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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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!

15 Jul 2020

This Week’s Success Story: Another Federal Court Success!

A client came to our office after receiving a refusal on an application for criminal rehabilitation, which resulted in the refusal of her application for Permanent Residence under the Spousal In-Canada class. The client had one conviction overseas, completed the associated sentence, and despite ample evidence of rehabilitation, the application for criminal rehabilitation was refused. Because of this, she was still considered to be criminally inadmissible and thus her application for Permanent Residence was refused. What the client was unaware of was that her subsequently submitted application for a Temporary Resident Permit (“TRP”), that could have allowed her to remain in Canada in the event that her Permanent Residence were to be refused, was also refused though IRCC did not communicate the decision to her.

We challenged both decisions at the Federal Court. Thankfully, IRCC agreed to re-open the TRP application without a fight. The refusal of her application for criminal rehabilitation proceeded to a hearing at the Federal Court. At the hearing, we argued that the most important consideration in an application for criminal rehabilitation, the likelihood of the applicant re-offending, was not considered whatsoever in the refusal decision, rendering it unreasonable. Thankfully, the Court agreed with our position and allowed the Judicial Review, sending our client’s application for criminal rehabilitation a different IRCC Officer for a redetermination!

8 Jul 2020

This Week’s Success Story: Overcoming Medical Inadmissibility (MS) Leads to Permanent Residency!

We recently received a decision on an application that had been under consideration for medical inadmissibility, specifically for excessive demand for required and continuing treatment in Canada for multiple sclerosis. In this particular matter it was complicated as the particular province requires mandatory insurance for prescriptions, and consultations and research was required to explore eligibility with the provincial authorities for insurance, then coverage for the required treatment. The results were helpful in building the Plan together with recent legislative changes to drug pricing in Canada. The Applicants are thrilled that the Plan was successful and can now call themselves permanent residents. We wish them all the best.

26 Jun 2020

This Week’s Success Story: From Criminal Inadmissibility to Family Reunification!

As a loving husband and new father, our client was ready to begin a new chapter of his life with his Canadian wife and child. He applied for permanent residence through spousal sponsorship. That’s when he received a letter from the Canadian immigration authorities saying that he might be inadmissible for criminality. Years ago, as a troubled teenager with abusive parents, he had bought marijuana at a friend’s request and was subsequently arrested and convicted for drug trafficking. Now, even though that conviction seemed like a lifetime ago, it could jeopardize the security of family.

Thankfully, we were able to help our client overcome the concerns of Canadian immigration officials. We documented the extensive steps he had taken to turn his life around: finishing university, working a stable job, finding faith, and ultimately fostering a healthy marriage and becoming a father. Combined with solid legal arguments based on the most recent case law, legislation, and guidelines, Canada saw that our client was no risk to anyone and allowed him to continue living with his family.