Elena Ashford

Immigration Lawyer

Advocating for Canadian Immigrants

Arriving in Canada as an immigrant has many unique challenges.  After finding a place to live and addressing financial issues immigrants must meet very specific criteria to be allowed to remain in Canada on a permanent basis.  For some immigrants the path to becoming a permanent residence is straightforward if they are young, have skilled Canadian work experience, high language proficiency and the employer’s support; but for most foreign nationals, the path to permanent residence in Canada is challenging and it may include litigation.  In this session experienced immigration lawyers will discuss the immigrant experience and how to advocate for Canadian immigrants both in written applications and orally before tribunals and courts.  The panel will also discuss challenges for Canadian immigrants with criminal records and how to best advocate for clients who find themselves in the criminal justice system.

About Elena Ashford

Elena is the leader of the immigration law group of Siskinds Law Firm in London.  Elana assists clients with their personal and business immigration concerns which includes various applications, criminal rehabilitation and record suspension applications, and some United States immigration services.  Elena moved to Canada in 2008 from Moscow, Russia, where she obtained a Russian law degree with a Specialist in International Law designation.