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An Immigration Law Podcast

An Immigration Law Podcast

Welcome Home Podcast

From the publisher that brought you the Immigration Law Series, Emond Publishing presents Welcome Home: An Immigration Law podcast. Hosts Chantal Desloges and Cathryn Sawicki examine the current state of Canadian immigration law, breaking down policy, practice, procedure, and recent immigration cases from across Canada.

Each episode features distinguished guests from the defence bar, the Crown, and the media, as well as other members of the immigration law community from across Canada.

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5. Citizenship and COVID: Processes and Pitfalls NEW

Chantal and Cathryn welcome Lisa Middlemiss, an immigration lawyer at Gomberg and Dalfen in Montreal to discuss the opportunities and obstacles of Canada’s new virtual citizenship process.

With processing times longer than pre-pandemic and the sense of ceremony diminished for applicants, Chantal, Cathryn, and Lisa discuss the transition of interviews, tests, oath ceremonies, and some application processes to online platforms. Do e-citizenship processes just need a few improvements, or should we return to in-person citizenship events after the pandemic?

We then dive into a discussion of IRCC’s new permanent residency/citizenship application portal. Lisa and our hosts examine the benefits and drawbacks of the portal’s self-representation model for both legal representatives and applicants. They offer helpful hints for walking clients through the digital process and advice on documents to upload in the portal. Will the IRCC enable the role of legal counsel in the future?

In this episode’s segment of “Things I Wish I Knew,” Chantal and Cathryn break down bulletproofing. They discuss the importance of challenging clients on their statements and evidence before they face opposition.

• Access to information requests.

• Misrepresentation vs. Innocent Mistakes

• Residency fraud in citizenship applications.

• Managing client expectations.

Special GuestLisa Middlemiss, an immigration lawyer at Gomberg and Dalfen in Montreal who specializes in matters relating to residency and a member of the Executive of the Citizenship and Immigration Section of the Canadian Bar Association.

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The Hosts of Welcome Home

Chantal Desloges Headshot

Chantal Desloges

Chantal is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in both citizenship/immigration law and refugee law. She was called to the Ontario bar in 1999, and was an associate and subsequently a partner at Green & Spiegel law firm until 2010, when she established her own law firm, Desloges Law Group Professional Corporation. Her practice encompasses every possible area of Canadian citizenship, immigration, and refugee law, such as business class applications, skilled workers, family sponsorships, work and study permits, refugee cases, and citizenship applications, as well as appeals and judicial reviews of refused cases.

Chantal taught immigration law at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2000-1, and served as curriculum coordinator and lecturer for the Seneca College Immigration Practitioner Certificate Program from 1999-2010. She currently teaches current and aspiring immigration consultants at both IMEDA and Herzing College.

In March 2012, Chantal was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, and in May 2012 she was awarded the Canadian Bar Association Young Lawyers' Pro Bono Award. In 2013, she was appointed by the minister of justice to serve for a three-year term on the Federal Court Rules Committee, and was reappointed for a further three years in 2016. In 2014, Chantal was elected to the Executive of the Canadian Bar Association, Immigration Section, where she continues to serve.

Cathryn Sawicki Headshot

Cathryn Sawicki

Cathryn Sawicki is a Canadian immigration lawyer and the Global Business Immigration Services Team Lead at PwC Law LLP. She has particular expertise in the area of compliance, inadmissibility, and corporate strategic immigration solutions.

Cathryn is a member of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), the Ontario Bar Association, and the Law Society of Upper Canada. She completed her law degree at Osgoode Hall and earned a Certificate in Canadian Immigration with high honours.

She has lectured before the Law Society of Upper Canada, Federated Press, Professional Development Seminars, the CBA, and other organizations. She has appeared on CBC television and radio, Rogers TV, CFRB 1010, and CKNW radio as a guest speaker. Cathryn has also been interviewed for various newspapers and online articles and has taught immigration law at various colleges and law schools across Canada.