How To Write A Letter to Stop Deportation from Canada

In cases of deportation of someone you know, a family member or a member of your community, writing a letter of support for the person to not be deported can sometimes be helpful. Toronto Immigration Lawyer

In high-profile cases where someone faces the threat of serious harm or even death when they return to their home country, the public is often asked by human rights groups to write letters to help convince the government to stop a deportation. When someone you know is being deported, you may have unique insight into the person’s character or the situation they may face abroad, making you a vital component of fighting their deportation order.

Amnesty International has created an excellent letter writing toolkit for human rights issues, including asking governments to cancel deportation orders. We’ve uploaded this toolkit to our website, just click here: Amnesty Letter Writing Toolkit. The toolkit has sample arguments you can use to help get your point across.

How to write a letter for someone not to be deported:

1. First, you will want to discuss the situation with an immigration lawyer. A letter could make the situation worse, so the immigration lawyer can better advise you of how your letter can be written to benefit the deportee.

2. Ensure your letter has a respectful tone and is written properly. Make sure you use proper language and that your name and address are in the top left hand corner. Do not use capital letters to add emphasis throughout the letter, but instead use bold text.

3. Only use facts in your letter instead of assumptions or opinions, and back up these facts with documentation wherever possible.

4. Have an immigration lawyer review your letter to ensure that it is effective and well-written. Your lawyer can also help you determine where the letter should be sent.

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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