On September 21-22, 2017, Jennifer Grady, Esq. participated in a delegation of the MAPLE® Canadian-U.S. Business Council of Southern California on a cross-border networking event in Toronto, Ontario. The delegation visited nine leading innovation, enterprise, and government organizations and hosted a sold-out cross-border networking reception to connect with Toronto-area business leaders. A panel presentation called “Doing Business with Southern California” featured speakers from Economic Development & Tourism, Business and International Development at Greater Irvine Chamber in Orange County, and the World Trade Center Los Angeles.
The following organizations provided the delegation with insight into their work and shared opportunities for cross-border collaboration:
- EY Canada
- JLabs Toronto
- MaRS Discovery District
- Royal Bank of Canada
- Ryerson University Digital Media Zone
- Toronto Board of Trade
- Toronto Global
- Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
- U.S. Department of Commerce
Now in its third year, the MAPLE® Business Council promotes cross-border investment, trade and entrepreneurship bilaterally between Southern California and Canada. The organization’s mission is to support cross-border opportunities by providing networking and business development programs. MAPLE specializes in in-market representation, lead generation campaigns for investment opportunities, market analysis and research, structured market navigation for Canadian entrepreneurs, tailored engagements, and trade and business development missions.
The Grady Firm’s Partnership with Canadian Law Firm to Offer More Cross-Border Services
As a result of the delegation, The Grady Firm, P.C. will be partnering with a Toronto-based law firm on an of counsel basis to provide Canadian companies with the immigration, corporate, employment, and intellectual property services they need for cross-border engagement and expansion into the United States. In tandem, the Canadian law firm will be able to assist U.S. companies expanding into Canada with their corporate, immigration, and real estate legal needs.
By offering immigration services in Canada, The Grady Firm will be able to provide creative solutions and alternatives to US immigration when an applicant does not qualify for a US visa. For example, if an entrepreneur is unable to qualify for the E-2 visa or EB-5 visa, he or she can open and operate a business in Canada for one year, and then apply for the L-1A Intracompany Transferee Executive/Manager visa. (Click here for a video about this visa.) For more information about this option, or other US visa alternatives, schedule a consultation with our cross-border attorneys.
About The Grady Firm
The Grady Firm, P.C. attorneys help individuals, families, employees, business owners, and investors open a business in the US, and obtain obtain non-immigrant and immigrant visas, as well and Green Cards and citizenship based on family relationships, investment, or employment. In addition, The Grady Firm attorneys help foreign entrepreneurs establish a U.S. presence, form a corporate entity, and obtain the appropriate visas for their owners and employees. We also assist with US business entity formation, trademark/copyright registry, and California employment law advising.
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*This article is for informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. This article does not make any guarantees as to the outcome of a particular matter, as each matter has its own set of circumstances and must be evaluated individually by a licensed attorney.