Sergio R. Karas, B.A., J.D.., is a Canadian lawyer (Barrister and Solicitor) Certified Specialist in Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Law by the Law Society of Ontario and internationally recognized expert in Canadian immigration law.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mr. Karas has helped hundreds of people successfully establish themselves in Canada. He has been involved with many widely reported, high profile cases. He represents individuals and multinational corporations to achieve their immigration objectives and implement successful relocation strategies.
Mr. Karas is an honors graduate in Political Science from York University and obtained his Law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. He speaks fluent English, French, and Spanish, and has a working knowledge of Italian, Portuguese and German. He is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), Past Chair of the Citizenship and Immigration Section of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA), Past Chair of the Immigration and Nationality Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) and Past Chair of the Canada Committee, and current co-Chair of the International Ethics Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of International Law. He is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and has been invited on numerous occasions to address lawyers and human resources managers at major international professional gatherings. He is listed in "Who is Who in Corporate Immigration Law", Best Lawyers, and has been named "Platinum Client Champion" by Martindale Hubbell as a leading immigration lawyer.
Mr. Karas is regularly contacted by the national and international press to provide commentary on Canadian immigration law and policy. His articles have been published in several languages in national and international journals. He is a regular guest on local, national and international radio and television programs, and hosted his own show "Immigration and You" on ITV and Vision of Asia broadcasted in New York and New Jersey. He is a contributing writer on immigration issues for HR Reporter, and Employment Law Today, both publications for Human Resources managers, and he is the Editor of the "Global Business Immigration Handbook" published by Thomson Reuters. He was an instructor in immigration law at Sheridan College in Toronto.
Mr. Karas has been instrumental in effecting changes to Canadian immigration visa policies through his involvement in US-Canada relations and border security issues. Multinational corporations and community organizations alike engage him in an advisory capacity, conducting staff seminars and providing guidance. He was a member of the Board of Directors of JIAS (Jewish Immigrant Aid Services) in Toronto for ten years.
In addition to his primary role as an immigration lawyer, Mr. Karas' involvement in the international scene goes far beyond the provision of routine legal services. He was catapulted to the world spotlight for his work on behalf of Holocaust survivors and their heirs claiming dormant Swiss bank accounts and gold stolen by the Nazis during WWII. He was profiled in the book "Hitler's Silent Partners: Swiss Banks, Nazi Gold and the Pursuit of Justice" by award-winning journalist Isabel Vincent and published worldwide in English, French, German and Italian. Adam LeBor, a foreign correspondent for the Times of London, has also quoted him extensively in his book "Hitler's Secret Bankers".His work has earned him international praise and has been the subject of several television documentaries.
Karas Immigration Law Professional Corporation, headquartered in Toronto, Canada, is dedicated to the successful settlement of qualified immigrants including professionals, self-employed, entrepreneurs, and investors, and to assisting corporations to implement successful migration strategies for managerial, executive, and technical personnel. It also represents family class immigrants and sponsored relatives. Karas Immigration Law Professional Corporation is a multilingual law firm and provides services to its international clientele in Canada and worldwide.
Karas Immigration Law Professional Corporation is a founding member of VISALAW International, the global immigration lawyers alliance.