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20210318 - Ask an Expert - Preparing your client for the Port of Entry - Part 1

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Presenter/s: Vanessa Fairey RCIC

Date: 18 March 2021

Time: noon - 3:15 pm Pacific

Location: webinar

Type: webinar and recording

Price: $75.00

CPD approval:

  • ICCRC 3 hours - 3 CPD hours valid until 27 June 2022
  • LSBC 3 hours - Approved, 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. 

You’ve gotten your client a Temporary Residence Visa or eTA, but now what? Or maybe you have a client from the USA who plans to travel to Canada temporarily for business or work, studying, or a visit, and they want your advice.

This seminar is designed to help RCIC’s and Legal Counsel adequately prepare their clients for arrival at the Port of Entry. The seminar will help you better understand what kind of documentation and information your clients need to have ready when they enter, how to best avoid problems and how to ensure that their journey is smooth. We'll look at:

  • typical situations that can cause delays,
  • misunderstandings
  • refusal of entry into Canada
  • what their options are when things go wrong.

Key topics to be covered:

-Roles at the POE, and who does what

-CUSMA/NAFTA and GATS travellers for business and work purposes

-How to support your client's non LMIA work permit

-Work vs. Business

-Examples of grey zone situations

-Ensuring an ethical approach to the POE exam

-Solving student issues at the POE, with examples

-Visitor issues at the POE: when to expect them

-Managing client expectations at the POE

Guided by a recent former CBSA Border Services Officer and former IRCC immigration officer, you'll get an inside perspective on the Port of Entry requirements and what officers expect.

Presenter: Vanessa Fairey RCIC

I have gained valuable expertise, after over 12 years with the Canadian Government, working in the immigration system. My experience stems from working for over 4 years as a Border Services Officer with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), in both Vancouver and Ottawa, mainly in immigration. I then worked overseas as an immigration/visa officer and supervisor for Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) at Canadian Embassies, High Commissions, and Consulates located in several countries in Central America, South America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and of course also at National Headquarters in Canada, as a program advisor. During my career, I worked extensively on applications and files of all types, and from all of the various immigration programs; Temporary, Permanent, Special relief and enforcement, Citizenship, and more. I've made decisions on thousands of applications from all over the world, interviewed hundreds of applicants, and participated in and supervised specific immigration programs and projects.

My experience is supported by my educational background. I hold a joint Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Latin American Studies, and a post-graduate Diploma in International Project Management. I also hold an Immigration Practitioner diploma and have taken several internally administered courses related to immigration legislation during my time working with the Canadian government.


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