Our Team

Ken Zaifman

Ken Zaifman

Founder, Managing Partner
Kenneth Zaifman graduated from law school in 1975 and articled with Richardson & Company, a well-established Winnipeg law firm. After his call to the bar in 1976, he joined Kopstein Kimmelman & Co.

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.

Mira Thow

Mira Thow

Managing Partner
Mira Thow practices immigration law with Zaifman Immigration Lawyers in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Ms. Thow has lectured and delivered papers on immigration law at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law, the Canadian Bar Association National Legal Education program, the Law Society of British Columbia and the Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, and has argued precedent setting cases in the Canadian Federal Court.
Dean Szikinger

Dean Szikinger

Lawyer

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.

Bonnie Weber

Bonnie Weber

Operations Manager
Bonnie Weber is the Operations Manager at Zaifman Law and has been with the firm since 2008. She graduated from Red River College Business Administration Program with a Major in Accounting in 2004 and has been working as a full cycle Accountant since. Bonnie sits on the board of her community club as the past treasurer/fundraising coordinator, and has been a volunteer at the community club for over 9 years.
Darlene Goodman

Darlene Goodman

Senior Immigration Consultant
Darlene Goodman is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and joined Network Canada in September 1990. She has extensive immigration experience dealing with all areas of immigration and citizenship, including: permanent residence applications under the Federal and Provincial Nominee programs, business immigration applications, sponsorships, temporary residence applications such as Work Permits and Study Permits, Labour Market Impact Assessments, and humanitarian and compassionate applications. She is an accredited member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (“ICCRC”), and she was a presenter at the IMEDA “Goodbye, 2013…the year of changes” Seminar on the topic of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program.
Rene Castillo

Rene Castillo

Immigration Case Manager

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.

Jaspreet Sandhu

Jaspreet Sandhu

Senior Legal Assistant
Jaspreet Sandhu is a Paralegal at Zaifman Immigration Lawyers and has been with the firm since November 2008. She has immigration experience dealing with all areas of immigration and citizenship, including: permanent residence applications under the Federal and Provincial Nominee programs, sponsorships, temporary residence applications such as Work Permits and Study Permits, Temporary Residence Visas, Labour Market Impact Assessments, and humanitarian and compassionate applications.
Romelyn Reyes

Romelyn Reyes

Legal Assistant

Romelyn Reyes is a Legal Assistant with Zaifman Law.

George Garza

George Garza

VP of Business Development of Latin America

Immigration

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.

We offer immigration services to corporations

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.
The lawyers and licensed immigration consultants at Zaifman Law offer corporate services throughout Canada. For more information, contact us or visit the following links:

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program

Business Immigration

The Province of Manitoba and Government of Canada share responsibilities regarding business people immigrating to Canada through the Provincial Nominee Program for Business.
The Provincial Nominee Program for Business allows Manitoba to recruit and nominate qualified business people from around the world who have the intent and ability to move to Manitoba and establish, purchase a business or become partners in an existing business.

 

 

 

Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative

Looking for students or workers outside of Canada? We can help

Zaifman Law - Immigration Lawyers works in conjunction with Network Canada to recruit foreign workers and students

Why Us?

We specialize in the following areas

  • 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

Corporate Services

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.

Work in Canada

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.

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Resources

We are always looking for talented immigration professionals

Careers at Zaifman Law

For more information on employment opportunities with Zaifman Law, please email your cover letter and resume to bweber@zaifmanlaw.com.

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