Shefali Tanna is an associate in our Immigration Group in Toronto. Her practice is focused on Canadian and American immigration law, specifically on corporate immigration and the global mobility of workers. In her U.S. immigration practice, she counsels clients on cross-border travel, non-immigrant and immigrant visas, citizenship and naturalization, U.S. waivers, compliance with immigration laws, and consular processing. In her Canadian practice, she advises corporations in Canada and internationally on all matters pertaining to Canadian immigration. She also guides individuals and their families through the various stages of their establishment in Canada, either on a temporary or a permanent basis.
Prior to joining McCarthy Tétrault, Shefali practiced immigration law in Washington, D.C, where she worked with a boutique immigration firm. She also volunteered with a leading national immigration legal service provider where she assisted in providing direct immigration services to foreign-born individuals and their families in the United States. During this time, she represented client’s interests before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Department of Justice and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Shefali received a BA (Honours Specialization in Political Science) from Western University, a Bachelor of Laws from City Law School, University of London, and a Master of Laws in International Business and Economic Law from Georgetown University Law Center graduating on the Dean’s List and with Distinction.
While pursuing her studies, she participated in the American University, Washington College of Law, 6th Annual International Commercial Arbitration Moot where she received an honorable mention. Shefali was also invited by the International Law Association to present on a panel addressing contemporary issues in international commercial arbitration at the 2018 Annual Conference.
Shefali completed her articles with the firm and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2020. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Ontario Bar Association, and the Canadian Bar Association. She was also called to the New York Bar in 2018 and is a member of the New York Bar Association.