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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21 Feb 2018

Medically Inadmissible Granted Work Permits

We were successful in advocating for our clients and securing work permits, following an initial medical inadmissibility finding for a medical condition of HIV. Based on this the family was determined to require medical treatment and access to social services that was expected to result in an excessive demand.  We challenged the resources relied on by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and after exhaustive independent research were able to accurately determine what medical care would actually be required and where it was available in their intended province, all of which would not cause any excessive demand. The research was presented together with a comprehensive mitigation Plan, and our specialized legal submissions. As a result, the medical admissibility finding was overcome and the family was able to pursue their intended employment in Canada.

14 Feb 2018

Successful Permanent Resident Application

A common-law couple contacted our office after having CBSA pay them a visit at their old address. After obtaining a copy of the immigration file, we learned that a poisonous pen letter was sent to immigration. The person concerned had no status in Canada at that point. We applied for permanent residence under the spousal category. During the processing of the application, the applicant was stopped by police, which prompted an interview at one of the CIC local offices. The officer was satisfied as to the genuineness of the union, despite a significant age gap and culture difference.  DNA testing was also required. Further complications arose, the dependent’s child got married and was charged with a criminal offence.  Despite many issues, the applicant successfully obtained a status of a permanent resident.

7 Feb 2018

One Day Made a Difference!

An applicant for a permanent resident card contacted our office after being refused for not meeting the basic requirements of physical presence in Canada for at least 730 days, within a five year period. Upon careful assessment we determined that the applicant met the eligibility by one day. It appeared that the applicant calculated her physical presence in Canada incorrectly.  We made submissions to CIC based on our new calculations and the application was approved!

31 Jan 2018

IAD Determines it has Jurisdiction over ARC refusals

A mother applied to sponsor her son to Canada, while the son was in Canada as a failed refugee. In order to complete processing on the overseas sponsorship application, the son had to leave Canada. As a failed refugee, he left Canada with a Deportation Order and so required Authorisation to Return to Canada (ARC). The Visa Office refused ARC, finding that he had taken advantage of Canadian tax payers by making a ‘spurious’ refugee claim and later a Pre-Removal Risk Assessment application, and so refused his application for permanent residence.

The mother appealed this decision to the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD). During the hearing, submissions were specifically requested to address the jurisdiction of the IAD to consider ARC refusal. The Board Member determined that the IAD not only has jurisdiction to consider ARC refusal, but to consider humanitarian and compassionate considerations to override ARC refusal. In considering the family’s circumstances, the Board Member allowed the appeal.