Paul VanderVennen graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto in 1985, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1987. In 1987 he started his own law firm which was primarily dedicated to the practice of Canadian immigration law. Since 1995 he has worked exclusively in the field of Immigration Law. He was certified as a Specialist in Immigration Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1997.
Mr. VanderVennen has extensive experience in representing clients in immigration law matters including applicants for immigrant visas as refugee claimants in refugee determination hearings, appeals to the Refugee Appeal Division and Federal Court of Canada and sponsorship applications and appeals.
Mr. VanderVennen is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, the Refugee Lawyers Association and the Legal Aid Area Committee. He is past Treasurer of the Inter-Church Committee for Human Rights in Latin America and has served as an international election monitor and as a member of a human rights fact-finding delegation to Central America. Mr. VanderVennen has traveled to Dubai, Malaysia, China, Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Pakistan where he has spoken to thousands of people who are interested in immigrating to Canada. He has co-hosted a weekly national television show which provided information regarding Canadian immigration law and serves as a volunteer lawyer at a clinic providing immigration assistance to low income persons.