• January

      17

      2023

    Immigrating to Canada? Consider Settling in Calgary, Alberta

    Canada will be welcoming record numbers of immigrants in the coming years. Many will choose to live in the largest cities of Canada including the GTA, Montreal and the Lower Mainland. There are many reasons why immigrants choose to settle in Alberta and in particular Calgary. There are many reasons why someone might choose to

    • January

      11

      2023

    What is a Refugee?

    Very briefly, a refugee is a person who has been forced to flee their home country because of persecution, war, or violence, and who is unable to return to their home country safely due to a personalized risk. Under the “classic” s.96 definition, refugees may be fleeing persecution based on their race, religion, nationality, political

    • January

      4

      2023

    Comparing Canadian and US Immigration Systems

    Canadian immigration policies are similar to those of the United States in many ways. Both countries have a variety of programs designed to attract immigrants with specific skills and talents, and both countries have family sponsorship programs that allow citizens and permanent residents to sponsor close family members for immigration. Both countries have enforcement regimes

    • December

      14

      2022

    2022 Immigration News and Developments

    2022 has been a busy year in terms of immigration news and developments. We even got a new Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (although this is nothing new -the Department has been a revolving door since Kenney left). Canada has set out a bold plan to bring in 1.5 million Permanent Residents in the next

    • November

      1

      2022

    Discussing the Parent and Grandparent family class sponsorship process for 2022 on RedFM with host Rishi Nagar

    Immigration news and developments happen with increasing regularity. I was out of country when the family class/parents and grandparents program was set to re-open. The following is a (mostly) Punjabi language interview/discussion: 2022 10 12 redfm interview family class   Stewart Sharma Harsanyi Immigration Lawyers · 2022 10 12 Redfm Interview Family Class

    • October

      27

      2022

    Compelling Government Action on Your Immigration File

    I have written and spoken about the remedy of mandamus before; I will be doing so again at the CBA Alberta-North Immigration Section on October 27, 2022. What is mandamus? In essence, the Federal Court has the power to compel IRCC, or Canada Border Services Agency to do something that they should be doing. More

    • October

      19

      2022

    Beware the Poison Pen Letter

    I wrapped up an immigration appeal earlier this month (sadly, a 845 AM Toronto start time which meant a 645 start time here in Calgary). My client’s sponsorship was refused because of a poison pen letter (details were redacted in the officer’s notes). Suffice it to say the poison pen letter alleged that my client

    • October

      3

      2022

    Special program to sponsor Afghan refugees without refugee status from the UNHCR or a foreign state

    Special program to sponsor Afghan refugees without refugee status from the UNHCR or a foreign state   The Government of Canada has announced that starting October 17, 2022, groups of five and community sponsors in Canada can sponsor Afghan refugees without having to submit a refugee status determination (RSD) document. An RSD document is issued

    • September

      26

      2022

    The Moral Debt Owed to Front Line Health Care Workers -Part Deux

    What do you do when your immigration appeal is refused? The IAD is probably your best shot at retaining status. The IAD remains an important safeguard and safety net for Permanent Residents that are facing a removal order. The IAD can consider both validity and humanitarian and compassionate considerations (the “Ribic and Chieu” factors that

    • September

      13

      2022

    Winning and Losing an In Canada Refugee Claim

    Once you start down the [refugee] path, forever will it dominate your destiny -Yoda [paraphrased] Once an individual makes a refugee claim in Canada two paths emerge. One path is regularization, that is success through the refugee or refugee appeal process (sometimes involving the Federal Court). Remember that a protected person (someone that has been

    • September

      5

      2022

    Amnesty for Undocumented Workers

    Amnesty for undocumented workers? A recent Toronto Star article may raise hopes for many such individuals and their family members here in Canada. This may be a godsend to undocumented, hardworking migrants that deserve to come out from the shadows and live full lives free from exploitation as new members of the Canadian family. As

    • August

      29

      2022

    Deferral Requests and the Emergency Stay Application

    “If the Canada Border Services Agency is interpreting section 48 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act which now requires removal “as soon as possible” rather than “as soon as practical”, so that the only way the removal can be stopped is by court order, then so be it! What happened to common sense?” Begum

    • August

      20

      2022

    Raj Sharma QC Interview on RedFM discussing immigration fraud and issues facing international students

    Stewart Sharma Harsanyi Immigration Lawyers · 2022 08 17 Redfm Interview on Immigration Fraud and International Students It’s been awhile since I’ve been interviewed on RedFM -Rishi Nagar and I discussed the conviction and sentencing of Roger Bhatti, once one of the busiest refugee lawyers in the Western Region, immigration fraud generally, and issues facing

    • August

      9

      2022

    Extending a PGWP -finally some details

    IRCCC has (finally) provided some details as to the process by which PGWP holders can extend their status. Take a careful read of the announcement on the IRCC website here. Some individuals don’t need to do anything; a new work permit will be sent to their mailing address. Others, however, will need to apply and

    • July

      5

      2022

    Think Twice Before Going to the Border for a Work Permit

    While a visitor can now apply for a work permit from within Canada, many individuals still go to the border to apply. This should only be done if you and/or your representative have done the homework and ensured that all relevant t’s are crossed and i’s dotted. A relatively recent case discusses the risk inherent

    • June

      5

      2022

    The Humanitarian and Compassionate Application

    An application under H&C grounds pursuant to section 25(1) of the IRPA is a powerful tool that can allow an individual from within Canada to seek exemption from the operation of the IRPA and IRPR and become a PR. Section 25(1) of the IRPA allows the minister of citizenship and immigration or their delegates the

    • April

      26

      2022

    Confronting bias and antagonism at the Immigration and Refugee Board

    I discussed confronting bias and antagonism at the Immigration and Refugee Board in my book. The most recent iteration of this phenomenon is canvassed in a Toronto Star article.  The Refugee Appeal Division set aside a biased RPD Board Member’s decision and granted protection, noting, in part: In her decision, Bobkin said there’s a high

    • March

      3

      2022

    Crimmigration -a discussion with Jatin Shory and Ian McKay -Part I

    My friend Jatin Shory (who also practices immigration and refugee law) had asked Ian McKay (an experienced criminal defense lawyer here in Calgary) and myself to give a presentation to the CBA Immigration Section on ‘crimmigration’ in February. Part I of our discussion follows… Jatin Shory:                   

    • February

      21

      2022

    Borderlines Podcast: COVID-19 as an H&C Factor, Mandamus and FSW vs. CEC Priorities, with Raj Sharma

    Borderlines · #69 – COVID-19 as an H&C Factor, Mandamus and FSW vs. CEC Priorities, with Raj Sharma … Steven Meurrens:             Hello, and welcome to the Borderlines Podcast. The podcast for the discussion of Canadian immigration law and policy. I’m Steve Meurrens. This week, Deana Okun-Nachoff and I are joined by Raj Sharma an immigration

    • February

      15

      2022

    Addressing Canada’s Massive Immigration Backlog -a Podcast Interview with CPC MP Jasraj Singh Hallan -Immigration Critic

      Transcript Jasraj S. Hallan:                  Hey everyone. Welcome to the second episode of All That Jas. I’m your host, Jasraj Singh Hallan, Member of Parliament from Calgary Forest Lawn. We are so honored today to have my good friend, and I would say world-renowned immigration lawyer, Raj Sharma, joining us today to talk immigration and

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