One Simple Aim: Direct my legal knowledge and experience towards your Immigration Goals.

Every Client Matters to me.

About Priya V. Sankarapapa

Barrister, Solicitor & Notary Public

I am a Canadian immigration lawyer in Ottawa, Canada. I worked at the Department of Justice for 15 years primarily advising the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), prior to starting my own immigration practice. 

I assist individual clients with all their immigration needs, including permanent resident applications under Express Entry system, Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), Spousal and Family Sponsorship, Study Permits and Citizenship Applications.

My corporate/business immigration practice includes, Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), Work Permits, LMIA exempt work permits under International Treaty Agreements, Intra-company transferees (ICT), Global Talent Stream, Global Skills Strategy Stream, Self-Employed, Start-Up Visa applications and assisting clients navigate Employer compliance audit by IRCC.

I also represent clients before the Immigration and Refugee Board and the Federal Court of Canada, challenging visa refusals and inadmissibility issues. My first hand experience with the immigration departments has given me an in-depth understanding of the legal framework within which immigration policies and programs are established and operated. During my role as legal counsel to IRCC and CBSA, I advised the two departments on various immigration program and policies, assisted hearings officers and reviewed several Federal Court and Court of Appeal legal submissions. I bring all of this experience and knowledge to find practical and cost-effective solutions to my client’s immigration issues.

I was called to the Ontario Bar in 2000 and a member of the Law Society of Ontario.

There is a reason I practice Immigration Law

I was born and raised in Chennai, India and speak Tamil fluently. I personally know and understand the challenges and the opportunities of moving to a new country and starting a new life. I spend part of the year in Chennai (India) and part of the year in Ottawa, Ontario.

You have made an important decision in your life,

let’s move forward.

I encourage you to read two articles published by the Canadian Bar Association which explain

Why Hire an Immigration Lawyer?

Why Hire an Immigration Lawyer?

Your Key to Successful Immigration

“Goals give you more than a reason to get up in the morning; they are an incentive to keep you going all day. Goals tend to tap the deeper resources and draw the best out of life.”

– Harvey Mackay

Canadian Immigration Law

Legal Services

In many cases, making an application to come to Canada is more than filling out an application form and submitting the documents on the checklist.

When a visa officer is making a decision on your application he or she is working within the legislative confines of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and its Regulations. In addition, there are Ministerial Instructions and Manuals guiding the visa officer’s decision to grant or refuse your application. Needless to say, a good understanding of the Canadian immigration legal framework is critical for a successful application.

Permanent Residence

What is my role in your application process?
– Meet with you in person or via Skype to assess your immigration situation and provide you with available options
– Work with you in preparing your application. This is where I bring my legal expertise to assist you in putting your “best case forward”
– Prepare a professional legal covering letter highlighting your strengths and addressing any concerns in support of your application
– Answer questions from the immigration department on your behalf, with input from you
– Prepare you for an immigration interview(if you are asked to attend)
– Keep you reasonably informed throughout the application process
– Represent you diligently until a decision is rendered on your application.

Judicial Review & Appeal

Visa Refusals, Appeals and Judicial Reviews

Do you know you have legal options if your visa application is refused? You have Appeal rights to the Immigration and Refugee Board or you can file a judicial review application before the Federal court challenging the refusal. There are strict timelines to file an appeal or judicial review. Contact me immediately for a consultation.

What is my role in Visa Refusals, Appeals and Judicial Reviews

– Make an access to information request and obtain visa officer’s reasons and notes
– Discuss options available for you: making a new application with the proper documentation or file an Appeal or judicial review application
– Represent you before the Immigration and Refugee Board or the Federal Court

Work / Study Permits

  • Study Permits and Extension of Study Permits 
  • Work Permits and Extension of Work Permits 
  • LMIA exempt work permit categories (Open Work Permit)


  • Spousal Sponsorship 
  • Parents/Grandparents Sponsorship 
  • Sponsoring a Relative


  • Citizenship Applications 
  • Humanitarian and Compassionate Application (H&C) 
  • Pre-Removal Risk Assessment Application (PRRA) 
  • Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) 
  • Request to defer removal from Canada



Priya V. Sankarapapa
Barrister, Solicitor & Notary Public
phone: 613-883-8025