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 Posts

Government must update international student program: Jeffery

The federal government is on the right track in launching a new strategy to attract international students to Canada, but a fundamental change needs to be made to the study-permit screening process for it to be successful, says Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery. Read more

Immigration system praised but it could be better: Jeffery

An international report praising Canada’s immigration system is “good news,” says Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery, who agrees with the assessment that it can be improved. Read more

Immigration policy needs fix to allow more foreign workers

Canada needs to revamp its immigration policy to provide much-needed labour for our workforce, says Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery. Read more

Family member immigration amnesty ‘rights a wrong:’ Jeffery

A two-year pilot project that will allow for the sponsorship of previously undeclared family members is a welcome development, says Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery . Read more

Migrant detainees have right to plead for freedom before judges, Supreme Court

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court says a Pakistani man being held in immigration detention had the right to challenge his imprisonment in person before a judge. Read more

Changes to refugee policy unnecessary: Jeffery

The federal government needs to rethink its plan to change the eligibility provisions for refugee claimants, Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery tells Read more

Toronto poised to reap rewards of Google's waterfront plans

Torontonians and Canadians have much to gain from Google’s development plans for the Port Lands section of the city’s waterfront, Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery tells Read more

Program to sponsor parents, grandparents needs fixing: Jeffery

The time has come for the federal government to rethink its approach to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's (IRCC) parental sponsorship program in order to make the application process less arbitrary , Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery tells Read more

Birth tourism easily reduced via regulatory change: Jeffery

Instances of pregnant women coming to Canada solely to give birth and obtain citizenship for their child are rare, but a simple change to the regulations would stymie the practice, Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery tells . Read more

Jeffery: Immigration Department's use of AI to make decisions 'unfair'

The federal government’s interest in using artificial intelligence (AI) for automated decision-making involving immigration applications, brings up issues of fairness and unlawful fettering of discretion, Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery tells Read more

Government should axe quota on parent sponsorships: Jeffery

Ottawa's plan to raise the cap on parent sponsorships and end the controversial lottery system is welcome news, but Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery says the quota should be dropped as well. Read more

Canada’s secret shame of imprisoned immigrant children

Canadians may be surprised to learn that their own government detains and imprisons immigrant children, Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery tells Read more

IRCC officers need to be mindful of cultural biases

When assessing spousal sponsorship applications, Canadian immigration authorities tend to apply their cultural biases as to what constitutes a genuine relationship, Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery tells . Read more

Government amends 'unfair' medical inadmissibility policy

Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery says the federal government took a step in the right direction when it decided to drop rules that prevented disabled would-be immigrants from coming to Canada. Read more

Canada should welcome skilled 'Dreamers'

Canada should invite those facing deportation from the United States following the cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to immigrate here, Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery tells Read more