Live webinar July 12, 2023 at 12:00pm EST
OR available available video recording


Richard Kurland


1.5 hours


The course will discuss “when” to use Federal Court as opposed to “how” to use Federal Court. The key practical considerations is when is it really worthwhile to go to Federal Court: a practitioner’s business case. The course will discuss the key choices between: re-applying, requesting reconsideration, and the consideration of “timing” of the Federal Court process, The course reviews for each of the main immigration status categories, A Temporary Status cases – OVERSEAS (i) Study Permits (ii) TRVs (iii) Work Permits B. Temporary Status cases – INLAND (i) Study Permits (ii) TRVs (iii) Work Permits, and C. Permanent Residence cases (i) Spousal (ii) Investor (iii) PNP. The instructor will address the key points for when to consider seeking an order for mandamus in Federal Court, and the steps to take first, “before pulling the trigger”. This is an in-depth practical session geared to delivering what you need to know from a business perspective from the point of view of the professional immigration practitioner.

  • When is it really worthwhile: a practitioner’s business case for going to Federal Court
  • We review for each category, When is it really worthwhile, and how much does it cost?
    • Temporary Status cases –  overseas
      • Study Permits
      • TRVs
      • Work Permits
    • Temporary Status cases – inland
      • Study Permits
      • Extensions
      • Work Permits
    • Permanent Residence cases
      • Spousal
      • Investor
      • Other Economic Class
  • Mandamus: when to pull the trigger, and what you should do first

For Lawyers and Paralegals

Law Society of Ontario
• Substantive Hours: This program is eligible for up to 1.5 hours

Law Society of British Columbia
• Approved for 1.5 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

College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants
• Approved for 1.5 CPD hours
• Video recording valid until July 12, 2024




  • Attendance at the live 1.5 hour webinar
  • Access to the course materials
  • Ability to watch the webinar until  December 31, 2024
Richard Kurland

Lawyer and Policy Analyst

Richard is a lawyer and policy analyst at Kurland, Tobe with offices in Vancouver and Montreal. Since 1994 he has served as a member of the Social Affairs Committee in the Senate of Canada as well as the House of Commons – Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. In the past, he has been the Special Advisor to the Office of the Auditor General of Canada (International Affairs and Immigration).

Richard is a regular commentator on television including CTV, CBC and CCTV as well as in newspapers and on the radio. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Lexbase, Canada’s largest immigration and policy publication.

He has lectured at the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of British Columbia and the University of British Columbia.