Director of Aya K. Immigration Services Inc.
Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant: a member of the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (“CICC”) 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
Hiroko is from Okayama Prefecture, Japan. She graduated from the University of Warwick, England with an MA in International Political Economy. She came to Canada in 2007 to accompany her husband who was studying there. Impressed with the robust support she received in Canada as a family member of an international student, upon returning to Japan she began working at a university as a staff member supporting international students. In 2016, she immigrated to Canada with her family. She joined Aya K. Immigration Services Inc. in August 2023 in hopes of continuing to support people who cross international borders to take on various challenges. Every year, she looks forward to watching major league baseball during Toronto’s short summers.
Riho Ogata Dantow
Riho is from Kyoto, Japan. After graduating from the College of Law at Ritsumeikan University, she worked as a secretary for the CEO of a listed company, then at the New York branch office of a travel agency. In 2019, she travelled to Canada, married a non-Japanese national, and became a permanent resident of Canada. Having experienced first-hand the complexity and pressure of the visa application process, she joined Aya K. Immigration Services Inc. in November 2023 in hopes of supporting others in their first step toward starting a new life in Canada. She is also currently active in Toronto as a ballet dancer and instructor.