September 14, 2016
This Month’s Featured Success Stories!
At BLG we are privileged to work on behalf of many wonderful people, companies and associations. We represent people from the time they step foot into the country in airport waiting rooms all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Our clients often tell us after their case was 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 success and offer some comfort to those who will soon embark on a similar journey . . .
Work Permit Approved Despite Cumulative Duration Rule
We assisted a client whose work permit was to expire and it appeared that he could not extend it due to the four-year limit. According to the cumulative duration rule introduced on 01 April 2011, foreign workers in Canada (with some exceptions) can only work for four years, after which they have to wait four years in order to be granted another work permit. Upon review of his matter, we discovered that he was unemployed for about one year during the four years, and as such, was entitled to an extension. We requested an extension of his work permit based on strong evidence of his unemployment. We were happy to learn that his permit was extended as requested.
Study Permit Approved Despite Past Refusals
A young man approached our office with respect to his study permit application. He had previously submitted five study permit applications, all of which had been denied by Canadian immigration. Our office was able to re-open his study permit application through a settlement on a judicial review. Once re-opened, we provided the visa office with extensive submissions regarding the man’s wish to study in Canada. Our submissions were accepted and the man was recently issued his visa to travel to Canada and commence his studies.
Permanent Residence Granted Despite Criminal Inadmissibility Finding
We were recently successful on a permanent residence application that had been previously refused for criminal inadmissibility. Following careful and extensive research, it was discovered that the applicant may have been incorrectly identified as inadmissible. As such, a new application was filed together with detailed and strong submissions in connection with the applicant’s admissibility to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. This ultimately resulted in the applicant receiving permanent residence!