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Aris Daghighian J.D.

Senior Associate
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150 York Street, 5th Floor Toronto ON M5H 3S5 CA

Aris Daghighian is a senior associate with Green and Spiegel LLP in Toronto. Aris’ practice focuses on appeals and litigation, as well as economic immigration applications, refugee claims, and issues surrounding citizenship. He regularly appears before the Federal Court for judicial reviews of negative determinations and stays of removal, as well as all divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board for sponsorship appeals, refugee claims, criminal inadmissibility and other enforcement cases. Aris has also appeared at the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. 

In 2019, Aris was recognized by Who’s Who Legal (WWL) as a “Future Leader” under the age of 45 in Canadian Immigration Law. He was the only non-partner to be included on the list in Canada. In 2017, Aris was awarded the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Founders’ Award for excellent achievement by a young lawyer. Most recently in 2020, Aris was the only Canadian immigration lawyer listed as a “Rising Star” by the Legal 500, which praised his talented handling of appeals and contentious matters.

Prior to joining Green and Spiegel, Aris worked for a well-respected immigration firm in Vancouver, as well as at the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office. He completed his articles with the Refugee Law Office, a division of Legal Aid Ontario. In addition to his regular practice, Aris currently teaches with the University of British Columbia Immigration Laws and Policies Program (CILPP), and has been on the Duty Counsel roster for the Legal Services Society of B.C.

He has written papers and presented for numerous conferences, and is regularly interviewed as a subject matter expert by the media including the CBC and National Post.​


  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 2013
  • Juris Doctor, University of Minnesota Law School, 2011
  • B.A., Queen's University, 2008

Additional Languages Spoken

Farsi, Dari, and French 


  • Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, Executive Member, Co-Chair Advocacy Committee, 2015-Present.
  • University of British Columbia Immigration Laws, Policies, and Procedures Program, Instructor, 2014-Present.
  • Canadian Bar Association (CBA) – National Litigation Coordinator, 2019 – Present. CBSA and Security Working Group, 2018-Present.


  • “Future Leader” under the age of 45, Who’s Who Legal (WWL), 2019 and 2020
  • Founders’ Award for exceptional young lawyer, Canadian Bar Association (CBA), 2017
  • Advocacy Award, Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL), 2013
  • "Rising Star 2020"​ Legal 500 


Mar 27, 2020

*Updated* COVID-19 Immigration Update

Due to the exceptional and fluid circumstances arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, information will be updated as soon as possible. We direct you t...

Mar 20, 2020

COVID-19 Update: The Government of Canada Announces its official Order in Council

The Government of Canada has now released its official Order in Council with respect to the COVID-19 travel measures. In addition to the informati...

Mar 16, 2020

Canada to close borders to most non-citizens, stop ill travelers from boarding inbound flights

Effective Wednesday, March 18th, the Prime Minister has announced entry to Canada will be barred for all travelers who are not Canadian citizens, p...

Sep 08, 2017

Pathways to Canada for “Dreamers”

In June 2012, President Obama introduced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in order protect children who had been brought t...

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...


Apr 02, 2019


Inside Immigration Webinar is a monthly 30 minute call featuring Green and Spiegel’s immigration lawyers covering a broad range of topics in ...

Jan 16, 2019

Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program Webinar

Sign up for our upcoming webinar on the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program. This FREE information session will cover all the recent develop...

Mar 28, 2018

Inside Immigration: Wednesday March 28th, 2018

Inside Immigration features Green and Spiegel's immigration lawyers covering a broad range of topics in immigration law, including:  • R...

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...


Jul 22, 2020

Virtual marriages amid COVID-19 - No Permanent Solution to Border Separation

Lovers who are looking for creative, digital ways to settle down in or bring their significant others to Canada should be warned: Not all is fair ...

Dec 04, 2019

Cell Phone Searches at the Border: What you need to know

Increasingly, our office is encountering cases in which travelers or immigration applicants at the border have their cell phone, laptop, iPad or ot...

Jun 09, 2017

Green and Spiegel Associate Receives Prestigious CBA Award

We would like to congratulate associate Aris Daghighian for winning this year’s CBA National Immigration Law Section Founders’ Award. T...

Feb 22, 2017

The Safe Third Country Agreement Between Canada and the United States

In the wake of President Trump’s Executive Orders on immigration last month, there has been much talk in Canada of the Safe Third Country Ag...

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