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Barrister and Solicitor, Certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as: A Specialist in Citizenship and Immigration Law and a Specialist in Refugee Law
Chantal Desloges is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in both Citizenship/Immigration law and Refugee law. Her practice focuses on Canadian citizenship, family sponsorships, temporary residence, refugee cases, humanitarian and compassionate requests, residency obligation advice, inadmissibility, plus Appeals and Judicial Reviews of refused cases.
Chantal was called to the Bar in 1999. She now leads her own law firm in downtown Toronto.
Chantal taught Immigration Law at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2000/2001. She served as in the Seneca College Immigration Practitioner Certificate Programme from 1999 – 2010. She taught for several years at Herzing College. She currently teaches current and aspiring immigration consultants at both IMEDA and LPEN. She is currently assisting Queens University Law School in developing its curriculum for its Graduate Diploma in Immigration and Citizenship Law.
In 2012, Chantal was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, followed by the Canadian Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Pro Bono award. In 2013, Chantal was appointed by the Minister of Justice to serve on the Federal Court Rules Committee, and was reappointed for a further term in 2016. In 2014, Chantal was elected to the Executive of the Canadian Bar Association, Immigration Section, where she continues to serve.
In November, 2016, Chantal and her good friend Cathryn Sawicki published a law book called Canadian Immigration and Refugee Law: A Practitioner’s Handbook, available for sale through Emond Publishing. The book is now in its 3rd edition.
Chantal has been called upon dozens of times by Parliamentary and Senate Committees to appear as an expert witness on immigration and refugee issues.
Chantal is the past Chair of the Board of Homes First Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing supportive housing in Toronto for severely marginalized individuals with the fewest housing options.
Chantal is a regular immigration commentator on CTV News, and has been interviewed by both national and local television stations such as CBC, W5, CTV YourMorning, Global News and CP24. She has also been interviewed and quoted in national and local newspapers such as the Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, Globe and Mail, National Post and the Ottawa Citizen.
Barrister and Solicitor
Andrew Carvajal is the Head of Economic Immigration as well as the Area Leader of our Latin America (LATAM) Group. He received a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Civil Law from McGill University. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2011.
Andrew’s immigration practice focuses on all types of business immigration, including work permits and Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs). He also assists professionals and entrepreneurs in permanent residence applications under federal and provincial economic programs. His team also prepares applications for study permits, visitor visas for leisure and business trips and other permanent residence and citizenship applications.
Andrew also represents professionals in disciplinary matters, including Immigration Consultants in complaint and discipline proceedings before their regulatory council.
Outside of his work at Desloges Law Group, Andrew is passionate about teaching and has been an instructor in immigration consulting programs as well as a guest speaker in a number of immigration seminars organized by CPD providers, professional associations and community centres. Since 2019, he has been the Curriculum Director of the Legal Professionals Education Network (LPEN), as well as instructor in many of its corporate immigration courses
Andrew is also a frequent contributor to several publications dealing with immigration, refugee and administrative law and has been invited to speak about immigration changes on local and national news segments. As a native Colombian, Andrew is fully fluent in Spanish and he is an active member of the Toronto Hispanic community, as well as past President of the Canadian Colombian Professional Association.
Giancarlo Volpe, J.D., B.A. – Associate
Barrister and Solicitor
Giancarlo is a recent graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, where he participated in a number of programs relating to immigration and refugee law, including the Ian Scott Public Interest Internship Program, the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program, and the Immigration and Refugee Law Intensive. Giancarlo has been working at Desloges Law Group for three years and is the firm’s Head of Non-Economic Immigration.
Mitchell Perlmutter, J.D., B.A. (Hons.) – Associate
Barrister and Solicitor (ON)
Mitchell received his J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2018, and was called to the bar in Ontario in 2019. He is currently a member of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA), the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), and their Immigration Law and Young Lawyers divisions.
Mitchell’s practice focuses primarily on litigation matters before the various divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), and before the Federal Court of Canada.
Although his practice focuses on litigation, Mitchell has experience with a wide variety of immigration matters, including: judicial review applications, stay motions, refugee claims, pre-removal risk assessments, sponsorship appeals, inadmissibility appeals, cessation applications, permanent residence applications (through various classes), temporary resident visas, study permits…etc.
Prior to his joining the firm, Mitchell articled at a downtown Toronto boutique practicing in the areas of immigration law, family law, and administrative law. Additionally, while in law school, he worked as a case worker in the immigration law division of Parkdale Communal Legal Services (PCLS), one of Osgoode’s flagship clinical intensive programs.
Maria Angelica Pulido, B.C.L. – Associate | Desloges LATAM
Maria Angelica is a Colombian Associate Lawyer and a senior member of the DLG Latin America (LATAM) Group. She completed her Bachelor of Civil Law from the Rosario University (Colombia) in 2016 and a Specialization in Labour Law from the Javeriana University (Colombia) in 2018. In addition to assisting our Canadian Economic Immigration Group, Maria Angelica specializes in Colombian employment and immigration law.
Prior to joining DLG, she worked for several years at prestigious Colombian and international law firms, in which she excelled for her thoroughness in immigration matters and assertiveness in complex employment law cases. Maria Angelica also assists foreign nationals in Colombia with relocation services, an area in which she has significant experience, having been the founding partner of Flyway Relocation Solutions. She is passionate about understanding her clients’ individual needs and accompanying them throughout the whole process of making a new country their home.
Maria Angelica is fully bilingual (Spanish and English) and is a frequent contributor to various bilingual publications dealing with immigration, labour and corporate matters. She was also a researcher and editor of the book “Treaty of the Law of the Sea” (Editorial Tirant Lo Blanch – 2016). In her spare time, she likes to read Latin American literature, write poetry, and she considers herself a competitive ping pong player.
Daniel Guzman, B.C.L. – Associate | Desloges LATAM
Daniel is a Colombian Associate at the DLG Latin America (LATAM) practice. He graduated from the Externado University Faculty of Law (Colombia) in 2019 and is completely trilingual (English, French, Spanish), having also completed an exchange at the Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas (France) in 2013-2014. In addition to assisting our Canadian Economic Immigration Group, Daniel specializes in Colombian immigration and corporate commercial law.
Before joining DLG, Daniel worked at a full back-office services international firm, providing all types of corporate commercial, labour and immigration advice to companies expanding their business in Colombia and Latin America. He is also an international investment law and arbitration enthusiast, having written a graduation thesis about the ‘Double-Barrelled Approach’ in ICSID Arbitration. Prior to his law school graduation, Daniel was an intern at Guzmán Escobar & Asociados, a Colombian boutique in maritime law.
Outside of work, Daniel enjoys playing guitar and singing. He is very passionate about music, in particular Latin pop, and his two-year-old German Shepherd: Bruno.
Consultants and Administrators:
Rupal Rokhit, B.A. (Hons.)
Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) Member of the ICCRC (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council) Membership number R509181
As a Regulated Immigration Consultant with over 16 years of experience in Canadian Immigration, Rupal is responsible for all types of temporary and permanent residence applications for her clients. She also manages citizenship applications, PR Card renewals, and various appeals filed with the Immigration and Refugee Board. Rupal joined Chantal Desloges Professional Corporation in August, 2010.
Prior to joining Chantal Desloges Professional Corporation, Rupal was an Immigration Case Manager at a leading law firm, Green and Spiegel, for over five years.
Rupal’s clients benefit from her experience at the Canadian High Commission, New Delhi, India. Rupal held roles as Immigration Case Analyst and Program Assistant with the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi, India for over five years. In these positions, Rupal gained extensive experience in assessing and evaluating immigration cases for all categories in accordance with the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations. Rupal won an Award of Excellence for outstanding performance as an Analyst in 2002-03.
Rupal brings a unique blend of knowledge of the immigration process from both sides of the table. Clients benefit from Rupal’s keen insight of the Immigration procedures.
Rupal is multilingual (English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu), and graduated with Honours from Humber College in Immigration and Refugee Law. Rupal also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics from University of Delhi.
Ani Khachatryan, B.A., M.A.
Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) Member of IRCC (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council) Membership Number R515669
Ani is a graduate of Immigration Consultant Program at Herzing College in Toronto. Ani holds a Master’s Degree of Philology in English language and Literature from Yerevan State University in Armenia. Ani speaks Armenian and Russian.
Ani has many years of experience in immigration matters and has profound expertise in areas that include temporary residence, family class sponsorships, citizenship applications and much more. During her extensive time with the DLG, she had an opportunity to encounter and deal with some of the most difficult and complex cases, which allows her to tackle with a great degree of success even very unusual and challenging applications.
In addition to her work with clients and applications, Ani is also the acting office manager of our team, organising the workflow in the office, keeping track of the lawyers’ work and their deadlines and ensuring that all the client’s questions are properly addressed by our team.
Jonathan Menezes, L.L.B., B.A. (Hons.)
Jonathan articled under Chantal Desloges where he had assisted in all areas of immigration law including, but not limited too, temporary resident visas, permanent residence applications under humanitarian and compassionate grounds, family class sponsorship, and refugee matters. He finished his articling term in April 2020 and has continued on with the firm in a post-articling role.
He is currently completing his lawyer licencing exams, and hopes to be called in fall 2020/winter 2021, where he will continue with the firm as a lawyer.
He received a B.A (hons.) from Wilfrid Laurier in politics with a focus in international relations, in 2012. He received his LL.B (Bachelor of Laws) from the University of Sussex, in 2017. He finished his National Committee of Accreditation exams in 2018.
In his spare time he likes to play his guitar, play soccer and is an avid supporter of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors.
Tharsan Arun, Bcom.
Tharsan received his Bachelor of Commerce (Bcom) from Ryerson University in 2013, and has a major in Accounting and Minor in Finance.
He has over 7 years of experience in the accounting and bookkeeping field. Prior to joining our team, he has worked as an Accountant for various law firms in the GTA and was involved in accounting, financial reporting, financial analysis, accounts payable, receivable, payroll accounting, benefits administration and month end closings.