Stanley WH Leo

Associate Lawyer

phone: +1 604-875-9338

Diligence and Perseverance in pursuit of Excellence

Stan has practised Immigration Law with Lowe & Company since 2013 and has authored papers and taught Immigration Law for professional audiences across Canada since then. He obtained his J.D. from the University of Manitoba and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Simon Fraser University, and practised real estate and a general solicitors’ practice prior to joining Lowe & Company.

At Lowe & Company, Stan seeks to provide clients with sound, strategic advice tailored to the objectives and circumstances of each client, and advises clients on:

  • Skilled Worker Immigration: through Federal and Provincial Programs.
  • Spousal Sponsorships: In Canada and Overseas.
  • Skilled Worker Permits: including Labour Market Impact Assessments, Free Trade Agreement Professionals and Intra Company Transfers, Working Holiday Permits and more.
  • Religious and Charitable Workers.
  • Business Work Permits: such as Free Trade Agreement Investors and Intra Company Transfers.
  • Other Immigration Matters: Study Permits, Inadmissibility, Permanent Resident Card Renewals, Citizenship, and more.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Christian Legal Fellowship

Courses Taught

Immigration for Employers and Workers

  • 2020: “Navigating the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program”: Legal Professionals Education Network
  • 2019: “Thinking Immigration”: Presentation for the City of Vancouver Human Resources Team
  • 2019: “Hiring in New Jurisdictions – Legal and Personal Implications of Cross-Border Resourcing”, Goldbeck Recruiting Inc., Webinar, Chartered Professionals in Human Resources
  • 2018: “To LMIA or Not to LMIA… is that the Question?”: CAPIC (National)
  • 2015: “Update on Canada’s Immigration Laws for Religious Workers”, Co-Author, CCCC Bulletin

Business Immigration

  • 2021: “Immigration for Business Owners: Intra Company Transfer and Owner Operator LMIA”: Legal Professionals Education Network
  • 2018: “Business Work Authorization and Immigration Options”: IMEDA
  • 2018: “LMIA Owner Operator & Other Business Work Permit Options”: CAPIC
  • 2016: “Introduction to Owner Operator Labour Market Impact Assessments”: IMEDA
  • 2016: “Business Immigration Options: Creative Work Permit strategies”, Co-Author, CBA
  • 2014: “Business Immigration: Past, Present and Future”, Co-Author, CLE BC

Immigration for Students

  • 2018: “Canadian Immigration: International Students Alert!”: Quanta Sphere Community for UBC students
  • 2014: “International Students in Canada–Planning for a Future in Canada”: King George International College

General Immigration Practice

  • 2018: “Finding the Right Tone”: IMEDA


We were introduced to Stanley by one of Niek’s relatives during our engagement. Over the course of the immigration process, Stanley was very professional and well organized. He answered any questions we had regarding spousal sponsorship in a very timely manner. He made the whole process very smooth and easy to understand. It was very reassuring to know that we had such an excellent lawyer helping us during the application process for permanent residency, and a delight to receive PR approval in such a short time – less than a year! We are very grateful to Stanley for his clear and fast communication and all his work in helping us with the immigration paperwork, and highly recommend him as an immigration lawyer.

Niek and Jennifer U.

For me and my wife, we are really pleased to work together with Lowe & Company firm. The key values for us about this firm, all about always “add on extra miles” for their clients and guide us step by step with extra care to help us to achieve our goal. For example, I was in hardship of my Celpip test, despite it is not difficult to get the score you want, but it has certain skills and clues how to score better mark. Then Jeffery helps me find a tutor when he found out I was in the hardship in this midst and this tutor really help me up to get in the mark I need to score for my PR status.

I have to prepare so much information from A to Z in order to fulfill IRCC requirement, but Stanley truly walk through all these together with us, he always guiding us how to start up then how to move forward, he will give you clearly instruction and how and where to get it, if something goes wrong he will try to cool you down. I think many people have same feeling with me, when we were decided to migrate to somewhere, somewhere which is not our familiar taste, we really need someone who are reliable, experienced and intelligent work together side by side with you. For me this firm has done their great job, I know what they are doing and they are really working on it.

I always telling people you won’t be regret when you signed the contract with them. When you are frustrating with your never-ending documents preparation, they will assist and encourage you and know how to find the way to help you up.

Moses and Jenny Law

Stanley was highly recommend by one of our closest friends here in Vancouver. We contacted him and had a first assessment appointment; He was truly honest and transparent since the beginning and that is why we knew he was the person we wanted to work with. While other lawyers said we could have the PR in a year- Stanley said we would need to wait a couple of years and work on some areas so that we could get a better score before applying for the fast entry.

We followed the steps as he suggested, and were very lucky to get a job offer. He then helped us with getting the work visa. After a year of working in Canada, we decided to apply for the PR and once again Stanley was incredibly helpful and walked us through the process. It all went very smoothly and with no doubt he was the best person to work with.

He offered great service, always answered our questions quickly and we never experienced any problem working with him.

We are really lucky to have met him and grateful to be living our dream of becoming Canadian Permanent residents.

Silvia Chabrand

So you’ve been offered a job in Canada, but your new employer gives you absolutely no guidance on work permits or immigration issues. Who are you going to call? I was flummoxed until I did a desperate online search and found Lowe & Company.

In the four years since that job offer came, Lowe’s Stanley Leo has guided me through the arcane process of visitor records, work permits, and finally, permanent residence. Mr. Leo and his staff have brought me safely through these legal hoops with an extraordinary thoroughness and thoughtfulness, immeasurable patience, gentle humour, and all by telephone and online.

I am deeply grateful for Lowe and Co’s competence and flexibility, but above all, for Mr. Leo’s personal human touch in what can be stressful times for an immigrant. I can’t imagine having to have attempted this alone!

Rev. Kurt Katzmar

My name is Karina Shechtman, 36 years old from Israel. In 2016 I have decided to move to Canada, decision that was driven by personal reasons.

I knew that a move like that will require a very good lawyer as the first step. I got a recommendation for Lowe & Company, but I wanted to make sure they are the best, so I did a very extensive research about different lawyers companies in Canada (I talked to about 9 companies over all).

After narrowing down the list to 3 companies (my consideration included the price, the attitude, and my general gut feeling), I did a consultation conversation with the 3 of them. It was then that I met Stanley Leo (my immigration lawyer to be) from Lowe & Company for the first time.
My general impression was good, although they were among the more expensive companies. I did eventually choose Stanley because he made me feel like he really cares about my case, from the beginning and this feeling proved itself to be true.

It is important to state that I never met Stanley or anyone of his company in person before, and never did we meet through all the procedure, I was in Israel, and Stanley was in Vancouver. All our correspondences were made through emails and Skype meetings.

We applied to the “working skills” program for my PR. Although my case was not easy, as I lived in more than one country and traveled a significant amount of my life, Stanley and his associates dealt with my case very professionally, very precise, and fast. After about 6 months (!!!) I received my PR. It was almost shocking how fast it all went. It could not have been done without a true professional behind me, guiding me through.

My Gratitude for Stanley and his associates is huge, I will always remember how easy and carefree they made this procedure for me. I always knew that I have someone to count and relay on, even today (two years after I moved) I know that I can still call Stanley for any advice or consultation.

By now he is more than just a lawyer for me. He became my friend.

Thank you Lowe & Company for everything. I am considering you to be the best.

Karina Shechtman

Graham and I met while I was a student in Canada, and we got engaged after I had moved back to Brazil, because my student permit had ended. Upon our wedding we decided to make Vancouver our home, and we needed for me to have permanent residence status, so that we could live normally here as a family.

Stanley Leo, one of the Barristers of Lowe & Company was tremendously helpful and diligent, assisting us to smoothly navigate the waters of Canadian immigration. We are nothing but thankful to him and his team, and we gladly would refer his services to anyone who is looking for immigration assistance services.

Joana Pinto