Immigration and refugee law

Immigration

Canadian immigration laws and policies can be difficult to understand and navigating the immigration system is a daunting task, particularly with the new changes to the law. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

With their diverse expertise, our lawyers have successfully guided clients in every aspect of their immigration matters and related procedures before Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, and the Federal Court. Our firm has also assisted Canadian and foreign businesses with all their immigration needs. Our team provides advice, representation, and advocacy in the following areas:

  • Citizenship
  • Permanent residence – Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, Start-up Visa Program, Self-Employed Persons Program, Provincial Nominee Program, and Live-In Caregivers Program
  • Family Sponsorship – Spouse, conjugal or common law partner, dependent child, or other eligible relative
  • Applications made on Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds
  • Visitor Visas – Business and personal
  • Work Permits – Business person (Professional under NAFTA, intra-company transferee, trader, and investor), temporary worker, live-in caregiver, and student
  • Study Permits
  • Labour Market Impact Assessments
  • Applications for new permanent resident cards or replacement cards
  • Emergency stays of deportation or removal
  • Appeals before the Immigration Appeal Division – Visa refusal of family class, removal orders, and loss of permanent residence
  • Judicial reviews before the Federal Court

Refugees and Protected Persons

Canada is a party to the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol. This means that Canada provides asylum and protection to those who are persecuted, or would be subjected to torture or to a risk to their life or to a risk of cruel and unusual treatment or punishment in their home country.

Grounds of persecution recognized in the 1951 Convention, and in Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, include race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, and political opinion.

Our lawyers have successfully represented many refugee claimants from across the globe, both before the Refugee Protection Division and the Refugee Appeal Division.

We recognize that refugee claimants and those who seek protection are among the most vulnerable people in the world. As such, we strive to provide these individuals and families with quality legal representation in an expeditious manner. Our lawyers provide assistance in all matters affecting refugees and protected persons, including:

  • Inland refugee claims
  • Resettlements from outside Canada – Convention Refugee Abroad Class & Country of Asylum Class
  • Refugee Sponsorships – Groups of Five, Sponsorship Agreement Holders, and Community Sponsors
  • Pre-Removal Risk Assessments (PRAAs)
  • Hearings before the Refugee Protection Division
  • Appeals before the Refugee Appeal Division
  • Judicial reviews before the Federal Court