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20230331 - Family Immigration with a Twist - Conjugal Sponsorship Applications - expires for CICC 30 March 2024

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Presenter/s: Joshua Slayen JD

Date: 31 March 2023

Time: noon to 2:00 pm Pacific

Location: webinar

Type: webinar and recording

Price: $50.00

CPD approval:

  • CICC 2 hours - 2 CPD hours approved, recording valid until 30 March 2024. Includes 15 minutes of professionalism.
  • LSBC 2 hours - 2 CPD hours approved, video recording expires 31 December 2023 - 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. 


  1. Introduction on family-class immigration.
    1. Explanation of the different types of applications.
  1. General requirements of spousal / common-law / conjugal relationships.
  2. What is a conjugal sponsorship application.
    1. Challenges.
    2. When are they submitted.
    3. When can they be avoided.
  1. How are conjugal sponsorship applications different than common-law sponsorship applications – and / or spousal sponsorship applications.
    1. Burden of Proof / Evidence.
  1. Proving hardship.
  2. Independent Marital Statuses of the Applicant and Sponsor.
  3. Managing Clients’ Expectations.
    1. Procedural Fairness Letters.
  1. Application Refusals.
    1. Immigration Appeal Division.

               i. Alternative Dispute Resolution?

  1. Case Study.
  2. Ethical Considerations.
    1. Communication breakdown between the Applicant and Sponsor.
    2. Misrepresentation.
    3. Retainer Agreement Matters.
  1. Professionalism
  2. Q and A.


College of Citizenship and Immigration - Competency mapping


Foundational Knowledge

1.3  Interprets Canadian immigration and refugee legislation, regulations and policies.

   1.3.1 Interprets the relevant sections of the IRPA and IRPR, Citizenship Act and Citizenship Regulations.


6.1 Demonstrates and maintains competence in practice

   6.1.2 Stays current and complies with legislation, regulation, professional standards, policies and guidelines.

Cultural Competence

7.1 Acknowledges differences in cultural values and priorities among clients.

   7.1.1 Builds self awareness of personal beliefs, values and cultural biases.

   7.1.4 Identifies and takes action to address potential for cultural bias issues in the client's applications.



Joshua Slayen JD

Joshua is a Vancouver-based immigration lawyer who provides immigration services to individual and corporate clients world-wide.

Joshua regularly assists clients with immigration processing, admissibility issues, procedural fairness matters and refusals. He frequently appears at provincial and federal tribunals and levels of Court, and is well-known for his work in accompanying clients to ports-of-entry across Canada to resolve admissibility issues and facilitate the processing of complex work permit applications. Joshua also works with individuals and families, with an emphasis on employment, investment, citizenship, humanitarian / compassionate and family sponsorship-based applications.

Joshua has a diverse background in immigration law, which has included litigating complex immigration matters, and the processing of various temporary residence, permanent residence and citizenship applications to Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency and international Canadian visa offices. Prior to joining Coal Harbour Law Joshua practiced immigration law with other leading immigration firms in Canada. He was first called to the Bar in North Dakota (2009), and later called to the Bar in Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia. 

Joshua is committed to helping clients turn visions into working realities through creative and innovative immigration strategies and a client-focused approach. Joshua has been blogging for The Huffington Post since 2012. He regularly lectures on immigration matters and has appeared on various media outlets.

In addition to Joshua’s Vancouver law practice, he has offices in Surrey, Abbotsford and Prince George, British Columbia.  


Bachelor of Arts, University of Winnipeg
Juris Doctor, University of North Dakota


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