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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6 Jan 2023

Judicial Review of PR Refusal Allowed

Our client retained us following the refusal of her permanent residence application. We challenged the decision to the Federal Court of Canada, where Leave was granted and the matter proceeded to a Judicial Review hearing. With extensive case law research and  preparation of both written and oral arguments, we were able to achieve an excellent result for our client. The Application for Judicial Review was allowed and the Officer’s decision was set aside. Our client’s application for permanent residence will be remitted back to another Officer for redetermination, where she will be allowed to provide additional evidence and legal submissions. We are thrilled we were able to achieve such a wonderful result for our client and wish her all the best in her journey to become a Permanent Resident of Canada! 

3 Jan 2023

Settlement Offered at the Federal Court

Our client came to us with the refusal of her temporary resident visa (TRV) application and wanted to know her options. Upon review of the refusal letter, we suggested that our client challenge the decision to the Federal Court of Canada, as it appeared unreasonable. Once we received the Rule 9 (reasons for the decision), we crafted our legal arguments and filed all materials with the Court. Upon receipt of the Production Order (order requiring a record of all the information before the Officer at the time of its decision i.e. the “Certified Tribunal Record” to be provided to the parties before Leave is granted), we received a letter from the Department of Justice on behalf of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) offering a settlement to our client. The settlement outlined that the application would be re-opened and reviewed by a different IRCC Officer and our client would be given the opportunity to provide additional materials and submissions in support of her application. We are thrilled that we were able to achieve such a result and hope our client can visit Canada soon!

23 Nov 2022

Codified Law Changes Aid in Application Approval despite Medical Inadmissibility

We recently worked on a medical inadmissibility matter for a client who had a pre-existing health condition that was identified will cause an excessive demand in Canada, particularly the province of Manitoba. The condition in this case was Ulcerative Colitis, which was determined to be excessive because of the cost of treatment with Janus kinase inhibitors, which would normally be over the yearly threshold of $24,057. In relying on the codified law changes implemented in March 2022, we submitted an individualized assessment, considering all the client’s factors, identifying what is required to be assessed is how that service was be delivered and paid for in Canada, also examining how the treatment was funded in the province. The plan was built on these factors and based on these arguments, it was determined that a certain level of demand is acceptable and will not always be an impediment to the admissibility of an applicant. In this case, the client’s application was approved!

21 Nov 2022

Challenging an “Application to Cease Refugee Protection”

When our clients first contacted our office, we knew it was going to be a challenging case. Our clients had received an Application to Cease Refugee Protection due to re-availment (i.e. returning to their country of persecution) and needed assistance for their hearing before the Refugee Protection Division. The clients had been in Canada for a number of years and had established themselves. Through extensive case law research and preparation, we developed our legal arguments and strategy.

We are thankful that the Member agreed with our position and dismissed the Application, which allowed our clients to retain their status as Permanent Residents in Canada. We are thrilled with the result and wish them all the best as they continue to build their future in Canada.