About

Sisu Legal's mission is simple: to create immigration solutions

The firm has offices in Windsor, Ontario and Troy, Michigan and primarily serves clients in Windsor and metro Detroit. However, the firm is equipped to work with clients worldwide, seamlessly.

Our immigration focus is in two countries: 

  • American Immigration Law Helping people locally and worldwide to visit, study, work, and live in United States. 

    • Featured Services:
      • Marriage Petition/ Fiancé  Visa or Adjustment of Status
        • For US citizens or permanent residents married to a foreign national. 
      • Parent Petitions 
      • Child Petitions 
      • Sibling Petitions 
      • TN Visas

About Emilia

I am Emilia Coto, founder and lawyer at Sisu Legal. I became a lawyer because I see helping others as my purpose in life.

I have personally gone through the immigration process in both Canada and United States. As an immigrant, I understand the opportunities created by immigration and hope to help individuals, families, and businesses achieve their goals.

Growing up in an immigrant and entrepreneurial family, I understand the barriers to obtaining accessible legal services. In an effort to become part of the solution, I offer limited-scope, pay-as-you-go, flat-fee pricing as well as the traditional choices. 

I spent the last three years at a full-service, medium-sized firm in Windsor Ontario. My practice focused on employment law and commercial litigation. Before that, I was at a community legal clinic where my work focused on immigration and landlord and tenant law.

One of my proudest accomplishments was receiving the Women's Law Association of Ontario Avirl A. Farlam Advocacy Award for my involvement in the legal clinic. In particular, for my representation of vulnerable clients and obtaining large monetary settlements via mediation with opposing parties. 

I have litigated a wide variety of claims including commercial matters, human rights, and employment and labour relations cases. I have experience researching and drafting legal memoranda and court documents.

I have trial experience and have appeared as counsel before various tribunals and before the Superior Court of Justice.

My international work experience includes working at a social enterprise in Brazil and at the United Nations in Egypt. 

I am passionate about building a firm that provides legal services that are accessible, innovative and effective. Here's how I can help. 

Education

Juris Doctor, University of Windsor, Faculty of Law

Bachelor of Arts (Honors Kinesiology), Western University, Faculty of Health Sciences

Languages 

English and Spanish (Native proficiency)

Portuguese & French (Beginner)

Community Involvement 

Board Member, Essex Law Association

Board Member, Legal Assistance of Windsor

Past Sessional Instructor, Sports and the Law, University of Windsor

Past Member of the Young Advocates Standing Committee, The Advocates' Society

Past Board Member, Leadership Advancement for Women and Sport

Past Board Member, Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition

Emilia Coto Lawyer

 

It’s never too early to hire us!

The earlier you hire us, the more value we provide! We provide not only immigration application support but pre-application education and coaching as well. This would include things like - wedding planning with immigration in mind. Border crossing education and assistance. If you can’t financially afford and immigration lawyer, our legal products, are an awesome option to help you prepare.

  • Timing

    People ask us all the time, is it too early to hire an immigration lawyer? Absolutely not. Hiring us early ensures we have room for you in our schedules. But the most important thing is we are available for your questions and concerns the second you hire us! All those questions you are googling, we’re there for you. Have concerns during a border crossing? Let us know and we will talk through it!

  • But do I even need one?

    Understanding the TRUE value of an immigration lawyer is hard if you’ve never gone through the immigration process. Our best suggestion is to read our google reviews. Or, to speak to a friend that has hired an immigration lawyer to hear about the priceless value an immigration lawyer provides.

  • We build your package for you

    We include access to our calendar from the moment you hire us until you have your visa in hand. We can assist you with all your questions related to wedding planning, border crossing, supporting evidence, and immigration logistics. We provide step by step guidance throughout the process.

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  • "Knowledgeable and Empathetic" - Sam B.

    I'm a Canadian citizen living in the UK, applying for a family class PR for my British husband. We had a strategy session with Christina and Emilia to check we understood the process, ask questions about the application, and use their experience to find out what we should look out for. They were so knowledgeable and empathetic in answering all of our questions, bringing our attention to parts of the move we hadn't thought of, and giving us confidence that our family was going to be able to achieve our goals. Christina was thorough and methodical, ensuring we understood the information and what that meant for our plans, and brought up many aspects we weren't aware of. It was worth every cent and we're so glad we took the time to get their expertise!

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  • "Easy to work with" - Anna G.

    I highly recommend hiring Christina and Emilia. In my experience, they are hardworking, personable, easy to work with, and have great attention to detail.

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  • "The whole process was smooth" - Loredana F.

    My husband and I had such a great experience with Sisu Legal in obtaining my green card! Emilia helped us every step of the way and answered every question we had with much knowledge and expertise. It can be such a daunting experience to do immigration paperwork, you don’t want to mess up on anything especially in my case in obtaining my immigration visa to the U.S. Any error could backtrack your application and make you have to wait so much longer. The whole process was smooth for us because Emilia knew all the ins and outs of the immigration system, she’s seen every scenario so her experience in the field alone is so helpful. Highly recommend for anyone needing an immigration lawyer! And she’s very familiar with Canadian AND American immigration law which is a bonus!

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