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 Feb 2020

This Week’s Success Story: Work Permit Success for Francophone

We were recently retained by a client who qualified for immigration under the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) class. We prepared his Express Entry profile and, because his CRS score was high, he received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) immediately, on the next draw from the pool of applicants.  While we were preparing his eAPR/ full application to submit, our client received a job offer from a company in Ontario. Our client was from a French-speaking country, having also a high level of English knowledge (speaking and writing). He passed both the test for French (TEF) and the test for English (IELTS), scoring very high on both tests. As the Ontario company was looking for an individual with his set of skills and knowledge of French, they decided to extend a job offer to the applicant. Being a francophone working in Ontario (outside Quebec), the process of obtaining the work permit for the foreign worker exempts the company from obtaining a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), prior to submitting the work permit application.

The foreign worker hired us to prepare this application for his work permit (WP). As he was travelling, we advised him that he had two options – to apply for the work permit online or at the port of entry (POE) when he comes to Canada. The second option was feasible for him as he came from a visa-exempt country. He chose the second option.  We received a call from the happy client, as he was approved at the POE and his work permit was issued for a period of two years!  We shared in his happiness, as it is very rewarding to see your work bear fruits!

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. As they were privately sponsored by a Group of Five, they required to provide a refugee recognition document. They obtained one document covering everyone in the family, and provided it to IRCC, who advised 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.