice.

Jayson is also proficient in immigration litigation, with a comprehensive history in refugee work before both tribunals and federal courts.

Jayson holds law degrees from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and the University of Windsor, and is a member in good standing of the Florida Bar and the Law Society of Ontario in Canada.

Counsel

Anthony is of-counsel to the firm with respect to United States immigration matters. Anthony is a senior attorney at Ellis Porter, a Michigan based multi-national immigration law firm where he is the head of the Automotive/Engineering/Manufacturing Industry Practice Team.

In addition to handling corporate immigration matters, Anthony also has significant experience with family-reunification immigrantion as well as admissibility related matters.

Anthony holds a law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and is a member in good standing of the State Bar of Michigan and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan.

Office Manager

Christie is a licensed immigration consultant and an office manager at Abramovich and Tchern. Prior to joining Abramovich and Tchern, Christie worked for a number of Toronto immigration law firms, gaining experience with respect to both temporary and permanent visa applications, as well as corporate immigraiton matters. Christie assists with office management related issues as well as the preparation of immigration applications. Christie is committed to our clients’ needs, and takes pride in providing personable service.

In her spare time Christie volunteers at the Centre for Immigrant and Community Services, a non-profit organization that provides settlement and integration services to newcomers in Toronto.

Christie obtained her Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the University of Toronto, specializing in International Development Studies and Public Policy. Subsequently, she received a diploma in Immigration Consulting from Herzing College, successfully passing her Entry-to-Practice-Exam in August 2020. In addition to English, Christie is also fluent in Cantonese. Apart from work, Christie enjoys spending time with her dogs, and travelling with her friends and family.