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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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1 Oct 2019

This Week’s Success Story: Spousal Sponsorship Appeal – Genuine Marriage

This month, we successfully helped two clients appeal the refusal of their spousal sponsorship application.

Our clients fell in love online despite differences of religion, education, and caste, and eventually decided to marry despite intense opposition from both sides of the family. Sadly, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada disbelieved that people from such different backgrounds would genuinely choose to marry one another, and claimed that if they had really wanted to live as husband and wife in Canada, they would have first gotten to know one another’s families and held a big traditional wedding.

We worked closely with both spouses to help them explain the deeply personal story of how they had started as friends and fallen in love unintentionally. With our assistance, our clients learned how to effectively document and testify about their struggle to reconcile cultural/family pressures with their feelings, their realization that they wanted a future together despite their different backgrounds, and their extensive, continuing efforts to bring their families around so that they could eventually hold that big traditional family wedding in the future.

In the end, our clients were able to convince the Immigration Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board that their marriage was absolutely genuine, and the Board announced it would set aside the refusal on very day of their hearing. We wish them a romantic and prosperous future together!

25 Sep 2019

This Week’s Success Story: Long Hard Battle for Study Permit Ends in Joy!

We were retained by a client whose situation was a little bit different than that of many other would be international students. He was much older, married with children, had a significant career but wanted to come to Canada and pursue a long held dream of studying in Canada.   Simply put the belief was why now at this stage of his life?  He seemingly did not fit the “mold”. 

After two refusals the same doggedness that led to a very successful career as well as family life this applicant refused to be pigeon-holed.  He simply asked to be considered based upon his individualized circumstances.  Look at who and why and not how he compared to others.  After a successful challenge at the Federal Court his application was sent back to the visa office for redetermination by another officer. We updated the submissions for redetermination and finally acceptance was at hand.  We cannot describe the elation our clients and we all felt! We wish this family all the best as they embark upon a new chapter in their lives. 

19 Sep 2019

This Week’s Success Story: Canadian Citizenship by Descent

We were successful on a citizenship case in seeking to confirm an individual was a Canadian citizen, despite having been born outside Canada, and obtaining proof of that citizenship; by descent. The application was complicated as it required substantial research and then examination and assessment of the citizenship legislation dating back many years, and first examining the requirements for citizenship under the 1910 Immigration Act. Then, the implementation of the Canadian Citizenship Act in 1947, and all amendments to that Act was required, up until Bill C-37 which was introduced on 10 December 2007 to amend the Act, serving to restore citizenship to a number of individuals. We are pleased to advise that the individual now enjoys Canadian citizenship.

27 Aug 2019

This Week’s Success Story: Study Permit for Child

We have been approached by a father who had a valid work permit for two years and was working in Canada for a few months. He wanted to bring his son from his home country, to live with him in Canada and study here.  His wife had a very lucrative business in their home country and she did not want to interrupt or put on hold her business and come to Canada. But they both agreed that their son would benefit from an education in Canada.

After reading on the internet that a child can study in Canada without a study permit until he graduates from high school, they applied for a visitor visa for the son, indicating they want him to come and be with his father and study here. The application was refused because the visitor visa exception regarding studies in Canada did not apply in this case. It would have been different if they applied for the visitor record at the same time with his father’s work permit application. As it was, they should have applied for a study permit, which they failed to do so. After going through all the documentation and ordering the notes of the visa officer who decided the case, we advised the client on the procedure to be followed. He hired our services and in a very short time, the father was reunited with his son in Canada, to the happiness of the whole family. Thus, the internet provides countless information, it is not easy to interpret correctly the sections of the law that apply in a certain case, in many instances, the “when” and “where” is very important to take into consideration.