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ABOUT

Blanshay Law LLP is a top Canadian boutique immigration law firm, with a stellar reputation for excellence. The firm focuses on all immigration, citizenship and refugee law categories, with over 28-years of hands-on experience, and a deep understanding of the Canadian immigration system. The firm has extensive experience in immigration litigation before the Federal Court of Canada, as well as the Immigration and Refugee Board.

OUR SERVICES
  • Litigation

    A significant area of expertise of the firm is in the area of appellate litigation, litigating refusals of immigration, refugee and citizenship applications to the Federal Court of Canada, as well as the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD) and Refugee Appeal Division (RAD) of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB).

    The firm has tremendous success in representing clients facing refusals in all immigration and refugee categories, as well as handling complex enforcement allegations and issues including criminality, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and misrepresentation.

    The firm appears often before the Federal Court on stay motions to stop forcible deportations.

    We maintain an excellent reputation before the courts and tribunal, applying years of practical and beneficial experience to each file. Arguments, both written and oral, are built from the bottom up with the sole focus of success for each client.

  • Permanent Residency

    •   Family-Class Sponsorship
    •   Express Entry (EE) – Federal Skilled Workers (FSW) / Canadian
    •     Experience Class (CEC) / Federal Skilled Trades Program
    •   Humanitarian and Compassionate (H&C) Cases
    •   Refugee Claims
    •   Refugee Appeals
    •   Pre-Removal Risk Assessments
    •   Danger Opinions
    •   Provincial Nomination Programs
    •   Immigrant Investors
    •   Citizenship Applications

  • Temporary Residency

    • •  Temporary Resident Visas (TRV / Visitor Visas)
    • •  Work Permits
    • •  Study Permits
    • •  North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Permits
    • •  Temporary Resident Permits (TRP)
    • •  Criminal Rehabilitation Permits

  • Refugee Law

Background

Our Team

Robert Israel Blanshay
Founding Senior Lawyer

TORONTO

Natalie Gilliard
Barrister & Solicitor, Senior Associate Lawyer

TORONTO

Emily Lukaweski
Barrister & Solicitor, Senior Associate Lawyer

TORONTO

Annie Rupchand
Barrister & Solicitor, Junior Associate Lawyer

TORONTO

Laura Sestito
Senior Legal Assistant

TORONTO

Felix Chakirov
Barrister & Solicitor, Senior Associate Lawyer

MIAMI

CONTACT US

228 Gerrard Street East,
Toronto, Ontario,
CANADA, M5A 2E8

Robert Israel Blanshay
E: robert@apply2canada.com
P: +1 416 413 4955
F: +1 416 413 1649

Natalie Gilliard
E: natalie@apply2canada.com

Emily Lukaweski
E: emily@apply2canada.com

Felix Chakirov
E: felix@apply2canada.com

Annie Rupchand
E: annie@apply2canada.com

Laura Sestito
E: laura@apply2canada.com

Email correspondence is for information purposes only. Do not disclose confidential information. Website content is offered for information purposes only and ought not be taken as legal advice. We will not provide legal advice until you are a client of our firm. You will not be considered a client until our firm has agreed to represent you in accordance with the terms and conditions of our retainer agreement.

Robert Israel Blanshay, Blanshay Law

Natalie Gilliard – Senior Associate Lawyer

Natalie is an Immigration & Refugee lawyer focusing primarily on administrative litigation. She holds
a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2016. Prior
to joining BLANSHAY LAW, she worked at one of Toronto’s most respected Community Legal
Services Clinic, as well as a private Immigration Law Firm in Toronto. Natalie regularly and
successfully represents clients before the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) of the Immigration and
Refugee Board (IRB). She has significant experience litigating matters at the Refugee Appeal
Division (RAD) of the IRB, as well as, the Federal Court of Canada. Natalie understands that the
legal field and immigration domain can be challenging for clients. She prides herself on
communicating with clients in a clear, direct, efficient and empathetic manner. Natalie’s practices
focuses, as well, on the preparation of written immigration applications including Pre-Removal Risk
Assessment (PRRA) applications, Permanent Residence (PR) Family-Class (FC) Spousal
Sponsorships, Temporary Resident Permits (TRP), Criminal Rehabilitation applications, Citizenship
applications, and PR applications on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds (H&C). Natalie is a
member of the Law Society of Ontario (LSO), Canadian Bar Association (CBA), Ontario Bar
Association (OBA) and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL). In her free time, she
enjoys traveling, devouring a good book, and is passionate about health and wellness.

Emily Lukaweski – Senior Associate Lawyer 

Emily earned her JD from Dalhousie University in 2012 and a certificate in  International Business Law from Queen’s University, United Kingdom. After  articling with the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador, Emily worked in  private practice for three years with leading East Coast firms. In 2016, she returned  to Toronto, where she has developed a niche practice providing on demand  services to boutique law firms, businesses, and individuals in business and  economic immigration law. Emily nears a decade of experience providing economic  immigration advice to individuals and businesses, including temporary work  permits, labour market impact assessments, mobility programs under international  trade treaties, and Permanent Resident applications. Emily has expanded her  skillset to administrative and Federal Court litigation. She has a fierce passion to  advocate for her clients’ best interests. Emily has a special interest in international  travel and has worked in Istanbul, volunteered in Cambodia, rock climbed in  Nevada, sailed in Panama, and completed a yoga workshop in Bali. Emily speaks  French and is working on being able to do more than ask for the bill in Spanish. 

Annie Rupchand – Junior Associate Lawyer

Annie is a Junior Associate Lawyer with the Firm, having completed her Articles
here, passing the Ontario Bar in 2020. Prior to joining BLANSHAY LAW, Annie
worked as a volunteer with the East Toronto Legal Aid Clinic for 2-years. Annie
completed her B.A. (Honours) in International Development Studies, York
University in 2009 along with a Bachelor’s Degree in the Sciences of Human
Psychology in 2011. In 2012, she moved to Buckingham, England where she
completed her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) at the University of Buckingham. After
spending a few years exploring Europe, Annie returned to Canada. Her practice is
diverse, deftly handling immigration applications in the Economic, Business and
Corporate Immigration domain, as well as Family-Class (FC) and the refugee
category. Annie’s diverse background translates into her approaching clients with
an open mind, providing her with an innate ability to connect seamlessly with a
diverse spectrum of clients. In her spare time, Annie likes to play tennis in the
Summer and snowboard in the Winter.

Laura Sestito – Senior Legal Assistant 

Laura Sestito acts as the Firm’s Senior Legal Assistant. She brings hands-on experience and an  extensive knowledge of administration and office support. Laura is a seasoned team leader with  excellent communication skills and an outstanding ability to multitask. She spent seven years  working in the United Kingdom (U.K.) for senior executives and overseeing marketing, business  development, and sales teams. Laura was the Account Manager for numerous training and  education programmes developed for Legal and Investment Firms in the U.K. and United Arab  Emirates (U.A.E.). Laura bravely opened, owned and operated a successful, independent  business in Toronto for over five years. The opportunity enabled a deepened understanding of  client relations, communication, and a day -to- day understanding required for managing a  successful enterprise. At BLANSHAY LAW, Laura strives to assist and support clients with all  aspects of their immigration matters in a friendly, approachable and positive manner.

Felix Chakirov – Senior Associate Lawyer

Felix graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2017.
Felix’s practice focuses on both the immigration category as well as the refugee category. Felix
works with clients in the Economic, Business Immigration stream. In addition, he has amassed a
broad level of expertise, which includes litigating before all Divisions of the Immigration &
Refugee Board (IRB), including refugee hearings, refugee appeals, and stays of deportation.
Felix has successfully represented clients before the Federal Court of Canada. Felix holds a
Master’s Degree in history from the University of Toronto, where he was a recipient of the
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship.
Felix’s legal practice is fueled by an indelible respect for human rights towards immigrants and
refugees in Canada.