Director of Aya K. Immigration Services Inc.
Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant: a member of the Immigration Consultants of the Canada Regulatory Council (“ICCRC”) and a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (“CAPIC”).
I was born and raised in the heart of Tokyo, Japan. I came to Canada in 1999 on a visitor status with an intention to stay for one month and immediately fell in love with this multicultural, beautiful and friendly country. Through my first job in Canada as an Assistant Manager at an international student agency, I met many students who were forced to give up on their dreams of staying in Canada due to complications with their visas.
I wanted to provide help in Japanese to those who needed legal advice related to their visa and immigration matters, and give them the freedom to express themselves in their own language. I decided to resign from my job and study law.
“Immigration Law is all about someone’s life.”
Linda Pasternak, Seneca College Professor
I was admitted to the Court and Tribunal Agent Program (currently known as the ‘Paralegal Program’) at Seneca College for two years. I studied various fields of law extensively including: immigration law, criminal law, family law, landlord and tenant law, employment law, and alternative dispute resolution. After graduating from Seneca College and successfully completing an internship at a prominent immigration law firm in Toronto, I took the opportunities to work as a Legal Assistant for two law firms with skilful lawyers. In these positions I advanced my knowledge and gained practical experience in immigration law. Although I was blessed to work in such a great environment, I could not give up on my passion – to help Japanese people in Canada with their visa and immigration matters.
For that reason, I decided to take the Immigration Practitioner Program in Seneca College for one year to study immigration law in depth. Upon completing the program with honors and successfully passing the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants’ licensing exam, I became a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant. Aya K. Immigration Services was registered on September 10, 2009 and was incorporated as Aya K. Immigration Services Inc. on December 3, 2010.
Over the past ten years, I have been assisting thousands of cases that range from individuals to global Japanese corporations. My services are not limited to just Japanese clients; many of them are from all over the world who all have the same intention, which is to visit or live in Canada.
Even though the scope of my practice is limited to immigration law in Canada, I hope that I could be of help to those who want to discover their possibilities in Canada.
Meet Our Team
Senior Legal Assistant
Rieko was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in East Asian Language & Culture at the University of British Columbia. She spent six months studying abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, exploring a wide range of subjects such as traditional arts, literature, and current issues. After beginning a career as a freelance interpreter/translator, she felt a desire to further put her bilingual abilities to use in a job that would help others, which inspired her to join Aya K. Immigration Services in December 2012. In her spare time, she enjoys watching cat videos and exploring local craft beers.
Chihiro was born and raised in Japan. She first came to Canada on a Working Holiday Visa in 2007, then immigrated to Canada in 2009 following an international marriage. She graduated from Osaka University of Foreign Studies (currently consolidated with Osaka University) Department of Intercultural Studies with a major in French. She joined Aya K. Immigration Services in July 2019 in hopes that she, as a Japanese immigrant to Canada herself, could assist prospective and current immigrants and Japanese people who are living in Canada. She enjoys nature walk and a glass of wine on the weekend.