Nicole Stokes, Immigration Consultant, Interpreter
Nicole was born in Budapest, Hungary. Her parents and family are well established in Hungary and Great Britain. Nicole has a variety of credentials and certifications in Social work. In Hungary she volunteered with Malteser Charity providing help and support for Roma families living in deep poverty. She also worked an interpreter/translator with various authorities in Hungary and in England.
Along with Hungarian, Nicole also speaks Turkish and provided interpretation services to the UK Border Service Agency and various hospitals in the South Kent region in England.
From 2006-2009 she studied Law and Social work at Open University College of Law, Canterbury campus. She paused her studies when she moved to Toronto, Canada in 2009.
In Toronto, Nicole continued to work as an interpreter/translator in Hungarian and Turkish for various Immigration Law Firms from 2010-2017.
From 2010 Nicole has been providing volunteer interpretation/translation services to the Toronto Police, CBSA and various hospitals in emergency situations including surgeries. She has also been volunteering with the Canadian Council for victims of Torture.
In 2011 Nicole received a Toronto Police Community Award for “lifesaving and outstanding contribution for the community”. She provided interpretation to the Toronto Police and the Toronto Fire Department, at 105 West Lodge Ave, during the evacuation of residents including hundreds of Hungarian Roma in a state emergency (fire).
Nicole continued her education in Canada. In February 2016 she graduated from Police Science and Law Enforcement with “highest honours” (College Diploma at ICS College), and in July 2016 she graduated as an Immigration Consultant at Herzing College.
Nicole joined Lewis and Associates in April 2017. She has been working on Hungarian Roma refugee cases, Humanitarian and Compassionate (H&C) applications and Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA) applications. She was also an integral part of successful Deferral of Removal cases for our clients.
Along with Hungarian Roma cases, Nicole has experience in South Asian (Afghanistan, Pakistan, India) and Middle-Eastern refugee claims and Roma refugee claims from other EU countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Moldavia, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine etc.)
Using her social worker skills and experience with torture and trauma survivors, Nicole is part of our special team along with Anna Shabotynsky, who provide full support and special assistance to victims of human trafficking and domestic abuse.
As an Immigration Consultant along with refugee matters, she has been working on various immigration applications, such as spousal sponsorships, protected person applications, express entry and Labour Market Impact Analysis (LMIA) applications from many countries.