Welcome to Mary Keyork Immigration Law
Mary Keyork is a Canadian lawyer who specializes in Canadian immigration law and leads her own law firm, Keyork Immigration Law. Mary was born into an immigrant Armenian family in Montreal. Mary’s passion for immigration stems from her roots as her great-grandparents endured and escaped the Armenian genocide in 1915 – this led her parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada in the 70’s.
Keyork Immigration Law is a boutique immigration law firm with a head office in Toronto (ON), and a satellite office in Montreal (QC), which focuses and specializes only in Canadian Immigration. Mary also practices immigration law in association with the Canadian Immigration Alliance along with Nancy Elliott, an immigration lawyer focusing on solutions for individuals and companies seeking to invest in or relocate to Canada.
Mary handles all types of Canadian immigration matters and visas, with a focus on contesting negative and complex decisions at all three divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) as well as at the Federal Court of Canada. Given Mary’s years of experience in Canadian immigration court proceedings, Mary provides strategies and recommendations in submitting improved and enhanced applications in order to avoid refusals. Mary also has a unique expertise in submitting spousal sponsorships and ensuring a fast and smooth reunification of couples in Canada.
Mary also specializes in stopping deportation from Canada.
Mary obtained a Civil Law Degree from the University of Montreal in 2005 as well as a Master’s Degree in Transnational Law and Common Law from the University of Sherbrooke in 2006. Mary was called to the Ontario Bar in 2009 and has practiced Canadian immigration law since. Mary is currently a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) who has recognized her as a Certified Specialist in Immigration Law. Mary is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and the Ontario Bar Association (OBA). Mary is also a former Member-at-Large of the Immigration Section of the OBA from 2010-2011. Mary is also a member of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL), the Refugee Lawyer Association (RLA) and the Quebec Immigration Lawyers Association (AQAADI).
Mary has a diverse background of related international volunteer experiences, including internships at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Yerevan (Armenia) through the Birthright Armenia in 2006, and at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva (Switzerland) in 2007. Mary also volunteered for the Ontario Lawyer’s Assistance Program (OLAP) from 2009 to 2012. She was also involved with the Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC), providing legal information training on the subject of the impact of changes in immigration policy on vulnerable women. Mary also provided immigration training at the social-work department at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal.
Mary served as a Board Member for the Armenian Family Support Services (AFSS) from 2008-2012 as well as for Hay Doun from 2012-2017, charitable organizations in Toronto and Montreal, which help newcomers settle and integrate into Canada. Through this volunteer engagement, Mary created and conducted immigration law clinics on a pro-bono basis for several years. Mary is also currently legal counsel for la Kasa de Kamu, a charitable organization in Montreal dedicated to helping young women in Peru.
Mary has been asked to speak and comment on immigration issues in Canada by the Montreal Gazette, the Law Times News and Metro Toronto News.
Mary is fluent in English, French and Armenian, and has conversational skills in Spanish.
Our Successful Court Cases
When an immigration application is refused, you may contest the decision within a certain time frame either at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) or at the Federal Court of Canada. Below are some of the successful cases handled by our office. Mary represents clients in Canadian courts in the French and English language.
Refugee Claim – Federal Court of Canada
- Arias Ultima v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration), 2013 FC 81
- Chen v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration), 2009 FC 677
Removal Order Appeals – Immigration Appeal Division
- Jardine v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration), 2011 CanLII77791 (IRB)
- Novas v. Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness), 2011 CanLII 51281