Litigation Law

Blanshay Law’s experience & expertise in appellate & administrative law litigation remains a cornerstone of the Firm. BL routinely litigates 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).

BL has tremendous success in representing clients facing refusals in all immigration and refugee categories, as well as handling complex enforcement matters including criminality, misrepresentation, medical admissibility, allegations of engagement in war crimes, crimes against humanity & human smuggling.

BL Lawyers appear regularly 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 & beneficial experience to each file. Arguments, both written and oral, are built from the ground up, with the sole focus of success for each client.

Permanent Residency

Whether reuniting families or finding the most suitable solutions to work and study in Canada, we have the experience and knowledge to assist:

  • Family-Class Sponsorship
  • Express Entry (EE) – Federal Skilled Workers (FSW) / Canadian
  • Experience Class (CEC) / Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Applications to support Temporary to Permanent Residence
  • Permanent Residence Cards Renewal with Humanitarian and Compassionate Considerations
  • Humanitarian and Compassionate (H&C) Cases
  • Refugee Claims
  • Refugee Appeals
  • Refugee Protection
  • Pre-Removal Risk Assessments
  • Danger Opinions
  • Provincial Nomination Programs
  • Immigrant Investors
  • Economic Stream
  • Business
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Permanent Residency Compliance Issues

Temporary Residency

Whether reuniting families or finding the most suitable solutions to work and study in Canada, we have the experience and knowledge to assist:

  • Work Permits
  • Visitor Visas (TRV)
  • Study Permits
  • Temporary Resident Permits (TRP)
  • Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA)
  • Criminal Rehabilitation

Refugee Law

With over thirty years of experience representing refugee claimants before Canada’s Immigration & Refugee Board, and all asylum seekers we understand that many individuals seeking protection may be extremely vulnerable and often carry the weight of their traumatic experience. All of our work is informed by this understanding, especially given that members of our legal team have firsthand, lived experience as members of historically marginalized groups.

We stress the importance of preparation. The majority of our work with our clients occurs in advance of them appearing for a Refugee Hearing before any of the four Divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), including the Refugee Protection Division (RPD). In light of COVID-19, we prepare our clients for virtual appearances, as we are keenly aware of the unique challenges of this new format. We ensure that each proceeding is conducted in accordance with the principles of justice and appreciation of our clients’ unique needs.

We are well-equipped to address and resolve the complexities of asylum seekers’ backgrounds and experiences, including Enforcement / Admissibility issues, ranging from ineligibility, exclusion, applications to vacate refugee status, and Ministerial Interventions, (Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)), within the refugee hearing context.

Our goal is to ensure that our clients’ stories are clearly conveyed and that whatever personal challenges they are facing are alleviated by the knowledge that they are represented by zealous and compassionate Advocates.


Whether reuniting families or finding the most suitable solutions to work and study in Canada, we have the experience and knowledge to assist:

  • Citizenship Applications
  • Citizenship Refusals
  • Certificates of Canadian Citizenship
  • Passport Applications
  • Passport Refusals


We have enormous success representing Medical, Criminal, Misrepresentation and other inadmissibility issues. We understand the complexities involved in inadmissibility cases, we are alert to all of the most recent Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court jurisprudence regarding inadmissibility and can apply this knowledge and expertise to your case.

2SLGBTQI+ Community

There is no better way to forcefully represent members of our Queer Community than to be members of that community ourselves. Lawyers on our Legal Team have their own lived experience as Queer persons. With well over 30-years experience working within the 2SLGBTQI+ community, we provide clear, focused, friendly and respectful guidance through a complex immigration & refugee determination system. Our legal representation of members of the Queer & Trans Community is marked by empathy, compassion and a deep understanding of Canada’s immigration and refugee determination system. Our expertise and accomplishments were noted by The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) in 2006 when Robert was Certified as a Specialist (C.S.) in Immigration, Refugee & Citizenship Law. With over 500 reported cases, Robert has represented scores of Queer applicants before the Federal Court of Canada & the Immigration & Refugee Board of Canada (IRB). Appointed in 2023 as Vice Chair, Refugee & Litigation Affairs, by the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), National Immigration Section Executive, Robert has ensured to keep Queer & Trans Rights front-and-centre before the Government of Canada. We are fiercely proud of our Queer Community. We continue to fight, daily, for the equal rights of all Queer & Trans persons and ensure their fully fair treatment within Canada’s immigration & refugee determination system.