• November

      13

      2017

    The Ten Commandments of Winning A Refugee Claim

    As former Refugee Protection Officers and now in private practice with a busy refugee practice, and now of course with the dramatic increase in in-Canada refugee claims, we know, more than most that there’s no such thing as a sure thing in refugee hearings. Firm founder Bjorn Harsanyi, presented this paper to the CBA National

    • November

      8

      2017

    Firm Founder Raj Sharma Discusses Canada’s Commitment to Increasing Immigration Levels on CTV – Alberta Primetime

    My thoughts -in an interview with CTV Alberta Primetime on Canada’s commitment to increasing immigration levels over the next three years. Transcript Shawna Randolph: Canadian government plans to roll out the welcome mat to nearly 1,000,000 new immigrants by the end of 2020. It hopes to attract 1% of its population in three years. Michael

    • October

      30

      2017

    Immigration Appeals – Dealing with a Shortfall in Meeting the Minimum Necessary Income Requirements – What you Need to Know

        After submitting an application to sponsor family overseas, sponsors are sometimes confronted with refusals based on a shortfall in meeting the MNI or minimum necessary income (currently defined as the LICO or low income cut-off plus 30%). There is a right of appeal against such decisions -as long as the sponsor has indicated in their

    • October

      23

      2017

    Changes to the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

    FYI : AINP is changing in Jan 2018 – see below and attached link for details of new Opportunity stream. Good news is that NOC D jobs are being accepted (as long as they are not listed on ineligible occupation list) and AINP is opening up to Express Entry.  However, all applicants will now need

    • September

      5

      2017

    Firm Founder Interviewed by Danielle Smith AM770 on Border Crossing Crisis – August 2017

    Danielle Smith:                  This next topic. Before anybody says that I’m catering to the racists and bigots out there, I want you to know that you’re talking about the majority of Canadians. If you’re talking about the majority of Canadians who feel this way, then there’s going to be, in these poll results I’m about to

    • May

      12

      2017

    SSHLaw Founder and Partner Bjorn Harsanyi on Generalized Risk and Gang Violence Presented at CARL in 2014

    Generalized Risk and Gang Violence The protection afforded to a claimant under paragraph 97(1)(b) of IRPA must be personal and not one faced generally by others in the country. The million dollar question in the last number of years is what is meant by personal risk, and how have the courts defined it in recent

    • May

      12

      2017

    Appearance at the (Parliamentary) Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration

    It was a pleasure and an honour for our managing partner, Mr. Raj Sharma, to be invited and appear before the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration with respect to its study on Immigration Consultants. Mr. Sharma’s opening  statement (as of that of Lorne Waldman) can be found here. There were a number of questions

    • May

      5

      2017

    Changes to Canada’s Citizenship Laws

    The Senate has sent Bill C-6 with some amendments back to the House; we anticipate passage into law later this year. The following constitutes a summary of the anticipated law:

    • April

      18

      2017

    The Bangladesh National Party (BNP) is (Not) a Terrorist Organization

    Immigration authorities made the allegation that my client (a young man, a foreign national in Canada) was inadmissible under paragraph 34(1)(f) of the IRPA – that the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) (of which he is a member) is an organization that has engaged in the subversion by force of the Bangladeshi government and has engaged

    • March

      22

      2017

    My Kingdom for a Study Permit

    We recently successfully obtained study permits for two students from the Middle East. One hailed from a country listed on the United States travel ban list while the other country is undergoing political turmoil and violence and our client is an ethnic minority in this country. Of course we prepared the files appropriately. Where we

    • March

      22

      2017

    The Residency Appeal

    I was recently at the Immigration Appeal Division to deal with a negative residency determination made against my client. I wanted to provide an overview regarding the residency appeal procedure. After the appellant files an appeal against a negative residency appeal with the IRB they receive the Appeal Record. The hearing is then scheduled. In such

    • February

      23

      2017

    Much Ado About Nothing – Refugees and Mass Hysteria

    The refugees are coming! The refugees are coming !Even after we exercised our moral authority to specifically help the Syrians by thousands, the refugees keep coming! They are now not even passively waiting for deportation or unfair treatment by the American authorities or danger and risk in their home countries, they are proactively taking their

    • February

      20

      2017

    Interview: Alberta Primetime on Islamophobia and Canada’s Refugee Resettlement Efforts

    Earlier this month, firm founder Raj Sharma was interviewed on Alberta Primetime this week. A partial transcript of that interview follows. … Michael Higgins: Mustafa, it didn’t take long for news of the ban to spread, but it also didn’t take long for the rhetoric to begin flowing. What’s your view on how Canadians are

    • February

      20

      2017

    Interview with Danielle Smith: Discussing the Spike in Canadian Refugee Claims and the Safe Third Country Agreement

    Firm founder Raj Sharma was interviewed by Danielle Smith on her radio show on AM770 on February 13, 2017. A transcript of Part 1 of that interview follows: Danielle Smith:                  … Okay, a few of you have been asking, are you going to talk about M103? Yes, indeedy we are. We’ve got Derek [inaudible 00:02:58]

    • February

      1

      2017

    Interview on AM770 with Danielle Smith Discussing Immigration Developments (Just Before the Trumpquake)

    It was a pleasure discussing immigration developments with Danielle Smith on AM770 last week, just before Trump’s Executive Order caused chaos and confusion over the weekend. A transcript of our conversation: Danielle Smith:                  Let me just take a pause, ’cause I don’t want to end up short changing the conversation with my next guest. We’re

    • January

      31

      2017

    Interview with CBC Calgary Rob Brown on the #Muslimban

    It was a pleasure being asked to discuss the #muslimban on CBC last night. A transcript of my discussion with CBC Calgary’s Rob Brown follows. Rob Brown:                                       One of the biggest protests over that travel ban was in Toronto today. Demonstrators gathering outside the US Consulate to condemn Donald Trump’s controversial decision. Demonstrator:                  This is

    • January

      8

      2017

    Interviewing the Top Immigration Lawyers in Canada: SSH Law Podcast Series: Ottawa Immigration Lawyer Ronalee Carey

    Hiring a lawyer is a tough decision. Most seek out the advice of trusted friends or relatives; many don’t have that luxury and sometimes that advice can be outdated. Hiring a lawyer is an informational based decision, but a lot of what’s available (especially on-line) can be inaccurate. There’s an unmet need: immigrating to another

    • December

      30

      2016

    Raj Sharma on the Humanitarian and Compassionate Application: A Widening Door?

    I was counsel on two recent applications for humanitarian and compassionate relief; one against Niger and one against Nepal. Both applications were refused and I was counsel on both when review was sought at the Federal Court of Canada. Both of those resulting decisions should be of assistance to all seeking relief and consideration facing

    • December

      19

      2016

    Raj Sharma on How Visa Officers Make a Decision on a Spousal Sponsorship File

    I’ve been reading “Points of Entry: How Canada’s Immigration Officers Decide Who Gets In” by Vic Satzewich. The author managed to – after obtaining with some difficulty the necessary bureaucratic blessings – interview over a hundred visa and case officers, and attend and examine the inner workings of a number of overseas visa offices. Reading

    • December

      1

      2016

    Punjabi Language Blog Post: Helping Families Navigate the Maze that is Immigration

    Many thanks to my friend, Mr. Rishi K. Nagar for translating a recent post into Punjabi; English article follows. ਆਖ਼ਰ ਮਾਸੂਮ ਬੱਚੀ ਨੂੰ ਨਾਨਾ-ਨਾਨੀ ਨਾਲ ਕੈਨੇਡਾ ਆਉਣ ਦੀ ਆਗਿਆ ਮਿਲ ਹੀ ਗਈ! ਇਕ ਸਾਲ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ ਮੇਰੀਆਂ ਸੇਵਾਵਾਂ ਲਈ ਇਕ ਮਿਹਨਤੀ ਕੈਨੇਡੀਅਨ ਨੇ ਮੇਰੇ ਤੀਕ ਪਹੁੰਚ ਕੀਤੀ। ਉਹ ਪਿਛਲੇ ਕਈ ਸਾਲਾਂ ਤੋਂ ਆਪਣੇ ਮਾਤਾ-ਪਿਤਾ ਨੂੰ ਕੈਨੇਡਾ

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