As former government lawyers and immigrants themselves, Rafeena Rashid and Jelena Urosevic have extensive experience representing Canadian immigration cases at all levels.
RU Law is committed to helping individuals understand the complex Canadian immigration system and find the best option to fit each unique situation. RU Law’s client-centred approach will provide you efficient and cost-effective solutions for your immigration needs while keeping you informed and engaged in every step of the process.
Rafeena Rashid and Jelena Urosevic have been fighting and winning immigration cases for over a decade. The two former Canadian government lawyers founded RU Law in 2016, and now use their inside knowledge and experience to help you.
The Toronto based law firm is dedicated to Canadian immigration and citizenship cases. Whether you are interested in applying for a temporary visa, permanent residence via Express Entry, sponsoring a family member, filling a labour shortage in your Canadian business, applying for citizenship or appealing an immigration decision in court, RU Law will work with you to provide the right solution to your case.
Rafeena works on all types of Canadian immigration and citizenship matters and appears before the Immigration and Refugee Board and Federal Court of Canada. She prepares permanent and temporary (work, study, visitor) residence applications and assists clients with admissibility and procedural fairness issues. She works with Canadian businesses wanting to hire foreign nationals to find solutions for their operational needs.
Rafeena is attuned to the needs of immigrants as she immigrated to Canada when she was three years old. Her parents made the journey first, to secure employment and housing, before returning to Guyana to bring Rafeena and her younger brother to Canada. They were then united with the newest member of the family, her youngest brother. When Rafeena’s family immigrated to Canada, the immigration laws were not as complex as they are today. Over the last couple of decades, Rafeena has seen the difficulties experienced by others who desire to come to Canada.
Before completing her law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2007, Rafeena explored migration related issues while obtaining her Master’s degree in Legal Studies. It was during this time that she developed a particular interest in international human rights issues and the plight of refugees attempting to access asylum in Western countries. At the same time, Rafeena worked as a Refugee Protection Officer at the Immigration and Refugee Board’s Refugee Protection Division. Here, she conducted expedited interviews and assisted decision makers with refugee and protected persons hearings.
After being called to the Ontario Bar in 2008, Rafeena practiced criminal defence and civil litigation. In 2010, she joined the Immigration Law Division at the Department of Justice as Counsel. She represented the Ministers of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and defended decisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board for over six years. She handled cases in the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada.
Rafeena is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and serves on the executive committee of the Citizenship and Immigration Law section, Ontario Bar Association. She is also a Course Developer for the Queens’ University Graduate Diploma in Immigration and Citizenship Law.
In her free time, Rafeena enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, exercising and photography.
Languages: English, Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian.
Jelena handles all types of Canadian immigration and citizenship matters, including litigation. She helps individuals apply for Canadian permanent residence or for temporary status as workers, students or visitors. She also assists Canadian businesses in obtaining authorization to hire foreign workers to fill their labour shortages.
Jelena immigrated to Canada from the former Yugoslavia in 1994. She developed an interest in immigration law and policy at an early age as she observed her mother’s experiences as a skilled worker and the experiences of many other immigrants and refugees from her country. She has always been enthusiastic about helping individuals understand the Canadian immigration system and successfully integrate into Canadian society.
Jelena obtained her law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2007 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2008. She completed the Immigration and Refugee Law Intensive Program in law school, with a placement at the Immigration Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board. Throughout her education, she worked at the Public Prosecution Service of Canada and the Department of Justice Canada.
After starting her family, Jelena returned to the Immigration Law Division at the Department of Justice Canada as Counsel in 2010. For over six years, she represented the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness in hundreds of immigration, refugee and citizenship cases before the Federal Court of Canada and several cases before the Federal Court of Appeal. Her desire to help individuals understand the Canadian immigration system and the options available to them lead Jelena to leave public service and co-found Rashid Urosevic LLP.
In her free time, Jelena enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids, travelling, meditating and exercising.