Rafael is an associate in EY Law LLP’s Canada and cross-border North American Free Trade Agreement (CaNAFTA) practice. He advises clients on all aspects of Canadian citizenship and immigration law, with a particular focus on temporary and permanent entries of business personnel into Canada. He also advises clients in numerous regulatory matters under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
Rafael was the recipient of the Prize in Immigration Law during convocation rites at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2002. In 2008, the Federation of Asian-Canadian Lawyers presented Rafael with its inaugural Lawyer of Distinction award for his legal efforts in the community. In 2009, he was chosen as one of Canadian Immigrant magazine’s Top 25 Canadians for his work in improving the plight of foreign live-in caregivers.
He has spoken to audiences across Canada, and has authored articles and editorials for various Canadian media outlets. He is contacted frequently by media for his opinion on a variety of immigration-related topics.
Rafael has testified before the Canadian Parliamentary Committee on Citizenship and Immigration in Ottawa on amendments to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.
Prior to joining EY Law LLP, Rafael worked with a boutique immigration firm in Toronto for more than six years, where he represented individual clients in temporary and permanent resident applications, assisting on issues ranging from eligibility to inadmissibility to citizenship applications. He has also appeared before the Federal Court of Canada.
Rafael was called to the Ontario Bar in 2006. He is a member of the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Upper Canada. He holds his LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School and a BA from the University of Toronto.