Devika Penekelapati is a Founding Partner of Borders Law Firm.

Ms. Penekelapati is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Citizenship & Immigration Law. From 2015 to 2024, she served as the firm’s Managing Partner. She has extensive experience representing clients on all types of Canadian immigration matters before Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Employment and Social Development Canada, Canadian consulates around the world, the Immigration Appeal Division, and the Federal Court of Canada. Ms. Penekelapati has extensive experience assisting corporations to bring skilled workers to Canada, employing a number of work permit strategies such as Labour Market Impact Assessments, NAFTA permits and Intra-Company applications. She assists each individual by crafting a comprehensive immigration plan, starting with an initial temporary visa and ending with Canadian citizenship if so desired. She advises on all federal and provincial immigration programs, creating strategies that are uniquely suited to each person’s circumstances.

In addition, Ms. Penekelapati has a proven record representing clients who find themselves in unusual or difficult situations, including last-minute pre-removal negotiations before the Canadian Border Services Agency, complex humanitarian and compassionate ground applications, as well as In-land family class applications for individuals who are out of status and Temporary Resident Permits for individuals who are inadmissible to Canada. She has assisted a great number of family class applicants with spousal and parental sponsorship applications, helping them bring their loved ones to Canada. Her diverse cultural background and fluency in multiple South Asian languages (Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Urdu and Punjabi) has made her a sought after adviser within Toronto’s diverse multicultural society. She has obtained law degrees from both McGill University and the University of Ottawa. Ms. Penekelapati is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Law Section, the South Asian Bar Association, and the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce.

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Annie Caplan

Devika and John were excellent. They understood how this process would change my life and helped me get to the US. John was extremely kind and thorough. When my employer in the US ended up trying to take advantage of me, they helped me transfer my visa to a new employer and had so much empathy for my situation and now I have a job in California that makes me so happy while helping others. I am beyond grateful for their kindness and service. I will be using them for any changes to my status going forward.

Sarita Chai

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! Borders Law Firm has provided us with Excellent Service. Devika Penekelapati, John Yoon, Brendan Sheridan, Emily Gerhard, and Oliver Mao (I hope I did not forget anyone), have worked overtime to help our family get "PR" status. Borders Law Firm, made sure that our applications were filled out correctly and all required information was received on time. Borders Law Firm, has helped us to achieve a New Beginning. Thank you, for all of your help. The Chai Family

Baljinder Singh

Everyone in this office was incredibly supportive and helpful. In a situation that could have been very stressful, they took care of EVERYTHING. Thanks Jenny and Devika for providing exceptional service. Dealt with them for the second case, they kept me in loop for the whole process. Highly recommend using them again which in hindsight I will not have to but if you ever need legal help, they are definitely the people to go to!

ravinder kaur

I and my family want to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to Devika, John and the team at Borders Law firm for assisting us with the PRTD application at a time when most processing was closed due to lockdowns. They also worked proactively with us to establish a good strategy with back up plans which gave us sufficient information and assurance. Very responsive and forthcoming with information. Proactive in processing but at the same time they put enough time in the application and the supporting details to have high quality of the application. As a result our application was processed in 1 go at a time when it was critical and sensitive time for the family. Thank you again.

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