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Andrew Z. Wlodyka


Andrew Z. Wlodyka
Barrister and Solicitor


Andrew Wlodyka was born in Canada of Polish parents. He graduated from UBC in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations. He received his Bachelor of Law degree from UBC in 1977

Call to the Bar

Andrew was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 1978.

Preferred Area of Practice

Andrew's preferred area of practice with Wlodyka MacDonald Teng is immigration, refugee and citizenship law. Andrew represents individuals and corporations in all aspects of Canadian immigration. He represents clients who wish to apply for permanent residence in Canada under the independent, family and business categories. He also handles applications for work and study permits and visitor visas.

Andrew regularly appears before all Divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board in immigration inquiries, detention reviews, immigration appeals from removal orders and sponsorship appeals. He has appeared extensively as counsel before the Federal Court of Canada on immigration and citizenship matters. He has also appeared as counsel on an immigration matter before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Andrew is part of the legal team at Lowe & Company that has represented clients from over 45 countries to help them deal with their immigration problems.

Andrew's expertise in the immigration and citizenship area has been recognized by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. He is repeatedly recommended to clients by his colleagues in the legal profession.

Tenure with the Immigration and Refugee Board

In July, 1986 Andrew was appointed to the Immigration Appeal Board. While he was a member of this Federal Tribunal, Andrew was responsible for hearing and deciding refugee claims, deportation and sponsorship appeals.

In January 1989, He was promoted to the position of Assistant Deputy Chair of the Immigration Appeal Division, Immigration and Refugee Board. As Assistant Deputy Chair of the Immigration Appeal Division, Andrew was responsible for the supervision of members of the Appeal Division who were based in Vancouver. These members heard sponsorship and deportation appeals in British Columbia and Alberta.

Leadership positions with the Legal Profession

Andrew is one of the founding members of the Citizenship and Immigration Section of the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch. He has served in the capacity of Chairperson of the Citizenship and Immigration Section of the Canadian Bar Association (B.C. Branch) and is currently the Chairperson of the Overseas Committee of the Immigration Section of the B.C. Branch of the CBA.

He has also served in the capacity of Member-at-Large for the National Citizenship and Immigration Section of the Canadian Bar Association.

Contribution to Legal Education

Andrew has acted frequently as a guest lecturer for the Canadian Bar Association National and Provincial Immigration Sections.

Andrew is currently an immigration law lecturer for the Certification Program for Immigration Practitioners offered through a program organized by the University of British Columbia and Seneca College of Ontario. He has also acted as lecturer for the People's Law School, the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia and Insight Information Inc.

Andrew is Associate Editor of the Immigration Law Reporter published by Carswell, a leading immigration law publisher in Canada. He has written extensively on Immigration related topics. Some of his articles appear in the Immigration Law Reporter. He has written a guide about practice before the Immigration Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board. The Guide was published by Carswell. He has also published an extensive article on the Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act. He writes for different ethnic based newspapers in the lower mainland on immigration matters.

Community Service

Andrew is active within the community. He is General Counsel both to the Canadian Polish Congress B.C. Branch and the Polish Veterans Association Branch in Vancouver. He has acted as counsel on behalf of the Polish Consulate in Vancouver on various immigration and estate matters.

He has served as President of the Vancouver Multicultural Society and Folkfest. He was for many years the Producer of the Polish Television Program at Rogers Cable. He was awarded a Gold Medal by the Canadian Polish Congress in recognition of work within the community. He was part of the team that developed the Alternate Dispute Resolution System for the Immigration Appeal Division, Immigration and Refugee Board. For the work the team received the Public Service Award from the government of Canada. Andrew has one son by the name Alexandre.

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