Keeping up with the pace at which immigration law changes is probably a normal part of your immigration practice. Not only do you need to be familiar with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and its regulations, you also need to be up-to-date with the relevant ministerial orders delivered in the form of operational bulletins and program delivery updates. Beyond these resources, Courthouse Libraries has a number of tools you may find beneficial to your practice.
For clients or individuals looking for accurate and easy to understand information on immigration law topics, Clicklaw.bc.ca is a great starting point. Answers to frequently asked questions are written in plain-language and are available in many languages. You can browse through the various topics and questions under the headings “Your daily life – Rights & Citizenship” or “Your Community – Immigrants & Refugees” or perform a specific search.
If your client is charged with a criminal offence during their application for permanent residency or refugee status, Rangefindr.ca can be an effective tool for looking at what consequences the criminal charge may have on a client’s immigration matter. To perform this search, select “Discusses Immigration Consequence” under the heading “Judgment,” along with the applicable charged offence and any number of criteria unique to your client’s file. This resource provides an effective way to determine sentencing ranges and other notable information. Courthouse Libraries has a subscription to the resource and you can access the site from any of our library computers.