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Ravi Jain B.A, LL.B, LL.M, C.S

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390 Bay Street, Suite 2800 Toronto ON M5H 2Y2 CA

Ravi Jain is a Managing Senior Lawyer at Green and Spiegel LLP in Toronto operating under his own professional corporation. After achieving the standard law degree at one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious law schools, he obtained a Master of Laws degree and did so from a world-renowned “top 10” law school in the United States. Ravi is called to the bar in both Canada and the United States and is able to practice federal immigration law in both countries. He has over 15 years of practice experience and is among a small percentage who are certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as Specialists in Immigration Law. Ravi has been invited to address committees in both the Canadian Senate and Canada’s House of Commons as a subject matter expert in immigration law. He was presented with the Diamond Jubilee Medal by command of Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of his significant contributions to Canada. Selected as one of Canada’s leading corporate immigration lawyers by the prestigious Who’s Who Legal and also by Chambers and Partners which ranks the world’s best lawyers, Ravi has also received a very high number of positive reviews in every aspect of immigration law by previous clients (see Green and Spiegel’s google reviews).

Unlike many other lawyers, Ravi practices all aspects of Canadian immigration law. He assists clients with applications for permanent residence including: Express Entry Federal Skilled Worker and Canada Experience Class applications; provincial nominee programs including Ontario Express Entry; parental and spousal sponsorships; humanitarian and compassionate applications; PRRAs; and cases involving the business class (investors, entrepreneurs and the self-employed). He also assists with all types of work permits (including open work permits and those based on Labour Market Impact Assessments), study permits, temporary resident permits, rehabilitation and citizenship applications. As well, Ravi has an extensive litigation practice. His appeal work covers all three divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board and the Federal Court of Canada. Ravi has successfully argued many cases, particularly involving parental and spousal sponsorships, detention reviews, refugee hearings, residency appeals, deportation appeals, criminality appeals, stays and applications for leave and judicial review. As an Attorney licensed to practice U.S. immigration law through admission to the Massachusetts Bar, Ravi also works extensively with corporate clients in securing temporary work permits and visas to the United States. Much of this work relates to NAFTA TN and intra-company transferee applications as well as visa processing at the U.S. Consulate and U.S. Embassy. He also assists with Green Card applications.

Ravi has been a guest lecturer at Seneca College and has lectured on U.S. consular processing for the New York Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He is regularly invited to speak at national Canadian Bar Association and Human Resources Professional Association conferences. He is also an author of the book Canada-U.S. Work Permits: Issues for Human Resources Professionals (2004 Thomson Carswell) and has written numerous published articles as well.

Regularly sought out for his expert commentary in relation to immigration stories, Ravi has been interviewed by the national media, including: The National (CBC), CTV News, CTV Canada AM, OMNI South Asian News, CFTO, Goldhawk Live (Rogers Cable 10), The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Sun, CBC Radio, India Abroad and the Indian Television Network.

Education

  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 2001
  • Called to the Massachusetts Bar
  • B.A. (Hons.), Queen’s University, 1995
  • LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1998
  • LL.M. (Master of Laws), The University of Michigan, 2000
  • Certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Citizenship and Immigration Law, 2008
 

Additional Languages Spoken

French 

Affiliations

  • Co-Chair of Agenda Committee and Member of Organizing Committee for annual Canadian Bar Association Citizenship & Immigration Law Conference 2017 & 2018
  • Member, Citizenship and Immigration Section of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Citizenship and Immigration Section of the Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member, Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce
  • Executive Member, Advocacy Committee, South Asian Bar Association of Toronto
  • Member, South Asian Bar Association of Toronto
 

Awards

  •  Addressed the Canadian Senate as an expert witness on immigration law and appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights, March 10, 2008
  • Presented the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by Command of Her Majesty The Queen in commemoration of the sixtieth anniversary of Her Majesty’s Accession to the Throne and in recognition of significant contributions to Canada, November 27, 2012
  • Selected as one of Canada’s leading corporate immigration lawyers for Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2016 and 2017
  • Addressed Canada’s House of Commons Parliamentary Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration Canadian (appearing on behalf of the Canadian Bar Association), April 3, 2017
  • Selected as one of the world’s best lawyers by Chambers and Partners for 2018 (which is based in London, U.K. and conducts in-depth, objective research employing over 170 full-time researchers)

News

Oct 25, 2016

Important News for International Students Refused Post-Graduation Work Permits

October 25, 2016 – The Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has released an operational bulletin that dramatical...

Aug 24, 2016

Express Entry August 24, 2016 – Qualifying Score Jumps Dramatically

August 24, 2016 – Today the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 750 candidates to apply for P...

Aug 10, 2016

August 10th Express Entry Draw – No Real Change in Number of Points or Invites

August 10, 2016 – Today the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 754 candidates to apply for Perman...

Apr 28, 2016

Electronic Travel Authorizations will be Required Starting ​November 10th, 2016

Starting ​November 10th, 2016​, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada are expected to have an Electronic Travel Author...

Events

Jun 21, 2016

Green and Spiegel Wins 2016 Lexpert Diversity and Inclusion Award

We are very proud to announce that Green and Spiegel LLP was chosen as a winner of Lexpert’s 2016 Zenith Awards: Celebrating Diversity a...

Media and Presentations

  • Regularly interviewed by the national media, including: The National (CBC), CTV News, CTV Canada AM, OMNI South Asian News, CFTO, Goldhawk Live (Rogers Cable 10), The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Sun, CBC Radio, India Abroad and the Indian Television Network.
  • Guest lecturer and Course Materials Contributor, Seneca College 1997-2001
  • Policy Discussion by invitation-only with Federal Minister of Citizenship & Immigration Denis Coderre, 2003
  • Book co-author, Canada-U.S. Work Permits: Issues for Human Resources Professionals (2004 Thomson Carswell)
  • Speaker, “Temporary Entry to Canada – Best Practices,” Ontario Bar Association, January 30, 2004
  • Lecturer, “Skilled Worker & Family Immigration to Canada,” Jadavpur University Alumni Association Professional Development Day, Scarborough Civic Center, March 6, 2004
  • Panelist on “Canadian Border and Consular Issues and Trends,” Sponsored by The Upstate New York Chapter of American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Bar Association of Erie County, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, October 1, 2004.
  • Panelist on “Citizenship – Appeals to the Federal Court” at Ontario Bar Association Conference Titled “Citizenship and Immigration: Advocacy post-IRPA – What You Need to Know to Succeed in Court,” February 4, 2005
  • Speaker, “Specialty Practices At Boutique Law Firms,” Osgoode Hall Law School, November 2, 2005
  • Appeared on CBC’s The National, November 18, 2005
  • Policy Discussion by invitation-only with Federal Minister of Citizenship & Immigration Diane Finley, October 19, 2007
  • Guest Lecturer on Business Immigration, Seneca College, November 20, 2007
  • Honoured to address the Canadian Senate as an expert witness on immigration law and appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights, March 10, 2008
  • Panelist, North American South Asian Bar Association (NASABA)’s Fifth Annual NASABA Convention “Reaching New Heights” Chicago, Illinois, June 26-29, 2008.
  • Panelist, Federation of Asian-Canadian Lawyers 2nd Annual Conference, University of Toronto Law School, November 8, 2008
  • Panelist on “Family Law Now – Immigration” Law Society of Upper Canada (paper: “An Overview of Immigration Law Terminology and Current Issues Relating to Marriages & Divorces,” February 11, 2009
  • Speaker and author, “Temporary Workers: Leading Cases Regarding Temporary Worker Applications” Canadian Bar Association National Citizenship & Immigration Law Conference, Whistler, B.C., April 16-18, 2009
  • Panelist, TVO’s The Agenda With Steve Paikin “Dual Citizens, Dual Loyalties?” April 23, 2009
  • Panelist, TVO’s The Agenda With Steve Paikin “Multiracial Identity,” July 22, 2011
  • Panelist, The Globe and Mail Report on Small Business & Achilles Media, Small Business Summit, November 8, 2011
  • Lecturer, PhD policy course of Dr. Usha George, Ryerson University, March 21, 2012
  • Policy Discussion by invitation-only with Federal Minister of Citizenship & Immigration Jason Kenney with two law partners on Green & Spiegel LLP’s premises, September 14, 2012
  • Speaker, “Understanding Immigration,” Speaker Series for Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce, September 18, 2012
  • Speaker, “Immigration Talk,” North Kipling Community Center, October 31, 2012
  • Panelist, “A Day in the Life:  Asian Canadian Litigators,” Toronto Board of Trade, Federation of Asian-Canadian Lawyers, November 16, 2013
  • Speaker, “Spousal Sponsorships – From Courtship to Marriage in Canada,” Ashton College, November 23, 2013
  • Speaker, “Complying with Compliance Reviews,” Law Society of Upper Canada 21st Annual Immigration Law Summit, November 26, 2013
  • Speaker and author, “Non-Spousal Applications in the Family Class,” Canadian Bar Association National Citizenship & Immigration Law Conference, Calgary, Alberta, May 8-10, 2014
  • Speaker, “The New Reality of Government Audits for Employers with Foreign Workers,” Federated Press’ Employing Foreign Workers Conference, May 13, 2014
  • Private Policy Discussion with one other person and Federal Minister of Citizenship & Immigration Chris Alexander, July 26, 2014 at Il Fornello in Ajax, Ontario.
  • Keynote Address, Newcomer Organization Network’s annual Professional Development Conference, September 26, 2014
  • Speaker, “Complying with Compliance Reviews – An Update,” Law Society of Upper Canada 22nd Annual Immigration Law Summit, November 19, 2014
  • Appeared on CBC’s The National, December 31, 2014
  • Speaker, “Labour Market Impact Assessments and Employee Relocation: Critical Compliance Essentials,” Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) 2015 Annual Conference January 23, 2015
  • Panelist, “Recent Changes in Immigration Law,” Association of Chinese Canadian Lawyers (Ontario), April 11, 2015
  • Speaker, “Navigating Immigration for Foreign Physicians: Options for Temporary Work Permits and Permanent Residence,” Canadian Association of Staff Physician Recruiters, Niagara Falls, Ontario, April 27, 2015
  • Speaker, “Knock! Knock? We’re from the government and we’re not here to help.” Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) 2016 Annual Conference. January 22, 2016
  • Global News interview, April 25, 2016: http://globalnews.ca/video/2661541/mothers-dying-wish-to-see-children-granted
  • Policy Discussion by invitation-only with Federal Minister of Citizenship & Immigration, July 19, 2016 (appeared on behalf of Advocacy Committee of South Asian Bar Association).
  • Speaker (to 700 international students) “Immigration – Next Steps,” BAPS charities 6th Annual Youth Seminar, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, March 25, 2017.
  • Radio Guest, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, discussing citizenship revocation, April 18, 2017.
  • Honoured to address Canada’s House of Commons Parliamentary Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration Canadian (appearing on behalf of the Canadian Bar Association), April 3, 2017.
  • Speaker, “Helping Physicians Navigate Immigration Process in Canada – Applying for the LMIA, Work Permits and Permanent Resident Status,” Canadian Association of Staff Physician Recruiters 2017 Conference: The Recruiter’s Toolkit, Windsor, Ontario, April 24, 2017.