As a child of immigrants, I have had the pleasure of growing up in Canada thanks to my parents having the foresight to move here.
I was first introduced to immigration law during my university days. I had taken on co-op jobs at Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to help fund my undergraduate studies. Having since worked for CBSA in a couple different immigration officer positions (as a Border Services Officer at the Vancouver International Airport and then as an inland Hearings Officer), I left the agency with firsthand experience of what immigration officers are thinking about when assessing applications and preparing for hearings. More importantly though, I left the agency with an understanding of how unforgiving Canadian immigration law can be for those who want to stay in Canada but did not have the fortune of being born in Canada like I was.
Upon concluding my undergraduate studies, I went on to obtain
my law degree from the University of Victoria in British Columbia.
I then moved to Ontario to begin practicing immigration law at a
Toronto-based legal clinic named Neighbourhood Legal Services. I worked as an immigration staff lawyer at two other legal clinics (Flemingdon Community Legal Services and the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario) before switching over to private practice. Working at these legal clinics was an enriching experience for me as I had a very culturally diverse clientele, which in turn exposed me to a wide variety of immigration legal issues.
In 2015, I established Lo & Associates with my partner, Nancy Yu. I personally represent clients as both a barrister and as a solicitor. With respect to my litigation work, I have successfully
represented clients in hearings at all four divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada as well as at the Federal Court of Canada. I do not shy away from taking on challenging cases. As an example, I once handled a complicated case involving an allegation of foreign criminality that required 16 days of hearings before resolving in a positive outcome for my client.
With respect to my solicitor work, I have represented clients on all classes of permanent residence applications (economic classes, family classes, refugee classes, and humanitarian & compassionate applications), temporary residence applications and other applications (click here for a list of our legal services).
I served three terms on the National Executive Committee of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL), from October 2013 to October 2019, during which time I Co-Chaired CARL's Membership and Education Committee. I remain an active member of CARL, and am also an active member of the Canadian Bar Association's Immigration Section, the Canadian Immigration Lawyers Association, and the Refugee Lawyers Association.
Provided a 2-day presentation to triOS College students on Sponsorship Applications and Humanitarian & Compassionate Considerations - August 2020
Presented on immigration law at the Ebenezer United Church's legal seminar series - June 2017 & November 2017
Presented on immigration law at Welcome Centre Immigrant Services on behalf of the Community Legal Clinic of York Region - Fall 2016 & Winter 2017