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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.
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.
Daniel Epstein, M.Sc., LL.B.
Barrister and Solicitor (ON)
Daniel joins Desloges Law Group after more than five years of operating his own law practice in Montreal, focused almost exclusively on immigration litigation. He appears regularly before the Federal Court of Canada and all divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board. Daniel has also represented clients charged with criminal offences before the Ontario Court of Justice.
Daniel has extensive experience handling refugee claims at all stages, from initial intake to the Federal Court. His advocacy extends to written submissions, such as pre-removal risk assessments, rehabilitation applications, section 44 reports, Humanitarian and Compassionate application, etc. He approaches all of his clients’ causes, from the simplest to most complicated matters, with the same vigour and discipline.
Daniel provides legal services in both French and English. He is a member of the Barreau du Québec, as a Canadian Legal Counsellor. Daniel is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association.
Daniel is a mentor and evaluator in the Law Practice Program at Ryerson University, the experiential alternative to articling in Ontario. He has volunteered extensively with organisations dedicated to assisting those living in homelessness to reintegrate into society.
Ivania Botero, B.C.L.
Ivania Botero is a Colombian-Canadian lawyer qualified to practice in Colombia, with a special interest in immigration, commercial and contractual law. She has a Bachelor of Civil Law from the Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Law, with an emphasis on Private Law, at the same university.
Her career began in the private sector, focusing on consulting and assistance in litigation and composition of claims in areas such as civil, commercial, labour and family law. She previously worked in the legal area of a logistics consulting company, advising on the drafting, analysis and negotiation of different types of contracts, confidentiality agreements and payment agreements for the Company and its associates in the United States, both in English and in Spanish.
As an associate lawyer for Economic Immigration at Desloges Law Group, she is part of a professional team of Canadian immigration experts who focus our practice on different provincial and federal programs, such as applications for work permits and all types of commercial immigration, study permits. and temporary residence, applications, among others. She is fully bilingual in English and Spanish and has a working knowledge of French.
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;
- Office Manager (Toronto, Canada)
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.
Felipe Vargas is an International Relations graduate with a minor in Entrepreneurship from the Universidad del Rosario in Bogota, Colombia. He speaks Spanish and English fluently and has an intermediate level in French. He has experience in government entities related to foreign trade and foreign investment, as well as public relations and consulting. In addition to this, Felipe has volunteered with NGOs in Central America, providing assistance to local communities. At Desloges Law Group, Felipe works as an Immigration Associate for our LATAM office in Bogota, Colombia. He provides assistance to the Economic Immigration team on matters relating to Canadian work permits, study permits and permanent residence. In addition, he assists our Colombian team with matters relating to Colombian immigration law and relocation.
Office Manager (Bogotá, Colombia)
With over 8 years of experience in professional office executive assistant positions and a track record of strong performance in high-volume, high-pressure environments, Mercedes skillfully manages administrative duties and client relations for her colleagues at DLG Latam.
As an Office Manager of DLG LATAM, she ensures the smooth operation of the firm with her robust knowledge of law office management and efficient handling of client inquiries, consultations, and timely access to lawyers as required. Mercedes also provides support to the lawyers in fulfilling their ongoing professional development, training workshops, and seminar presentations, helping developing marketing projects to elevate DLG Latam brand throughout the region.
Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) Member of the ICCRC (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council)