The Basics: Spousal Sponsorship Appeals

Join host Sarah Boyd (Boyd Law) as she chats with Joanna Berry (lawyer, freelance legal consultant) and Steven Blakey (lawyer at Waldman & Associates) about the process of appealing to the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD) the refusal of a spousal sponsorship application. This webinar is another entry in The Basics series, a collection of webinars breaking down the fundamentals of refugee and immigration practice. The presentation will begin with a general overview of IAD litigation, and will then provide practice tips specific to spousal appeals. As always, the webinar is interactive so come prepared with your questions for the presenters.

Speaker Bios:

Joanna Berry was inspired to leave a career in archaeology and apply to law school at the time when Jason Kenney occupied his prior post as Canada’s Immigration Minister. She has contributed to various migrant rights advocacy initiatives over the past decade, and has worked in the immigration and refugee law sector since 2014. She is presently establishing a new legal consultancy practice, and is also working as a Continuing Education instructor.

Steven graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in June 2017. He commenced Articles at Waldman & Associates the same month He is now an associate at that firm. At Waldman, Steven has gained experience in immigration and refugee law, and has represented clients before the Immigration and Refugee Board and the Federal Court. He was co-counsel in Revell v Canada (MCI), 2019 FCA 262 constitutional litigation. Steven co-authored the paper Citizenship Revocation & the Canadian Bill of Rights with Warda Shazadi Meighen, for the April 2018 CBA Immigration Law Conference.

LSO CPD: 1 Hour Substantive

Replay available here.

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