Craig K Natsuhara
Craig is an associate partner at EY Law LLP in Vancouver, where he manages the Canadian and cross-border NAFTA Immigration practice. He has practiced business immigration law since 2000, focusing primarily on assisting foreign businesses transfer employees and recruit new temporary foreign workers while establishing operations in Canada. Craig serves companies in a variety of industries, including technology (information and communications technology, digital media, clean tech, life sciences, and IT and engineering services), natural resources, construction and engineering, apparel, entertainment, and travel and tourism. He also assists a number of large Japanese companies.
Craig has acted as the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade’s Immigration Expert during the SIGGRAPH 2011 Conference, which was the largest conference ever held in Vancouver, and participated on the City of Vancouver’s London 2012 Economic Trade team during the Olympics, where he educated foreign companies about expanding to Canada and Vancouver, respectively. He also spoke on Canadian immigration for a liquefied natural gas conference held by the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo. Craig has helped industries negotiate changes to existing work-permit-related categories and create new ones.
Craig has continued to promote Vancouver and British Columbia as strategic locations for foreign companies to set up North American operations, supporting the development of the Global Skills Strategy and sitting on the Immigration sub-committee of the BC Labour Market Partners & Workforce Development for Technology initiative.
Prior to joining EY Law LLP, Craig led the Vancouver Business Immigration practice of a human resources boutique firm and the National Immigration practice of a prominent law firm.
Craig has been recognized by the international Who’s Who Legal in its Corporate Immigration listing since 2012. He was the Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s British Columbia Immigration Section from 2007 to 2009. He has also been an instructor for the University of British Columbia’s Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures program since 2009, where he has been teaching the module on temporary foreign workers. He continues to co-chair the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia’s biennial conference on temporary foreign workers.
Craig is a member of the British Columbia Technology Association, the Canada-Japan Society of BC and the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers. He is also a director of the SPARK Computer Graphics Society and has been a director of the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre since 1998.
Craig received his LLB from the University of British Columbia and BComm from the University of Victoria before being called to the British Columbia Bar in 1999.