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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17 Oct 2018

Bench Positive for Refugee Reconsideration

After succeeding at Federal Court last year, our clients again appeared before the Refugee Protection Division. Facing changing country conditions and their abandoned asylum claim in the U.S.A., they had a difficult claim to prove. We assisted the clients in preparing for their hearing and made submissions on the basis of “compelling reasons” arguing that their past experiences were sufficient to render return, even at this time, unconscionable.

This young family, who has already been in Canada for nearly five years, will not be separated from other Canadian relatives. In the next months they will become permanent residents of Canada.

10 Oct 2018

Caribbean Woman Who Faced Lifetime of Domestic Abuse, Finds Refuge

Our office worked closely with an illiterate woman from the beginning of her refugee claim. We helped her tell her story on paper for the purposes of the Personal Information Form and also carefully prepared her for answering questions at the hearing. In consideration of her experiences, we were also able to secure designation as a Vulnerable Person, which allowed our counsel to lead the questioning at her refugee hearing. This type of accommodation is of great use for individuals who have survived trauma as it may make the refugee process less intimidating.

Our client was found to be a Convention Refugee and is now preparing to re-claim her life her in Canada.

3 Oct 2018

Subjective Fear and Refugee Protection

Refugee claimants are expected to quickly flee from their country if they fear for their life. When they delay in leaving, or when they return to their country of origin, there is a presumption that they are not truly scared and so not at risk.

Recently, our office was able to obtain refugee protection for a young woman who had, on many occasions, returned to her home country. We helped prepare her for the hearing; there, she explained to the Board Member why she continued to risk her life. In the result, she was found to be a refugee.

26 Sep 2018

American Permanent Resident Granted Refuge

An elderly woman who had already become a permanent resident of the United States, was granted refugee status in Canada. Her claim was against her country of origin, but because of her American residency she was to be excluded from protection as she already had a safe alternative country in which to live. Our office prepared substantial disclosure and submissions to address exclusion and, after a lengthy review of recent jurisprudence with the Board Member, our client was granted Canada’s protection.

Our client, who came to Canada to be with her daughter, will now be applying for permanent residence in Canada.