Edris Arib

Legal Assistant
edris@edelmann.ca

Edris Arib is a law and public policy professional with experience in international and civil society organisations. He was member of Afghanistan Independent Bar Association (2009 to 2013) and he practiced law in the areas of Criminal and Civil Defense. He worked as Legal Counselor for Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Senior Legal Advisor for both the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan; and International Development Law Organization (IDLO). His most recent experience was with Transparency International as Policy and Advocacy Consultant.

He holds a Masters degree in Public Policy from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt in Germany.

Edris is fluent in Dari/Farsi, Pashto, German; and can communicate in Urdu and Arabic.

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Edris Arib

Edris Arib

Legal Assistant

Zinab Alfakih

Legal Assistant
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Zinab Alfakih

Zinab Alfakih

Legal Assistant

Suzanne Baustad

Senior Paralegal
suzanne@edelmann.ca

Suzanne has worked as an immigration and refugee paralegal at Edelmann & Company since 2007. She assists lawyers and clients with refugee claims, temporary and permanent resident immigration applications as well as all aspects of hearing preparation, judicial reviews, and appeals.

Suzanne has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Calgary and a Masters in International Development Studies from Sussex University, UK. She has a Paralegal Diploma from Capilano University and a Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures from the University of British Columbia.

Suzanne is a member of the British Columbia Paralegal Association and works with a number of community-based migrant justice, anti-poverty, and women’s organizations. She enjoys travel, biking, dog walks and spending time with her two children.

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Suzanne Baustad

Suzanne Baustad

Senior Paralegal

Randall K. Cohn

Lawyer
randall@edelmann.ca

Randall received his JD with honors from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is licensed to practice in the states of Minnesota and Washington. He practiced criminal defence at the Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office in Minneapolis, and received the 2017 Paul Marino People’s Lawyer Award from the Minnesota chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.

Before turning to the law, Randall was an outreach worker and later a shelter manager for homeless adults and youth in the Twin Cities, and was a co-founder of the Minnesota Harm Reduction Community.

He holds a Master's degree in International Relations from San Francisco State University and a bachelor of fine arts from New York University.

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Randall K. Cohn

Randall K. Cohn

Lawyer

Christine Edelmann

Office Manager
christine@edelmann.ca

Christine earned her Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Ottawa. She is driven to make positive change in the world and began her career with a focus on environmental issues. Her earliest endeavors ranged from non-profit project coordination to managing logistics in an environmental engineering firm. Having thus honed her organizational skills, she continued her passion for establishing functioning organizational systems at Edelmann Co.

After a work break of several years at home, growing a garden along with two young children, she came back to the firm in 2012 and continued putting her problem-solving abilities to good use as the Office Manager helping enable the firm to successfully grow into what it is today.

Christine oversees the smooth operation of the office. She drafts retainers; manages the accounts payable and accounts receivable; and oversees human resource management including staff, payroll and holidays. She ensures that the firm is in compliance with the rules and regulations set out by Canada Revenue Agency, the Minister of Finance and the Law Society of British Columbia.

Christine is bilingual (English/French) and keeps the plants in the office alive.

 

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Christine Edelmann

Christine Edelmann

Office Manager

Peter Edelmann

Founding Partner / Lawyer
peter@edelmann.ca

Peter Edelmann has a practice focused primarily on litigation and appeals in the areas of immigration and refugee law, extradition and criminal defence. He regularly appears before all levels of the federal and provincial courts as well as the various divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board. He is an active member of the national Immigration Section of the Canadian Bar Association and on the litigation committees of both the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers and the Canadian Council for Refugees.

Peter is a regular presenter at conferences on various topics related to criminal and immigration law. He regularly appears before Parliamentary committees and before the Supreme Court of Canada on issues related to criminality and national security in the immigration context.

Peter taught for several years in the Computer Forensics program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and is currently an instructor in the University of British Columbia Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures (CILPP) program.

Peter is bilingual (French and English) and fluent in Spanish.

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Peter Edelmann

Peter Edelmann

Founding Partner / Lawyer

Tiara Flores

Receptionist
tiara@edelmann.ca

Tiara Flores earned her Bachelor degree in Law from the Public University of Cordoba (UNC) in Argentina. She then practiced labor law defending worker's rights for the two years. As a lawyer in Argentina, she was a member of several non-profit legal groups whose focuses ranged from animal protection to women’s rights and general human rights. Upon arrival in Canada, she volunteered for the Community Court of Vancouver as a court runner by assisting people living in poverty to prepare for their hearings.

In addition to her law degree, Tiara has a diploma from UNC in "mediation as a peaceful and alternative resolution of conflicts" that enabled her to defend clients in the pre-trial stages of the legal process, and help them to find alternative solutions to costly trials.  She is a firm believer that finding alternative solutions is the right path of justice.

Tiara is currently working on her Master Degree in International labor law. She is driven to take her career to the next level by learning and working in a law firm in a different country than hers. She is passionate about social justice around the world and is keen to continue focusing her career down this path.

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Tiara Flores

Tiara Flores

Receptionist

Molly Joeck

Lawyer
molly@edelmann.ca

Molly Joeck joined Edelmann and Co. in 2017 and currently practices in all areas of immigration and refugee law.

Molly is from Vancouver, and graduated with a dual common law/civil law degree from McGill University in 2012 before going on to article with the Federal Court of Canada. She was called to the bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2014, and the bar of the Law Society of British Columbia in 2017.

Subsequent to her articles, she practiced immigration and refugee law with a leading law firm in Toronto, Canada, where she assisted hundreds of new arrivals to Canada from all over the world with their refugee and immigration matters.

She represents refugee claimants at all stages of their claims, including appeals, judicial reviews, and cessation/vacation proceedings, as well as pre-removal risk assessments and humanitarian and compassionate applications. She also assists individuals with their immigration and citizenship matters, including permanent resident applications, spousal/parental sponsorships, visitor visas, work permit applications and citizenship applications.

Currently, Molly’s practice focuses on the confluence of immigration and criminal law, including but not limited to criminal inadmissibility, danger opinions, exclusion, applications for rehabilitation and pardons. She is also experienced in immigration detention matters, including detention reviews and related litigation.

She also represents individuals for purposes of applications under the International Transfer of Offenders Act, as well as applications for review of seizures pursuant to the Customs Act or the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act.

Molly regularly appears before all divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board and has argued multiple applications for judicial review and stays of removal before the Federal Court of Canada.

Molly is fluent in French.

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Molly Joeck

Molly Joeck

Lawyer

Bahar Motamedian

Legal Assistant
bahar@edelmann.ca

Bahar Motamedian has a Bachelor of Law; a Master’s degree in International Law; and a Bachelor of French language and literature. She also has a certificate in Immigration, Laws, Policies and Procedures from the University of British Columbia.

Bahar’s passion for immigration stems from her experience as a volunteer in a settlement agency where she worked closely with an immigration lawyer to assist refugees, temporary students, workers, and visitors. As a volunteer, she attended many refugee hearings and assisted refugees who went through traumatic circumstances in helping them to prepare for their hearings.

Bahar enjoys helping others and strongly believes that everyone should have the opportunity to make Canada their home on a temporary or permanent basis.

Outside of work, Bahar enjoys fashion, music, and traveling.

Bahar is fluent in Englisha and Farsi, and can communicate in French and Arabic.

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Bahar Motamedian

Bahar Motamedian

Legal Assistant

Melissa Ng

Legal Assistant
melissa@edelmann.ca
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Melissa Ng

Melissa Ng

Legal Assistant

Erica Olmstead

Partner / Lawyer
erica@edelmann.ca

Erica Olmstead practices immigration, refugee and criminal law.  Erica has assisted individuals from all over the world make applications to immigrate to and obtain status in Canada. She has experience resolving particularly complex inadmissibility cases for persons who have faced legal hurdles in seeking to get or keep their status in Canada. She also assists clients facing criminal charges or seeking to appeal a conviction or sentence, where there is an immigration law or rights’ based nexus.

Erica regularly appears before all Divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board and the Federal Court, and she has acted in cases before the British Colombia Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. She works as a case review lawyer with the Legal Services Society, Appeals Department, where she advises staff in all areas of immigration, refugee and criminal law and works to promote access to justice. She is also an instructor and course lead coordinator with the University of British Columbia, Certificate in Immigration, Laws, Policies and Procedures program.

She has published numerous immigration-related articles and is a regular presenter at immigration and refugee legal education conferences and events in British Columbia.

 

Reported case history:

 

Supreme Court of Canada

Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, et al. v. Tusif Ur Rehman Chhina, 2018 SCC - lead counsel for intervener Canadian Counsel for Refugees (decision reserved)

detention — habeas corpus application — immigration — detainee — foreign national

  1. v. Wong, 2018 SCC 25 – co-counsel for Appellant

guilty plea — uninformed — consequences — collateral — legally relevant

B010 v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), [2015] 3 SCR 704 – co-counsel for Appellant

people smuggling — migrants — context of transnational crime — organized criminality — asylum-seekers

B010 v. Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, 2014 CanLII 38977 (SCC)  – co-counsel for Appellant

réexamen — motion for reconsideration — accueillies — civile — prorogation

Tran v. Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness), [2017] 2 SCR 289 – consultation and research for written arguments

maximum term of imprisonment — conditional sentences — serious criminality — punishable by a maximum term — offence

  1. v. Appulonappa, [2015] 3 SCR 754 – consultation and research for written arguments

smuggling — migrants — humanitarian — asylum-seekers — undocumented

 

BC Court of Appeal and BC Supreme Court

  1. v. Beguin, 2019 BCCA 50

sentence — robbery — time served — credit — mental health

  1. v. Wong, 2018 BCCA 360

collateral immigration consequences — dial-a-dope — offender — sentencing — cocaine

  1. v De Silva, 2018 BCSC 1496

sentence — rehabilitation — probation — tellers — commit robbery

  1. v Harlens Trucking Ltd., 2018 BCSC 1171

restitution — sentencing — mile — rate — employment

  1. v. De Aquino, 2017 BCCA 266

sentence — trafficking — cocaine — immigration consequences — mandatory minimum

  1. v. Zhang, 2017 BCCA 185

sentence — assault — credit for pre-sentence custody — time served — uttering threats

  1. R. v. Reid,2017 BCCA 53

breaking into a coin-operated device — conviction — parking meter — indictment — instrument

  1. v. Zhang, 2016 BCSC 895

pre-sentence custody — effective sentence — deportation — presentence — time

  1. v. Talarizadeh, 2016 BCSC 2479

six-month conditional sentence — extension of time — immigration status — deportation — interests of justice

  1. R. v. Wong, 2016 BCCA 416

guilty plea — immigration consequences — miscarriage of justice — sentence — conviction

  1. v. Kasongo, 2016 BCCA 123

six-month sentence — collateral immigration consequences — permanent resident — criminality — aware

  1. v. Al-Qaysi, 2016 BCSC 937

declaration of invalidity — enactment so repealed — offence — suspension of invalidity — conviction

  1. v. Keyler, 2014 BCCA 300

conditional sentence — illegal sentence — offence — probation — consecutively

  1. v. Nanos, 2013 BCCA 339

sentence — offender — insurance company — ability to pay the restitution — demonstrably unfit

  1. v. Patrick, 2013 BCCA 321

sentence — substance abuse — presentence — probation — custody

  1. v. Dennis, 2013 BCCA 222

three-year probation — one-year conditional sentence — term of restitution — expires — conditional discharge

  1. v. Dennis, 2013 BCCA 153

conditional discharge — sentence — lifetime ineligibility — collateral consequences — family unit

  1. v. Hancock, 2012 BCCA 470

sentence — unwell — imposed — heroin — sentencing

  1. v. Appulonappa, 2014 BCCA 163

human smuggling — international — refugees — family members — overbroad

  1. v. Appulonappa, 2013 BCSC 198

declaration of invalidity — void — stay — human smuggling — struck

  1. v. Appulonappa, 2013 BCSC 31

human smuggling — refugees — overbroad — international — hypotheticals

 

Federal Court of Appeal

B010 v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2013 FCA 87

people smuggling — inadmissibility — material benefit — standard of review — crew

Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness) v. Tran, [2016] 2 FCR 459, 2015 FCA 237

maximum term of imprisonment — offence — foreign national — punishable by a maximum term — delegate

 

Federal Court

Mbuyi Tshiunza v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2018 FC 1216

refugee — lived — credibility — leaving — subjective fear

Zuluaga v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2017 FC 1005

criminality — status — hardship — permanent — outweighed

Ma v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2016 FC 1245

term of imprisonment — discretion — crime — reconsideration by a different decision-maker — sentence

Lesly v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2018 FC 272

inadmissibility — extension of time — delay — people smuggling — application

Khachatourian v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2015 FC 182

credibility findings — standard of review — reasonableness standard — deference — proselytizing

Canada (Citizenship and Immigration) v. S.M.G.L, 2014 FC 986

cyber-plot — cyber-attack plot — whistle-blowing activities — well-founded fear of persecution — attempts to expose

Abadi v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2016 FC 29

refugee — re-availment — country of nationality — passport — re-availed himself of s diplomatic

Sediqi v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2015 FC 1081

wealthy businessman — lack of subjective fear — men — family — threats

Melgares v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2013 FC 1162

state — violence — gang — corruption — police

Tran v. Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness), 2014 FC 1040

punishable by a maximum — conditional sentence — term of imprisonment greater — arrests — officer

Fawaz v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2012 FC 1394

authorities — adverse credibility findings — forged passport — evidence — decision-makers

Maleki v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2012 FC 131

involved in subversion by force — group — organization — ideology — reasonable grounds to believe

Canada (Citizenship and Immigration) v. B031,2011 FC 878— 2011-07-14

Federal Court — Canada (Federal)

identity — migrants — moot — detention — applications for judicial review

 

IRB (Reported cases only, most cases are unreported)

Nakirala v Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness), 2015 CanLII 91109 (CA IRB)

removal — convicted — serious criminality — trafficking in a controlled substance — permanent resident

X (Re), 2015 CanLII 111365 (CA IRB)

passport — religion — re-determination by a differently constituted — credibility — Iran – RAD

Andeku v Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness), 2015 CanLII 98282

removal — stay — evidence — little — mental health

 

X (Re), 2016 CanLII 107644 (CA IRB) — 2016-01-19

identity — claimant — evidence — documents — credibility –Eritrean-- RAD

 

X (Re), 2014 CanLII 95080 (CA IRB) — 2014-07-07

pastor — credibility — friend — name — claimant –RAD -- Colombia

 

X (Re), 2014 CanLII 96093 (CA IRB) — 2014-03-06

claimant — fears -- recordings — group – Iran – Mexico – Political Opinion – Conspiracy

 

Courses/Community Involvement:

  • Legal Services Society, Immigration Detention Duty Counsel, 2012 - Present
  • Immigration and Refugee Board, Designated Representative contracts, 2011 - Present
  • Ministry of Children and Family Services, contract lawyer for minors in care, 2018 - Present
  • Legal Services Society, Appeal Department, case review lawyer, 2012 – Present
  • Instructor and Course Lead / Coordinator - University of British Colombia, Certificate in Immigration, Laws, Policies and Procedures – Humanitarian & Compassionate Applications, Appeals and Detentions Module, 2015 to Present
  • Appellate Advocacy, Assistant Instructor, University of British Colombia, 2015-Present
  • UBC Law Students’ Legal Advice Program, Supervising lawyer, 2013 – Present

Presentations / Conferences

  • Upcoming: Halifax Refugee Clinic's  Immigration and Criminality conference, 28-29 March 2019 (fairness letters, s. 44 reports, admissibility hearings and exclusion, the Immigration Appeal Division, and Conviction or sentence appeals - v. Wong, 2018 SCC 25)
  • Upcoming: Canadian Bar Association National Immigration Law Conference – Immigration Appeal Division, March 2019
  • Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, UBC Chapter, November 6, 2018 – Habeas Corpus for immigration detainees and Chhina Canada (MSPEP), SCC
  • Legal Services Society & Community Partners conference – Bringing family members to Canada, July 2018
  • Borderlines Podcast: Discussing v. Wong, 2018 SCC 25
  • Vancouver Court House Library webinar – Introduction to Refugee Law, March 6, 2018
  • University of British Columbia, Law Students Legal Advice Program – Immigration law, 2018
  • Canadian Counsel for Refugees webinar - Criminal Inadmissibility: Understanding the consequences for non-citizens, Access to Justice Series, 7 March 2018
  • Steering Committee Member for International Humanitarian Law Conference with the International Committee of the Red Cross in March, 2017 and February, 2018
  • CLE BC Immigration Issues in Depth conference – Intersections of Immigration, Criminal and International Law, November, 2017
  • Legal Services Society Staff conference –- Refugees and the Law , May 4, 2017
  • University of British Colombia, Certificate in Immigration, Laws, Policies and Procedures course – Refugee Appeal Division, May, 2015
  • Canadian Bar Association National Immigration Law Conference – Cessation of Refugee Status, 2015
  • Downtown East Side Legal Access and Barriers Roundtable – Immigration Status, UBC Learning Exchange, 2015
  • CLE BC Immigration Issues in Depth– The Ties that Bind or Loss of Permanent Residence Status, 2014
  • Amnesty International seminar – International human rights and refugee law, 2013
  • Canadian Counsel for Refugees webinar – Cessation of refugee status, 2014
  • Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers – Cessation Applications Background & Strategies, 2014
  • Immigration law presentations to various community groups and media outlets

 Articles / Publications

  • Criminal Inadmissibility: Understanding the consequences for non-citizens, 7 March 2018
  • ‘Cessation under s. 108(1) of IRPA since the “Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act” (CBA National Immigration Law Conference, May 7, 2015)’
  • Guide for National Planning: To Prevent, Stop and Redress Violations of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, 2009

 

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Erica Olmstead

Erica Olmstead

Partner / Lawyer

Erin C. Roth

Partner / Lawyer
erin@edelmann.ca

Erin C. Roth* practices immigration, citizenship, and refugee law.

 

She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Alberta, followed by completing Law School at the University of Toronto. She was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2009 and in British Columbia in 2016. Erin appears regularly before the Federal Court, Immigration Division, Immigration Appeal Division (IAD), Refugee Protection Division (RPD), and has acted in cases before the Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada, and has attended Citizenship Hearings.

 

Erin started her practice with a focus in refugee law, focusing on RPD claims and the judicial review of refugee refusals. Her practice has expanded to complex inadmissibility cases and appeals, including clients facing allegations of inadmissibility for security, criminality, medical, residency, and misrepresentation. Erin’s practice also includes Federal Court applications for all types of refusals or delayed applications, including economic class, family class, temporary visa applications, stays of removal, and Service Canada applications.

 

Erin is the Canada Bar Association Immigration Section Representative to the Federal Courts Bench and Bar Liaison Committee. She is also a member of the Canadian Refugee Lawyers Association, involved with the immigration detention committee. She volunteers as immigration counsel through Access ProBono with ISSofBC, and is a regular presenter at conferences in British Columbia and nationally.

 

Reported case history:

 

Supreme Court of Canada

 

Tran v. Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness), 2017 SCC 50 – co-counsel for Appellant

maximum term of imprisonment — conditional sentences — serious criminality — punishable by a maximum term — offence

 

Federal Court of Appeal


Austria v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration)
, 2014 FCA 191 – co-counsel for the Appellant Tabingo

federal skilled worker class — permanent resident visa — applications — selection criteria — immigration


Qin v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration)
,  2013 FCA 263 – co-counsel for the Appellant

visa officer — wage — work experience — standard of review — comparator


Sapru v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration)
, 2011 FCA 35 – junior counsel, assisted with research and drafting

medical officer — immigration officer — excessive demand on social services — expected to cause excessive demand — health


Canada (Citizenship and Immigration) v. Lawrence
, 2013 FCA 257 – junior counsel, assisted with research and drafting

publicly funded social services — mitigation plan — medical officer for consideration — cost — response

 

Federal Court (reported cases only)

 

Canada (Citizenship and Immigration) v. XYZ, 2019 FC 140

procedural fairness — stay — counselling — breach — transcript


Santiago v. Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness)
, 2017 FC 91

stay of removal — establishment — initial — considerations warrant special relief — permanent resident

 

Tan v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2016 FC 876

military service exemption — evidence — state — transcripteur dans laquelle celui-ci indique — wants to rely

 

Marshall v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2015 FC 856

different pre-removal risk assessment officer — letters — privilege — reconsideration before a different pre-removal — credibility

 

Burra v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2014 FC 1238

fairness letter — individualized plan to ensure — excessive demand on social services — medical — facilitation


Singh v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration)
, 2014 FC 377

democratic — government — espionage — killings — labor

 

Banik v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2013 FC 777

medical officer — non-medical factors — excessive demand — services — procedural fairness


Gharialia v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration)
, 2013 FC 745

substituted evaluation — ability to become economically established — skilled worker — procedural fairness — letters


Yusuf v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration)
, 2013 FC 591

evidence — identity — inclusion — risk — well-founded fear of persecution

 

Usckarya v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2013 FC 476

committed a serious non-political crime — misdemeanour rather than a felony — presumption of the seriousness — mitigating — mode of prosecution

 

Tabingo v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2013 FC 377 – co-counsel

applications — backlog — visa office — processed — selection

 

Sanchez Mantilla v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2012 FC 1460

principal — allegedly — second — phone calls — stolen

 

Dembele v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2012 FC 1434

cryptography — outside the four-year period — qualitative residency test — citizenship — procedural fairness

 

Tomlinson v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2012 FC 822

generalized risk — personally targeted by the gang — country — brother — individualized


Richards v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration)
, 2011 FC 1363

state — fear of gender-related persecution — victims — policeman — sponsorship

 

Theophile v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2011 FC 961

thugs — patronage — risk — evidence — country


Charles v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration)
, 2011 FC 852

detention — legal aid — certificate — procedural fairness — refugee

 

Guiseppe Ferraro v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2011 FC 801 – co-counsel

accelerated parole — charges — argues that the decision-maker — temporary resident permit — common-law wife

 

Rabeya v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2011 FC 370

single educational credential — full-time equivalent studies — points — diplôme — temps plein


Han v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration)
, 2011 FC 169

million won — loan sharks — embezzlement — borrowed — loans

 

Abreu Belen v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2009 FC 718 – co-counsel

persecution — married a foreigner — citizen — co-habiting — risk

 

IRB (Reported cases only, most cases are unreported)


Zhang v Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness)
, 2018 CanLII 107708 (CA IRB)

stay — offence — removal — passport — conditions

 

Faiman v Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness), 2018 CanLII 72636 (CA IRB)

relationship — misrepresentation — interests of a child directly — find — common-law partner


Hou v Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness)
, 2018 CanLII 54747 (CA IRB)

misrepresentations — find — citizenship — card — false


Cabraja v Canada (Citizenship and Immigration)
, 2017 CanLII 90155 (CA IRB) – co-counsel

marriage — immigration — genuine — entered into primarily — wedding

 

X (Re), 2017 CanLII 147603 (CA IRB)

refugee — political — visa — manager — nexus


X (Re)
, 2018 CanLII 109295 (CA IRB)

principal — committed a serious non-political crime — minister — associate — former husband

 

X (Re), 2017 CanLII 61544 (CA IRB)

panel — mental health — persecution — religious views — blog

 

Robson v Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2016 CanLII 100872 (CA IRB)

marriage — purpose of acquiring any status — genuine — daughter — relationship

 

Machado c Canada (Citoyenneté et Immigration), 2016 CanLII 71120 (CA IRB)

common-law partner — permanent resident visa — child of the sponsor — spouse — parent


Kashi-ghandi v Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness)
, 2015 CanLII 99510 (CA IRB)

five-year period — permanent resident — entrepreneur — father — panel


Gulraiz v Canada (Citizenship and Immigration)
, 2015 CanLII 94117 (CA IRB)

refusal to grant — permanent residence — dependent child — humanitarian — compassionate


Al-Dabagh v Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness)
, 2014 CanLII 93683 (CA IRB)

outside on a full-time basis — panel — departure — five-year period in question — employed outside on a full-time

 

X (Re), 2014 CanLII 98008 (CA IRB)

refugee — military — government — panel finds — fear

 

Aftab v Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2013 CanLII 100429 (CA IRB)

sponsor questionnaire — permanent resident — practice — marry — self-study


Dijkstra v Canada (Citizenship and Immigration)
, 2013 CanLII 100316 (CA IRB)

motor vehicle with excess alcohol — visa — criminality — conviction — humanitarian

 

Harrison v Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2013 CanLII 98905 (CA IRB)

email — marriage — interview — visa officer — spam

 

Nagy v Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2013 CanLII 98811 (CA IRB)

immigration — stated — jail — overstayed — pre-sentence custody

 

Burton v Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness), 2013 CanLII 98762 (CA IRB)

convicted of sexual assault — nephew s funeral — session — daughter — permanent resident

 

Khaireddin v Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2013 CanLII 98747 (CA IRB)

husband — wife — children — panel — immigration officer

 

Arneja v Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2013 CanLII 98043 (CA IRB)

residency obligation — panel finds — five-year period — compassionate considerations exist to warrant — visa

 

Wen v Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness), 2013 CanLII 97451 (CA IRB)

husband — marriage — pages — daughter — parents


Anglin v Canada (Citizenship and Immigration)
, 2012 CanLII 100957 (CA IRB)

criminality — inadmissibility — sort — evidence — balance of probabilities


Choi v. Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness)
, 2012 CanLII 64269 (CA IRB)

humanitarian — progressing — compassionate — financially — exclusion

 

Lee v. Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness), 2012 CanLII 46074 (CA IRB)

removal — crime-free life — fines — one-year period — convicted

 

X (Re), 2012 CanLII 100355 (CA IRB)

panel — plea bargain — refugee — committed a serious non-political crime — offences


X (Re)
, 2012 CanLII 93974 (CA IRB)

claimants — states — program — persuasive evidence that was involved — purse

 

X (Re), 2012 CanLII 91368 (CA IRB)

claimant — perpetrators — facto — authorities — police

 

Boateng v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2011 CanLII 90792 (CA IRB)

visa officer — proxy marriage — stated — wedding — stepmother

 

Iqbal v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2011 CanLII 70481 (CA IRB)

permanent resident visa — constitute an indictable offence — detained — phones — bank card

 

X (Re), 2011 CanLII 97824 (CA IRB)

claimant s police officer — generalized — risk — criminal gang activity — refugee


Cassels v. Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness)
, 2010 CanLII 90045 (CA IRB)

stay — cross-bows — sister-in-law — removal — counselling

 

Lee v. Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness), 2010 CanLII 86153 (CA IRB)

stay of removal — passport — conditions — mental health — provide written confirmation

 

Peters v. Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness), 2010 CanLII 84835 (CA IRB)

deportation — criminal — stay — offence — passport


X (Re)
, 2010 CanLII 96773 (CA IRB)

claimant — opposition thugs — election campaigns — political — supporters

 

Community Involvement:

  • Canada Bar Association, Immigration Representative to the Federal Courts Immigration Bench and Bar liaison Committee, 2017-Present
  • Canada Bar Association, Member, 2010-Present
  • Access ProBono, ISSof BC volunteer immigration counsel, 2019-Present
  • Canadian Refugee Lawyers Association, Member, 2018-Present
  • Legal Services Society, Immigration Detention Duty Counsel, 2016 – Present
  • UBC Law Students’ Legal Advice Program, Supervising lawyer, 2017 – 2018

 

Presentations & Conferences

  • Upcoming: ISSof BC, Family Class Sponsorships, 16 June 2019
  • AMSSA webinar – Cannabis Act & Non-Citizens, 20 February 2019
  • Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants – Residency - Counting the Days, January 2019
  • CLE BC Immigration Issues in Depth – Alternatives to Detention, 7 December 2018
  • Canada Bar Association National Immigration Conference – Refugee Protection Division – Preparing Witnesses to Testify, June 2018
  • Borderlines podcast - Episode 20 – An Overview of Canadian Medical Inadmissibility Law, 16 May 2018
  • Canada Bar Association, BC Provincial Immigration Conference – Medical Admissibility, 23 February 2018
  • AMSSA webinar – Refugee Claimants in Canada, 21 February 2018
  • American Bar Association, Commission on Immigration, Working Group on Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants, 3 February 2018
  • Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers – Refugee Claims – Corroborating Evidence, 5 May 2017
  • SUCCESS – Protected Persons – Next Steps, 12 December 2016
  • Carswell webinar - Ten Must Know Cross Border Canadian Inadmissibility Issues, 22 October 2015
  • Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants – Loss of PR status due to re-availment/Citizenship changes, 8 July 2015
  • Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants – Reavailment: Refugees, Permanent Residents & Citizens, 12 September 2014
  • Canada Bar Association National Immigration Conference – Residency Appeals, May 2013
  • Immigration law presentations to various community groups and media outlets

 

Articles & Publications

  • Witness Preparation – Practice Tips (co-author), June 2018
  • Refugee Claims and Corroborative Evidence, October 2017
  • Residency Appeals – Tips & Best Practices, May 2013
  • Canadian Yearbook of International Law, John Peters Humphrey: Canadian Nationalist and World Government Advocate, 2008
  • Articles in the Immigration Law Reporter and ImmQuest

 

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Erin C. Roth

Erin C. Roth

Partner / Lawyer

Will Tao

Lawyer
will@edelmann.ca

Will Tao* has a broad-ranging practice in immigration and citizenship law and is in the process of building his capacity in the areas of refugee and criminal law.

Will completed a Bachelors of Arts in International Relations and History (with a focus on migration history) from the University of British Columbia in 2011. He then completed Law School at the University of Ottawa in 2014 where he was a student caseworker at the Ottawa Centre Legal Clinic. In 2015, Will was called to the Bar in British Columbia. Will regularly appears before the Federal Court, Immigration Division, and Immigration Appeal Division, in addition to his focus on responding to complex procedural fairness letters, visa office interviews, and seeking remedy for refused applications.

Will started his practice primarily as a solicitor, filing permanent resident, temporary resident, and work permit applications for employers, employees, international students, families (via family sponsorship), and individuals. Over the past few years, Will has shifted his focus to complex immigration applications, litigation, and inadmissibility matters. Will moved to Edelmann and Co. to further his interest in assisting temporary foreign workers, international students, and vulnerable persons in navigating Canadian immigration laws and advocating for broader legal reform to issues that affect newcomers to Canada.

Will is a frequent presenter, commentator, and writer on Canadian immigration issues. His immigration blog, Vancouver Immigration Blog ("http://vancouverimmigrationblog.com") won a Clawbie for Best New Law Blog in Canada in 2015. Outside of work, Will sits as the Chair of the City of Vancouver’s Cultural Communities Advisory Committee and is a Member of the Mayor’s Working Group on Immigration. Will feels privileged and fortunate to live and work on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish First Nations peoples and spends most of his days with partner, Olivia, navigating ethnic groceries and restaurants in Southeast Vancouver.

Will is conversationally fluent in Mandarin.

 

*Will Tao does business at Will Tao Law Corporation

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Will Tao

Will Tao

Lawyer

Janet Woo

Legal Assistant
janet@edelmann.ca

Janet served as the assistant to the Member of Parliament for Vancouver East for many years and is experienced at advocacy at all levels of government on behalf of marginalized groups, particularly on behalf of immigrants and refugees. She has a degree in urban planning and a diploma in criminology.

Born and raised in East Vancouver, she is a child of hard working immigrants who came from China to Canada in the 1950s. She is dedicated to, and inspired by, immigrants and their experiences.

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Janet Woo

Janet Woo

Legal Assistant