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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 Aug 2019

This Week’s Success Story: Overcoming Misrepresentation Allegations

Our firm was recently successful in appealing the refusal of a spousal sponsorship application, where the application was refused on the basis of the marriage being non-genuine, which was further complicated by the applicant’s misrepresentation. The refusal, if not appealed, would have meant that the applicant would have been inadmissible to Canada for 5 years, and the family would have continued to be separated. Extensive evidence was collected and presented, and at the hearing the Minister’s counsel eventually agreed and confirmed that the concern of the marriage being in bad faith was alleviated. However, misrepresentation allegations continued to stand, so we zealously argued that the appeal ought to be allowed based on humanitarian and compassionate considerations. We provided strong evidence of the appellant’s difficult circumstances in Canada, her health concerns and lack of care and support when needed the most. We also argued that the applicant’s misrepresentation was not on the serious end of the spectrum, which weighed in favour of granting of special relief. The Member of the Immigration Appeal Division, having weighed all the evidence and testimony, granted the appeal at the end of the hearing.

18 Jul 2019

This Week’s Success Story: Work Permit after an LMIA-based Work Permit Refusal

A client that used another representative came to us in a desperate state. A dentistry cabinet obtained a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to hire a foreign worker (dentist). The client applied for a work permit (WP), using the same representative, but his application was refused. It is very rare that a work permit is refused, given the company wanting to hire him/her received a positive LMIA.

We have reviewed the whole LMIA application and also the previous work permit application and recognized a few pitfalls in the foreign worker’s situation. He was a green card holder, but his credentials were not recognized in the USA. On the other hand, his credentials were recognized in Canada, as he passed all the required exams to become a dentist in Canada. This is a potential point of interest, meaning that he could not practice his occupation in the USA, but only in his home country and in Canada. This might raise an issue with Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

We have ordered also the notes of the immigration officer, made in the IRCC system, for the previous work permit application. In our submission, we laid down the scenario and addressed each issue or potential issues that might have arisen after the application was re-submitted online. The client was extremely satisfied with our submissions and congratulated us on our thoroughness. After a couple of weeks, we received notification from IRCC that his work permit application was approved for two years. You can imagine the happiness of the applicant and our satisfaction for a job well-done!

2 Jul 2019

This Week’s Success Story: Reunited After Successful Sponsorship Application!

We recently received a positive decision for a permanent residence application under the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class. For a number of reasons, our client unfortunately did not have status in Canada. As a result of our comprehensive submissions, supported by the law, the client received their PR card last week.

He looks forward to starting a new life in Canada with his wife!

21 Jun 2019

This Week’s Success Story: A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity

We were recently successful in securing two visas for two children to attend summer camp here in Canada – a once in a lifetime opportunity, that had been a dream of theirs for many years. Unfortunately for the children, they had been waiting since 2016 for this opportunity as their visas had been repeatedly refused because it was believed the children would not return.

The matters were challenged to the Federal Court of Canada, sent back for reconsideration but, amazingly, refused again.

After another successful Federal Court proceeding and finally on the second reconsideration the applications were approved just in time to attend the summer camp this year!  We are so happy for these children and delighted despite a challenging fight justice prevailed and children will not be denied an opportunity of a lifetime.