Is there anything special about immigration lawyer records? Perhaps. I explored this as part of a panel today with Phil Brown at the Law Society’s immigration law summit. For the most part, legal professionals dealing with immigration face the same paperless challenges as other lawyers and paralegals.
However, we thought that they were different in a few ways:
- other than client-provided records, which needed to be digitized, a large portion of the immigration practice appears to be born digital;
- while there’s probably no benefit to using OCR on documents that are digitized, immigration practice may be one area where lawyers want to add metadata to their documents for better retrieval.
We discuss using PDF tools, particularly to print off government documents and online forms. In particular, since Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s forms are designed for online use and not for long term retention, how to use PDF printers to append pages (or this tweak to force the forms to expand).
Here is our slide deck and our paper.