Summary
Representative Work
PUBLICATIONS/PRESENTATIONS
Community Involvement

Will Tao is an Associate at Larlee Rosenberg and provides legal services in all areas of Canadian immigration law.

Will specializes in complex immigration and citizenship refusals, reconsideration requests, appeals, admissibility hearings/detention reviews, and judicial reviews of administrative decisions. Will is frequently contacted by clients and their immigration representatives after their initial applications are refused or a request for further information has been received. Will has successfully assisted his clients on several challenging, high profile cases involving employers and individuals alike.

Will also has a strong international student and temporary foreign worker practice, where he advises students and temporary workers on the compliance issues and the crucial transition to permanent residence in Canada via Express Entry and Provincial Nomination Programs. Will also serves as a legal advisor and advocate to Canadian families looking to reunite via family sponsorship.

Overall, Will believes in a client-focused approach, one that allows the companies and individuals he works with to present their case to Canadian immigration authorities with the needed balance of honesty, simplicity, and creativity.

Prior to joining Larlee Rosenberg, Will studied International Relations and History at UBC (with a focus on migration history) before attending the University of Ottawa for law school. At the University of Ottawa, Will co-founded the University of Ottawa Business Law Clinic, Canada’s first bilingual, bijural pro-bono business law clinic. In his final year of law school, Will spent a semester abroad in Chongqing and achieved Dean’s Honour List in his final year.

Will is proficient in Mandarin and enjoys sharing his experiences as a second-generation Chinese-Canadian. In his spare time, Will enjoys mentoring young lawyers and students and writing and blogging about immigration related issues. His law blog, Vancouver Immigration Blog, was awarded a 2015 Clawbie for “Best New Law Blog” and is widely-consulted within the Canadian immigration legal and policy community. Will is a Board Member and Mentorship Chair with the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, British Columbia and a Committee Member of the City of Vancouver’s Cultural Communities Advisory Committee.

  • Assisted several clients in successfully obtaining reconsideration and reopening of their permanent residence applications;
  • Assisted several NAFTA Professional Applicants in obtaining Work Permits;
  • Assisted several BC PNP applicants in preparing their applications to obtain a nomination and their applications for permanent residence;
  • Assisted a notable Canadian in obtaining a C10 Significant Benefits Work Permit;
  • Assisted several Canadian companies in obtaining positive-LMIA opinions;
  • Assisted a leading Canadian university in advising on Canadian immigration law advice to its international students;
  • Assisted in the application for and renewal of permanent resident cards;
  • Assisted in several Applications for Canadian Citizenship;
  • Assisted in the preparation of several Express Entry Applications including creating a firm-wide application template;
  • Assisted several applicants in obtaining Temporary Resident Visas;
  • Assisted several applicants in applying for work permit extensions and open-bridging work permits; and
  • Assisted several applicants in applying for criminal rehabilitation and temporary resident permits.

Additionally, Will has developed a particular interest in immigration hearings appeals and cases before the Federal Court of Canada and the Immigration and Refugee Board. Recent success stories include:

Federal Court

  • Successfully represented several clients in judicial review of their refusals of their Post-Graduate Work Permit restoration applications;
  • Successfully appealed the failed spousal sponsorship of a client whose relationship was refused as a bad-faith marriage;
  • Successfully obtaining consent in a case involving email instructions apparently sent by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, but not received;
  • Successfully obtaining consent in cases involving misrepresentation, study permits, and post graduate work permits;
  • Successfully assisted the submissions and preparing hearing of a case of an Applicant who was issued removal order for residing in Canada as a permanent resident without a permanent resident visa on the basis of dual intention;
  • Successfully assisted several clients in their release from Canada Border Services Agency custody during detention review;
  • Prepared client interviews, supporting documents, and disclosures for successful residency, criminality, and spousal sponsorship appeals;
  • Prepared submissions for Alternative Dispute Resolution; and
  • Researched case law in support of counsel’s successful submission re: humanitarian and compassionate considerations for Canadian who unknowingly was not a Canadian citizen.

“Grants of Citizenship Under the Citizenship Act” (Paper Co-Written with Vivian Yuen), Immigration – Not Business as Usual, Continuing Legal Education of British Columbia (October 2014)

“Maintaining PR, Obtaining Citizenship, and Staying ‘Immigrant Savy’ on the Job Hunt (Presentation), MOSAIC Workplace Connections Working Session (November 19, 2014)

This “Sham Marriage” Sounds Like Mine, New Canadian Media (May 2015)

It May Be Too Late to Repent: Immigration, Tax, and Privacy Concerns in the Context of New Proposed Changes to Social Insurance (SIN) Number Sharing, Canada’s Immigration and Citizenship Bulletin (Pending publication – June 2015)

Blogger, vancouverimmigrationblog.com

Committee Member, City of Vancouver Cultural Communities Advisory Committee

Workplace Connections Mentor, MOSAIC

Freelance Journalist, Several Publications

Mentorship Chair and Board Member-at-Large, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers;

 

Summary

Will Tao is an Associate at Larlee Rosenberg and provides legal services in all areas of Canadian immigration law.

Will specializes in complex immigration and citizenship refusals, reconsideration requests, appeals, admissibility hearings/detention reviews, and judicial reviews of administrative decisions. Will is frequently contacted by clients and their immigration representatives after their initial applications are refused or a request for further information has been received. Will has successfully assisted his clients on several challenging, high profile cases involving employers and individuals alike.

Will also has a strong international student and temporary foreign worker practice, where he advises students and temporary workers on the compliance issues and the crucial transition to permanent residence in Canada via Express Entry and Provincial Nomination Programs. Will also serves as a legal advisor and advocate to Canadian families looking to reunite via family sponsorship.

Overall, Will believes in a client-focused approach, one that allows the companies and individuals he works with to present their case to Canadian immigration authorities with the needed balance of honesty, simplicity, and creativity.

Prior to joining Larlee Rosenberg, Will studied International Relations and History at UBC (with a focus on migration history) before attending the University of Ottawa for law school. At the University of Ottawa, Will co-founded the University of Ottawa Business Law Clinic, Canada’s first bilingual, bijural pro-bono business law clinic. In his final year of law school, Will spent a semester abroad in Chongqing and achieved Dean’s Honour List in his final year.

Will is proficient in Mandarin and enjoys sharing his experiences as a second-generation Chinese-Canadian. In his spare time, Will enjoys mentoring young lawyers and students and writing and blogging about immigration related issues. His law blog, Vancouver Immigration Blog, was awarded a 2015 Clawbie for “Best New Law Blog” and is widely-consulted within the Canadian immigration legal and policy community. Will is a Board Member and Mentorship Chair with the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, British Columbia and a Committee Member of the City of Vancouver’s Cultural Communities Advisory Committee.

EDUCATION / BAR ADMISSIONS

J.D. University of Ottawa Faculty of Law – English Common Law Program, 2014

B.A., International Relations and History, University of British Columbia, 2011

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

Member, Canadian Bar Association

Board Member-at-Large, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers

Community Involvement

Blogger, vancouverimmigrationblog.com

Committee Member, City of Vancouver Cultural Communities Advisory Committee

Workplace Connections Mentor, MOSAIC

Freelance Journalist, Several Publications

Mentorship Chair and Board Member-at-Large, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers;

 

Representative Work
  • Assisted several clients in successfully obtaining reconsideration and reopening of their permanent residence applications;
  • Assisted several NAFTA Professional Applicants in obtaining Work Permits;
  • Assisted several BC PNP applicants in preparing their applications to obtain a nomination and their applications for permanent residence;
  • Assisted a notable Canadian in obtaining a C10 Significant Benefits Work Permit;
  • Assisted several Canadian companies in obtaining positive-LMIA opinions;
  • Assisted a leading Canadian university in advising on Canadian immigration law advice to its international students;
  • Assisted in the application for and renewal of permanent resident cards;
  • Assisted in several Applications for Canadian Citizenship;
  • Assisted in the preparation of several Express Entry Applications including creating a firm-wide application template;
  • Assisted several applicants in obtaining Temporary Resident Visas;
  • Assisted several applicants in applying for work permit extensions and open-bridging work permits; and
  • Assisted several applicants in applying for criminal rehabilitation and temporary resident permits.

Additionally, Will has developed a particular interest in immigration hearings appeals and cases before the Federal Court of Canada and the Immigration and Refugee Board. Recent success stories include:

Federal Court

  • Successfully represented several clients in judicial review of their refusals of their Post-Graduate Work Permit restoration applications;
  • Successfully appealed the failed spousal sponsorship of a client whose relationship was refused as a bad-faith marriage;
  • Successfully obtaining consent in a case involving email instructions apparently sent by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, but not received;
  • Successfully obtaining consent in cases involving misrepresentation, study permits, and post graduate work permits;
  • Successfully assisted the submissions and preparing hearing of a case of an Applicant who was issued removal order for residing in Canada as a permanent resident without a permanent resident visa on the basis of dual intention;
  • Successfully assisted several clients in their release from Canada Border Services Agency custody during detention review;
  • Prepared client interviews, supporting documents, and disclosures for successful residency, criminality, and spousal sponsorship appeals;
  • Prepared submissions for Alternative Dispute Resolution; and
  • Researched case law in support of counsel’s successful submission re: humanitarian and compassionate considerations for Canadian who unknowingly was not a Canadian citizen.
Publications/Presentations

“Grants of Citizenship Under the Citizenship Act” (Paper Co-Written with Vivian Yuen), Immigration – Not Business as Usual, Continuing Legal Education of British Columbia (October 2014)

“Maintaining PR, Obtaining Citizenship, and Staying ‘Immigrant Savy’ on the Job Hunt (Presentation), MOSAIC Workplace Connections Working Session (November 19, 2014)

This “Sham Marriage” Sounds Like Mine, New Canadian Media (May 2015)

It May Be Too Late to Repent: Immigration, Tax, and Privacy Concerns in the Context of New Proposed Changes to Social Insurance (SIN) Number Sharing, Canada’s Immigration and Citizenship Bulletin (Pending publication – June 2015)

EDUCATION / BAR ADMISSIONS

J.D. University of Ottawa Faculty of Law – English Common Law Program, 2014

B.A., International Relations and History, University of British Columbia, 2011

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

Member, Canadian Bar Association

Board Member-at-Large, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers