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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9 May 2018

Misrepresentation on Permanent Residence Application Avoided

In our recent case, the Applicant had applied for permanent residence in the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). His wife and children were accompanying dependents, and his wife’s form mistakenly said that she had not been refused a visa to Canada or any other country. In reality, she had previously been refused a visitor visa to Canada. Because of this, he was found to be inadmissible based on misrepresentation for a period of 2 years. At Court, we argued that although the incorrectly checked box was certainly an error, it was not a material error, as it could not have affected the processing or outcome of the Applicant’s permanent residence application. Regardless of his wife’s past visa refusal, this would not have affected investigations into her admissibility to Canada, nor would it have affected the Applicant’s eligibility in the PNP program. Finally, this past visa refusal was already known to CIC either way, as they were the authority which refused this application in the first place.

Our arguments succeeded at Court, which is a wonderful resolution for this family.

2 May 2018

Family With Autistic Child Granted Permanent Residence

We were recently successful in assisting our client in receiving permanent residence for their family, following an initial medical inadmissibility finding for an autistic child whose education would have resulted in an excessive demand finding.  We assisted in sourcing out appropriate educators and facilitators in their intended province, who helped develop an appropriate education plan together with our office. The detailed plan together with our specialized legal submissions were well supported and presented, and ultimately successful.

25 Apr 2018

Canadian Citizenship

Regularly permanent residents in the Toronto-area wait up to 3 years to receive Canadian citizenship. As applicants get closer to the 36-month projected deadline, some worry that – as they have not heard from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) in the last year or so – their application has not been processed. When facing delays in excess of projected processing times, an application to the Federal Court for mandamus may be appropriate.

Recently two clients in this position attended citizenship oaths and became Citizens of Canada. One man and his son had applied for citizenship in September 2011, and our office made submissions to the Federal Court in November 2014. The other man had applied for citizenship in July 2011, and our office made submissions to the Federal Court in early January 2015. We reviewed the processing histories of both applications, incorporating this information into our legal arguments. Both applications were resolved within the first stage of Federal Court processing (before a decision on leave). CIC concluded their processing and invited both to attend citizenship ceremonies in February 2015.

18 Apr 2018

Successful Humanitarian & Compassionate Application

Our client became a permanent resident of Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. The applicant – a very young, bright man – initially came to Canada as a student. After three years of studies, he became destitute and could not afford tuition fees any longer. For various reasons, returning to his country of birth was going to cause extreme hardship. His application for permanent residence was approved and he just landed a few days ago.