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James Hayes

James Hayes


James is a lawyer here at Quadro Law licensed in both Canada and the United States. Outside of work, James can be found reading philosophy, playing guitar, or walking the Vancouver Seawall with his spouse.

  • Memberships
    Law Society of British Columbia (2023) United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2020) Washington State Bar Association (2018)
  • Law School
    Seattle University School of Law (2017)

Before coming to Quadro Law, James worked for a few years as an immigration lawyer in the United States (US). He built strong client relationships through cultural knowledge, language skills, and passionate representation before immigration authorities. James worked in several areas of immigration law, with a focus on removal defense, asylum, appellate work, and litigation. After relocating to Vancouver, British Columbia, James is excited to bring the same enthusiasm for Canadians and foreign nationals seeking immigrant and non-immigrant visas to the US. James assists clients with visitor, student, family sponsorship, investor, employment, and NAFTA professional visas. He also represents clients seeking waivers of ineligibility, inadmissibility, and misrepresentation.

On the Canadian side, James represents clients seeking refugee claims, humanitarian and compassionate applications, procedural fairness responses, immigration appeals, and judicial reviews. He also prepares Express Entry applications, family and spousal sponsorship visas (including supervisas for parents and grandparents), student permits, travel documents, and visitor visas. An immigrant himself, James understands the difficulties of navigating a new environment and immigration system. He looks forward to helping you and your family immigrate to Canada.

James carries a natural appreciation of language, culture, art, and diversity everywhere he goes.  He often says that a client is so much more than a file and his work ethic, past success, and lasting client connections confirm that. James has spent time in China and France and has a particular fondness for both cultures. Above all, James appreciates that every client teaches him something new.

James offers legal services in French and can speak some Mandarin Chinese.