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Immigration Lawyer in Montréal, Québec - Avocate spécialisée immigration - Fasken

Gilda Villaran, AdE

Partner Fasken
Canada is known for being open to international talent, regardless of country of origin.
Jurisdiction Lima, 1982 | Quebec, 1998
Language(s) Spanish, French, English
Office(s) Montréal

Gilda Villaran specializes in business immigration law. She advises clients on the international relocation of executives and highly skilled workers, specifically to obtain business visas and temporary work permits in Canada, permanent residence and Canadian citizenship.

Gilda has specific expertise in NAFTA and regulatory exemptions which fast tracks the processing of certain temporary work permit applications, namely for intra-company transferees, professionals and other skilled workers.

Before joining Fasken, Gilda worked in Peru, her native country, and in France as a research associate in various business sectors with the Institut européen d'administration des affaires (INSEAD graduate business school).

Gilda is a Fulbright scholar and attended Yale Law School, where she earned both a master’s degree and a Juris Doctor. Her doctoral thesis was supervised by Professors Henry Hansmann, Peter Schuck and Oliver Williamson (Nobel Prize for Economics 2009).

  • Recognized in Immigration Law by the Best Lawyers in Canada , The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 to 2021
  • Recognized nationwide in Immigration Law by Chambers Canada, Chambers Canada 2020 to 2021
  • Recognized nationwide in Canada in Immigration Law, Chambers Global 2020 to 2021
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  • Equivalency McGill University
  • J.S.D.,(Doctor of the Science of Law) Yale University
  • LLM Yale University
  • BCL Pontifical Catholic University of Peru

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Québec Bar
  • President of the Immigration Section of the Canadian Bar Association (Québec) (2014-2016) and member of the to National Executive (since 2012)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Quebec Latin-American Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Bar of Montréal 
  • Member, Québec Immigration Lawyers Association (AQAADI)
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