From the publisher that brought you the Immigration Law Series, Emond Publishing presents Welcome Home: An Immigration Law podcast. Hosts Chantal Desloges and Cathryn Sawicki examine the current state of Canadian immigration law, breaking down policy, practice, procedure, and recent immigration cases from across Canada.
Inadmissibility Law: Jaskirat Sidhu - “Does one act define you for a lifetime?”
Join Chantal, Cathryn, and immigration lawyer, Raj Sharma as they navigate the complex and consequential maze of Canada’s inadmissibility laws, keeping in mind the question, “Does one act define you for a lifetime?”
In this episode, they examine the unique personal and professional challenges of representing clients trying to overcome a finding of inadmissibility. When the stakes are so high, how do practitioners handle the emotional repercussions of working on these cases? Chantal, Cathryn and Raj discuss their experiences practicing in this complex area, offering advice on emotional investment and advocacy for their fellow immigration practitioners.
We then dive into a roundtable discussion on criminal inadmissibility law and the Jaskirat Sidhu case. As a permanent resident convicted of a serious crime, Jaskirat Sidhu is subject to deportation to India after he serves his eight-year sentence for the Humboldt Bus Crash. Instead, Sidhu hopes to stay in Canada and has pleaded his case to the Canadian Border Services Agency. What evidence should be put forward when asking for this type of exemption? Cathryn, Chantal, and Raj breakdown the current status of this case and discuss the following factors:
Section 44 of the IRPA
Media Coverage and Discretion
Duties of Sidhu’s employers
In this episode’s segment of “What I Wish I Knew,” Chantal and Cathryn discuss the importance of building relationships and getting to the stage in your legal career when bringing in the business becomes your responsibility.
Other topics include:
The intersection between immigration law, criminal law, and foreign law.
Polarization of criminal inadmissibility cases.
The value of providing and receiving mentorship.
The importance of referrals.
Special Guest: Raj Sharma is a founding partner of the Stewart Sharma Harsanyi Immigration Law Firm in Calgary and author of Inadmissibility and Remedies.
A roundtable discussion on family class sponsorship: the definition of a Canadian family, effective sponsorship applications, and social media's role in authenticating relationships.
Chantal and Cathryn welcome immigration lawyer, Adrienne Smith as they discuss the evolution of family class sponsorship in Canadian immigration law.
What constitutes a family under Canada’s immigration law? Learn about the current barriers to family reunification and how they impact the rights of minorities, such as the LGBTQ2+ community. They examine recent developments from the Federal Court and the growing role of technology in immigration decision-making. Our guest sheds light on her best practices for asking your clients the tough questions to verify authenticity of relationships and the importance of moving beyond the checklist requirements during the immigration process.
On this episode's segment of “What I Wish I Knew,” Chantal discusses the importance of self-confidence and taking advantages of opportunities while Cathryn discloses her secrets to effective leadership and making tough decisions.
Other topics include:
AP v Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2020 FC 906.
Social media and authenticating relationships.
Effective support letters and sponsorship applications.
Partner disagreements as proof of a genuine relationship.
Building trust and relationships with colleagues.
Special Guest: Adrienne Smith a founding partner of the Battista Smith Migration Law Group and the co-author of Family Class Sponsorship in Canadian Immigration Law. Adrienne is an expert in immigration law, policy, advocacy, with specialization in medical inadmissibility and LGBTQ2+ immigration issues.
Very insightful, funny, full of tips and knowledge. Just amazing!