Live webinar May 25, 2021 @ 11:00 AM EST
OR available available video recording


Preevanda Sapru


5 hours


SUMMARY: This course provides an in-depth overview of Canada’s refugee protection system, encompassing both Convention refugee claims and claims made by persons in need of protection. The eligibility to make a claim will be discussed as well as exclusion provisions. Our instructor will present strategic considerations to keep in mind from the time that a claim is being planned to the when it is made, as well as practical tips involving the preparation of the Basis of Claims, collecting and disclosing evidence, preparing clients and witnesses, as well as attending at the refugee hearing. Various ethical considerations involved in representing refugee claimants will also be discussed.

  • Introduction and course objectives
  • Eligibility to make a claim 
  • Strategic considerations before making a claim 
  • Making a claim at the port of entry
  • Making a claim inside Canada
  • The legal test for Convention refugees
  • The legal test for protected persons
  • Exclusion clauses
  • The Basis of Claim form 
  • Collecting and disclosing evidence 
  • Preparing your client and witnesses 
  • The refugee hearing 
  • The decision
  • Question and answer period

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For Lawyers and Paralegals

Law Society of Ontario
   • Substantive Hours: This program is eligible for up to 4 hours
   • Professionalism Hours: this program contains 1 hour of Professionalism Content

Law Society of British Columbia
   • Approved for 5 CPD credits​

Law Society of Saskatchewan
   • Approved for 5 CPD hours including one-hour of ethics

​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

For Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants

Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council
   • Approved for 5 CPD hours
   • Video recording valid until November 25, 2021

Purchasing Options

Single Course


• Access to the course materials
• Ability to watch the webinar until December 31, 2023. After this date there will no longer be access to this course.


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Your Instructor

Preevanda Sapru

Barrister & Solicitor

Lawyer, Sapru Salsberg


Preevanda received her B.A. from Jammu University and her LL.B. from the University of Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India.  After being called to the New Delhi Bar and working as a lawyer for three years, she obtained her master’s in laws in Public International Law from the University of Minnesota.  She then immigrated to Canada and obtained a second LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School and the Joint Committee of Accreditation.  She articled at Green & Spiegel and was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1998.  
She has been practicing exclusively immigration and refugee law since 1998 and has been working in association with Leigh Salsberg since 2011.  
Preevanda has extensive experience in all areas of Canadian immigration, refugee and citizenship law.  She assists clients with applications for permanent residence including under the Federal Skilled Worker program, Canada Experience Class and Provincial Nominee Programs, family sponsorships, humanitarian and compassionate applications, work/visitor/study permits, refugee claims, PRRAs and citizenship applications.  Her extensive litigation practice includes appeal work at all three divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board and the Federal Court of Canada. 
As head of the educational committee of the Refugee Lawyers’ Association of Ontario Preevanda was an active member of the organization’s executive and Access to Justice Committee. She has mentored numerous people seeking to work in the immigration field, including lawyers, law students, articling students, paralegals, and consultants. 
From 2006 to 2011, Preevanda was affiliated with the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic. She developed a specialty working with women survivors of violence and continues to work closely with women’s shelters throughout the GTA. 
Preevanda speaks fluent Hindi, Kashmiri, and Punjabi works with interpreters in all languages.