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Think Immigration Issues Can't Impact Your Organization? Think Again. An Overview of Key Immigration Issues

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Professionalism (Ethics, etc.): 0.25
15 minutes
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1 hour
Arvin Afzali
Matthew Jeffery
Benjamin Kranc
Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA)
75 minutes
$129.00 plus tax
Includes Handouts

Immigration Law encompasses a broad array of issues. These issues may arise in the course of any practice, but often show up in Business Law, Criminal Law and Family Law. Failure to consider the impact of immigration issues in the context of other elements of a matter can have serious consequences, and every practitioner needs to recognize when immigration issues may be triggered. A few examples of the intersection of immigration and other areas of law can be seen with questions such as:

  • What are the consequences of a Canadian employer seeking to raise or lower a foreign worker’s salary?
  • What are the consequences of drafting a marriage agreement where one party has been sponsored by the other?
  • What are the consequences of accepting a seemingly favourable plea bargain in a criminal matter, where the accused is a permanent resident of Canada?

Led by immigration lawyers of various specialties, this panel will cover these topics and more!


Arvin Afzali

Arvin Afzali is an Immigration and Refugee lawyer at the Chaudhary Immigration Law Professional Corporation in Toronto. He has regularly appeared on behalf of clients before the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada and the Federal Court. He also routinely deals with clients who are facing complex admissibility issues with their immigration matters in Canada. He attended the University of Montreal where he simultaneously completed a Bachelor of Laws (LL. B.) and a Master of Arts in International Affairs and Public Policy. He is conversant in English, French, Spanish and Farsi. Arvin is a member of the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers.

Matthew Jeffery

Matthew Jeffery, Barrister & Solicitor, is a Canadian immigration lawyer based in Toronto. Mr. Jeffery holds a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and is certified as a Specialist in Immigration Law by the Law Society of Ontario. Mr. Jeffery specializes in all types of immigration cases, including applications for permanent residence such as Spousal Sponsorships, Express Entry, and Humanitarian cases; applications for temporary residence including Work Permits, Study Permits and Visitor Visas; as well as Permanent Resident Card renewals and Citizenship applications. Mr. Jeffery also provides the full range of Canadian immigration court and tribunal services, such as Refugee Claims, Admissibility hearings, Judicial Review before the Federal Court of Canada, and Appeals to the Immigration Appeal Division.

Benjamin Kranc

Benjamin Kranc (pronounced ‘Krantz’) is principal of Kranc Associates, a corporate immigration law firm. Ben received his B.A. (Hons.) in Computer Science from York University in 1983 and his LL.B. from Western University in 1986. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1988 and has been certified as a Specialist in Immigration Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1997. Ben has been recognized by Who’s Who Legal as a foremost practitioner in the area of Corporate Immigration Law, and has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer rating, ‘AV Preeminent®’.

Ben practises Canadian immigration law exclusively, with a focus on corporate immigration. He is active in the his field, having written various texts including ‘North American Relocation Law’ (Thomson Reuters/Carswell, regularly-updated) and the corporate immigration section of the Human Resources Advisor (First Reference Books). He has also written for professional journals and other periodicals including The Law Times, Immigration and Citizenship Bulletin, and the International Human Resource Update. Ben is a lecturer at the University of British Columbia Certificate in Immigration, Laws, Policies and Procedures Program and a frequent speaker, having spoken for organizations including the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Employee Relocation Council, the Human Resources Professionals Association, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association – Citizenship and Immigration Section.

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