• October

      8

      2021

    Canadian Inadmissibility Law and Remedies

    It was a pleasure collaborating with my co-author Aris Daghighian in writing a text on the Canadian Inadmissibility Law and Remedies. There is no facet of immigration practice more complex and consequential than inadmissibility. The purpose of this text is to assist counsel in navigating the law surrounding restrictions and prohibitions upon entry and the

    • August

      26

      2021

    Parents/Grandparents 2021 sponsorship process

    This year IRCC will pull 30,000 “interest to sponsor” forms from the remaining 2020 pool. The draw will take place the week of September 20, 2021. Those who submitted their interests last year, may have a chance this year. They’ll need to keep an eye out for their emails for the invites. https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/family-sponsorship/sponsor-parents-grandparents/selected.html

    • August

      23

      2021

    Afghan Resettlement Options

    SUPPORTING AFGHAN NATIONALS   To help address the growing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, the Government of Canada has announced two special immigration programs to help resettle Afghans to Canada.   You may be eligible for one of two special programs: Immigration program for Afghan nationals, and their families, who assisted the Government of Canada Humanitarian

    • August

      18

      2021

    The Refugee Claim and Family Law/Hague Proceedings

    What role does a pending refugee claim play in family law proceedings? In the case of M.A.A. v. D.E.M.E 2020 ONCA 486, the appellant mother brought her three minor children from Kuwait to Canada without the respondent father’s consent. On arrival in Canada, she sought refugee status for herself and the children. She claims she

    • August

      13

      2021

    Immigration Litigation vs. Immigration Applications

    There is a big difference between immigration litigation and completing and filing immigration applications. In the UK, there is a distinction between litigators (or barristers) and solicitors. Both of course are important but require different skills sets. Immigration hearings and appeals (and judicial review matters before the Federal Court) requires counsel that can effectively advocate

    • July

      23

      2021

    Reopening of Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship

    At long last, the parent/grandparent sponsorship is re-opening. Additional details can be found on the IRCC website, and here. It’s a relatively large draw and may help to assuage the sentiments of families that have been separated by international borders and of course, the ravages of COVID-19.

    • June

      25

      2021

    Immigration in the Time of COVID-19: Issues and Challenges

    It was an honour to contribute to the study by the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration (CIMM) on the impact of COVID-19 on the immigration system. The final report can be found here; Download Immigration in the time of COVID-19 Report of the Standing Committee. There has been massive disruption to our immigration system.

    • May

      17

      2021

    COVID and Citizenship Delay and Backlog

    Firm founder Raj Sharma was interviewed on CBC last week and asked to share his thoughts on citizenship delay and the backlog. Immigration Officers have had to scramble this past year, and the near 20% increase in citizenship backlog was, to be honest, almost welcome news after a year of incredible frustration and delays in

    • April

      16

      2021

    The New Pilot Programs -RedFM -Punjabi Media Interview

    • April

      14

      2021

    New: Permanent Residence for International Graduates Working in Essential Occupations

    More good news from IRCC. There is a new pathway for international graduates for those that work in essential occupations.  The foreign national must: Have accumulated at least one (1) year of full-time work experience, or the equivalent in part-time experience (1,560 hours), in Canada, in an eligible occupation listed in Annex A or Annex

    • April

      14

      2021

    Judicial Review -Challenging a finding that claimant is excluded from the Refugee Convention

    It was a pleasure appearing before Justice Mosley of the Federal Court this last Monday. We challenged a decision of the Refugee Appeal Division that excluded our client from Refugee protection because of his permanent residence status in Italy. Like all exclusion clauses Article 1E is a complicated analysis and one that lends itself to

    • February

      4

      2021

    Discussing the Procedural Fairness Regime on the Borderlines Podcast

    Borderlines · #48 – Responding to Procedural Fairness Letters, with Raj Sharma Firm founder Raj Sharma joined Steven Meurrens and Deana Okun-Nachoff on their excellent podcast, Borderlines. The discussion started with the Procedural Fairness Letter and went on to talk about Officer bias/tunnel vision among other interesting topics.   Transcript follows:   Steven Meurrens: Hello,

    • February

      4

      2021

    Record Suspension

    Record Suspension   A criminal record can have severe adverse consequences on parts of your life such as your employment prospects and your ability to volunteer with vulnerable groups such as children and the elderly. It can also limit your immigration opportunities. Your record may prevent you from many opportunities that would otherwise be available

    • January

      24

      2021

    Discussing the Potential Deportation of Jaskirat Sidhu Driver involved in the Humboldt Tragedy -January 22, 2021 -The Danielle Smith Show -AM770

    Danielle Smith: Get to that though, we have another topic that we want to deal with. I feel I’m going to be off side was you guys all day today because I was sort of talking this over with my producers and there’s a story in the news about the Humboldt Broncos crash truck driver

    • December

      3

      2020

    Sania Chaudhry -discussing the most Frequently Asked Questions on Divorce/Separation

    • November

      15

      2020

    November 3, 2020 -Interview with CTV -the Impact of the US election on Canada’s Immigration System

    It was a pleasure talking to CTV’s veteran reporter Kevin Green yesterday on the impact of the US election on Canada’s immigration system.   Immigration benefits One group that would benefit from a Trump win are those helping people immigrate to Canada. . Raj Sharma, a Calgary Immigration lawyer, said a Trump win would drive

    • November

      15

      2020

    Firm Founder Raj Sharma -Appearance before the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration -Opening Statement

    It was a pleasure appearing before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration today (Friday, November 6, 2020) regarding its study of the impact of COVID-19 on the immigration system.  My opening statement follows the video embed: Thank you Madam Chair; committee members. It’s my pleasure to appear before this Committee again

    • November

      15

      2020

    Discussing a Pathway to PR for So Called Low Skill Workers -Appearance before the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration

    On November 6, 2020 I appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration on the impact of COVID-19 on our immigration system. I made an opening statement and took questions regarding a pathway to permanent residency for so-called low skilled workers (revealed as front-line and essential workers by this pandemic). I

    • October

      26

      2020

    The Family Class

    IRCC has announced the new family class based on a lottery system with the sponsor expressing their interest during a window. To sponsor, you will need to establish that you are eligible to sponsor and that the family member falls within the family class according to the Regulations. You can’t be on social assistance (CERB

    • October

      24

      2020

    Dealing with Financial Inadmissibility

    Foreign nationals can be denied admission into Canada pursuant to s.39 of the Act –if there are concerns that they will rely on social assistance. After all, the objectives of the IRPA include the pursuit of the maximum economic benefits of immigration as well as the support and development of “a strong and prosperous Canadian economy” According to the relevant Manual, the provision is “designed to

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