Senior Partners & Lawyers
RCIC, MFin, BCOM
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John Matkowsky, RCIC, CIM, MFin, BCOM
Senior Immigration Consultant
John is a founding partner of Matkowsky Immigration and he practices in all areas of immigration law, particularly focusing on more complex immigration cases. He is a licensed Senior Immigration Consultant, and is a member in good standing with the ICCRC. John holds a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University, Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queens University and holds a Chartered Investment Manager designation.
Earlier in his career he worked in the financial markets as a Chartered Investment Manager and trader for large Canadian Banks and Private Family Trusts. John transitioned from helping individuals and families manage their investments to helping them immigrate to Canada under investor and business immigration programs. Today, John practices in all areas of immigration law, helping clients make Canada home.
John lived in New York City, Indonesia, Australia and Hong Kong and dealt with many immigration issues himself, which guided him into practicing Immigration law.
Sonia Akilov, B.A. (Honours), J.D.
Senior Immigration Lawyer
Sonia holds a Jurisprudence Doctor degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Political Science, Law & Society from York University.
Prior to joining Matkowsky Immigration, Sonia practiced immigration law with two of Canada’s largest immigration law firms - Green and Spiegel, and KPMG law. Sonia has experience helping both individuals and Fortune 500 companies with their immigration matters.
Sonia's specialized skill set includes helping clients with difficult cases such as:
Previously refused applications
IAD and Federal Court for sponsorship appeals
Residency Obligation appeals
Immigration Division Hearings on Inadmissibility Cases
Judicial Review and Reconsideration for previously refused applications
Procedural Fairness Letter responses
Criminal Rehabilitation and overcoming inadmissibility
Misrepresentation & Inadmissibility
Medical Inadmissibility Issues & formulating medical plans and arguments to overcome PR application refusals
Sonia's influential win at the Federal Court established a new law in Canada; Toki vs Minister of Citizenship and Immigration .
For Sonia's other litigation cases at the Immigration Appeal Division and Federal Court, please visit the following link: Federal Court and Immigration Appeal Division