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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23 Jul 2021

This Week’s Success Story: Work Permit Granted After Settlement at Federal Court

A client approached our office after receiving a refusal on an open work permit application. The client had applied for the open work permit on the basis of his spouse being an international student in Canada. The refusal was due to misrepresentation, as Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada was concerned about the genuineness of one of the documents the client had filed in the application. With our assistance, the client challenged the refusal to Federal Court on the basis that the misrepresentation was innocent and immaterial. After conducting legal research, and filing our carefully crafted written arguments, our client received a settlement offer!

After accepting the offer to settle, our client’s application was reopened and we were asked to assist in preparing and filing updated materials for the redetermination of our client’s open work permit application. After several months of processing, we were ecstatic to learn that the application was approved and our client would finally be issued the open work permit. We are pleased with the result and happy that our client will be able to reunite with his spouse in Canada.

13 Jul 2021

This Week’s Success Story: Work Permit Issued Under COVID-19 Public Policy for PGWP Holders

We were approached by a client who had an expiring Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) and wanted to remain in Canada on an Open Work Permit (OWP). Our client was eligible under the COVID-19 Public Policy allowing PGWP holders inside Canada to apply for a one-time OWP of up to 18 months.

Despite meeting the eligibility requirements, our client was charged with a minor infraction in their country of birth. We were able to successfully argue that the charge did not render them inadmissible to Canada, which the Officer agreed with and issued our client an 18-month OWP! We wish them all the best.

21 Jun 2021

This Week’s Success Story: Urgent Canadian Citizenship Certificate and Passport for Minor Granted!

We were approached by a client who was in urgent need of a Canadian Passport for a minor child in order for the child to accompany the client, the child’s parent, to Canada for work. The child was eligible for Canadian citizenship by descent by virtue of their parent being a Canadian citizen at the time of the child’s birth abroad.

Given the urgent need, we first made a request for urgent processing of the Canadian citizenship certificate as proof of Canadian citizenship is required in order to make a request for a Canadian Passport. We were pleased to have our request for urgent processing granted, and our client receive the Canadian citizenship certificate for their child in record time. Once received, we filed the request for a Canadian Passport for the child, which we were pleased to learn was also granted. We wish our client all the best!

10 Jun 2021

This Week’s Success Story: Refugee Protection Division (RPD) Grants Refugee Claim!

We had been working with a client and her family over the years to assist with their refugee claim. Prior to their hearing, we worked with the family to identify the best evidence to support their claim as well as conducted legal and country conditions research based on the current and previous situation in their country of persecution.

After waiting a few years for their case heard at the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB), we were finally able to present their case before a Member of the RPD.  Following the claimants’ testimony and counsel’s submissions, we were told the decision would be reserved. Meaning, a decision would not be made on the spot, but rather mailed at a later date after the Member had a chance to review her notes and evidence presented.

After a month, we finally received the decision we had been hoping for. Our clients’ claim was accepted and they were deemed Convention Refugees. We were pleased to learn that their claim was accepted and that they would be able to remain safely in Canada permanently.