Jacqueline J. Bonisteel: Lawyer with Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.

Jacqueline J. Bonisteel


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Practice Areas

  • Business Law
  • Immigration
  • Litigation
  • Personal Legal Needs
University University of Western Ontario, B.A., Specialization in International Relations, honours, Gold Medalist, 2007; Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, M.A., 2011
Law SchoolUniversity of Ottawa, J.D., Common Law, magna cum laude, 2011
Admitted2012, Ontario


•Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers
•Canadian Bar Association
•County of Carleton Law Association
•International Commission of Jurists
•Law Society of Upper Canada
•Ontario Bar Association
•The American Chamber of Commerce in Canada


Jacqueline is an immigration lawyer in Ottawa and joined the Immigration Law Group at Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l. in 2012, following her successful summer and articling terms with the firm. She completed the Joint M.A./J.D. program at Carleton University's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, graduating Magna Cum Laude in Common Law.

Jacqueline is the recipient of a number of awards and scholarships, including the International Commission of Jurists Associate Award, and the Osgoode Society Prize for Canadian Legal History, awarded to the top ten students in the graduating class of the University of Ottawa's Common Law English Program. During her legal studies, Jacqueline conducted research for the Refugee Forum, completed a fellowship with the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, and volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada. She was awarded the Clarey B. Sproule Award for her contributions as a clinic worker at South Ottawa Community Legal Services.

Professional Activities

•Young Lawyer Coordinator, Canadian Bar Association National Immigration Law Section Executive, 2014-present
•Board of Directors, English Language Tutoring for the Ottawa Community, 2013-present
•Executive Member, Ontario Bar Association Citizenship and Immigration Law Section, 2013-2014
•Board of Directors, Stand Canada, 2010 to 2012
•Student clinic worker, South Ottawa Community Legal Services, 2010-2011
•Volunteer, Pro Bono Students Canada, 2008 to 2010


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Working in Canada: What is Work, and when is a Work Permit needed?
Jacqueline J. Bonisteel,Warren L. Creates, May 12, 2015
In the Canadian immigration context, ‘work’ is broadly defined. Even volunteers, those providing services in a private residence, and student interns may require a work permit, and may run into trouble if they do not have one. This article helps to explain when a work permit is needed...

Express Entry: Top 5 Tips
Jacqueline J. Bonisteel,Warren L. Creates, March 3, 2015
On January 1st of this year, the Canadian federal government launched a revamped ‘Express Entry’ system for economic immigration to Canada. This article outlines the basics of Express Entry and provides our Top Five Tips for potential applicants.

Key Changes to Canada's Citizenship Act
Jacqueline J. Bonisteel,Warren L. Creates, August 5, 2014
In June 2014, just before breaking for the summer, Canada’s parliament passed major amendments to the federal Citizenship Act. While many of the changes have not yet come into force, potential citizenship applicants should be paying close attention.

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Jacqueline J. Bonisteel

1400-340 Albert Street
OttawaON K1R 0A5

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