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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.

  • 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


Israel Blanshay


Robert Israel Blanshay is the firm’s founding, senior lawyer, practicing Immigration Law for over 28-years, with extensive litigation experience before the Federal Court and all Divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board.

Robert is certified as a specialist​ (C.S.) in Immigration Law by the Law Society of Ontario (LSO).

Robert handles complex immigration matters related to all temporary and permanent residence categories, as well as enforcement and admissibility issues.

Our approach is direct and focused, with creative strategies designed with each client’s particular circumstances in mind. An experienced and knowledgeable team works in unison to ensure files progress smoothly, quickly and successfully.

Robert acted as Past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association – Ontario’s Immigration and Citizenship Section (OBA) for 2018. Robert currently acts as National Litigation Coordinator with the Canadian Bar Association, Immigration Section Executive.

Robert has been a speaker and moderator at Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Conferences, as well as numerous OBA, LSO & other conferences. Robert has appeared on CBC, CTV, BBC, OMNI, the Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, Canadian Lawyer Magazine, Law Times, 1010 Talk-Radio, and has been a guest lecturer at various colleges for Immigration

Our Team

Laura Sestito
Senior Legal Assistant
Annie Rupchand
Lawyer candidate, Law Society of Ontario
Natalie Gilliard
Barrister & Solicitor, Senior Associate Lawyer
Felix Chakirov
Barrister & Solicitor, Senior Associate Lawyer


228 Gerrard Street East,
Toronto, Ontario,

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

Annie Rupchand
E: annie@apply2canada.com

Laura Sestito
E: laura@apply2canada.com

Natalie Gilliard
E: natalie@apply2canada.com

Felix Chakirov
E: felix@apply2canada.com

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