Skilled Worker Program, Entrepreneurs, Investors Numbers Reduced Again!
In order to reduce backlog and improve wait times while meeting the country’s labour market needs, Canada is adjusting the intake of applications from economic immigrants. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will be limiting the number of new applications it will consider in certain categories of the federal economic immigration stream effective July 1, 2011.
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Bellissimo Law Group Expands Legal Team in Anticipation of Legal Reforms
In light of changes to the work permit regime, removals and the refugee stream Bellissimo Law Group has added Zahra Kaderali to our team of lawyers to assist with the ever growing and complex immigration scheme. Ms. Kaderali has quickly developed into a strong legal advocate. During her time at law school, Zahra participated in Osgoode's Criminal Law Intensive Program. She graduated from Queen's University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and is well versed to assist with the immigration inadmissibility portfolio at Bellissimo Law Group. Welcome Zahra!
Mario Bellissimo Interviewed by Toronto Star Re Mexican Refugee Claimants!
Mario D. Bellissimo was recently interviewed in the Toronto Star by Oakland Ross regarding refugee reform, the new Designated Countries of Origin and the impact it may have on Mexican refugee claimants. Mr. Bellissimo warned against “bulk assessments” and removing individualized assessments in refugee determinations. As it related to Mexico the article reads:
“Bellissimo also cautions that refugee claims that might seem dubious if made by an applicant from another country could be far more credible coming from a Mexican, owing to the climate of impunity there.”
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Federal Skilled Worker Backlog
Q. I have a friend who submitted a FSW application in March 2008 and her application has already been processed. However, I submitted my application in December, 2007 and my application is still pending. How is it possible that she received a result before I did? What are current processing times?
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Effective Advocacy Repeat Session a Success!
The repeat session of the Law Society of Upper Canada program on June 21, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at 130 Queen Street W, Toronto, ON chaired and organized by Mario D. Bellissimo, C.S. was an informative, interactive and engaging program. It was well attended program both in person and on Live Webcast. Topics presented included how to be a more effective advocate for your immigration clients, as well as valuable tips and strategies on how to be more persuasive in making written and oral arguments. A big thank you to our speakers:
The Honourable Mr. Justice Rennie, Federal Court
Lois D. Figg, Assistant Deputy Chairperson, Refugee Protection Division, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Barbara Jackman, LSM,Jackman & Associates
Betsy Kane, C.S. Capelle Kane Immigration Lawyers Professional Corporation
Joel M. Rubinoff, Legal Advisor,Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada