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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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!

22 Oct 2019

This Week’s Success Story: Overcoming Medical Inadmissibility – Spastic Cerebral Palsy and Global Developmental Delay

We were recently successful in responding to a procedural fairness letter to IRCC for medical admissibility for a family member in temporary residence applications to work in Canada. The family member had spastic cerebral palsy and global developmental delay. Our office responded highlighting the changes made to medical admissibility considerations by way of the Department’s public policy introduced in 2018 in connection with the Department’s concerns with the identified social services, as well as addressing any remaining medical services required as a result of the underlying condition. With this, we advanced that the dependent applicant would not cause an excessive demand in Canada for his reasonably required medical and social service care in consideration of the public policy, and the family’s plan. We are pleased to report that the dependent applicant recently received the required visa to enter Canada.

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.