Jae-Yeon Lim (“Jae”) practises exclusively in Canadian immigration law, focusing primarily on corporate immigration. She represents employers from diverse industries, ranging from family-owned enterprises to high-tech companies, as well as high net worth individuals and families seeking temporary and permanent relocation to Canada.

Jae facilitates the mobility of individuals from other countries to Canada, whether for short-term or long-term assignments. She advises on employer compliance audits and provides corporate immigration planning that is tailored to the organization and its needs. She also assists high net worth individuals, professionals and their families with various immigration matters, including family sponsorship, permanent residence, citizenship and complex immigration matters including previous refusals, inadmissibility and residency issues.

Previously, Jae managed the immigration practice of a national firm in Vancouver. Originally from Toronto, Jae has handled complex cases across the country, working with fast-paced immigration teams at an international company and immigration boutique firms including her own. Jae also taught immigration law at the University of British Columbia.  In her spare time, she is actively contributing to the Canadian Bar Association’s National Immigration Section’s Executive, currently as Senior CPD Coordinator, to lead and organize the development of immigration courses throughout the year for the immigration bar.

As a seasoned immigration lawyer with over 10 years of experience, she is passionate about advocating on behalf of her clients so that more families and organizations can achieve their dreams in Canada – while promoting the profile of Canada as a safe and equitable country in which to live and do business.  Jae has been recognized by Chambers and Partners (2024) as one of the leading immigration lawyers nationwide, under the “Associate to Watch” category.

Jae is fluent in English, French and Korean. In addition to her law degrees, she also graduated from the French language and literature specialist program at the University of Toronto with high distinction.

Recognition

Speaking Engagements

  • “Temporary Worker Programs”, Canadian Bar Association’s British Columbia Immigration Law Section’s Immigration: Reconnecting and Reimagining Conference, February, 2022 (co-presenter)
  • Permanent Residence at Korean Legal Clinic’s Virtual Immigration Seminar, October 2021 (co-presenter)
  • “COVID-19 Immigration and Travel Bans in Canada and USA,” Surrey Board of Trade’s Digital Town Hall“, May, 2020 (co-presenter)
  • “Intersection of Employment and Immigration – Considerations for Employers”, COVID-19 Webinar Series, May, 2020 (co-presenter)
  • “Immigration Pathways to Hire Global Talent for BC’s High Tech Employer”, HR Tech Group, Victoria, May, 2019 and Vancouver, November, 2019 and (co-presenter)
  • “Work Permit Strategies for Entrepreneurs, Working Your Way Into Canada 2019”, The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, October, 2019 (co-presenter)
  • “Express Entry: Strategies for Success”, Ontario Bar Association – Citizenship and Immigration Law Section, Toronto, January 17, 2018 (program co-chair)
  • “Canadian Immigration, Tech-Link Canada conference”, Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency, November, 2017 (keynote address)

Publications

  • Empowering HR’s Pathway to Immigration Compliance, CPHR’s PeopleTalk, November, 2022)
  • “How to Travel to Canada During the COVID-19 Pandemic”, Surrey Board of Trade – Surrey Business News, July, 2020
  • “Dos and Don’ts When Hiring a Foreign Worker in Canada”, Surrey Board of Trade – Surrey Business News, October, 2019
  • “Legal Compliance for Employers Hiring Temporary Foreign Workers”, Korea Daily Toronto, November, 2015

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Vice President, Board of Directors, Canada Korea Business Association (CKBA) (2022 to present)
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association’s Anti-Racism & Port-of-Entry Duty Counsel Committees (2021 to present)
  • Elected Executive Member-at-Large, Canadian Bar Association, National Immigration Section Member (2018-2021)
  • Honorary Board Member, Korean Canadian Cultural Association (KCCA) (2015-2017)
  • Global Advisory Committee, Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency (2018 to present)

Practice Areas

Year of Call

  • British Columbia, 2018
  • Ontario, 2014
  • Saskatchewan, 2012

Education

  • BCL, LLB, McGill University, 2011
  • BA (Hons.), University of Toronto, 2008