Raj Sharma

Raj SharmaPartner

Direct: 587-774-6772
Email: raj@sshlaw.ca

Assistant: Preet Kaur
Direct: 587-774-6784
Email: preet@sshlaw.ca

Assistant: Nidhi Sharma
Direct: 587-774-6781
Email: nidhi@sshlaw.ca

Raj Sharma

I graduated with my Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law (2001). After clerking with the Alberta Court of Appeal, I completed my articles with the Federal Department of Justice. I then worked for two years as a Refugee Protection Officer with the Immigration and Refugee Board where I obtained experience in hundreds of immigration hearings and appeals. I received my Master of Laws (LLM) in Administrative Law from York University Osgoode Hall Law School (2010). My major research paper in support dealt with the unwarranted deference to refugee adjudication in Canada.

I have been a practicing lawyer in Calgary and this is my tenth year of practice. I am the managing partner of Stewart Sharma Harsanyi which is one of the largest dedicated immigration firm in Canada and is a recognized leader in immigration. I represent clients on the full spectrum of immigration law, from multi-national oil companies seeking executive relocation and highly skilled workers to individuals seeking a better life in Canada.

I regularly speak on immigration matters and have presented before the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association on two consecutive years as well as the Criminal Defense Lawyers Association of Calgary to discuss changes to immigration laws and the consequences of criminal convictions to foreign nationals and permanent residents. I was a speaker at the 2014, 2015 and 2017 National Immigration Law Conferences (CBA); at Legal Education Society of Alberta Conference (Immigration Fundamentals) in 2017; a centennial commemoration for the Komagata Maru; the Calgary Islamic Chamber of Commerce; the Calgary Board of Education’s International Youth Leadership Summit; the Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; the Muslim Council of Calgary, among many others.

I have written numerous op-eds on immigration, diversity and multi-culturalism that have been published in the Globe and Mail; Calgary Herald; and Calgary Sun. I have been asked on numerous occasions to comment on immigration law and policy changes (CBC TV/Radio, including The National; Alberta Primetime; Global; CTV; OMNI). I have debated Martin Collacott of the Fraser Institute and Centre for Immigration Reform on whether Canada accepts too many immigrants; Deepak Obhrai (MP and Parliamentary Secretary) on additional and stricter language requirements for citizens; David Seymour of the Manning Centre on whether Canada’s new immigration policy is too exclusionary; Imam Syed Soharwardy on honour crimes in Canada; and a CSIS agent on the profiling of Muslims. My academic writings include “Deference, the Universe of Discourse and the Standard of Review” published in the Alberta Law Review and a commentary on Canada’s refugee health reforms.

I have appeared before every level of Court in Alberta; regularly appear before the Federal Court, and have appeared before the Federal Court of Appeal and every Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board; have over 100 reported decisions and thus have extensive experience in immigration applications and I am passionate about representing my clients and assisting them in obtaining a positive decision in their immigration matters.


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Practice Area: Immigration
Firm: Sharma Harsanyi
Website: www.sshlaw.ca
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In addition to my published articles in the Calgary Sun and Calgary Herald (also found in the blawg articles), I was published in the Canadian Journal of Insurance Law while I was still a student at the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta:

Canadian Journal of Insurance LawDownload

At present, I am attending Osgoode Hall Law School, York University and working on my LLM – Graduate Program in Law – Part time LLM specializing in Administrative Law.

My article “Deference, the Universe of Discourse and the Standard of Review” has been accepted for publication in the Alberta Law Review. The article is scheduled for inclusion in Volume 46, Issue 1, expected to be published in late fall of this year.

Deference, the Universe of Discourse and the Standard of ReviewDownload


Couple battles for child’s’ health coverage

CTV News-Oct 12, 2012

“According to the law the child is eligible to receive coverage under the Alberta Health Act, said Immigration Lawyer, Raj Sharma. “So what the…

Exile is no solution to gang warfare – Calgary Herald

By Raj Sharma, Calgary Herald August 24, 2012 …

These deportation policies contributed to the size and influence of the gang both in the U.S. and in Central …

Tran’s lawyer is smiling | Columnists | Opinion | Calgary Sun

3 Sep 2009

It isn’t pretty seeing Jackie Tran’s hotshot immigration lawyer Raj Sharma skilfully navigate the maze of a system inhaling its own fumes without …

In defence of Jackie Tran

8 Jul 2009

Raj Sharma is representing Jackie Tran before the Federal Court of Canada. Sharma is a former immigration hearings officer and is currently …

Immigration suspects fraud in marriage of 60-year-old Alberta man …

20 Aug 2012

Raj Sharma, a Calgary immigration lawyer who represents Miltimore, said a few high profile cases featured in the media in recent years have …

Calgary lawyers help Punjabi community understand legal system …

29 Sep 2011

Legalese in a language Calgary’s burgeoning Punjabi community can understand. Calgary immigration lawyer Raj Sharma (pictured) and …

Platt: Expect more honour killings | Columnists | Opinion | Calgary Sun

29 Jan 2012

Prominent immigration lawyer Raj Sharma lost his uncle to an AK-47 after a furious brother chased his sister to Calgary, killing her, her …

Baggage check: keep the hate out

10 May 2007

Canadian immigration policy has to recognize that new immigrants often carry with them … Raj Sharma practises immigration law in Calgary.

Controversial speaker to visit Calgary | Calgary | News | Calgary Sun

9 Jun 2012

Calgary immigration lawyer Raj Sharma will speak about multiculturalism at the conference. He signed up unaware Philips was also on the list.

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