Document Review/Express Services
As part of our continuing commitment for cost effective and practical solutions for our corporate clients we provide document review and express services (immigration file access requests, notarizations, commissioning of affidavits) at no additional charge. Also, your company may present with an issue that is not of an immigration nature and we are also pleased to make a referral to other counsel at no additional charge.
Who better to know a good lawyer than another lawyer? We consider this as part of our professional obligation in securing the public meaningful access to justice. So please ensure your case worker is notified should you require these services.
For companies that are not clients of Bellissimo Law Group we offer these services as stand- alone services. Please contact us today to discuss costs and supporting documentation required.
Permanent Resident Card
What is a Permanent Resident Card?
A Permanent Resident Card is an official proof for one’s status as a permanent resident in Canada. The plastic card is wallet-sized and is required for all Canadian permanent residents wishing to re-enter Canada through a commercial carrier (plane, bus, boat, etc.). As of August 24, 2009, there have been several changes to the look of the PR Card along with added security features. New permanent residents will automatically receive their new cards as part of the immigration process.
If you fall under the following categories, you may apply for a PR card:
- You received your permanent resident status prior to June 28, 2002
- You became a permanent resident on or after June 28, 2002 but have not obtained a PR Card
- Your PR Card is lost, expired, or stolen
Those who need to apply for a Permanent Resident Card fall under three categories:
- Applying for a first Permanent Resident Card
- Replacing a lost, stolen, or expired Permanent Resident Card
- Requiring urgent processing of Permanent Resident Card application
It is important to check whether your PR Card has expired before travelling outside of Canada. For new permanent residents, the processing time is approximately 35 days. For existing permanent residents, the processing time is approximately 151 calendar days.
Contact us to see if you qualify for a PR card today!
What is a NEXUS Card?
The NEXUS Program is designed to speed up the border clearance process for low-risk, pre-approved travellers into Canada and the United States. Under the NEXUS program, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have cooperated to create a joint venture to simplify border crossing while seeking to improve security.
The NEXUS program acts as a substitution for a passport to enter into Canada for U.S. citizens and for Canadian citizens entering the U.S. It meets the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requirements.
Those who have been approved to take part in the NEXUS program will receive a membership identification card to use upon entrance to Canada or the U.S. at designated NEXUS air, land, and marine ports of entry.
NEXUS benefits its participants in the following ways:
- Self-serve NEXUS kiosks at designated international airports make it much faster and efficient for those using the automated system
- NEXUS members are able to use designated lanes at the land border, which eliminates a lot of waiting time
- NEXUS members are able to report to border officers by phone prior to arrival in the marine mode of transportation
- NEXUS offers the Trusted Traveller Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) Security Line at Canadian airports which help expedite the pre-boarding security screeining
Because the NEXUS Program satisfies the WHTI requirements, NEXUS cardholders can use their membership as an alternative to a passport when entering the United States. This is available by air (self-serve kiosks) and at all land and marine entries.
Who can apply?
Those who are citizens or permanent residents of Canada or the United States and have continuously lived in both or either countries for the last three years are eligible to apply.
If you fall under any one of the following categories, you may not be eligible for a NEXUS card:
- You are inadmissible to Canada or the U.S. under applicable immigration laws
- You have provided false or incomplete information on your application on an intentional basis
- You have been convicted of a serious criminal offence in any country and you have not received a pardon
- You have a record of violation of customs, immigration or agriculture law
- You have failed to meet the other NEXUS requirements
Because the NEXUS program is a partnership between Canada and the U.S., your application must be approved by both countries. Your application will be denied if you do not meet all of the requirements
For children under the age of 18, consent of a parent or legal guardian is required to enrol in NEXUS. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by at least one custodial parent or guardian and the individual needs to have documentary evidence of custody without restrictions on removal from the custodial jurisdiction. The documents must prove that the adult(s) are the parents or legal guardians. Even if the child’s parents or guardians are not NEXUS members, they are still eligible for NEXUS membership.
Contact us today to see if you qualify.