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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8 Jun 2016

Criminal Inadmissibility Overturned – Temporary Resident Permit Issued After 6 Years

Our office assisted a client who had been found criminally inadmissible under the IRPA as a result of his former employment. However, the client had not worked with that organization for over a decade and, while there, worked in a role in which he had no involvement in any criminal acts. The client has been fighting since 2012 to see his daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren, who live in Canada. He retained our office in 2013 to assist with his TRV application and remained with us through his subsequent TRP and Judicial Review applications. Over the past six years, he has filed four separate Judicial Review applications, all of which were settled; the most recent Judicial Review application was filed earlier this year. Each time, we argued that the deciding officers, by failing to conduct the proper assessment, had continued to make similar errors in their decisions. Happily, after six long years, the Minister has finally consented to issuing a TRP to our client. He will now finally be able to see his daughter and grandchildren in the place that they call home!

1 Jun 2016

Stay of Removal Order Granted to Family of Five

We have recently succeeded at the Federal Court with a stay of removal that was granted for a family of five. This family lived in Canada without legal status for almost a decade, having been unsuccessful at all their previous attempts to regularize their immigration status. After they retained our firm for assistance, we submitted an application for permanent residence based on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds, which is currently in process. Unfortunately, this application does not confer status to the applicants, and as such, the family has been scheduled for removal. Having learned about the removal date, our office submitted an urgent request to defer removal, which was refused by the CBSA.

In order to stop the immediate removal of the family from Canada, our office brought an urgent stay of removal motion to the Federal Court. During the hearing, the Federal Court judge accepted our arguments that the deferral officer mischaracterized the evidence and arguments in the deferral request and failed to consider the short-term interests of the children, even though was required to do so. Consequently, the judge granted the stay of removal order for the whole family, noting that such stay would be in the best interests of children, two of whom left their country of nationality at a very young age, and the third is a citizen of Canada.

25 May 2016

Medical Inadmissibility Finding Overturned!

We were recently successful on a case where a dependent applicant had an autoimmune disorder and the Officer made the assumption that because the individual had this condition, the condition would deteriorate to the point that the individual would require home care services and even placement in a long-term care facility in the next 5 years. This was determined to cause an excessive demand as these services are publicly funded. A Plan was built together with the family to challenge the need for the publicly funded services based on the individual’s personal circumstances of the condition, and also provide details of their plan of care in Canada that was going to be delivered outside the public sector. We are pleased to report that the matter was successful and the family has recently been reunited in Canada, permanently.

18 May 2016

Open Work Permit Application Approved After Two Refusals

We have just received the approval for an Open Work Permit Application on a case where the applicant had two previous Visitor Visa refusals. We gathered documents and addressed in detail each reason for the refusal, showing that the applicant had strong ties to her home country, is gainfully employed, and has always observed the conditions of her Visas. We put together an application for an Open Work Permit, as her husband is in Canada on a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP), employed and has sufficient funds to support them both. We are pleased to report that the case was successful, the application was processed in record time and the applicant has joined her husband in Canada.