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Employee Spotlight: Gisela Curi, Immigration Consultant

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in Ackah Law

Employee Spotlight: Gisela Curi, Immigration Consultant

Meet Ackah Law Regulated Immigration Consultant Gisela Curi

Gisela Curi practices Canadian Immigration Law and specializes in economic migration servicing individual and corporate clients. She has over ten years of experience in Permanent and Temporary residence applications, including Work Permits (LMIA and LMIA-exempt categories), Study Permits, Temporary Resident Visas, Temporary Resident Permits, Express Entry (FSW, CEC, FST), Provincial Nominations (AINP, BCPNP).

Ms. Curi has lectured on legal topics relating to Canadian Immigration Law, and currently holds a faculty position at Ashton College. She is a member in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), as well as a Commissioner for Oaths for the Province of Alberta. She has been a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) since 2010.

She earned her Immigration Consultant Diploma from Bow Valley College in 2009 and her B.A. in International Relations from the University of Calgary in 2005.

Q&A with Gisela Curi, Ackah Law Immigration Consultant

1. Why did you become an Immigration Consultant?

I wanted to work in a field that allowed me to help people and make a difference (and I did not like medicine!)

2. How did you decide to work in immigration law?

Through my own experience as an immigrant. I came to Canada when I was 18 years old, without any family members. Luckily, I met an incredible Immigration Consultant who helped me navigate through the entire process and become a Canadian citizen. On a casual conversation with my Immigration Consultant about my future in Canada as a citizen and how I was looking to help people, he mentioned I should look into immigration as a career. This was 12 years ago. How time flies!

3. Why does someone need to hire an immigration lawyer?

Immigration legislation can be tricky. Though most information regarding programs and processes is readily available, it can be cumbersome and especially stressful to do the journey on your own. Immigration specialists help you keep your peace of mind knowing that you are, actually, on the right path.

4. If you could change one thing about immigration law, what would it be?

I would increase the accessibility and transparency provided by the government. Clients, as well as immigration practitioners, can encounter huge roadblocks when it comes to obtaining clarification on policies.

5. What do you see as the future of immigration law?

More applications being done through an online platform. This should (hopefully) lead to faster processing times and more accountability.

Gisela Curi's Key Accomplishments

1. Having a family that rocks! I love my daughter, my partner and my family of friends that I have hand-picked in Canada.

2. At the professional level, I’m happy that I’ve been continuously challenged by taking on a variety of immigration cases.

3. At a very deep personal level, one of my best accomplishments has been personal growth. I can honestly be proud of my ability to get to know myself and being happy with whom I’ve become. I’m very lucky to live the life I’m living, and share it with the people I share it with.


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It is one thing to earn a living; it is another thing to make a difference in the world.

This is our formal thank you note to Evelyn Ackah and the Ackah Law Team for all the effort they put into helping us navigate and finally resolve the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration back in the spring of 2012.

A friend referred us to Evelyn; he assured us that Evelyn would take good care of us. Our friend was confident we were in good hands and said Evelyn would do her very best to help us and she did! At the time we did not know that his referral would go far beyond finding us help. Slowly we realized that it would become our own personal story of how we received grace and were reminded of the power in paying it forward

We wrote a detailed page of our dilemma, explaining how we came to be in the position we were in (overwhelmed with the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration and the uncertainty that we faced as a young family in Calgary). Evelyn agreed to take on our file with her team. They found the time to personally call us and listened intently and understood the details of what we were dealing with. They gave us their time, an honest opinion and provided clear direction which proved to be invaluable advice. Months went by but in time, we received word from Ackah Law that the Immigration office had finally reviewed our file and a decision had been made allowing our family to finally put the immigration matter to rest. We were finally able to focus again to live our lives without fear or pending doom.

Looking back now, even the sun appeared to shine a little brighter that day. At first we didn’t know whether to bake them a cake, drive out to meet their team, find their offices and personally thank them with a mighty hug or simply cry out to the heavens in thankful relief. Instead we emailed them to express our heartfelt thank-you and we hoped that they would know deep in their hearts just how grateful we were for all of their help.

Even though we relied on emails and phone conversations to communicate with them that year, we will always remember their constant professionalism, their kindness and understanding at a time that brought us so much pain not to mention fear. As if all their hard work wasn’t enough, Evelyn then then casually mentions that all their work was done pro-bono! We were thoroughly humbled!

To this day we are still eager to share how wonderful they all are as human beings but even more than that, we continue to pay it forward in honour of them, their service to us and their continued dedication in helping others.

Eternally thankful

– The Brummunds

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