Our Recent Immigration Success Stories

At BLG we are privileged to work on behalf of many wonderful people, companies and associations. We represent immigration applicants from far outside Canada from the time they step foot into the country’s airport waiting rooms all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Our immigration clients often tell us after their case is concluded it would have helped to know of similar stories that are real and not just what you hear on the street. So every month we post a few stories to celebrate our immigration success stories and offer some comfort to those who will soon embark on a similar journey…

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17 Aug 2016

Young Professional’s Work Permit Granted Within a Few Weeks

A young Engineer retained us to represent her with respect to a work permit under the International Experience Canada – Young professionals’ category. Since we had a tight deadline to provide all the supporting documentation and information after receiving the acceptance into the program, we prioritized our client’s application as well as worked with her potential employer in Canada to prepare and submit the work permit application. Such applications have many layers as they involve both the foreign national as well as the Canadian employer who has to submit an Offer of employment under the LMIA-exempt category. The work permit application was filed before the deadline along with a complete supporting documentation package. Although the processing timelines for such cases is 8 weeks, our client received her work permit approval 3 weeks after we submitted her application.

10 Aug 2016

BLG Makes History: Success with First “Start-Up Business Class” Federal Court Judicial Review

Bellissimo Law Group is proud to announce a recent successful outcome in Federal Court challenging a Start-Up Business Class (SUBC) permanent residence visa refusal. This is the first time an SUBC application has been the subject of a Federal Court Judicial Review. The case involved an inventor who had established a solar energy company in Canada and had the support of a Canadian business incubator, making him eligible to apply for permanent residence under the SUBC program. His application was refused because a Visa Officer concluded that he had applied to the SUBC program primarily for immigration purposes, and not to operate his business.

BLG argued that the decision was flawed due to procedural breaches. In particular, a poison pen letter had been received but was not disclosed to the applicant while the file was in process, and concerns about his immigration and work history were not put to him either. As the applicant was denied an opportunity to respond to these crucial issues, the decision was found to be unfair and the decision was overturned. As a result, the applicant will get a second chance to pursue his SUBC application! Our congratulations to all those involved.

3 Aug 2016

Certificate of Rehabilitation Granted – Couple Reunites!

After previous refusals on a sponsorship application and an appeal for criminal inadmissibility filed independently, we were recently successful in receiving a Certificate of Rehabilitation for our client, which served to remove his inadmissibility to Canada from a very dated criminal history outside of Canada. The Certificate of Rehabilitation will allow the client’s spouse to proceed with a sponsorship application to reunite permanently in Canada.

27 Jul 2016

Caregiver LMIA application approved in one month!

Our office assisted a client who wished to hire a caregiver for his children under the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) requirements.  Given all the recent changes that occurred to this program, it was essential that all advertising was submitted properly.  We assisted our client to complete recruitment, submit a LMIA application, and make submissions as to why a foreign hire was required.  Our submissions were accepted and his application was approved in one month.