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BMLG's Year in Review - Client Wins

Like any year, 2023 was a year of challenges and triumphs in immigration law. With the law ever-changing and evolving, our team rejoices in being able to help our clients navigate complex immigration situations to get one step closer obtaining their goal of starting a new life in Canada.


Here are some of our favourite accomplishments from this year.


July - IRCC’s announcement the 20-year HIV Automatic Partner Notification Policy was terminated on July 7. Working alongside the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic of Ontario (HALCO), the HIV Legal Network, and the Coalition des organismes communautaires québécois de lutte contre le sida (COCQ-SIDA), Michael and the team advocated for the discontinuance of this policy:



July - After a long wait, a happy client wrote to us to thank us for assisting them in bringing their partner to Canada:


August - Mathew Wilton, who began his journey with us as a summer student, and then as an articling student, obtained his first positive decision as an Associate Lawyer for a client at the Refugee Protection Division:



August - Associate Lawyer Pablo Irribarra and Law Clerk Ruwanthi Mudalige stopped the deportation of a mother and two adult sons:



September - Founding Counsel Michael Battista met with Senator Mobina Jaffer about Bill S-235, designed to provide access to citizenship for children in Children’s Aid Society care:



November - Associate Lawyer Nicholas Woodward and Senior Paralegal Monica Diaz assisted a restaurant who specializes in Asian cuisine to obtain a positive LMIA to bring a Chef to work with them:



December - Associate Lawyer Joycna Kang, Latinx Outreach Coordinator & Senior Paralegal, Maria Diaz, and Articling Student Tya Jones helped a client overcome an emergency visa refusal and obtain an approval on their application:



December - Founding Counsel Michael Battista, along with Latinx Outreach Coordinator & Senior Paralegal, Maria Diaz, and Articling Students Tya Jones and Onyewuchi Obi stopped the removal of a gay man from Uganda, pending his eligibility to apply for Permanent Residence:



These are just a few of the client wins that we are proud of from 2023. Our favourite part of this work is getting to celebrate clients in these exiting wins, but also in providing legal support with a human touch when complex challenges arise with their immigration status.


We are ready to take on 2024 and the challenges it may bring. To our clients, thank you for trusting us - we look forward to continuing to serve you!

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