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Presenter/s: T.D. (Dani) Willets, RCIC

Date: 02 June 2020

Time: noon - 2:15 pm Pacific

Location: webinar

Type: webinar and recording

Price: $50.00

CPD approval:

  • ICCRC 2 hours - 2 CPD hours, expired 29 April 2022
  • LSBC 2 hoursApproved, expired. Attendance at 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. 


  • Legislation
  • History
  • What is being requested
  • Ministerial Instructions
  • Exercise of Discretion
  • Standard of Proof
  • Hardship test (Kanthasamy)
  • Common Factors
  • Impact of inadmissibility
  • Best Interest of the Child (Baker)
  • Reconsideration
  • Federal Court 

 Case Studies:

  •  Establishment Case
  • BIOC case
  • Statelessness Case
  • De Facto Family member
  • Aging Parent
  •  Ethics
  • Q & A


 T.D. (Dani) Willets 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
  •  Manager
  •  Director
  •  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:

  •  NGOs
  •  Other government departments
  •  Immigration section of the Canadian Bar Association
  •  Universities and colleges
  •  and others

 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.

Currently, in addition to Immigration consulting, Ms. Willets teaches the Family Class and Citizenship module for the blended CILPP program at UBC. She continues to be a frequently requested presenter and has presented for many groups either as a government representative before retiring or as an instructor for Continuing Professional Development programs for her colleagues. She’s also been featured as a guest on Borderlines, a podcast hosted by Steven Meurrens and Peter Edelmann in Vancouver and the regular podcast hosted by Mark Holthe an immigration lawyer in Edmonton.


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