Immigrants are the backbone of Canadian society. Millions have made Canada their home, and each person undertook their own journey and has their own unique story, of what brought them to this country.
Helping to incorporate these individual stories into the Canadian national culture is what drives the immigration team at Hummingbird Lawyers LLP.
Toronto Immigration Lawyer Is Ready To Help
We strive to ensure that our clients’ immigration needs are met, and with a special focus on immigration litigation, we endeavour to ensure that our clients can make the most use of the immigration programs and remedies available to them through either the provincial or federal authorities.
Why Do You Need To Hire An Immigration Lawyer?
Canadian immigration rules and regulations are dynamic and are subject to change depending on the government of the day, international, geopolitical events, and Canada’s economic needs.
It is for this reason that it is important to hire a qualified immigration lawyer, who keeps up to date on the frequent changes to immigration policies and conditions abroad, and who is adept at navigating Canada’s often complicated (and sometimes frustrating) immigration regime.
Hiring an immigration lawyer, whose professional conduct is subject to strict administrative scrutiny, and who is able to see an application through from start to finish, can help ensure that constant attention is paid to your immigration matter.
Given the potential for applications to be refused or administratively, it is important to have a lawyer on hand who is familiar with options for recourse, and who can pursue an appeal or judicial review of a negative decision immediately.
At Hummingbird, our lawyers are eager to hold the government accountable for their actions, and will never hesitate to pursue every last option.
Our Full Suite Of Immigration law services
- Temporary Visitor Visas
These applications include opportunities for those who are looking to visit, study in, or work in Canada in various capacities. Canada’s doors are always welcome to tourists from around the world, and our economy is strengthened by the varied skill sets of those from abroad.
- Temporary Resident Permits
If you find yourself either in Canada without status, or seeking to enter Canada but have been rendered inadmissible by prior criminality, medical reasons, or otherwise, a temporary resident permit may allow you to enter and remain in Canada for a period of time until your inadmissibility is overcome.
- Applications for criminal rehabilitation
Criminal charges from abroad, no matter how minor, such as theft or driving under the influence, may render you inadmissible to Canada. Depending on the time that has passed from the commission of your offence, you may be eligible to enter Canada after making a successful application for criminal rehabilitation.
- Authorization to Return to Canada (ARC)
If you have been removed from Canada on a removal order, you may require ARC to return to Canada. Once an application for ARC is granted, it will last forever and does not need to be applied for each time you re-enter the country.
- Responses to procedural fairness letters
Often, while processing your immigration application, an officer will have a question or concern that requires addressing before the application can continue to be processed. If you receive a procedural fairness letter, there is often a short turnaround time to respond to it, and a qualified and experienced lawyer can help prepare this response, to ensure that your submissions are on point, and to ensure that the process remains procedurally fair.
- Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship programs
Whether sponsoring a parent, grandparent, or spouse to become a Canadian permanent resident, there are often complications that arise depending on one’s personal circumstances or changes to specific programs. It is important to remain up to date on how the programs are being delivered, and what is required to ensure a successful application.
- Humanitarian and Compassionate Applications
In most applications for permanent residence, humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) factors can be considered. In some circumstances, however, when no other options may be available for status in Canada in the regular course, you may consider applying for permanent residence on H&C grounds alone. This often applies to people who are in Canada without status, or those who do not quite meet the eligibility guidelines for other programs.
- Requests for reconsideration
Often, applications are refused on account of human error or a misapprehension by the reviewing officer of the facts in a case. Before abandoning an application, or committing to a new legal process, consider asking counsel to simply request that an application be reconsidered.
- Judicial reviews and challenges of refusals at the Federal Court
If a request for reconsideration is unavailable, often the only recourse to challenge a refusal of an immigration matter is to commence an application for judicial review at the Federal Court. Our legal team has significant experience challenging such refusals before the Court, which results in a negative decision being tossed out, and gives you another chance to have your application considered.
- Appeals of immigration refusals to the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD)
If your overseas spousal sponsorship is refused, or your permanent residence is revoked, or you are found to be offside your residency obligations as a permanent residence, you may have an opportunity to appeal your decision at the IAD. This mechanism provides you with an opportunity to have your appeal heard de novo, and gives you a chance to make your case to an objective decision-maker.
- Admissibility Hearing
If you are ordered to appear before the Immigration Division for an admissibility hearing, this may be your last chance to have allegations of your inadmissibility to Canada reconsidered. It is important to put your best foot forward, and ensure that all the relevant information and evidence is before the decision-maker.
- Refugee Claims
If you have fled your country of origin for any number of reasons, you are eligible to make a refugee claim to remain in Canada as a protected person. Having experienced counsel in your corner to ensure that your claim is presented properly at the outset, and at your refugee hearing, is sometimes critical to a claim’s success.
- Refugee Appeal Division (RAD)
If your refugee claim has been refused, you may have recourse to the RAD to appeal the refusal or introduce new evidence that may not have been available at the time of your original hearing. This complicated process can sometimes be overwhelming, but it is an important remedy that ensures a form of oversight to the refugee claim process.
- Stay of Removal
If you have been served with a Direction to Report, and a date to leave the country after you have been served with a removal order, you have the opportunity to challenge the removal, and try and stop (or “stay”) your removal at the Federal Court.
- Inadmissibility to Canada
Individuals can be found to be inadmissible to Canada for any number of reasons, including criminality, medical issues, or others. It is important to understand your rights, how to overcome such inadmissibility, and most importantly, how to preempt any concerns of inadmissibility in other applications you may be presenting to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.
- Access to Information Requests (ATIP)
If you have a pending application, or have experience with IRCC and Canadian immigration authorities, you may want to know what information IRCC has on your file before you make an application, or want to obtain an update on your application that has been pending for a long period of time. By making an ATIP request, you can, in most cases, obtain access to your immigration profile which can help to identify weaknesses or concerns in your future applications.
- Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA)
In accordance with international law and treaties, individuals being removed from Canada are entitled to have their risk overseas assessed before they are removed. Canada will not remove an individual who faces a clear risk of death, torture or other physical harm in their country of origin, and you are entitled to apply for a PRRA before your removal from Canada.
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- Spousal Sponsorship Applications
If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and are married to, or in a common law relationship with a foreign national, you are likely eligible to sponsor them to come to Canada and obtain permanent residence as your partner. An application for spousal sponsorship can be overwhelming and complicated, and it is important to make sure that you fit all the eligibility criteria, and include all the necessary information and documentation to satisfy a visa officer that your relationship is genuine and not entered into for the purpose of immigration.
Canadian immigration issues can sometimes be complex, overwhelming, and interconnected to other elements of your profile.
It is therefore important to make sure that you are forthcoming in any application you make to Canadian immigration authorities, and not be discouraged by any obstacles you may find in your path.
Hummingbird Lawyers LLP can help preempt any such obstacles, but also navigate any challenges that may arise as part of any immigration matter in which you are involved.
We provide excellent personal service to all our clients and make an effort to establish life-long relationships.
One’s immigration experience is not always the same as other legal processes.
If successful, it may be the start to a new life in Canada, a country whose people and institutions value the role that immigrants play in society, and that welcomes newcomers with open arms.
Contact An Immigration Lawyer Today
Contact Hummingbird’s Toronto immigration lawyers for more information about our immigration law services.