One day in 1979, William Kenyon Cole stumbled into Mr. Zaifman’s office looking for a lawyer to stop his deportation from Canada. R. v. Cole was Mr.Zaifman’s first immigration case and the rest, as they say, is history.
Mr. Zaifman started Zaifman Associates, in 1986, with two employees (and no associates). The firm now has a staff of twelve, including three other lawyers with a focus in immigration law.
Along the way, Mr. Zaifman became involved with the Canadian Bar Association (Past Chair), American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (Past Chair), Manitoba Bar Association (Past Chair), International Bar Association and the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (meetings in New Zealand, conferences in Singapore).
Mr. Zaifman married Mira Thow in 1988 who is also a lawyer at the firm and is the brains of the operation. They have two daughters named Anna and Lea.
Master of Laws degree in International Legal Studies from New York University
. After articling with the Department of Justice and practicing corporate law
with the firm of Goodman and Carr in Toronto, Ms. Thow returned to Winnipeg
and joined her husband Kenneth Zaifman in the firm of Zaifman Associates in
1988. Since that time, Ms. Thow has practiced exclusively in the areas of
Immigration and Citizenship law representing clients before the Immigration and
Refugee Board (Appeal and Refugee Divisions), the Federal Court, the Manitoba
Court of Queens Bench and, on behalf of the Canadian Bar Association, as an
intervenor before the Supreme Court of Canada.
Ms. Thow has lectured frequently on Immigration Law at the University of
Manitoba and has delivered papers on immigration issues at legal conferences in
Canada and the United States. She has served as Chair of the Immigration Section,
Manitoba Bar Association and as an Executive Member of the CBA National
Immigration and Citizenship Section. Ms. Thow has served on several Law Society
committees and was appointed by the Province as a part-time Chair of The Appeal
Commission under the Workers’ Compensation Act of Manitoba. She also served
as a board member and co-chair of the Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba.
For the past 10 years, Ms. Thow has focused primarily on business immigration
advising corporations in a wide range of industries on the transfer and
recruitment of foreign workers, representing many of the largest employers in
Mr. Szikinger provides a wide range of immigration legal advice and services, including temporary residence, permanent residence, and citizenship applications. He assists clients with issues related to procedural fairness, admissibility and enforcement matters, appeals of negative Provincial Nominee Program decisions, and humanitarian and compassionate applications. He regularly represents clients before all Divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board and in Federal Court. Mr. Szikinger also assists employers with obtaining Labour Market Impact Assessments, and he assists workers under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the International Mobility Program with obtaining work permits.
Mr. Szikinger currently serves as Chair of the Manitoba Bar Association Immigration Law Section. He is Past President of the Community Legal Education Association and is involved in the community through volunteering his time with various other organizations, such as the Newcomer Employment and Education Development Service.
Mr. Szikinger is fluent in Hungarian and has lived in six different cities on four different continents before making Winnipeg his home. As such, he has a great appreciation for the unique needs and challenges faced by immigrants and their families.
Rene is an immigration case manager at Zaifman since 2002. Over the years at Zaifman, Rene has managed a diverse variety of immigration files from clients from many countries and different backgrounds. Rene works with immigration applications through the Federal, Provincial and Temporary Foreign Worker programs. Rene’s previous experience with other Winnipeg law firms include Real Estate, Family and Corporate law. Rene is fluent in Spanish, enjoys spending time with his family, and has a passion for cars and motorcycles.
Romelyn Reyes is a Legal Assistant with Zaifman Law.
Temporary ResidentTemporary Residence in Canada
There are many reasons why someone may want to visit Canada; to spend time with relatives, study, work and/or travel.
The lawyers and licensed immigration consultants at Zaifman Law assist people that are visiting Canada, those coming to Canada on a permanent basis, and those dealing with refusals and/or enforcement issues, which can lead to litigation
Permanent ResidentPermanent Residence in Canada
At Zaifman Law, our lawyers and licensed immigration consultants help clients move to Canada.
For more information on moving to Canada, contact us.
Immigration RefusalsImmigration Refusals and Litigation
When people experience refusals and/or enforcement issues, and are addressing litigation matters, it can be very stressful and complicated.
The lawyers and licensed immigration consultants at Zaifman Law have litigation specialists that take care of these matters.
For more information, contact us.
US Immigration and Waivers
US Immigration and Waivers
Business Investors Program
There are many reasons why employers may require corporate immigration counsel; they may be looking to expand into Canada, looking to bring employees into Canada or have border issues that require the assistance of counsel.
Recruitment Done Right
Looking for students or workers outside of Canada? We can help.
- Temporary Resident Visas
- Permanent Resident Options for workers
- Permanent Resident Options for business managers and owners
- All aspects of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) and other provincial nominee Programs
- Farm Strategic Initiatives and Business Immigration
- Work Permits
- Citizenship Applications
- Permanent Resident Cards and Renewals
- Humanitarian and Compassionate Applications
- Family Sponsorships
- Study Permits
- CBSA Interviews, Admissibility Hearings and Appeals
- Refugee Applications
- Federal Court Work, including Applications for Leave and Judicial Review, Stay Applications
- Appeals and Writs of Mandamus
- Inadmissibility to Canada (Re: criminality, misrepresentation) and *U.S. Immigration and Waivers
We work closely with overseas partners who promote our services, and assist us in finding skilled workers for the employers we represent. Our goal is to match Canada’s best employment opportunities with the best and brightest skilled talent from overseas.
We are licensed and insured professionals, duly authorized to practice in the immigration field and are committed to providing excellent service to all of our clients.
We assist individuals destined to any province in Canada with applications under the Federal Immigration Program and/or various Provincial Nominee Programs. Located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, we take pride in utilizing the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program to assist skilled workers and business people interested in settling in our Province. We have assisted Manitoba companies in increasing their work force and expanding their business through foreign recruitment of skilled workers, and investment by Business Applicants.
We are always looking for talented immigration professionals
Careers at Zaifman Law
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