Jacqueline Bonisteel

Partner at Corporate Immigration Law Firm (CILF)

Degrees:JD Common Law (University of Ottawa), MA (Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University)
Office:Corporate Immigration Law Firm (CILF), Kanata, ON

Jacqueline (Jackie) Bonisteel is a partner at Corporate Immigration Law Firm (CILF) and leads the firm’s Ottawa office, located in Kanata. CILF is a boutique Canadian immigration law firm that assists with all types of Canadian immigration matters including temporary work permits, business visit applications, economic immigration, family class immigration, Canadian citizenship, and refugee matters. Clients include both businesses and individuals. Over the past decade, Jackie has practiced exclusively in immigration law and she has appeared before all divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board and the Federal Court with respect to immigration, refugee, and citizenship matters. Jackie is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars on various Canadian immigration topics. She is a member of the organizing committee for the Ottawa Immigration Conference, and she is active with the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Immigration Section and the Canadian Immigration Lawyers Association (CILA). Jackie volunteers with the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program and the Canadian Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Law Moot.

Panel 4: Canada and Assistance to Ukrainians in Perspective

The Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel Roll-Out: Practical Experiences and Lessons Still Being Learned


The Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET) is a sweeping and unprecedented effort to bring Ukrainians to Canada on an emergency basis. I will describe the program’s initial roll-out, the many logistical and political hurdles involved, the current status, and anticipated challenges moving forward. I will also speak to the potential broader implications of CUAET in terms of Canada’s immigration processing and response to crises.