Race and Company LLP is available to assist individuals, families and employers with Canadian immigration, refugee and citizenship legal services. Our dedicated team of lawyers is knowledgeable about frequently changing immigration laws and can help you navigate Canada’s complex immigration system. We deliver straightforward, clear advice and will work with you to help you achieve the best possible results.

Whether it is your first application, or finding a way forward after a refusal, our immigration lawyers will meet with you for a consultation to discuss your desired outcome and options. At Race and Company, we put our clients’ needs first and we will advocate for you throughout the process with the aim of achieving your immigration goals efficiently and effectively.

You can get in touch with our immigration lawyers and their team for expert legal advice here.

Our Practice Areas

Applying for Temporary Residence

We assist clients with all temporary residence applications and can advise clients regarding their potential pathways to permanent residence.
Visiting Canada
  • Visitor Visas: Certain foreign nationals require a visitor visa to visit Canada depending on their citizenship. Other foreign nationals are visa exempt and will require an electronic travel authorization (eTA). Find a list of foreign nationals requiring visitor visas here.
  • Visitor Records: We assist clients who want to extend their stay in Canada as visitors.
  • Super Visas: We assist parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents apply for a super visa which allows them to visit for up to 5 years at a time.
Study Permits

We assist prospective international students in applying for a study permit. We advise our clients on whether they are eligible to work in Canada while studying and can assist clients who want to extend their stay in Canada as students.

Work Permits

We assist foreign workers applying for work permits supported by Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA) and LMIA-exempt work permits and clients seeking to extend their work permits. We also assist eligible international graduates apply for post-graduate work permits.

If you are an employer seeking to hire foreign workers, we can assist you with the LMIA application process.


We assist clients with applications to restore their temporary resident status within 90 days of losing their status.

Applying for Permanent Residence

Economic Classes

We assist clients find the best pathway to permanent residence based on their qualifications.

  • Express Entry (Federal Skilled Worker, Canadian Experience Class and Federal Skilled Trades Program)
  • BC Provincial Nominee Program (Skills Immigration and Entrepreneur Immigration)
Family Sponsorship

We assist clients who are seeking to sponsor their spouse, conjugal or common-law partner, dependent child and other eligible relatives for permanent residence.

Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds Application

We assist clients living in Canada who are ineligible to apply for permanent residence to apply based on Humanitarian and Compassionate (H&C) grounds.

Permanent Resident Card Renewal & Permanent Resident Travel Document

We assist clients who wish to apply to renew their permanent resident cards and clients who have left Canada without a valid PR card who are seeking to re-enter Canada.

Immigration Appeals, Reconsideration Requests & Judicial Reviews

If you have received a negative decision on your immigration application, our team can help guide you to find the best solution and path forward.

Refugee Claims & Appeals

We represent clients throughout the refugee claim process and can assist clients who have received a negative decision in preparing their appeal.

Applying for Canadian Citizenship

We assist clients who wish to apply for Canadian Citizenship.

Principal Contact

Laura Schemitsch

Laura Schemitsch, B.A. (Hons.), M.A., J.D.
Direct: 604-935-3614

332-4370 Lorimer Road, Whistler, BC V8E 1A6
301-37989 Cleveland Ave, Squamish, BC V8B 0B3


Canadian Immigration Lawyers Association (‘CILA’)

Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (‘CARL’)