20231018 - Start-up Visa 2023 Update: Understanding the Latest Developments (video will expire 18 October 2024 for CICC)

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Presenters: Catherine Sas KC and Zeynab Ziaie Moayyed JD

Date: 18 October 2023

Time: noon - 2 pm Pacific time

Location: in person - Downtown, Vancouver

Type: in person, webinar and recording

Price: $50.00

CPD approval:

  • CICC 2 hour/s - 2 CPD hours approved. Includes 20 minutes hours of professionalism. Video recording valid until 18 October 2024.
  • LSBC 2  hour/s - 2 CPD hours approved, recording valid until 31 December 2023 - attendance to this course will provide you with 20 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. 


  • Introduction – latest numbers
    • New applications
    • Files in process
    • Allocations under levels plan 
  • Start-up Visa Updates
    • Work Permit Updates – May 2023
      • Requirements
      • Impacts
      • What these show us about how the
  • Permanent Resident – June 2023 announced changes
    • Announcements
    • Impact of each change on program and clients 
  • Case law review – looking at recent cases addressing start-up visa applications
    • Work Permits
    • PR Applications 
  • Trouble on the Horizon:
    • How to approach Procedural Fairness letters
    • What to do if an application is refused 
  • How you can prepare your clients and their applications in light of these developments
    • How to prepare your clients
    • How to prepare your submissions
    • When to seek out help
    • Potential Pitfalls 
  • Crystal Ball – Predictions for the coming year

CICC Essential Competency mapping  


Foundational Knowledge

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

       1.3.3 Accurately applies immigration, refugee and citizenship legilasiont, policies to various cases.

1.5 Synthesizes and applies case law to various immigration and citizenship cases.

       1.5.2 Identifies the leading cases that impact Canadian immigration, refugee and citizenship.


6.1 Demonstrates and maintains competence in practice

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


Catherine Sas KC

Catherine has been providing a full range of immigration legal services for over 30 years and is recognized as a leading immigration practitioner by Lexpert and Best Lawyers in Canada. Catherine has been voted Best Immigration Lawyer in the Georgia Straight’s “Best of Vancouver” for the many years.

Catherine is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and International Bar Association. Catherine is the past National Chair of the Immigration Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and a past Co-Chair of the Immigration and Citizenship Committee of the International Bar Association. She is also registered as a Foreign Legal Consultant with the State Bar of California which enables her to better serve her American clientele in the film and television and digital media industries.

Catherine has been part of Team Canada and Team British Columbia trade missions to countries such as Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, China, Hong Kong, and the United States. She has participated in Continuing Legal Education seminars, appeared at parliamentary committees on immigration issues, and spoken at international conferences and symposiums. Catherine has worked extensively with clientele from around the world and travels frequently internationally to assist her clients with their Canadian immigration goals.

Zyenab Ziaie Moayyed JD

Ms. Zeynab Ziaie Moayyed is an immigration lawyer licensed to practice law in Ontario and New York and the founder of Visa Law Group. Zeynab represents individual applicants and corporate clients in a wide range of immigration applications, and in appeals and applications for judicial review of immigration decisions. Zeynab works closely with companies and individuals, developing strategies for expanding operations and teams in Canada.

Zeynab is engaged in research on the use of technology in immigration systems and a frequently writer and speaker on the development of technology on immigration policy and the impacts on applicants around the world.



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