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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27 Dec 2017

Canadian Citizenship Granted on Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds

A Canadian citizen entered Canada with his newborn, who was born in the USA via human reproduction technology. The parent had the birth certificate which indicated that he and his spouse, both Canadian citizens, were the legal parents of the baby. The newborn was allowed to enter without being given any status. Once in Canada, the parents applied for a citizenship certificate for the baby as they believed she was entitled to it given their status as Canadian citizens. About one year later, they were advised that their application was put on hold until the “new policy has been developed”.

In the circumstances, with the help of our office, a Temporary Resident Permit was requested and granted. An application was then filed for permanent residence on Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds. This was also approved and she became a permanent resident of Canada. Subsequently, our office requested that the child be granted Canadian citizenship under subsection 5(4) of the Citizenship Act – based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. Over 5 years after she arrived in Canada, a decision on the initial application for the Citizenship Certificate as a child of Canadian citizens was made: it was refused. Our office made another application for citizenship, as a child of a Canadian parent (section 5(2) of the Citizenship Act). After many complications, the application was approved and the girl, now 6 years old, was just recently granted Canadian citizenship. Finally!

20 Dec 2017

Record of Suspension Granted, Applicant No Longer Inadmissible

We prepared a sponsorship application as well as a Record Suspension application (previously Pardon). Unfortunately, the Record Suspension processing timelines were lengthy and the Officer made a decision, refusing the sponsorship application for inadmissibility, before a decision could be made on the Record Suspension. This would require the Applicant to leave Canada. Our office did anything and everything we could to prevent this from happening, encouraging the officer to reconsider the refusal without having to advance it to the Federal Court, and did so successfully. This resulted in the refusal being struck, the application being re-opened and reconsidered, the Applicant not having to leave Canada, and saving considerable financial resources. While the application was being reconsidered the Record Suspension was granted, and the Applicant was no longer inadmissible.

13 Dec 2017

Challenging H&C Approved!

We were delighted to receive a positive decision on a challenging application for permanent residence based on humanitarian and compassionate (“H&C”) grounds. Our client’s history was complex, and a great deal of evidence was required to support the case. After submitting the extensive package of materials and comprehensive legal submissions, CIC agreed that Canada really is home for this deserving applicant who has managed to turn his life around in a remarkable way.

6 Dec 2017

Caregiver LMIA Application Approved!

Our office assisted a client who wished to hire a caregiver for his elderly father under the new caregiver Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) requirements. Given all the changes that occurred to this program, it was essential that all advertising and forms were submitted properly.  We assisted our client in completing recruitment, submitting an LMIA application, and making submissions as to why a foreign hire was required.  Despite the fact that there is currently a high refusal rate for caregiver LMIA applications, our submissions were accepted and his application was approved.