Sam Bayat is a Quebec (Canada)-licensed attorney with a background in international law, and specialising in corporate immigration, with over 20 years of experience in business immigration consultancy. He is a former president and vice president of the International Section of the Canadian Bar, in Quebec. He has lectured in international law at the Concordia University in Montreal. He also offers advice to governments regarding their economic citizenship programmes. Mr Bayat migrated from Iran to Canada in 1974 and is the senior resident lawyer at the Bayat Legal Services (BLS) head office in Dubai.

As the pace of immigration to Canada out of the Middle East increased, Mr Bayat set up a small law practice in Dubai in 1993. Today, BLS is an international law firm working with a network of law firms, legal professionals and trade consultants around the world. The group specialises in corporate, commercial, investment and banking, maritime, arbitration, and immigration and second citizenship laws.

Mr Bayat is an accomplished author who has published several books, including: Canadian Immigration Law: All You Need To Know about Moving to Canada (2000); Canada after September 11: Immigration and Settlement (2003); and Canada’s Immigrants, Heroes and Countrymen (Volumes I and II).