Immigration 101 - Covering the basics
- in English
- What are the general immigration streams?
o Detail relevant terminology including the different decision-makers, operating bodies and program streams
- Discussion re: legislative or operational resources:
o including the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and associated Regulations, Program Delivery Instructions / Operational Manuals, Ministerial Instructions and Operational Bulletins
o Where to find and how to navigate through the resources
o How to make effective use of resources – from daily practice to advocacy on behalf of client
o Distinguishing between legislation and guidance – and how to use effectively in submissions
- Case scenario: Best practices when meeting a new client
o How to assess client’s needs
o What are the right questions to ask to find the underlying issues in a case?
o Obtaining the necessary documentation
o Identifying problems – and how to discuss these in a constructive manner with the client
o Use of legislative or operational resources – both to determine potential advocacy avenues and as an explanatory tool for the client
- Professionalism points:
o Identification of who your client is – steps to confirm identity prior to providing legal services, including when there’s a lack of identification documents
o obligations (or lack of) to other parties including family and friends, including limitations on ability to disclose materials or discuss issues
o consent and disclosure
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