Partners

Harry Goslett

Education and Affiliations

BA, Economics, Brock University, 1970
Certificate in Criminology, University of Toronto, 1981
Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) – A member in good standing

Highlights

Harry has over 25 years of experience providing professional immigration services to multi-national corporations, entrepreneurs and business immigrants, skilled workers and other individuals. He is experienced in facilitating the cross-border movement of corporate executives and their families, intra-company transferees with specialized knowledge, skilled workers, investors, sports and entertainment personalities and post-secondary students. Harry works with companies and individuals to develop short and long term strategies in relation to securing Labour Market Impact Assessments, Work Permits, Study Permits and the timely issuance of Permanent Resident Visas.

Harry is nationally recognized as one of the original co-authors of the Annotated Immigration and Refugee Protection Act of Canada, as well as the Annotated Citizenship Act of Canada, published by Carswell. He has also authored numerous articles and essays on immigration and citizenship matters. Harry is a former editor of Canada’s Immigration and Citizenship Bulletin, published by Canada Law Book.

Prior to co-founding Business Immigration Law Group, Harry was a special Partner with Smith Lyons LLP and he subsequently joined Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP when they merged with Smith Lyons in 2001. He was later a Partner of Corporate Immigration Law Firm from 2006 to 2012.

Harry’s community involvement includes serving as a past coordinator and lecturer of the immigration program at Charles O. Bick Police College (Toronto). He has participated as a lecturer and panelist at the Law Society of Upper Canada on the immigration consequences of criminal sentencing. He has lectured at Seneca College teaching the Ethics Course for immigration practitioners. He has taught police forces, crown attorneys, student groups and other agencies on immigration policy, procedures and law. He has also appeared before the House of Commons standing committee on labour and immigration matters. Harry was a founding member, Director, Vice President and President of the Organization of Professional Immigration Consultants (OPIC).

Email Harry at hgoslett@bizimmigration.com
Call Harry at 416.368.1222

Brenda Wong *

Education and Affiliations

Glendon College, York University, BA Hons, 1998
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, LLB, 2001
Seneca College, Immigration Practitioner Certificate Program, 2004
Called to the Bar of Ontario, Canada, 2002
Admitted to the Bar of Massachusetts, USA, 2009
Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada
Member of the Canadian Bar Association – Immigration Section
Member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association

Highlights

Brenda is a co-founding Partner of Business Immigration Law Group. She is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Citizenship and Immigration Law. She has over 14 years of experience providing personalized services to a diverse clientele from around the world including small and large corporations, highly skilled and well-educated individuals, and family members wishing to reunite in Canada.

Brenda has successfully filed Canadian immigration applications in relation to Work Permits (Labour Market Opinion/Labour Market Impact Assessment-based, NAFTA, Intra-Company Transfer, Post-Graduation), Business Visitor Visas, Permanent Residence (Federal Skilled Worker, CEC, PNP), Study Permits, Permanent Residence Card renewals and Canadian citizenship applications.

Brenda has prepared B1, TN, L1A and L1B petitions for applicants destined for the United States. She has also facilitated the processing of Visa applications for business visits and expatriate assignments for executives, individuals and large groups of employees of multi-national corporations destined for India, China, Peru, France, New Caledonia, Belgium, Indonesia, Israel, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates, Russia, and Chile.

Brenda has appeared before the Immigration Appeal and Refugee Protection Divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board. She has guest lectured on the subject of immigration and refugee law at Seneca College and the Toronto Hostels Training Centre. She has also contributed articles published in ImmQuest (a national immigration law newsletter).

Prior to working at Business Immigration Law Group, she gained a variety of experience while employed as a Customs Inspector, Labour Relations Analyst, and as a law student at the Superior Court of Justice, Parkdale Community Legal Services, Smith Lyons LLP and Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP. Brenda worked as a sole practitioner in her own immigration practice. She later worked as an Associate Lawyer and Partner at Corporate Immigration Law Firm from 2007 to 2012.

Brenda’s community involvement includes serving as a National Executive Member of the Chinese Canadian National Council. She has previously served as a member of the personnel committee at the Syme-Woolner Neighbourhood and Family Centre, and as a Grant Review Team Member at the Ontario Trillium Foundation. During her university studies, she gained cross-cultural insights while participating in academic exchanges in Rivière-du-Loup, Québec; Chongqing, China; and Barbados, West Indies.

Brenda is conversant in French, and she has studied Spanish, Cantonese and Japanese.

Email Brenda at bwong@bizimmigration.com
Phone Brenda at 416.368.2333

* Law Corporation

Sjarif Jonathan Ismail

Education and Affiliations

James Madison University (Virginia), BA, Cum Laude with distinction, July 1992
Middlebury College Graduate School (Vermont), MA, August 1993
University of Ottawa, Civil Law Section (Ontario), LLL, Cum Laude, May 2007
University of Ottawa, Common Law Section (Ontario), LLB, Cum Laude, First Class Honours, May 2008
Called to the Bar of Ontario, Canada, January 2010
Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada
Member of the Canadian Bar Association – Immigration Section

Highlights

Sjarif is a Partner with Business Immigration Law Group. Previously, he articled with and worked as an Associate Lawyer for a leading immigration law firm in Ottawa, Ontario from July 2008 until May 2013.

Sjarif has several years of experience in successfully filing Canadian citizenship applications and Canadian immigration applications to obtain Study Permits, Visitor Records, Permanent Residence Card renewals, Work Permits (Labour Market Impact Assessment-based, Labour Market Impact Assessment-exempted, NAFTA, Intra-Company Transfer, Post-Graduation), Visitor and Business Visitor Visas, and Permanent Residence (Express Entry, Federal Skilled Worker, CEC, PNP, Family Sponsorship), as well as Employer Compliance Reviews and Inspections.

As a law student, Sjarif worked as a Research Assistant and completed an academic internship with a research centre at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, during which he summarized reports and case law on World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Subsidies. He also completed an internship with the Privy Council Office, Constitutional and Legal Affairs, where he drafted reports on issues related to Aboriginal self-government in Canada. During his law studies, Sjarif received a scholarship to attend the Academy of International Trade Law at the Institute of European Studies of Macau, China. While completing his undergraduate studies at James Madison University, Sjarif received a grant for his honours research project on bilingualism in Quebec.

Sjarif’s community involvement includes serving as a co-founding member of the Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Society.

Sjarif is able to assist clients in English, French and Indonesian.

Email Sjarif at sismail@bizimmigration.com
Phone Sjarif at 416.309.4355