Seminar ID


Date and time

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 17:30 PDT see it in calendar

  • recording
  • in English
CPD hours

LSO 0.5 Professionalism

CICC 3 CPD hours

LSBC 3 CPD hours


British Columbia Institute of Technology555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC
V6B 3H6

Capacity: 50


Immigration Issues for Non-Traditional Families

1. What is IRCC’s definition of the “family class” and who fits into it?
a. Review legislative definitions
b. Review guidance from case law

2. Common problems encountered by non-traditional families and unusual family immigration circumstances

a. IRPR 117(9)d cases – Non-declaration of family members:
i. Intentional & unintentional non-disclosure
ii. Misrepresentation
iii. Humanitarian & compassionate arguments
iv. Ethical issues: Counselling clients to admit to non-disclosure, avoiding omission and/or misrepresentation, understanding the merit of a case, managing client’s expectations, honesty and candour with the client: full disclosure of possible consequences

b. Spousal sponsorships for queer & same-sex couples
i. Common evidentiary issues
ii. Tips to prove the genuineness of queer relationships
iii. Preparing clients for interviews
iv. Ethical issues: managing client’s expectations, conflict of interest, dual representation, honesty and candour, know your client

c. Intercountry adoptions
i. Pathway to permanent residency
ii. Pathway to citizenship
iii. Hague Convention vs non-Hague Convention countries
iv. Ethical issues: Communicating with domestic and foreign adoption agencies

d. Intercountry adoptions of minors who are relatives
i. Common issues for intra-family adoptions
ii. Tips to prove the genuineness of parental relationships
iii. Ethical issues: know your client, honesty and candour with client and IRCC, managing client’s expectations


3 hours

regular fee - $ 90.00




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