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Our Recent Immigration Success Stories

At BLG we are privileged to work on behalf of many wonderful people, companies and associations. We represent immigration applicants from far outside Canada from the time they step foot into the country’s airport waiting rooms all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Our immigration clients often tell us after their case is concluded it would have helped to know of similar stories that are real and not just what you hear on the street. So every month we post a few stories to celebrate our immigration success stories and offer some comfort to those who will soon embark on a similar journey…

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20 Jan 2020

This Week’s Success Story: From LMIA Work Permit Refusal to Success!

We have been retained by an agricultural research corporation that tried a few times to obtain a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), but they encountered difficulties at various stages of the process. Though Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) with its arm Service Canada list on their website the steps of the process, it is not easy for busy companies to follow through the whole process. We have had similar cases in the past. For various reasons, the applications were refused – for lack of not enough media advertising, not long enough advertising and not at the national level, missing important skills required for the position, lacking proof of enough efforts to hire a Canadian or Canadian permanent resident, etc.

After months of trying, this company came to us. We started the process from scratch, noticed all the mistake made in the past and started a new advertising campaign. We guided the company step by step on how to go forward, check every little detail. We had even a preparation for the interview discussion with most likely questions to be asked by the Service Canada representative. Finally, after a few months, the result was positive. We got a great thank you note from the employer, having been relieved by the outcome and the fact that they could hire now the person who most likely fits the job description and is a foreign worker. We wish them good luck!

14 Jan 2020

This Week’s Success Story: Family Fleeing War Challenges Refusal

A family fleeing war and persecution applied together for resettlement as permanent residents in Canada. Because they were privately sponsored by a Group of Five, they needed to provide a refugee recognition document. They got one document covering everyone in the family, and provided it to IRCC, who told them it was acceptable. Half of the family later had their applications accepted and came to Canada. But the other half were told to wait – until they were surprised by news that IRCC now considered the document insufficient, and that their applications were refused – even though it was the exact same document! We helped the family challenge the decision at Federal Court. We argued that IRCC cannot say the same family document both meets and does not meet the program criteria at the same time, and supported our stance with careful legal arguments. Thanks to our work, IRCC agreed to reopen the refused applications without a fight.

12 Dec 2019

This Week’s Success Story: Complex Spousal Case Ends in Family Reunification!

Despite Canadian and foreign criminality this applicant turned his life around and fought for his immigration status and family in Canada.  The case involved a sponsorship, appeal, a pardon and a temporary resident permit and ultimately success!  Another example of how following the correct legal steps, taking ownership of your past with a focus on the future and hard diligent work can produce amazing and seemingly impossible results.   

19 Nov 2019

This Week’s Success Story: Family Finally Reunited After 10 Years

“Anna” spent years in Canada as a Temporary Foreign Worker, labouring hard to support her husband and children back home. She was thrilled when she finally qualified for Permanent Residence – only to find out that because of a paperwork mistake, the records from her home country showed that her husband was married to a different woman. Bigamy is a crime in Canada, so her husband was found criminally inadmissible. Sadly, Anna and her children were also found inadmissible too as his family members.

Anna tried everything to convince the Canadian government that her husband was not a bigamist. But even though she managed to convince Canada to let her stay, the government still considered her husband inadmissible after ten years.

We firmly believed that Anna’s situation was unfair. With our help, Anna and her husband proved that the only sensible interpretation of the law is that they had only ever been married to each other – in any country – and to no one else! Thanks to our efforts, Anna’s husband was finally vindicated, and landed in Canada this year. We wish them every joy as they enjoy their first Canadian Christmas together!