Cristina Guida is an associate with Green and Spiegel LLP in Toronto. Prior to joining Green and Spiegel LLP, Cristina worked for the immigration enforcement branch of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) for five years. Among her various roles at the CBSA, Cristina represented the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (MPSEP) at tribunal hearings before the Immigration and Refugee Board. The unique experience of working as a MPSEP representative has allowed Cristina, in her current role as opposing counsel, to successfully advocate for her clients in various enforcement, and litigation matters, such as temporary resident permit and criminal rehabilitation applications, inadmissibility and detention review hearings, and appeals before the Immigration Appeal Division. In addition, Cristina has appeared as Counsel in several litigation matters before the Federal Court of Canada.
Cristina’s practice also includes assisting clients with visitor visas, study permits, and a variety of work permits applications for both individual and corporate clients. Cristina regularly assists clients with citizenship applications and a wide range of permanent residence applications such as humanitarian and compassionate applications, family class sponsorships and economic class applications such as provincial nominations and Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades and Federal Skilled Worker applications under the Express Entry System.
- Called to the Ontario Bar, 2014
- Juris Doctor, University of Ottawa 2013
- Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, York University, 2009
Additional Languages Spoken
- Ontario Bar Association, Citizenship and Immigration Law Section, 2014 - present
- Canadian Bar Association, Citizenship and Immigration Law Section, 2014 - present
- Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario (ICCO)
- Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association (CIBPA)
- Member of the Elizabeth Fry Society, Toronto
Cristina is involved in numerous community outreach initiatives such as speaking at various ESL classes in the GTA and working with the Toronto Public library to facilitate immigration information sessions at various branches across the city.
While at the University of Ottawa, Cristina volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada at REACH Canada, a lawyer referral program that assists persons with disabilities with their legal matters. During this time she also interned with a renowned criminal law firm in Toronto where she assisted Counsel for the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC) in a wrongful conviction appeal.
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