Our Recent Immigration Success Stories

At Bellissimo Immigration Law Group PC, 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 that 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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10 Nov 2023

Successful Permanent Residence Application for Out-of-Status Applicant on H&C factors

Our client came to us looking to regularize their status in Canada, having spent in Canada a number of years without status. During their time in Canada, they fell in love and married a Canadian citizen, and therefore, we initially suggested that they apply for permanent residence under the In-Canada spousal sponsorship program. However, upon further investigations into the family history, it came to light that the Canadian spouse was not eligible to be a sponsor given the outstanding child support payments for their child from a previous relationship, although the individual was making regular payments to clear the debt. In the meantime, the out-of-status spouse came to the attention of CBSA which put our client at risk of being removed from Canada.

As the spousal sponsorship was no longer an option, we recommended our client apply for permanent residence under Humanitarian and Compassionate factors, given their establishment and family in Canada, and the hardship they would experience if returned to their country of citizenship, having not resided there for many years. With copious supporting evidence and our detailed legal written submissions, our arguments were accepted by IRCC, and our client’s application for permanent residence was approved.

We are extremely happy for our client and that we were able to assist the family to remain united in Canada. We wish our client and their family all the best.

 

7 Nov 2023

Visitor Visa Reconsideration

With Artificial Intelligence (AI) in full swing at all levels and organizations, it is no wonder Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is making use of this rapidly expanding technology to relieve the work of their overwhelmed employees given the Department receives tens of thousands of applications in all existing Canadian immigration programs. 

In the past few years we noticed an increase in refusals for temporary visas – visitor visas, study and work permits. While we do not have the exact indicators that are taken into consideration when refusing such applications, once we receive the Global Case Management System notes (GCMS), request made under the Access to Information Act, we notice that the use of Chinook and now reference to AI. The reasons given in the refusal letter are generic at times with little if any reference  to the supporting documents. 

Further to the many consultations we have with clients who have been refused, if we determine their case was strongly supported by documents, they have been refused more than once and the reasons for refusal are generic we advise clients to consider challenging the negative decision to the Federal Court. Recently we received an approval of a temporary visitor visa application for one of our clients, whose application was initially refused by IRCC. 

We challenged the negative decision at the Federal Court, the judge granted Leave and we were scheduled to attend a full judicial review hearing. Before the hearing we reached a settlement with the Department of Justice. The application was re-opened and sent to the visa office for redetermination, with another visa officer. 

It is critical that once the file is reopened, the applicant should submit updated documents and submissions to support the application. We gathered as many updated documents as possible, like bank statements, supporting letters, itineraries, financial documents, etc., to prove the case. In other cases, like for study permit, we update the acceptance letters from the educational institution, support letters from parents or persons who are financially involved in the case, trips abroad, etc. 

Much to our and our client’s delight, the redetermination went smoothly and very fast. Within a month, we received an approval for their visitor visa.  It is unfortunate clients sometimes have to resort to all these steps but when the purpose of visit is important and/or a client is unfairly refused it is reassuring to see the process can work to correct errors.  

If you need any help with your visitor visas or temporary (study or work) permit applications or challenging negative decisions, please feel free to contact us. 

Thank you. 

30 Oct 2023

Canadian Citizenship Granted Despite DUI Charges

Our office was recently retained for a Proof of Canadian Citizenship Application, where the client had a US DUI in the past and wanted to visit a sick family member in Canada. The client’s parent was a British Subject of Canada and had been living in U.S. since 1970s. We crafted our legal submissions, including making arguments regarding the DUI charges and the need for urgent processing as the client’s relative’s condition was serious.

We are thrilled that IRCC sent our client their electronic citizenship certificate within two weeks of submission. We wish our client all the best!

19 Oct 2023

PR Granted in 2 Months under Express Entry!

We are receiving an increased number of inquiries from people who are currently on a student or working visa in the USA. They want to apply for permanent residence in Canada for one reason or another.

In the past few months, we’ve successfully helped two clients apply for permanent residency through the Federal Skilled Worker program under Express Entry. Both clients are from India who had completed their master’s degree in the USA and were working in the States on the H1b working visa. Once they received an Invitation to Apply (ITA), we asked for their personal history for the past 10 years and all the supporting documents, helped amend the employment reference letters to ensure they included all the required elements, and submitted the applications within the allotted 60 days. Both applications were approved in just two months. Our clients have landed in Canada and one received his PR card last month. We wish them all the best!