Matthew Jeffery

Matthew Jeffery
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Law Office of Matthew Jeffery
POSITION:
Principal
AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Immigration
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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

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... 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. 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 National Post it will still be difficult to weed out ineligible applicants. 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 tells AdvocateDaily.com. 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 lawyer Matthew Jeffery tells The Lawyers Daily. 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 the legislation while retaining the original features that made citizenship accessible, Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery writes in The Lawyer’s Daily. 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 in one country from entering the other in order to make a refugee claim, Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery writes in The Lawyer’s Daily. 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 the federal government was to assist people who they consider to be persecuted, then it may be considered a humanitarian mission, Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery tells The Globe and Mail . 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 The Lawyer’s Daily that the current program is flawed and needs to be revamped in order to be viable. 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 immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery tells the Globe and Mail . 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 taken a recent Federal Court decision into account, Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery tells The Lawyer’s Daily. 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 Jeffery tells the Toronto Star . 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 lawyer Matthew Jeffery. 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 after his client's status was restored when the Federal Court struck down parts of the Citizenship Act . 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 over who is eligible to sponsor whom, Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery tells CBC News. Read more