Canadian immigration law applies to people who want to visit Canada, study in Canada, work in Canada, and live in Canada. People living with HIV may have questions or concerns about Canadian immigration law. Immigration law is complex and is a very specialized area of law.
HALCO provides a variety of free immigration law services for people with HIV in Ontario, as well as public legal education materials and public legal education workshops . For more information about other resources and Getting legal help, please scroll down.
There were some significant changes to Canada’s Immigration and Citizenship laws in 2017. Our Immigration and Citizenship Law Updates info sheet provides more information (www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Immigration-and-Citizenship-Law-Updates-2017Nov-HALCO.pdf).
Immigration Law Resources
Our HALCO news newsletters often include articles about immigration and refugee law. You can find our newsletters here: www.halco.org/our-services/our-publications/halco-newsletters.
The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network produces a variety of publications about HIV and Canada’s immigration laws that are available on the Legal Network’s website: www.aidslaw.ca/site/publicationtopics/immigration-and-travel/.
Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) produces public legal education pamphlets and fact sheets about Canada’s immigration and refugee law available on-line on the CLEO website: www.cleo.on.ca/english/pub/onpub/subject/refugee.htm.
The Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) website also has information about Canadian immigration law: www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/type_immigration.asp.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is the Government of Canada department that is responsible for citizenship, immigration and refugee law in Canada. The IRCC website includes citizenship, immigration and refugee information: www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp.
If you are living with HIV in Ontario and you think you are eligible for citizenship, please contact us for advice about applying for citizenship.
For more information about citizenship, you can visit the Government of Canada’s Citizenship website: www.cic.gc.ca/english/citizenship/become.asp.
Refugees: Important Information about Applying for Canadian Citizenship
It is important to get legal advice before you apply for Canadian citizenship if you were accepted as a refugee in Canada and:
- you have been back to the country that was the basis of your refugee claim or you have applied for a passport from that country,
- you were accepted as refugee by another country, or
- you misrepresented or did not disclose significant facts that were relevant to your refugee claim in Canada.
If you were accepted as a refugee in Canada, you should not travel to your country or apply for a passport from your country until you get legal advice.
Getting legal help
If you are living with HIV in Ontario, please contact us for free legal advice.
If you live in Ontario, you can contact your local Ontario community legal clinic. You can find your local legal clinic using the Legal Aid Ontario website www.legalaid.on.ca/clinics/. If your local legal clinic does not assist with immigration law matters, the clinic may be able to give you information and referrals to other services.
The Law Society Referral Service (LSRS) of the Law Society of Upper Canada is an on-line service that provides a referral to a lawyer or paralegal for an in-person or phone consultation of up to 30 minutes at no charge: www.lsuc.on.ca/lsrs. The LSRS crisis telephone for people in custody, in crisis, in a shelter or in a remote community without internet access is 416-947-5255 or toll-free 1-855-947-5255, Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm. For more information please see the Law Society Referral Service information on the Law Society of Upper Canada website: www.lsuc.on.ca/lsrs/.