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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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10 Dec 2020

This Week’s Success Story: Successful PR Approval After Overcoming 5-Year Ban for Misrepresentation Finding!

We are pleased to report that a client recently received permanent residence after many years of challenging a refusal first before the Court and then with a Canadian Embassy. Our client filed an application independently for permanent residence over 6 years ago that was refused for misrepresentation. A finding of misrepresentation by Canada Immigration results in not just a refusal, but also a ban from Canada from applying for permanent residence for a period of five years. This is important as waiting the five years could serve to disqualify a client from eligibility in an immigrant category in the future. And, even after the expiry of the five years if a client is still eligible, although the inadmissibility expires, that finding may still be considered by Canada Immigration in assessing credibility on future application.

In this particular case, the officer did not believe the client’s employment experience based on a verification check with employees who were not in management positions or not well positioned to speak to the client’s work experience. The immigration officers did not contact the individuals who actually wrote the employment references, nor did they reach out to administrators or a human resources department employee who would have been best equipped to verify the client’s employment. So, the refusal was challenged to the Federal Court and a settlement was reached, setting aside the refusal and misrepresentation decision. Following this, the application was sent back to the Embassy for reconsideration. Then, following receipt of the information received during the Court process of the officer’s specific concerns, updated and detailed submissions were made with further evidence to support the validity of the employment experience. After some time advocating the client achieved success and is now excited to start a new life here in Canada.

11 Nov 2020

This Week’s Success Story: Securing Permanent Residence for Parents Through Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds

After the stalled parental sponsorship program had remained closed for years and then re-opened in 2019 without invitation, we pursued permanent residence through a Humanitarian and Compassionate application. The application was based on the family’s circumstances, the best interests of grandchildren, as well as establishment, family reunification and negative conditions in the home country. The process was lengthy, although we recently received the great news that our client’s H&C application for permanent residence was granted.

19 Oct 2020

This Week’s Success Story: PR Approval After Procedural Fairness Letter

A client retained our office after receiving a Procedural Fairness Letter (PFL) outlining concerns about their immigration history in another country in which they had previously studied and worked – the client had a visa in this country cancelled. The client received this letter in relation to their Permanent Residence application to Canada. The client had declared the visa cancellation on the application, but was understandably concerned that this issue might affect their eligibility for Permanent Residence.

After extensive legal research, our office carefully drafted an Affidavit on behalf of our client, explaining in further detail the circumstances leading to the visa cancellation, to support our written submissions in response to the PFL. We argued that the client’s immigration history did not render them inadmissible to Canada. After submitting our response, IRCC followed up on two subsequent matters before issuing the PR approval for our client! Thankfully, our hard work, as well as our client’s, paid off!

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.