Received a negative immigration decision? Everything you need to know about your option to file a Judicial Review

Published February 25, 2019

By Rojan Malekzadeh, Barrister & Solicitor

What is a Judicial Review?

A Judicial Review is when an individual or individuals request that a judge of the Federal Court of Canada review a negative immigration decision. The basis for the request must be that the decision maker made an important error in refusing the case (i.e. (a) a mistake in interpreting or applying the law, (b) a mistake in understanding the facts of the case, or both).

Note that a Judicial Review is different than an appeal, as individuals are not permitted to provide any new evidence to support their case. The judge will only consider the evidence that was before the original decision maker.

Who can file a Judicial Review?

Judicial Reviews can be submitted by …

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Visitor Visa Refused? Here Are Three Options to Consider

Published August 13, 2018

By Rojan Malekzadeh, Barrister & Solicitor

Our office receives many phone calls from frustrated or distraught individuals who have been refused a visa to Canada. Some of these individuals planned to visit family members or close friends in Canada, or were invited to an important event that now, they may no longer be able to attend. They want to know what their options are, if any.

These individuals are often surprised to learn that there are various options to consider!

If you have received a refusal on your visitor visa application, here are three options to consider:

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4 Things You Need to Know for a Successful Spousal Sponsorship Application

4 Things You Need to Know for a Successful Spousal Sponsorship Application

Published May 28, 2018

By Rojan Malekzadeh, Barrister & Solicitor

Love, marriage, moving in together – these are often exciting events in life. Despite this, our office frequently gets calls from couples whose excitement is overshadowed by feeling overwhelmed with Canada’s immigration requirements for a common-law or spousal sponsorship.

We are often asked:

What type of documents should we collect? How much detail should we include in our application? What makes a strong application?

Here are 4 things you need to know, when preparing a sponsorship application…

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Expiry of visa versus expiry of status - what is the difference?

Published August 5, 2016

Many individuals visiting Canada become confused about dates on their immigration documents. They see dates on their Canadian visitor visa (also known as a temporary resident visa, or TRV), and a stamp in their passport (stamped by a CBSA border officer) with an entirely different date. 

This confusion can sometimes lead people to overstay in Canada beyond the period legally authorized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). 

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