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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13 Sep 2021

This Week’s Success Story: Humanitarian and Compassionate Arguments Leads to Successful PR!

When one of our clients approached us, they were in a very difficult situation. They had fled from their home country where they were being pursued by family as well as the government. The family claimed refugee status which was eventually refused. They exhausted all of their appeal options and were worried about having to return to their country of origin where were they were in danger.

They then filed a humanitarian and compassionate application with a different representative, however they approached us for a second opinion. We believed that the application could be strengthened and to that end, we submitted an update to the humanitarian and compassionate application. The update highlighted the clients’ specific circumstances as well the current law and case law. Despite having no status in Canada and having been refused refugee status, the visa officer believed that there were sufficient humanitarian and compassionate factors, based on the arguments and evidence we submitted on the client’s behalf. The family was granted permanent residence in Canada and have since settled in and continued to grow their family here. We wish them all the best!

19 Aug 2021

This Week’s Success Story: Permanent Residency At Last!

We were first approached by a client several years ago following numerous refusals for a visitor visa in Canada. Our client wanted to challenge the most recent refusal to the Federal Court, as there seemed to be a barrier of which they were unaware preventing them from being approved. After challenging the refusal to the Federal Court, it became apparent that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) had relied on undisclosed allegations concerning the client which turned out to be false. The case settled without a fight from IRCC, and our client was granted a visitor visa.

Wanting to remain in Canada permanently, our client filed an Express Entry profile, but unfortunately did not obtain an Invitation to Apply. As fate would have it, while in Canada our client met, formed a relationship with, and eventually married a permanent resident of Canada. Our client returned to our office for assistance in preparing an Application for Permanent Residence supported by an Application to Sponsor and Sponsorship Undertaking. After diligently preparing the application and taking care to explain our client’s immigration history, we were thrilled to learn that our client’s application was approved! We are pleased we were able to assist our client in achieving this excellent result, and we wish them and their family all the best!

16 Aug 2021

This Week’s Success Story: Family Successful at Refugee Appeal Division!

We were retained by a client and his sibling following the refusal of their refugee claim before the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB). The clients were not satisfied with the RPD decision and wanted to file an appeal to the Refugee Appeal Division (RAD).

After filing the Appeal Record, and almost an eight-month long wait, we finally received the decision we had been hoping for. The RAD Member allowed the appeal, meaning he set aside the RPD decision, and determined that our clients are Convention Refugees.

We were pleased to learn that their appeal was accepted and they would be able apply for permanent residence. We look forward to assisting them in the next stage of their application so they can remain safely in Canada.

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.