Borderlines Podcast Episode 48 – Responding to Procedural Fairness Letters, with Raj Sharma

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Last Updated on May 17, 2021 by Steven Meurrens

A discussion about responding to procedural fairness letters with digressions on possible bias against people from Punjab, unreasonable documentation requests, tunnel vision amongst visa officers, how if an officer goes out looking for misrepresentation in an application they will probably find it, aggressively banning people from Canada as a deterrance policy, IRCC misleading Parliament about whether it bounces applications for incompleteness and more.

Raj Sharma is a Partner at Stewart Sharma Harsanyi in Calgary.

Borderlines · #48 – Responding to Procedural Fairness Letters, with Raj Sharma

2:30 When does IRCC have to send a procedural fairness letter vs. being able to refuse an application without one?

15:00 Specific issues with the Canadian visa offices in New Delhi and Chandigarh.

21:00 Racialized assessments of visa applications.

23:00 Why hunting for misrep can lead to misrep findings.

25:00 Misrepresentation as a deterrence policy.

35:00 Is there a specific focus on Punjabs?

44:00 Can you tell if someone is lying as soon as you meet them at the start of an interview?

46:00 Preet Bharara on investigations

50:00 When IRCC believes that a job is fake because no employer would wait as long as IRCC’s processing times to fill a position.

1:00 Procedural fairness letters in the citizenship revocation process.

1:06 Litigation as a way to achieve policy reform.

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Borderlines Podcast #53 – Thoughts on Starting a Career in Immigration Law, with Joshua Sohn

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Joshua Sohn practiced immigration law for over 25 years. He is a past president of the Canadian Bar Association’s Immigration section. He worked both as a sole practicioner, at a small firm and at a big 4 accounting firm. We discuss Joshua’s career, what made him go to law school, whether he took immigration courses in law school, how he started in refugee law, differences between working as a solo practicioner, small firm and eventually at a big 4 accounting firm, and then back to a small firm, differences working in a downtown core vs suburb, and managing the stress of practicing immigration law and running a business. There are a lot of nuggets in here for aspiring lawyers and current practicioners.

Borderlines · #53 – Thoughts on Starting a Career in Immigration Law, with Joshua Sohn

2:00 Quitting social media after retirement.
9:00  Law school
14:00  Articles
17:30 Are there any courses or law schools that are best to help someone start a career in immigration?
19:30 Starting a career in refugee law.
22:30 Is it possible to make a viable practice just doing refugee law?
29:00 The law firm as training ground.
32:00 Practicing as a sole practitioner vs at a large firm.
35:30 Does it make sense for someone to do just immigration law or should people getting into the field specialize in another area as well?
37:00 Practicing immigration law in Vancouver vs. Surrey
41:00 Compassion vs. running a business
42:00 How IRCC’s current processes create new pressures on immigration solicitors.
49:00 The Big 4 accounting firms and immigration.
53:00 Mentorship and volunteerism.

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