“ Generally speaking, poverty law refers to legal issues that disproportionately affects persons with low income . …[Poverty Law] encompasses a variety of legal matters, notably those that fall outside the scope of the legal aid tariff structure for criminal, family and immigration law.”
(Long, Beveridge. “Delivering Poverty Law Services: Lessons from BC and Abroad “ SPARC BC 2004)
Family Reunification: The project was successful in landing 5 children who were separated from their mother for 8 years; mother initially came to Canada as a refugee claimant.
Permanent Residence (PR) Status for Convention Refugees: Refugees often find themselves in deep bureaucratic voids due to delays in processing; achieved quite a few successful files after being stuck in system 4-8 years. Recently landed after 21 years .
CIC following Geneva Convention in Processing PR of Refugees: with the assistance of the UNHCR senior legal advisor were able to correct some processing mistakes that CIC Inland processing here in Vancouver were making.
Client’s given a referral with a reason why we cannot represent, or their file is opened:
If opened: OPENING FILE LETTER sent, and then:
It is extremely important we have confidence that clients are giving us all relevant information.
Clients may not ask other advocates, or lawyers, at other agencies or offices, to work on the same issue that we are working on at the same time. They are free to change representation however we must be notified and close their file.
Update us with all correspondence that they receive regarding their case
If there are any extra costs like: filing fees, processing fees, extra translation fees, oath taking fees client will be responsible for these costs.
We work on a file until complete, or no conflicts arise, once file complete client gets a CLOSING LETTER.
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