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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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28 Dec 2016

Comprehensive Mitigation Plan Addressing the Use of Medical/Social Services Secures PR

We are pleased to advise that after many years of advocating on behalf of our clients, we were successful in assisting a dependent family member first restore temporary valid legal status, and then shortly thereafter secure permanent residence. The dependent family member had an intellectual disability, and following preparation and submission of a comprehensive Mitigation Plan addressing the use of both medical and social services in Canada, permanent residence was granted.

21 Dec 2016

Work Permit Application Refusal Re-Opened

A young man was recently refused a work permit extension application and retained our office to assist with having the decision re-opened. We contacted the immigration case review office, at which time extensive submissions were made. The application was successfully re-opened and his work permit was recently approved and issued. Our client is now preparing his permanent residence application.

14 Dec 2016

Medical Officer Withdraws Inadmissibility Finding for Applicant on Immigration Appeal

We were recently successful in representing a family in seeking to overcome a medical inadmissibility finding for an elderly applicant on an immigration appeal. The time that is required to await a hearing date with the Immigration and Refugee Board is routinely quite lengthy. As such, we worked together with the Sponsor, providing guidance in securing necessary medical records and made submissions to the Minister’s Counsel while awaiting a hearing, seeking an early resolution, in order to have the Medical Officer review their refusal. Following submissions, the Medical Officer withdrew their original admissibility finding, overturned the refusal, and is presently processing the permanent residence application to completion. The family will soon be reunited in Canada after having begun the process nearly 10 years ago.

7 Dec 2016

Four Temporary Resident Visa Refusals and Two Misrepresentation Findings Overturned

We were recently successful in Federal Court in overturning four Temporary Resident Visa refusals and findings of misrepresentation made against a husband and wife who had a lengthy positive immigration history in Canada.

The couple was seeking to return to Canada, where they held valid temporary study and work permits. They submitted initial TRV applications to the Visa Office, but neglected to mention on their application forms that they had been refused Canadian visas in the past, leading a Visa Officer to believe that they had purposely misrepresented their immigration history. The couple responded to a procedural fairness letter explaining that any omissions were unintentional and invited the Visa Office to verify whether the information they had provided was correct. While awaiting a final decision from one Visa Office, the couple flew to another country to visit a sick relative. While there, they submitted new TRV applications indicating that they needed to urgently return to Canada.

All four applications were refused, with the first Visa Office finding the applicants inadmissible to Canada for five years for having misrepresented their immigration history. The Visa Office also alleged that the couple was trying to circumvent this misrepresentation finding by submitting new TRV applications while their initial applications were still in process. The other Visa Office refusals also alleged that the female applicant had contravened conditions of her study permit. These refusals were devastating for the couple, who had lived in Canada since 2006 and were awaiting a decision on their permanent residence application.

All four decisions were challenged in Federal Court, and after complex written pleadings and a lengthy hearing, we were successful in overturning all four refusals and the misrepresentation findings were set aside. The family will now have the opportunity to obtain their TRVs, return to Canada, and pursue their application for permanent residence.