Immigration issues for non-traditional families

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Date and time
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 13:30 PDT   see it in calendar
Krisha Dhaliwal
Krisha Dhaliwal
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  • recording
  • in English
CPD hours
LSBC 3 CPD hours available until: 03.04.2022
CICC (ICCRC) 3 CPD hours - Validity of the recording expired on: 03.07.2018
LSUC 0.5 Professionalism hours available until: 14.03.2022

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

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

Capacity: 50
3 hours
  • regular fee - $ 90.00


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