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Immigration Lawyer/Policy Advisor. Co-Founder, @HeronLFMC @ArenousNGO. Vancouver Immigration Blog. PC: @vsaranphoto. Tweets ≠ legal advice. #cdnimm (he/him)
9 Mar
For those who insist that we're in some post-racial dream world, here's exhibit 1 - how visa office in Ghana requests the *exact* same documents requested by a visa office in the U.K.

London: if you do not send documents in time it could delay your application.

#cdnimm #racism
Ghana: we're going to throw a procedural fairness letter and a request letter together and warn you about s.16 IRPA right away. Note for non-immi folks: this is a way to fast-track a refusal + open up misrep. #cdnimm #racism
Also Ghana: you better answer truthfully or we will refuse you. The word 'refusal' shows up four times in the letter and 'truthful' twice.

Again for non-#cdnimm folks: can refuse a sponsorship on s.16 for not providing docs and s.40 for misrep. Usually a PFL sent IF concerns.
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7 Mar
Interesting. We presented on the changes which seemed to suggest visitor record were not going to be issued to accompanying dependents of international students. Now it's changed again and frankly - it's back to the confusion on what helping to establish in Canada means.
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CBSA instructions link in the PDIs is broken (cc: @CitImmCanada) but if it were linked correctly you need to go to this link as the actual questionnaire doesn't differentiate between international students/family of international student. travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/t…

#cdnimm #intled
In sum, those who are approved with study permits + are bringing accompanying spouse/dependent will get asked about their reason for travel (non-discretionary = help intl student 'establish' in Canada) + importantly demonstrate adequate funds for stay in Canada. #cdnimm #intled Image
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20 Jun 20
BIPOC lawyer's dilemma (talked about this w/several in circle):

You see injustice/racism in work (place/society). Do you speak out/write/comment/show up?

Evaluate risk: Firm of WM/WW firm partners, be seen as not neutral/objective/activist/distracted/counter client interests.
Choice: You swallow your salty blood-tinged saliva. You make pro forma statement when asked by firm your thoughts in round table discussion. You message BIPOC friends in texts/messages expressing solidarity. You realize you have not shown up as authentic self within both spaces.
Yrs later you hope your historical silence but model minority advocacy (acting on positive stuff, diversity committees, feel good/back pat/raise up all work) gets you enough clout for you to be elevate to partner/get a judicial/board nomination or else focus on family.
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