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20190411 - Dependant Children - Very Vulnerable Clients (expired)

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Presenter/s: Dani Willetts RCIC and Andrea Bastin RCIC

Date: 11 April 2019

Time: 5 - 8:30 pm Pacific

Location: 300, 909 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC

Type: In person, webinar and recording

Price: $75.00

CPD approved:

  • ICCRC 3 hours - approved, expired
  • LSBC  3 hours - Approved, attendance to this course will provide you with .25 hours/15 minutes of ethics and professional responsibility component for your BC Law Society reporting.
  • For Alberta lawyers, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your mandatory annual Continuing Professional Development Plan as required by the Law Society of Alberta.



 Generic Definition of a Dependent Child

Legislative references:  IRPA and Citizenship Act

Hague Convention / Best Interests of the Child (BIOC)

BIOC (Case Law)

The Players: Agencies, Province, Country of Birth, drawing the line between roles

Unusual circumstances:  Hague vs. Non-Hague



Family Class

Refugee/Protected Person  


Accompanying Dependent

Overage Dependent Children – Medical Inadmissibility 


Custody Issues 


Sponsorship of a child that was not previously examined 117(9)(d) 


H&C applications


Tips & Tricks:  Top 10 Must Do's and Must Not Do's


Rare cases (suspensions, surrogacy, refusals, adoptions, connecting the dots)




  • Children are vulnerable
  • Parties may use children as pawns

Q & A






Dani Willetts RCIC



Ms. Willets has been an Accredited Immigration Consultant since August 2013. Prior to that she worked with the Department of Citizenship and Immigration for 25 years. She was originally hired as an Immigration Officer, but in the 10 years prior to retiring from the department, she was primarily an Immigration Supervisor. She has extensive experience in every inland immigration program and several overseas programs. Although substantively a decision maker and supervisor, her career also included opportunities to work in several other capacities including:

 Intelligence Liaison Officer

 Justice Liaison Officer

 Regional Program Advisor

 Senior Policy Advisor

 PRRA Coordinator

 Visa Officer



 Supervisor in Charge of Outreach (for the 2010 Winter Olympics

 Regional Training Coordinator

 Ms. Willets is a certified departmental and interdepartmental trainer and a frequently requested speaker for external partners including:


 Other government departments

Immigration section of the Canadian Bar Association


 Universities and colleges

 While employed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Ms. Willets was recognized nationally three times for her initiatives in outreach. She received the Head of Public Service Award, the Deputy Minister’s Award and the Public Service Award of Excellence.


Andrea Bastin RCIC

Andrea’s first immigration experience was when a PR application for her two adopted sons went sideways after submission to CIC in Accra Ghana (West Africa). She lived abroad for 13 months while caught in a quagmire of administrative red tape with her family divided; her husband and son remained in Canada while she chased documentation in Ghana while caring for her infant sons.

The knowledge of how immigration decisions can drastically affect family life inspired Andrea to accept a position at the Immigration Law Firm of David Morris while working on her certification to become an RCIC. She completed the full skills exam in August 2013 and continued to work alongside David Morris until September 2014. She is now a sole practitioner working from British Columbia specializing in family class sponsorship applications.





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