Appeals and Judicial Reviews

Found inadmissible to Canada? Denied before the Immigration and Refugee Board? Considering an immigration appeal? A negative decision by an immigration officer, Board member or judge is a setback, but it is not necessarily the end of the road. In many situations, it will be possible to appeal or judicially review the visa refusal, negative decision, or finding that you or your family member is inadmissible to Canada.

Our Immigration Law Group can help by providing an opinion on the chances of success and helping to weigh the costs and benefits of an appeal or judicial review in an immigration, refugee or citizenship case. We have an excellent success record in representing clients at immigration appeals and review proceedings before the Immigration and Refugee Board and the Federal Court, including those found medically or criminally inadmissible to Canada.



Residency Obligation Appeal Hearing – February 2013

I want to thank you for your hard work and devotion in helping me to win my appeal yesterday. It was the overwhelming support of my family and friends and your team of respected lawyers that got me through this, and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will always remember your skill and hard work in fighting for me. You all saved my life and I can’t find enough words to thank you. Even when I gave up on myself, you never did, and I praise you for that. There really are good people in this cruel world, and you are at the top of the list!

– Blane, Canada

Citizenship Application and Appeal – August 2012

“As a United Nations official, I am required to work outside Canada for a substantial number of days each year. Based on your solid arguments and case preparation, I was granted Canadian citizenship by the Citizenship Judge despite the fact that I was seriously deficient of the standard residency requirements. However, the grant of citizenship was appealed by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and I was required to argue my case, to defend my citizenship, in the Federal Court. You prepared strong and convincing arguments that led the judge of the Federal Court to a convincing decision in my favour. You left no page unturned in understanding my case, preparing submissions, and communicating the legal arguments in my favour. You convinced the Citizenship judge and you again convinced the Federal Court judge. You did so in the most positive and energetic manner. You are an honourable man who stands behind his clients until the end. You and your team members worked with our family professionally, amicably, and with much patience during the entire period of preparation/representation. I am sure many others will benefit from your hard work and great professional representation.”

–          Narinder, Sudan

Judicial Review of Refugee Sponsorship – April 2012

“Oh my God, thank you sir. I am so grateful to have worked with you. It has been very hard case, but you did it. On behalf of my family, thank you very much for your hard work. Wow, wow … I cannot explain how happy I am!”

–          Zaid, Eritrea



A Practical Guide to Assessing the Merits of Judicial Review in the Immigration Context – Warren Creates & Jacqueline BonisteelNovember 2012


–          Canadian Citizenship

–          Deportation Orders and Removal from Canada

–          Humanitarian and Compassionate Applications in Canada

–          Immigration Detention in Canada

–          Inadmissibility to Canada

–          Refugee Claims in Canada

–          Sponsoring Family to Come to Canada