Immigration and Refugee Law

Course Code: PLBA 3000

Academic Year: 2018-2019

This course examines the constitutional framework governing immigration law and practice in Canada and the evolution of the current system of immigration and refugee governance under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Students gain insight into the eligibility criteria applicable to temporary residents and the documentation requirements for processing work permits, study permits and temporary resident visas. The standards and procedures in determining eligibility for admission as permanent residents are given detailed attention in the family class and skilled worker categories. For business immigrants, the course will compare the requirements for investors, entrepreneurs and self-employed persons under the business immigration programs and temporary entry for business visitors under the North American Free Trade Agreement. The important role of paralegals in representing refugee claimants in the refugee protection claim process will be thoroughly canvassed, including representation as counsel at the refugee protection hearings of the Immigration and Refugee Board. The students will critically assess Canada's treatment of Convention refugees and develop a working model that safeguards the competing interests of the refugees and national security.