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BIO Why I want to be your lawyer

My name is Will Tao (pronouns: he/him). I am a second-generation Chinese Canadian settler on these Indigenous lands. The lived experiences of my first-generation immigrant family and loved ones, my academic studies, and care for ethnocultural communities have converged to make Canadian immigration and refugee law my calling and passion. I look forward to assisting you, your families, your students, and your workers with your complex immigration needs.


My Value Proposition

I am affordable.

In today’s legal environment, where Access to Justice is a challenge, clients cannot always afford to shell out substantial legal fees. My legal fees are fair, commensurate with my experience, and I am open to discussing set-fees, block billing, and payment plans.

I do my own legal work.

A lawyer’s time is valuable, but so is a clients. I work closely with Edris Arib, my case manager, to make sure I am always on top on the administrative details of your file. Of course if hourly cost is a challenge, I will be transparent when assistants are used and how they are used.

I’m an immigrant’s immigration lawyer.

I believe when you engage a lawyer you really engage someone to step into your shoes and be your voice. A product of immigrants, with an immigrant wife-to-be, I am one of you. I speak a second language (Mandarin) just like many Canadians. I know many of you work late, are located internationally, or simply cannot afford to see me once a week. I’ll adapt to your schedule.

Canadian immigration law is my passion.

Outside of work, I write legal advice blogs, news articles, and mentor new Canadian immigrants. My work is my passion and I treat your application like my own family members. I studied Migration History and International Relations and have a good understanding of a variety of cultural backgrounds. I know where you fit into the Canadian mosaic and I will respect and honour your concerns, traditions, and ambitions.

I am fearless and compassionate.

Whether you are a business hiring a foreign worker, an employee looking to work in Canada, or an individual facing a refused application or deportation, I know how much you need an advisor. Many times the immigration process and the decisions that have been made are unclear. I help you untangle the complexities and bring you some peace of mind. I don’t give up on my clients and I won’t give up on your rights under thisimmigration system. I’m a perfect balance of fearless in advocacy, and compassionate in person.


What Others Say

Client satisfaction is our number one goal. What our clients are saying about their experience with our firm.
"I was referred to lawyer Will Tao by an immigration consultant in Saskatoon who had attended one of his seminar. My mother’s case involved her failing to meet her 2 year residency obligation, and immigration denied her PR. My mom's case complicated by our recent move to Vancouver that our inability to set down community roots thus far. When I met Will I quickly decided he was the right person to go for my mom’s case. After working with Will, I find he is a very thoughtful and compassionate person. His assistant, Edris, also is very nice. I felt so much trust, and was very comfortable to work with them. We were assigned a very critical the minister's councel for the hearing. But with Will’s effort, my mom’s case got approved after all. Will is really the best immigration lawyer I ever seen. I will definitely recommend him to people who face a challenging immigration issue. We are forever grateful."
Vicky W.
"I’m so grateful that I made decision to switch to Will Tao at the last moment for my PR application. Spent tons of money to another lawyer and he couldn’t help me out but Will solved my application with an ease. Will Tao honestly the best I’ve ever worked with. I received my BCPNP nomination within 2 weeks and after one year I got my PR which is super fast even in COVID time. I feel really confident and safe when I were working with Will because he is very resourceful, responsive, genuine and knows the law very well. Also, he is really keen and careful each of every details. Thank you Will for providing me wonderful legal service."
Nina T.
"I had a very positive and successful experience working with Will Tao. He is a genuinely kind person and did everything in his ability to advise me through a difficult immigration process applying for a Post Graduation Work Permit, which ended successfully! I would not be surprised if Mr. Tao is the most up-to-date and friendly immigration lawyer in Vancouver."
Ian M.
"Graduate I was low on cash. Will not only did his best to work within my budget but also his advice got my work permit approved in only 7 days!! I have recommended all of my friends to go to Will Tao and I will 100% recommend everyone to go to Will for any immigration related issue!"
Umer S.


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