Matthew Jeffery

Matthew Jeffery
Law Office of Matthew Jeffery

Matthew Jeffery, sole practitioner operating The Law Office of Matthew Jeffery, Barrister & Solicitor in Toronto, focuses on all areas of immigration law.

Mr. Jeffery graduated with a Doctor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School before being called to the Ontario Bar.

In his third year at law school, Mr. Jeffery spent an entire term studying an advanced program in immigration and refugee law, which gave him a better understanding of the cases he now deals with on a day-to-day basis.

He went on to spend three years working in Beijing, where he assisted people applying for permanent Canadian residence as skilled workers and under the business categories. He also helped students gain Canadian study permits.

When he returned to Canada, he spent several years focusing on refugee claims before his practice evolved into the full range of immigration matters.

As a Certified Specialist in Immigration Law, Mr. Jeffery’s practice covers family and spousal sponsorships, skilled worker, Canadian Experience Class and Express Entry applications, permanent resident card renewals, citizenship applications, humanitarian applications, work and study permits, and visitor visas.

In addition, Mr. Jeffery offers appeal and immigration litigation services including, judicial review and appeals to the Federal Court, appeals to the Immigration Appeal Division, and citizenship appeals to the Immigration and Refugee Board.

He is a member of the Ontario Bar Association.

Matthew Jeffery In The News
One-per-cent immigration target too small to bridge jobs gap

Canada’s plan to bring in a million immigrants over the next three years is not ambitious enough to meet the country’s need for workers, Toronto immigration ... Read more

Citizenship Act changes welcome news for permanent residents

Recent changes to the Citizenship Act  that make it easier for permanent residents to become citizens strike a good balance between the need to modernize ... Read more

Time to withdraw from Safe Third Country Agreement: Jeffery

Since the United States can no longer be considered a “safe third country” for refugee claimants, Canada should withdraw from the agreement that prevents individuals ... Read more

Program to bring gay Chechens to Canada humanitarian effort

Although it isn't clear whether a Canadian program that secretly brought a number of gay Chechens to Canada is considered a refugee effort by definition, if the goal of ... Read more

Program aimed at attracting entrepreneurs to Canada needs overhaul

Although he applauds the government’s efforts to continue a project to attract immigrant entrepreneurs to Canada, Toronto immigration lawyer  Matthew Jeffery tells ... Read more

Citizenship revocation proceedings voided

The federal government will have to rewrite the law if it wants to restart citizenship revocation proceedings against more than 300 people whose cases were tossed out, Toronto ... Read more

Citizenship Act amendments positive, but should have gone further

Although he welcomes recent amendments to the  Citizenship Act that revoke the “draconian security provisions” formerly in place, the changes should have also ... Read more

Rejected applicants get second shot at permanent residence

Rejected immigrants who won a second shot at permanent residence in court should not be pestered over their use of ghost consultants, Toronto immigration lawyer  Matthew ... Read more

Bring back entrepreneur and investor immigration programs: Jeffery

The federal government should resurrect the entrepreneur and investor programs scrapped under the leadership of former prime minister Stephen Harper, says Toronto immigration ... Read more

Unfair citizenship revocation process struck down

Canadians should not be stripped of citizenship without the chance to properly defend themselves, Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery  tells the Toronto Star ... Read more

New immigration lottery process causes problems, confusion

A new lottery process that allows individuals to apply to win a spot to bring their parents or grandparents to Canada is “fraught with problems," including some confusion ... Read more

Lottery system for parent, grandparent reunification 'unfair'

The federal government's new lottery for parent and grandparent sponsorship has made a bad situation worse, says Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery . Immigration ... Read more

Border electronic device search a possibility for all travellers

Anyone could be subject to a search of their mobile device at the border — and while it is best to answer agents’ questions truthfully in these situations, travellers ... Read more

Law and practice on asylum issue 'different story'

Although there are hopes that the Canadian government will consider withdrawing from the Safe Third Country Agreement , until that happens, counsel have to tell asylum-seekers in ... Read more

Tory leadership hopeful Blaney proposes reducing immigration and refugee targets

MONTREAL - Conservative leadership hopeful Steven Blaney is proposing a reduction in the number of immigrants and refugees who come to Canada. He is accusing the Trudeau ... Read more

Aim higher on spousal sponsorship processing times, lawyer tells feds

Recent cuts to wait times for spousal sponsorship applications should just be the beginning, according to Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery . Immigration, Refugees ... Read more

Feds failing foreign students, says Jeffery

The federal government must act on its promise to fix the Express Entry system for international students seeking permanent residence, according to Toronto immigration ... Read more

Ruling will prove key for citizenship-by-fraud cases

The previous government's changes to the  Citizenship Act  in 2014 were intended to make the citizenship revocation process far easier — but instead, they have ... Read more

Matthew Jeffery's practice covers full range of immigration matters

Toronto immigration lawyer  Matthew Jeffery knew from his second year at law school that he wanted to help people with citizenship and refugee matters. “I was ... Read more

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