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 providing legal services directly to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, formerly CIC) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) for 15 years prior to starting my own practice. 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. I am confident that this knowledge and experience will assist you in achieving your immigration goals.

My practice focuses on Express Entry (Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades and Canadian Experience Class applications), Provincial Nominee Programs, and work permits. I particularly enjoy taking complex immigration matters, visa refusals, Appeals and Judicial Reviews. Please check under Legal Services for a full listing of services offered.

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 take your decision very seriously. Law is my passion and I strive for excellence.

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
Canadian Immigration Lawyer
phone: 613-883-8025
440 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 200
Ottawa, Ontario
K1R 7X6