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Welcome to Caron & Partners LLP!

Caron & Partners LLP is a leading full service law firm based in Calgary, Alberta. We have a very experienced and dedicated immigration law department. Other services offered by our firm include: general litigation, family law, corporate & commercial, real estate, wills & estates, among others. Please visit our website for information on all our services, and to get to know our other lawyers, at www.caronpartners.com.

My name is Rekha McNutt and I'm an associate lawyer in the firm's immigration department. I've been practicing Canadian Immigration law since 2007, and I love my job. I find this to be one of the most rewarding areas of law to practice in. Our firm has experience in all aspects of immigration law, so feel free to call us!

With this blog, I hope to keep all our follower informed and up to date with the latest developments in Canadian immigration law!

You can also follow me on twitter @CaronCanadaImm! To reach me directly, go here: http://www.caronpartners.com/lawyer/rekha_mcnutt. I would love to hear from you!

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