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Cristina Guida B.A. (Hons.), J.D.

Senior Associate
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150 York Street, 5th Floor Toronto ON M5H 3S5 CA

Cristina Guida is a senior associate lawyer with Green and Spiegel LLP in Toronto. Cristina advises clients in all aspects of Canadian immigration and citizenship matters. Her practice focuses primarily on facilitating the entry of personnel into Canada for a variety of multi-national corporations and small businesses. Cristina offers clients her expertise in preparing tourist and business visitor applications, study permits, and all types of work permit applications, such as Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications, intra-company transferees and work permits under various International Free Trade Agreements, such as NAFTA and CETA. Cristina also assists with citizenship applications and a wide range of permanent residence applications including, family class sponsorships and economic class applications such as provincial nominations and Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades and Federal Skilled Worker applications under the Express Entry System. 

Prior to joining Green and Spiegel LLP, Cristina worked for the immigration enforcement branch of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) for five years. Among her various roles at the CBSA, Cristina represented the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (MPSEP) at tribunal hearings before the Immigration and Refugee Board. The unique experience of working as a MPSEP representative has allowed Cristina, in her current role as opposing counsel, to successfully advocate for her clients in various enforcement, and litigation matters, such as temporary resident permit (TRP) and criminal rehabilitation applications, inadmissibility and detention review hearings, appeals before the Immigration Appeal Division and litigation matters before the Federal Court of Canada.

Cristina is able to assist clients in Italian.


  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 2014
  • Juris Doctor, University of Ottawa 2013
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, York University, 2009

Additional Languages Spoken



  • Ontario Bar Association, Citizenship and Immigration Law Section, 2014 - present
  • Canadian Bar Association, Citizenship and Immigration Law Section, 2014 - present
  • Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario (ICCO)
  • Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association (CIBPA)
  • Member of the Elizabeth Fry Society, Toronto
  • IR Global Member 2020


Cristina is involved in numerous community outreach initiatives such as speaking at various ESL classes in the GTA and working with the Toronto Public library to facilitate immigration information sessions at various branches across the city.   

While at the University of Ottawa, Cristina volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada at REACH Canada, a lawyer referral program that assists persons with disabilities with their legal matters. During this time she also interned with a renowned criminal law firm in Toronto where she assisted Counsel for the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC) in a wrongful conviction appeal.


Apr 12, 2021

Temporary Entry into the Canadian Labour Market - Immigration Law Series - New Book Released

It is exciting to announce that our book “Temporary Entry into the Canadian Labour Market” is now available to readers who are seeking...

Apr 28, 2016

Electronic Travel Authorizations will be Required Starting ​November 10th, 2016

Starting ​November 10th, 2016​, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada are expected to have an Electronic Travel Author...


Mar 15, 2021

Special International Student Webinar

Are you an international student looking to learn more about Canadian immigration? Join Senior Associate, Cristina Guida for an update on Canadian...

Dec 17, 2020

Pre-holiday Inside Immigration Webinar

Join us for a pre-holiday ‘inside immigration’ webinar, taking place on December 17th, 2020 at noon EST. Senior Associates, Kelly Goldt...

Aug 26, 2020

Inside Immigration - August

With the current COVID-19 situation constantly evolving, Green and Spiegel is committed to providing you with the latest Canadian immigration news...

Oct 08, 2019

Have questions about coming to Canada for trade events and other business activities? You’ll need this.

On Tuesday, October 8 we’ll be co-hosting a webinar with the PA Department of Community & Economic Development and Grow Trade C...

Sep 25, 2019

Inside Immigration Webinar

Inside Immigration Webinar is a monthly 30 minute call featuring Green and Spiegel’s immigration lawyers covering a broad range of topics in ...

Aug 14, 2019

Canadian Immigration 101

Associate Cristina Guida will be hosting a 'Canadian immigration 101' seminar as part of the law at the library series next Wednesday the 14th of A...

Jun 21, 2016

Green and Spiegel Wins 2016 Lexpert Diversity and Inclusion Award

We are very proud to announce that Green and Spiegel LLP was chosen as a winner of Lexpert’s 2016 Zenith Awards: Celebrating Diversity a...


Apr 12, 2021

Temporary Entry into the Canadian Labour Market - Immigration Law Series - New Book Released

It is exciting to announce that our book “Temporary Entry into the Canadian Labour Market” is now available to readers who are seeking...

Nov 16, 2017

CETA: Canada and the European Union Oceans Apart but Closer Than Ever

New free trade union provides open marketplace for Canadian and European companies  The subject of free trade in Canada is increasingly garner...

Apr 28, 2017

Bill C-6: Changes to the Citizenship Act

April 28, 2017- In response to campaign promises to remove “unfair elements” from the current Citizenship Act, the Liberal government i...

Media and Presentations

Co-author of Temporary Entry Into The Canadian Labour Market

Temporary Entry Into The Canadian Labour Market

Temporary Entry into the Canadian Labour Market, provides a well-rounded explanation of the avenues and implications of a foreign national’s temporary entry into the Canadian labour market. Readers will gain a cohesive understanding of work permit categories and requirements, from applications for work authorization to employer compliance and inspections. Practical and key considerations are addressed, answering fundamental questions such as whether someone needs a work permit, how they get it, and what the employer and recipient’s responsibilities are. 

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