Warren L. Creates: Lawyer with Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.

Warren L. Creates

Head of Immigration Law Group
Ottawa,  ON  Canada

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Practice Areas

  • Business Law
  • Immigration
  • Litigation
  • Personal Legal Needs
University University of Western Ontario, B.A., 1980
Law SchoolUniversity of Windsor, LL.B., 1985
Admitted1986, Ontario


•Amnesty International
•Canadian Bar Association
•County of Carleton Law Association
•Canadian Club
•The American Chamber of Commerce in Canada
•The Canadian Immigration Historical Society

BornMontreal, Quebec, July 29, 1959

Warren Creates is an immigration lawyer in the Ottawa area and head of the Immigration Law Group at Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall, representing individuals, families and corporations in all aspects of immigration and emigration. Canadian and American immigration laws, including NAFTA, are his specialty. His services include complete representation and arrangement of all documentation for work permits and permanent resident status, including skilled workers, business immigration programs, provincial nominee programs, and representation for individuals in all matters pertaining to citizenship applications and refugee claims. Warren provides direction through the labyrinthine system of immigration laws and policy, ensuring his clients can get where they need to go.

Neither families nor businesses can wait while red tape is untangled. When it comes to moving people across borders, Warren knows where to cut through it.

As an Ottawa immigration lawyer and leader, Warren is highly regarded as a writer and educator in immigration law. He is one of very few practitioners certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada in the three combined fields of Immigration, Citizenship and Refugee Law. He is a former Government of Canada immigration lawyer and is frequently sought by all media in regard to his expertise. He is rated by his peers as one of the top immigration lawyers in Canada. He has numerous publications to his credit including contributing author to one of the most significant casebooks of its kind, Immigration and Refugee Law: Cases, Materials and Commentary (Carasco et al, 2007).

Warren has travelled to some of the world's most remote and dangerous locations (e.g. Iraq and Afghanistan) to successfully represent some of the most challenging cases a lawyer could ever be consulted on. Warren consistently demonstrates exceptional ability, the cornerstone to the firm's Immigration Law Group.

Professional Activities

•Former Canadian Government Immigration Lawyer (Legal Advisor to the Immigration and Refugee Board)
•Frequent presenter at legal conferences throughout the world including:
•Invited participant and stakeholder, Ontario and Ottawa Economic Leadership Summit (December 2014)
•Invited participant and stakeholder, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, Minister's Economic Immigration Consultations (December 2014)
•Bi-Annual Gathering of the Afar Diaspora in Brussels, August 2014
•Algonquin College, Carleton University & University of Ottawa (Ottawa, annually)
•Co-chair, Medical Devices Commercialization Centre Forum, University of Ottawa, 13 February 2014
•Presenter at U.S. Embassy webinar, January 2014.
•Presenter at Conference in Ottawa, Ontario hosted by Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, October 2013
•Presenter at Conference in Kingston, Ontario hosted by Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, October 2013
•Presenter at Conference in Massena, New York hosted by the Embassy of the United States of America, October 2012
•Presenter at Conference in Ogdensburg, New York hosted by Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, September 2012
•Presentation in Stockholm, Sweden, December 2012
•Presentations in Semera and in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, July 2011
•Bureau du MRD en Amerique du Nord, Universite du Quebec en Outaouais (UQO), July 2011
•Canadian Bar Association Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 2010
•Canadian Bar Association Conference, Whistler, B.C., April 2009
•Presentation in Denmark, October 2007
•Presentation in Belgium, Brussels, October 2007

Industry Recognition

Best Lawyers 2012-2015 in Immigration Law

Media coverage

•Peer-profiled in the September 2011 edition (Vol. 20, No. 6) of The National magazine, the official monthly periodical of the Canadian Bar Association.
•Frequently quoted in the media and press, as well as interviewed on radio and T.V.


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Working in Canada: What is Work, and when is a Work Permit needed?
Jacqueline J. Bonisteel,Warren L. Creates, May 12, 2015
In the Canadian immigration context, ‘work’ is broadly defined. Even volunteers, those providing services in a private residence, and student interns may require a work permit, and may run into trouble if they do not have one. This article helps to explain when a work permit is needed...

Express Entry: Top 5 Tips
Jacqueline J. Bonisteel,Warren L. Creates, March 3, 2015
On January 1st of this year, the Canadian federal government launched a revamped ‘Express Entry’ system for economic immigration to Canada. This article outlines the basics of Express Entry and provides our Top Five Tips for potential applicants.

Key Changes to Canada's Citizenship Act
Jacqueline J. Bonisteel,Warren L. Creates, August 5, 2014
In June 2014, just before breaking for the summer, Canada’s parliament passed major amendments to the federal Citizenship Act. While many of the changes have not yet come into force, potential citizenship applicants should be paying close attention.

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Warren L. Creates

1400-340 Albert Street
OttawaON K1R 0A5

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