Canadian Lawyer

October 2020

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR NOMINATIONS! On behalf of Lexpert, we would like to thank our readers for taking part in the call for nominations for the 2020 Lexpert Rising Stars Awards. We are proud to celebrate exceptional young lawyers who have made outstanding contributions in their careers thus far. Winners will be celebrated and profiled in a Lexpert ® Special Edition in November. For more information, visit: Presented by Signature Sponsor Supported by Organized by pandemic on backlogs for a long time, perhaps for years to come." As an example, he says, renewals of permanent resi- dent cards that until recently have taken as little as 33 days to process now "sit around for six months with no action." On the litigation side of Sherritt Greene's business, Greene says that, so far, after being part of several virtual hearings, "things have gone remarkably well." However, Greene says he is not sure how these virtual hearings will work out in cases where there are witnesses whose credibility is being assessed. As for non-pandemic-related matters, Greene says he has been doing a lot of work taking on cases in which an immigration application has been denied based on allega- tions of misrepresentation. Greene says he is concerned that inadmissibility on these grounds is harsh and being used too frequently. Someone "can make an innocent mistake on their applica- tion and are getting refused and banned for five years from reapplying," Greene says, and that "doesn't seem right." Greene says that, earlier this year, he successfully argued in Albrifcani v. Canada that there was no procedural fair- ness in how his client had his application turned down because of allegations that the English proficiency exam he took was fraudulent. The Federal Court agreed that the case should be reviewed. "It's a case of incrementally winning on an issue I believe in. We've made some progress, but there's a long way to go."

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