If you or someone you know is arrested or receives a negative decision from immigration officials, it is important to consult with counsel as soon as possible. There may be very short deadlines that will have to be respected.

The best way to win a case is to get it right the first time so that an appeal or a review is not necessary. But of course those who are not trained how to trained on how to present immigration cases make mistakes. And, being human, immigration officials make mistakes too.

In Canada, there is always a way to challenge a negative decision. There are processes for appeals, for judicial reviews, and even for asking the case to be reopened after a decision has been made. People detained (arrested) by immigration officials will have their detention reviewed on a regular basis.

The persons concerned have to decide, with the support and advice of legal counsel, whether or not challenging a decision has a reasonable chance of success, which has to be considered on a case by case basis.

The most common ways of breaking Canada’s immigration laws include not telling the whole truth or otherwise misleading immigration officials, failing to leave Canada before legal status expires, breaking criminal or immigration laws (inside or outside of Canada), and having relevant medical issues (even if your health is good at this moment).

We would be pleased to provide the advice you need.

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