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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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16 Sep 2020

This Week’s Success Story: Successful Reunification of Husband and Wife!

Our clients found each other in difficult times. He was a grieving widower who needed help around the house. She was coming out of a difficult divorce and needed to support herself. That’s how she came to work as his housekeeper for a decade. As years passed, they kept each other company in their shared living space, sharing little kindnesses that built up over time into companionship. They would travel together and attend family events together. When the widower moved away to Canada, they realized they did not want to be apart, and married soon afterwards.

Sadly, the Canadian government was skeptical. Why would someone marry their maid? Being reserved and traditional people, the couple had a hard time explaining themselves and were dragged down even more by the language barrier. They were accused to lying and their applications to reunite were denied.

Thankfully, the couple eventually came to our firm. With the expert guidance of our legal professionals, the couple learned how to explain their story – how they had come to share a loving domestic life unintentionally – and address the cultural disconnects that had prevented them from doing so earlier. Our hard work resulted in the government deciding to settle their case on appeal, and consent to allow the couple to live together in Canada.

10 Sep 2020

This Week’s Success Story: Fighting Removal Order Issued 10 Years Ago Leads to Permanent Residency Success!

We were most recently informed that an application for permanent residence was successful that we came on as counsel over 10 years ago. Our representation began with stepping in to prevent removal from Canada, and advocating in connection with travel documents and compliance with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (as it was then) and the Canada Border Services Agency, and once successful to secure temporary status to allow the individual to remain in Canada and able to work and support the family in Canada, and then remove prior inadmissibility by securing a Pardon (at the time), and ultimately permanent residence where our client can remain in Canada with his family. A long journey with success at each step of the way was an incredible experience and truly rewarding.  Now they can call Canada home and we can call the case a success. 

2 Sep 2020

This Week’s Success Story: Spousal Sponsorship – Elderly Couple Reunited!

Our clients found each other later in life. She thought that she would never marry. He thought he would never marry again. But love worked its mysterious magic, and they found them husband and wife and very much in love. They lived abroad for many years together in the wife’s country. But the Canadian husband grew ill, and only treatment in Canada could keep him alive. Sadly, the Canadian government did not think a marriage made sense so late in life, and rejected the wife’s application to join her husband. The clients came to us for help with their appeal. Thanks to our expert legal advice, the couple was able to show the government why they had chosen one another and prove their words were true. Now the sweet couple can enjoy their twilight years together.

25 Aug 2020

This Week’s Success Story: Study Permit Approval for Mature Student!

A client retained our office after receiving a letter of acceptance from a Designated Learning Institution (“DLI”) to study at a college in Canada. We carefully crafted our submissions as the client was a mature student who had already completed an advanced degree abroad. In addition, the client’s country of origin was one known for ongoing conflict, which might have raised concerns about the client’s likelihood of leaving Canada at the end of the authorized period of stay. We explained, while referring to ample case law to support our position, that it cannot be assumed that an individual whose country of origin is one with ongoing conflict that the individual will overstay as a result, especially if they can demonstrate strong ties to other countries. We also assisted the client in preparing a detailed study plan to explain her decision to study in Canada, and how the proposed program of study would assist in achieving long-term career goals. Thankfully our client’s study permit application was approved!