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May 11, 2012

Success at the Federal Court – Court follows Wang and determines trivia questions are not an appropriate means of testing religious identity

Immigration and Refugee lawyers at Levine Associates have won another Federal Court case which follows in the footsteps of Wang v. M.C.I. which found that questioning claimants by “way of trivia” is not a fair way to assess religious identity.  Shelley Levine argued the case of Wang v. M.C.I. which was prominently reported in the […]

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May 2, 2012

A Day in the Life at the IRB for an Immigration Lawyer

Sometimes a day at the IRB can be an exercise in frustration. I attended this morning for a hearing involving a mother and her daughter. The mother speaks Vietnamese and her daughter speaks Mandarin which entailed having two interpreters present to ensure all parties understand the proceedings. After waiting for 20 minutes without the arrival of a Board Member I decided that it was time to investigate.

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April 27, 2012

Bill C-31 and the Balanced Refugee Reform Act

I have been asked several times how it can be the case that the Balanced Refugee Reform Act (BRRA) which was to be in force in June 2012 can be extended beyond that date.  For those of you involved in the refugee field you will recall that the legislation was originally scheduled for implementation in December 2011. […]

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April 10, 2012

Vancouver FamilyLaw Website picks up on Girgis article

Note that in British Columbia the new Family Law Act (not yet in place) will give common law couples rights similar to married couples’ rights.

Cohabitation agreements help give common-law spouses same rights as married couples

Before moving in together, couples should recognize that common-law spouses do not have the same property rights as married people.

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March 12, 2012

Jason Thomas of Levine Associates comments on Refugee claims show inconsistent approval rates

Analysis of data for 2011 shows that the chance of success of a refugee’s plea to stay in Canada can depend on who hears the case at the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB).

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January 6, 2012

Shelley Levine quoted in regard to IRB adjudicator rebuked by court for refusing man who failed Catholic ‘trivia’

The task of separating the devout from the fraudsters among those claiming refugee status in Canada for religious persecution cannot be divined by peppering someone with “trivia” questions, the Federal Court has ruled.

The judicial chastising of the way an Immigration and Refugee Board adjudicator tried to ferret out bogus refugees stems from the case of a man who fled China saying he fears persecution for being a Roman Catholic. He was refused because of his answers to questions about Catholic tradition.”

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December 19, 2009

Fluctuations in refugee rulings trouble critics

Some critics call it a lottery, others call it Russian roulette.

A CBC News analysis shows dozens of members of the Immigration and Refugee Board are overwhelmingly refusing claims for asylum in Canada, while others are overwhelmingly approving them.

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