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20210421 - Ask an Expert: Preparing your client for an immigration interview (expired)

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Presenter/s: Vanessa Fairey RCIC

Date: 21 April 2021

Time: 9 am - noon Pacific

Location: webinar

Type: webinar and recording

Price: $75.00

CPD approval:

  • ICCRC 3 hours - 3 CPD hours approved, expired 21 April 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. 

This seminar is designed to help RCIC’s and Legal Counsel adequately prepare their clients for an immigration interview. The seminar will help you better understand what kind of documentation and information your clients need to have ready and how best to avoid problems. We'll look at:

  • An overview of Visa Office file processing
  • How files might be selected for interview
  • Types of interviews including interviews for Workers, Students, Previous Refusals, Relationships, Misrepresentation, Other Inadmissibilities, Authorization to Return, and More! 
  • The interview process and basics
  • What does your client need to 'prove'
  • What does an officer have to demonstrate
  • Documentation matters! 
  • Managing client expectations 
  • Applying an Ethical approach to the interview process
  • Q & A's. 

Guided by a recent former CBSA Border Services Officer and former IRCC immigration officer, you'll get an inside perspective on 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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