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22nd Annual Immigration Law Summit Next Week – A Must Attend!

November 12, 2014
Mario Bellissimo

Next Wednesday I will again have the honour of speaking at the Annual Immigration Law Summit at the Law Society of Upper Canada.  The two day program features a number of key topics and speakers and is a must attend.  The focus of my discussion and paper is Emerging Trends in Immigration Litigation. Litigation in immigration law has seen a trend in the past few years towards larger multi applicant cases that include retrospective/retroactive legal issues. The trend may well continue. The increasing use of Ministerial Instructions, the introduction of the new Express Entry model and the evolving Employment and Social Development Canada compliance and enforcement regime may also require interpretative, jurisdictional and other legal issues resolved by the Courts. The latter will likely have an expanding place in the litigation landscape.

Within the immigration context, retroactivity and retrospectivity have gained significant attention because of the increasing prevalence of these legal tools. Most immigration applicants are concerned with processing timelines and employment opportunities, but equally important to them is the certainty of selection. Retroactive and retrospective laws impact predictability and certainty and alter the status quo with often serious consequences for certain applicants. It should be an interesting discussion and look forward to seeing you there.

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