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
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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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, ... Read more

Inherent unfairness in study permit process: Jeffery

There is a duty of fairness in administrative law to allow an applicant to respond to credibility concerns, but in the study permit process no such opportunity exists, says ... Read more

Spousal sponsorship process now moving faster: immigration minister

OTTAWA — Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says the government has met its goal of shortening wait times for those hoping to sponsor their spouse from abroad. Hussen says ... Read more

Parent sponsorship program 'boils down to luck': Jeffery

While the federal government's new online form for its parent sponsorship program is a “definite improvement," Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery tells the ... Read more

DACA termination an opportunity for Canadian immigration

Canada could benefit from the potential end of a U.S. program protecting individuals who immigrated illegally as children, Toronto immigration lawyer  Matthew Jeffery ... Read more

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

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