Live webinar August 30, 2022 @ 12:00 PM EST
OR available available video recording
and Rupal Rokhit
SUMMARY: This course provides an in-depth discussion of Canadian citizenship law and applications for Canadian citizenship, covering both basic principles as well as complex scenarios. We will review the provisions relating to Canadian citizenship by birth and descent, as well as applications for grant of citizenship. The loss and renunciation of citizenship will also be covered, as well as some ethical considerations to keep in mind when representing clients in citizenship matters.
- Who is a Canadian citizen?
- Applying for a grant of citizenship
- General requirements
- Calculating residency
- Knowledge of Canada test (citizenship test)
- Prohibitions to applying for citizenship
- Removal order
- The paper application process
- Online applications
- What counsel can and cannot do
- Suspension of processing
- Loss/renunciation of citizenship
- Loss of citizenship if obtained by fraudulent means
- Process and requirements to renounce citizenship
- Ethical considerations in citizenship applications
- Joint retainers and implications
- Receiving instructions and payment from third parties
- Conflicts of interest – avoidance and management
- Omissions and misrepresentations
- Obligation to answer truthfully
- Duty to not mislead immigration authorities
For Lawyers and Paralegals
Law Society of Ontario
• Substantive Hours: This program is eligible for up to 3 hours
Law Societies of Alberta, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia
• For members of these Law Societies, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your mandatory annual requirements
Currently awaiting further accreditations
Barrister & Solicitor - Certified Specialist
Senior Partner, Desloges Law Group
Chantal Desloges is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in both Citizenship/Immigration law and Refugee law. Her practice encompasses every possible area of Canadian citizenship, immigration and refugee law, such as business class applications, skilled workers, family sponsorships, work and study permits, refugee cases, citizenship applications, plus Appeals and Judicial Reviews of refused cases. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1999 and is the founding and senior partner of Desloges Law Group.
Chantal taught Immigration Law at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2000/2001. She also taught in the Immigration Practitioner Certificate Programme at Seneca College from 1999 – 2010 and the Immigration Consultant Diploma at Herzing College from 2015 – 2018. She currently teaches a number of continuing professional development programs for LPEN, IMEDA and the Ontario Bar Association, among others.
In November, 2016, Chantal and her good friend Cathryn Sawicki published the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Law: A Practitioner’s Handbook. Chantal has been called upon 15 times by Parliamentary and Senate Committees to appear as an expert witness on immigration and refugee issues.
In 2012, Chantal was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, followed by the Canadian Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Pro Bono award. In 2013, Chantal was appointed by the Minister of Justice to serve on the Federal Court Rules Committee, and was reappointed for a further term in 2016. In 2014, Chantal was also elected to the Executive of the Canadian Bar Association, Immigration Section, where she served until 2018.
Chantal is a regular immigration commentator on CTV Power Play, and has been interviewed by both national and local television stations such as CBC, CTV National News, W5, Canada AM, Global News and CP24. She has also been interviewed and quoted in national and local newspapers such as the Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, Globe and Mail, National Post and the Ottawa Citizen.