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Will Tao
Lawyer

Will Tao* (pronouns: he/him) is a Canadian Immigration and Refugee Lawyer at Edelmann and Co., who lives and works on the traditional, unceded territories of the Coast Salish – sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.

Will provides legal services in all areas of Canadian immigration and refugee law with a focus on complex applications, overcoming refusals, inadmissibility matters, appeals, and judicial reviews. Will regularly appeals before the Immigration and Refugee Board and the Federal Court of Canada. His focus is on international students, families, and temporary foreign workers.

Will also provides strategic advice and consultation to government, media, educational institutions, and businesses on immigration/refugee, decolonization, and race equity related issues. He is the founder and creator of Vancouver Immigration Blog (http://vancouverimmigrationblog.com), where he hopes to make immigration and refugee law more accessible to the general public. He is a second-generation Canadian, product of immigrants, and finds his personal motivation in the sacrifices of his parents and the resilience of Indigenous ancestors to this land.

Will speaks conversational Mandarin. When not working, he can be found organizing on behalf of cultural communities such as Chinatown and the Punjabi Market and exploring ethnic grocery stores and beautiful islands with his spouse Olivia.

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Reported Case History

  • Participated in advisory process for IAD Rules reform and Open Work Permit for Vulnerable Workers (2019)
  • Instructor, UBC Continuing Studies CILPP Program (beginning in 2020); 
  • Member, Chinatown Legacy Stewardship Group (2019);
  • Member, Punjabi Market Revitalization Collective (2019);
  • Member and Former Board Member, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (2014-present);
  • Former Chair, City of Vancouver Cultural Communities Advisory Committee (2015-2018);
  • Former Member, City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Working Group on Immigration (2017-2018);
  • Former Member, City of Vancouver’s Historical Discrimination Against People of Chinese Descent Committee (2017-2018);
  • Former Instructor, Ashton College Immigration Consultant Diploma Program (2017);
  • CBA National Immigration Section
  • Canadian Bureau of International Education
  • Continuing Legal Education, B.C.
  • Dignidad Migrante
  • CAPIC 
  • IMEDA 
  • Cornell University
  • HULT International Business School
  • University of Canada West
  • LaSalle College
  • Vancouver Film School
  • Douglas College
  • University of British Columbia
  • MOSAIC
  • S.U.C.C.E.S.S.