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Express Entry Draw #81 Results: 2,750 Invitations Issued on January 10th

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January 10, 2018

Mario BellissimoThe latest Express Entry Draw took place during the period of January 10th. During this round 2,750 Invitations to Apply have been issued to foreign nationals who had 446 points or more. Today’s score represents the lowest Comprehensive Ranking System cut-off for a first draw of the year since the Express Entry system came into effect in 2015. For more information on Express Entry, please click here.

Parental Sponsorships Lottery Now Open – Act Fast and Be Mindful of Deadlines!

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January 8, 2018

Mario BellissimoQ: I understand that the parental sponsorship has dramatically changed from the past. I would like to sponsor my parents, can you give me more details about the new procedure? A: First, Happy New Year! As to your question, we have been receiving so many inquiries about sponsoring parents recently and for good reason.  This question and others are very timely, as the new parental sponsorship procedure has just opened again for 2018. It is the second year that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is using the new, online system….

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A Holiday Message from Our Founder

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December 20, 2017

Mario BellissimoIt has been another extraordinary year. Thank you to all our clients for putting your trust in Bellissimo Law Group PC and giving us the opportunity to assist with your immigration, refugee and/or citizenship matters. We take great pride in the role we play in helping thousands of families secure a better life in Canada. It is also very important to thank all of our employees for all their hard work and dedication. In law firms like ours, that deal with a number of urgent and complex matters, what is…

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Express Entry Draw #80 Results: 2,750 Invitations Issued on December 20th

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December 20, 2017

Mario BellissimoThe latest Express Entry Draw took place during the period of December 20th. During this round 2,750 Invitations to Apply have been issued to foreign nationals who had 446 points or more. For more information on Express Entry, please click here.

Express Entry Draw #79 Results: 2,750 Invitations Issued on December 6th

December 6, 2017

Mario BellissimoThe latest Express Entry Draw took place during the period of December 6th. During this round 2,750 Invitations to Apply have been issued to foreign nationals who had 452 points or more. For more information on Express Entry, please click here.

New Judge Appointed to the Federal Court

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November 30, 2017

Mario BellissimoJUDICIAL APPOINTMENT OTTAWA, November 29, 2017 – The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced that Paul Favel, Q.C., a partner at McKercher LLP in Saskatoon, is appointed a judge of the Federal Court effective December 11, 2017. He will replace Mr. Justice J. Russell, who has elected to become a supernumerary judge effective December 11, 2017.  Department of Justice (Canada) News Release

Express Entry Draw #77 Results: 2,750 Invitations Issued on November 15th

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November 15, 2017

Mario BellissimoThe latest Express Entry Draw took place during the period of November 15th. During this round 2,750 Invitations to Apply have been issued to foreign nationals who had 439 points or more. For more information on Express Entry, please click here.

Detention Reviews, Habeas Corpus and the Charter Navigating a New & Evolving Legal Landscape

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November 15, 2017

Mario BellissimoIn an upcoming issue of ImmQuest and the Immigration Law Reporter we will be examining some of the legal and operational issues surrounding the high-profile cases regarding long term detention, habeas corpus and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms [1](Charter).  The issues surrounding immigration detention are large and national but also personal. The evolving jurisprudence from the Federal Court and the Ontario Superior Court[2] informing the constitutional intersection of immigration detention law with the Charter has national scope and large implications. At the personal level, the Immigration Division (ID) will continue…

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New Judge Appointed to the Federal Court

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November 10, 2017

Mario BellissimoJUDICIAL APPOINTMENT OTTAWA, November 9, 2017 – The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced that Sébastien Grammond, a professor in the Civil Law Section of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, is appointed a judge of the Federal Court. He replaces Mr. Justice S.B Noël, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective September 1, 2017. Department of Justice (Canada) News Release

Express Entry Draw #76 Results: 2,000 Invitations Issued on November 8th

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November 8, 2017

Mario BellissimoThe latest Express Entry Draw took place during the period of November 8th. During this round 2,000 Invitations to Apply have been issued to foreign nationals who had 458 points or more. For more information on Express Entry, please click here.


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