Live webinar July 13, 2021 @ 12:00 PM EST
OR available available video recording

Adrienne Smith


3 hours


SUMMARY: This course will provide an in-depth discussion of the routes to sponsoring a family member to Canada, more specifically which types of family relationships are sponsorable and the preferred strategy for securing permanent residence in Canada. Topics will include the in-Canada versus overseas option, temporary visas available to family members, financial and other requirements, and appealing a sponsorship refusal.

  • Who can be sponsored: eligible relationships
    • R1 of IRPR
    • Definitions of common-law versus conjugal
    • Adopted children
    • Other relatives (i.e. “lonely Canadian”) option
  • Temporary visas (visiting) versus Permanent Residence​
    • Super Visas for parents/grandparents
    • Visitor visas for spouses and children
  • Who is eligible to sponsor
  • Navigating the government forms
    • Tips for avoiding returned applications
    • How to gather information from applicants
  • How to prove a genuine relationship​
  • How to show intention in entering relationship
    • Adverse immigration history
    • Length of relationship
  • Use of humanitarian and compassionate grounds
    • S. 25 of IRPA
  • Medical inadmissibility​
  • Parent/Grandparent Sponsorship​
  • Excluded Relationships
    • S.117(9)(d)
  • Steps in a sponsorship application​
  • Work Permits/Visitor extensions
    • When to file the work permit
    • Health care before PR
    • When to file an extension
  • Financial requirements and other obligations​
  • Ethics at the border​
  • Federal Court applications
    • Case law
  • Immigration Appeal Division appeals​
  • Ethics in sponsorship applications
    • Joint retainers
    • Opposing client instructions
    • Competence of counsel
  • Leaving Canada
  • Travel Restrictions related to COVID-19
    • Family Member exemptions
    • Requests for urgent processing
    • Port-of-Entry tips
  • Permanent Resident cards

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For Lawyers and Paralegals

Law Society of Ontario
   • Substantive Hours: This program is eligible for up to 3 hours

Law Society of British Columbia
   • Approved for 3 CPD credits​

​Law Society of Saskatchewan
   • Approved for 3 CPD hours

Law Society of New Brunswick
   • Approved for 3 CPD credits

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 3 CPD hours
   • Video recording valid until January 13, 2022

Awaiting further accreditation

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Your Instructor

Adrienne Smith

Principal Lawyer

Smith Immigration Law

Immigration & Refugee Lawyer, Adrienne Smith is a founding partner with Battista Smith Migration Law Group.

Adrienne has a full-service legal practice with expertise in litigation and administrative appeals. Her legal experience is concentrated in matters before Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the Federal Court and the Immigration and Refugee Board.

​She regularly represents clients with all types of permanent and temporary applications to Canada, including medical and criminal inadmissibility issues, sponsorship applications and appeals, refugee claims and appeals, Federal Court applications, humanitarian and compassionate applications,  study and visitor visas, and detention reviews.

Adrienne has been invited as an expert to speak on medical inadmissibility before Canada’s House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, which monitor’s federal immigration policies.

She is an Instructor with Ryerson’s Faculty of Law and the University of British Columbia’s Continuing Education Program. Adrienne has been invited to speak as a guest lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law and York University’s Centre for Refugee Studies.

​Adrienne has a law degree (J.D.) from the University of Ottawa, Master of Arts (M.A.) in Immigration and Settlement Studies from Ryerson University and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from McGill University. She is the recipient of the Public Interest Law Fellowship in National Security Law. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she previously served as a Policy Advisor at Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

​She has been sought out for her expertise in relation to immigration stories, and has been interviewed or cited by international and Canadian media, including: BBC World News, The Guardian, Fox News, The Globe and Mail, Global News, CBC, Toronto Life, and the Toronto Star.

​Adrienne is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Ontario Bar Association, Canadian Bar Association, and Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers.