About Kristen Dunbar Tobin
Kristen was called to the Bar of Ontario in January of 2016. She holds a common law degree (Juris Doctor, J.D.) with honour from the University of Ottawa. Prior to law school, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University, with a Double-Major in International Development Studies and African Studies, and a Minor in Hispanic Languages.
Kristen joined Gerami Law PC as an immigration and refugee lawyer in February 2016. Since then, she has focused her practice in the areas of permanent residence, temporary residence, and citizenship applications. Kristen has successfully assisted clients in obtaining permanent residence as skilled workers, family members, protected persons, humanitarian & compassionate applicants, provincial nominees, and self-employed persons. She regularly works with employers and employees to submit applications for work permits, offers of employment, and Labour Market Impact Assessments. She also represents clients in applying for permanent resident cards, travel documents, citizenship, study permits, and visitor visas.
During her legal studies, Kristen undertook a Clerkship with the Regional Senior Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice, advocated for human and civil rights with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and worked as a legal intern regarding discrimination and employment law with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. She also worked as a Research Assistant for a University of Ottawa professor, on the subject of incorporating traditional justice mechanisms into international criminal law.
Kristen has been proud to volunteer with rights-based organizations, such as the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women, and AIDS Community Care Montreal.
Outside of work, Kristen’s favourite thing to do is to travel and spend time with her husband and family. She loves to visit her family in P.E.I., plan camping trips, and go on outdoor adventures such as hiking and scuba diving.