Sarah N. Goodman

Helping individuals, families and businesses achieve their immigration goals

Our History

Filing The First Recorded Refugee Case in BC

In September, 1860, Sir Henry Crease filed a writ in the first recorded immigration and refugee case in British Columbia. Due to his actions, an American slave named Charles Mitchell was freed from an American ship in Victoria Harbour, and granted the opportunity to live as a free man on the Colony of Vancouver Island.

Today, Crease Harman LLP continues to support immigrants and their dreams for a life in British Columbia.

Providing Legal Guidance for Asian Immigrants since 1866

In 1866, the Dunsmuir coal mines were having trouble attracting reliable workers. Ernest Bodwell helped solve the problem by processing hundreds of immigration documents for workers who came from many parts of the world. Some of the first Asian immigrants to Canada came with Ernest’s legal guidance. Bodwell was a founding member and President of the Victoria Board of Trade, and his firm later merged with Crease and Company.

Today, Crease Harman LLP continues to serve Canada’s economy by helping new immigrants.

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