Last month, The Federal Court of Canada affirmed a decision by a citizenship judge to award an immigrant doctor with Canadian citizenship even though the records showed that the doctor declared only 177 days of physical presence in Canada, well short of the 1,095 days that are statutorily required. In dismissing the appeal from the federal government, the Federal Court ruled that the citizenship judge adequately applied the facts of the doctor’s case to the law: “By reason of their special knowledge and expertise, citizenship judges are owed a degree of deference in the application of the test they choose and the evidence placed before them.”What is evident from this case is that overcoming the strict provisions of the law is not insurmountable with the right counsel.

Source: National Post

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