Live webinar February 24, 2021 @ 11:00 AM EST
OR available available video recording


Andrew Carvajal &
Chantal Desloges


5 hours

SUMMARY: This course will provide and in-depth discussion of applications for study permits and the rights of international students in Canada, including recent COVID-19 policies. The instructors will address strategic considerations that are undertaken by immigration practitioners from the time of the initial client consultation until the submission of the study permit application. The course will also discuss international students’ right to work during and after their studies, as well as the status of their accompanying family members. Applications for Temporary Resident Permits as means to overcome inadmissibilities will also be reviewed, as well as common ethical issues that arise in the representation of international students.

• Overview
• Initial client assessment
• Who needs a study permit?
• Custodianship
• Where to apply for a study permit?
• General requirements for a study permit and legal test
   • ​Designated Learning Institutions
   • Bona fides studies and flags
      • Addressing genuineness in applications
      • The Study Plan – guest presentation by P. Cohen
   • Financial sufficiency and proof of funds
   • Ties to home country
• Common mistakes made by study permit applicants
• Six month bar for study permits in cases of unauthorized work or study
• Maintaining student status
   • Changing schools or programs
   • Extending status as a student​
   • General and specific conditions on temporary residents
   • Complying with the terms and conditions of the study permit
• Working while studying
• Family members
• The Post-Graduation Work Permit application
• Exercise: can my client work? – Specific scenarios regarding work as a study permit holder and recent graduate
• The “destitute student” work permit
• Tips and practical recommendations
   • Tips for preparing a strong application
   • The study permit cover letter
   • Refusals
   • ATIP requests
   • Judicial Reviews
   • The 2nd study permit application
• Restoration of status as a student
• Overcoming inadmissibilities – Temporary Resident Permit (TRP)  generalities
• Applicable processing fees
• Ethical issues in study permit applications
• Questions and answers

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For Lawyers and Paralegals

Law Society of Ontario 
   • Substantive Hours: This program is eligible for up to 4.5 hours
   • Professionalism Hours: this program contains 30 minutes of Professionalism Content

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

Law Society of Saskatchewan
 • Approved for 5 CPD hours including .5 of Ethics
Law Society of New Brunswick
   • Approved for 5 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 5 CPD hours
   • Video recording valid until February 24, 2022

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Your Instructors

Andrew Carvajal

Barrister & Solicitor

Partner, Desloges Law Group

Andrew is a Toronto lawyer and partner at Desloges Law Group. He received a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Civil Law from McGill University. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2011.

Andrew’s legal expertise involves immigration law, administrative law and some civil litigation. His immigration practice focuses on permanent residence applications under federal and provincial economic programs, all types of business/corporate immigration, applications for sponsorship under the family class and temporary residence applications. 

Andrew also represents individuals and corporations in administrative matters, professional and academic discipline cases, as well as Small Claims Court litigation. His professional discipline practice includes the representation of Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants in complaint and discipline proceedings before their regulatory council.

Besides his work at Desloges Law Group, Andrew has been an instructor in the Immigration Consulting program at Herzing College and a guest speaker in a number of immigration education programs and seminars organized by professional associations and community centres. He is also a frequent contributor to several publications dealing with immigration, refugee and administrative law and has been invited to speak about immigration changes on local and national news segments.

Prior to practising law, Andrew was a sociology professor at McGill University and a university researcher in projects dealing with criminal justice, equality laws, family transformation and social research methods.   

Chantal Desloges

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.