Summary
Representative Work
PUBLICATIONS/PRESENTATIONS
Community Involvement

Krisha Dhaliwal offers services in all areas of Canadian immigration and citizenship law. Prior to joining the firm as an associate, she articled with Larlee Rosenberg under the supervision of Peter Larlee. Krisha has a particular interest in complex family immigration matters, LGBTQ+ immigration issues, intercountry adoption, identity document issues, and employment-driven immigration.

Krisha graduated from the University of British Columbia’s Peter A. Allard School of Law in May 2015, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the UBC Law Review, a research assistant to the Chair in Feminist Legal Studies, and Co-Chair of the Social Justice Action Network. In her last semester, Krisha was also a legal intern at the BC Provincial Court, where she worked in the areas of criminal, family, and civil law. While at UBC, Krisha received numerous awards, including the Auriol Gurner Young Award for contributions to feminism and the law, the Marlee Kline Essay Prize, a Law Foundation of BC Scholarship, and the UBC Law Review Patrons Award. Prior to coming to UBC, Krisha completed a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) degree at Simon Fraser University, where she studied Humanities and Philosophy under a major entrance scholarship.

In 2020, Krisha completed a research-intensive Master of Laws program at the University of Toronto, supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant. Her thesis dealt with intercountry adoption law in Canada and international children’s rights issues. While at the University of Toronto, Krisha was also the recipient of the Nathan Strauss Q.C. Graduate Fellowship in International Law.

Outside of her law practice, Krisha enjoys staying active in her community. Among other volunteer endeavours, she serves on the Board of Governors at Langara College in Vancouver, BC; serves as the co-chair of the South Asian Legal Clinic Society of BC Board of Directors; and is a member of the Law Program Committee of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF).

  • Preparing numerous common-law and married spousal sponsorship applications, both inside Canada and outside Canada, for both same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples;
  • Conducting research and providing advice to clients in the area of international / intercountry adoption;
  • Conducting research and providing advice to clients in the area of 117(9)(d)-based bans on family sponsorship;
  • Conducting research in the area of medical inadmissibility and issues related to the coordination of private health insurance and provincial drug coverage;
  • Preparing criminal rehabilitation and temporary resident permit applications;
  • Successfully representing client in reconsideration request after initial refusal of Post-Graduate Work Permit application;
  • Assisting with numerous judicial review applications before the Federal Court of Canada;
  • Assisting with applications for Canadian citizenship;
  • Assisting with obtaining numerous positive LMIA opinions and LMIA-based work permit applications;
  • Assisting with numerous LMIA-exempt work permit applications;
  • Assisting applicants to obtain Temporary Resident Visas;
  • Assisting with permanent resident card renewal applications;
  • Assisting with several BC PNP applications;
  • Assisting with Express Entry and Permanent Residence applications;
  • Assisting with work permit and visitor record extension applications;
  • Preparing clients for interviews with IRCC and CBSA;
  • Conducting research and providing advice to clients on private refugee sponsorship;
  • Assisting with removal order appeals, spousal appeals, admissibility hearings, and detention reviews.
  • Krisha Dhaliwal, “Family Sponsorship and Super Visas”, Presentation for S.U.C.C.E.S.S. BC (January 2017).
  • Krisha Dhaliwal, “Immigration and International Adoption: 5 Things You Need to Know”, Focus on Adoption Magazine (December 2016).
  • Interview with June Chua, “Canada’s Anti-Islamophobia Motion Means Well, but Mostly Symbolic”, Yahoo News Canada (4 November 2016).
  • Krisha Dhaliwal, “Family Sponsorship and Super Visas”, Presentation for S.U.C.C.E.S.S. BC (September 2016).
  • Krisha Dhaliwal, “Intercountry Adoptions Can Be Complicated, and IRCC has the Final Say”, Canadian Immigrant Magazine (August 2016).
  • Interview with Kirk LaPoint on Mornings with Kirk LaPointe, Roundhouse Radio 98.3 Vancouver, on the BC Islamophobia Legal Assistance Hotline (11 April 2016).
  • Ryan N. Rosenberg & Krisha Dhaliwal, “Accessing Information: A Toolbox”, Paper prepared for 2016 Canadian Bar Association Immigration Law Conference (7-9 April 2016).
  • Interview with Steven Quinn on On The Coast Radio CBC Vancouver, on the BC Islamophobia Legal Assistance Hotline (9 March 2016).
  • Will Tao, Krisha Dhaliwal & Jason Shabestari, “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 (June 2015).
  • Susan Boyd & Krisha Dhaliwal, “’Race is not a Determinative Factor’: Mixed Race Children and Custody Cases in Canada” Canadian Journal of Family Law (2015).
  • Committee Member, Law Society of BC – Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee
  • Co-Founder and Co-Chair, South Asian Legal Clinic Society of BC – Board of Directors
  • Committee Member, Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) – Law Program Committee
  • Governor, Langara College – Board of Governors
  • Committee Member, College of Physical Therapists of BC – Registration Committee
Summary

Krisha Dhaliwal offers services in all areas of Canadian immigration and citizenship law. Prior to joining the firm as an associate, she articled with Larlee Rosenberg under the supervision of Peter Larlee. Krisha has a particular interest in complex family immigration matters, LGBTQ+ immigration issues, intercountry adoption, identity document issues, and employment-driven immigration.

Krisha graduated from the University of British Columbia’s Peter A. Allard School of Law in May 2015, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the UBC Law Review, a research assistant to the Chair in Feminist Legal Studies, and Co-Chair of the Social Justice Action Network. In her last semester, Krisha was also a legal intern at the BC Provincial Court, where she worked in the areas of criminal, family, and civil law. While at UBC, Krisha received numerous awards, including the Auriol Gurner Young Award for contributions to feminism and the law, the Marlee Kline Essay Prize, a Law Foundation of BC Scholarship, and the UBC Law Review Patrons Award. Prior to coming to UBC, Krisha completed a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) degree at Simon Fraser University, where she studied Humanities and Philosophy under a major entrance scholarship.

In 2020, Krisha completed a research-intensive Master of Laws program at the University of Toronto, supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant. Her thesis dealt with intercountry adoption law in Canada and international children’s rights issues. While at the University of Toronto, Krisha was also the recipient of the Nathan Strauss Q.C. Graduate Fellowship in International Law.

Outside of her law practice, Krisha enjoys staying active in her community. Among other volunteer endeavours, she serves on the Board of Governors at Langara College in Vancouver, BC; serves as the co-chair of the South Asian Legal Clinic Society of BC Board of Directors; and is a member of the Law Program Committee of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF).

EDUCATION / BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Bar Admission, British Columbia, 2016
  • LLM – University of Toronto, 2020
  • JD – University of British Columbia, 2015
  • BA (Hons) – Simon Fraser University, 2012

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia

Community Involvement

  • Committee Member, Law Society of BC – Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee
  • Co-Founder and Co-Chair, South Asian Legal Clinic Society of BC – Board of Directors
  • Committee Member, Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) – Law Program Committee
  • Governor, Langara College – Board of Governors
  • Committee Member, College of Physical Therapists of BC – Registration Committee
Representative Work
  • Preparing numerous common-law and married spousal sponsorship applications, both inside Canada and outside Canada, for both same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples;
  • Conducting research and providing advice to clients in the area of international / intercountry adoption;
  • Conducting research and providing advice to clients in the area of 117(9)(d)-based bans on family sponsorship;
  • Conducting research in the area of medical inadmissibility and issues related to the coordination of private health insurance and provincial drug coverage;
  • Preparing criminal rehabilitation and temporary resident permit applications;
  • Successfully representing client in reconsideration request after initial refusal of Post-Graduate Work Permit application;
  • Assisting with numerous judicial review applications before the Federal Court of Canada;
  • Assisting with applications for Canadian citizenship;
  • Assisting with obtaining numerous positive LMIA opinions and LMIA-based work permit applications;
  • Assisting with numerous LMIA-exempt work permit applications;
  • Assisting applicants to obtain Temporary Resident Visas;
  • Assisting with permanent resident card renewal applications;
  • Assisting with several BC PNP applications;
  • Assisting with Express Entry and Permanent Residence applications;
  • Assisting with work permit and visitor record extension applications;
  • Preparing clients for interviews with IRCC and CBSA;
  • Conducting research and providing advice to clients on private refugee sponsorship;
  • Assisting with removal order appeals, spousal appeals, admissibility hearings, and detention reviews.
Publications/Presentations
  • Krisha Dhaliwal, “Family Sponsorship and Super Visas”, Presentation for S.U.C.C.E.S.S. BC (January 2017).
  • Krisha Dhaliwal, “Immigration and International Adoption: 5 Things You Need to Know”, Focus on Adoption Magazine (December 2016).
  • Interview with June Chua, “Canada’s Anti-Islamophobia Motion Means Well, but Mostly Symbolic”, Yahoo News Canada (4 November 2016).
  • Krisha Dhaliwal, “Family Sponsorship and Super Visas”, Presentation for S.U.C.C.E.S.S. BC (September 2016).
  • Krisha Dhaliwal, “Intercountry Adoptions Can Be Complicated, and IRCC has the Final Say”, Canadian Immigrant Magazine (August 2016).
  • Interview with Kirk LaPoint on Mornings with Kirk LaPointe, Roundhouse Radio 98.3 Vancouver, on the BC Islamophobia Legal Assistance Hotline (11 April 2016).
  • Ryan N. Rosenberg & Krisha Dhaliwal, “Accessing Information: A Toolbox”, Paper prepared for 2016 Canadian Bar Association Immigration Law Conference (7-9 April 2016).
  • Interview with Steven Quinn on On The Coast Radio CBC Vancouver, on the BC Islamophobia Legal Assistance Hotline (9 March 2016).
  • Will Tao, Krisha Dhaliwal & Jason Shabestari, “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 (June 2015).
  • Susan Boyd & Krisha Dhaliwal, “’Race is not a Determinative Factor’: Mixed Race Children and Custody Cases in Canada” Canadian Journal of Family Law (2015).

EDUCATION / BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Bar Admission, British Columbia, 2016
  • LLM – University of Toronto, 2020
  • JD – University of British Columbia, 2015
  • BA (Hons) – Simon Fraser University, 2012

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia