As professional Canada immigration lawyers at LexLords, we have had a plethora of impressive victories under our belt. One such triumph that warrants attention was a case involving a business visitor combating the maze of immigration laws with our assistance. The case revolved around IRPR Section 187 of Canadian immigration law, which pertains to foreign nationals seeking to work in Canada without a permit, under the ‘business visitor’ classification.
It is relevant to recall that a business visitor is defined under IRPR Section 187 as a foreign national who seeks to engage in international business activities in Canada without directly entering the Canadian labor market. This definition may seem simple at first glance, but its practical interpretation can be very complex, especially when trying to distinguish between activities that constitute ‘work’ and those that do not.
Our client, a business professional from a foreign country, sought our assistance after his application for entry under the business visitor category was rejected. At LexLords, we wasted no time conducting a case analysis and quickly identified that the main issue was an incorrect interpretation of IRPR Section 187 by the immigration officer handling the case.
By helping the client understand the nuances of the law and its implications, we realized the client was not seeking to enter the Canadian labor market. Instead, his visit was genuinely aimed at taking part in international business activities such as meetings, conferences, and research, which are categorized as permissible activities under IRPR Section 187.
In arguing our case, we relied heavily on precedents established by case law such as ‘Canada (Minister of Employment and Immigration) v. Satiacum,’ which illustrates the necessity of interpreting IRPR Section 187 in such a way that it does not inhibit international business. This landmark case provided us with valuable insights into how courts view and apply this crucial section of Canadian immigration law.
To strengthen our argument further, we drew attention to ‘Stadnyk v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration),’ a case where the Federal Court reinforced that immigration officers must conduct a thorough analysis and balance the competing interests of protecting domestic jobs and promoting international business when making decisions based on IRPR Section 187.
Using these case laws, we put forth our contention before the immigration authorities, emphasizing that the client’s planned activities did not constitute ‘work’ under IRPR Section 187 and therefore, he should be granted entry as a business visitor. Understanding the periphery of our argument, the immigration authority agreed with our interpretation and granted our client the necessary permissions to enter Canada.
This case serves as a testament to the in-depth knowledge and expertise of LexLords in dealing with intricate immigration cases. More importantly, it once again proves our commitment to defending our clients’ rights, no matter how complex the situation.