The disruption to daily life caused by the advent of COVID-19 is, of course, undeniable. The world is changing rapidly. As I have written in previous blogs, each day brings a spectrum…Continue Reading
Posts by Mario Bellissimo
5 Months Into a New Coronavirus/COVID-19 World: Canadian Immigration Reflections – What Will the Future Hold?
As we soon enter our fifth-month of a new reality, the world is changing and unfolding rapidly. Each day brings a spectrum of news, emotions, and developments ranging from the promise of…Continue Reading
New Born Canadian Citizens in the United States in Need of Return to Canada – Possible Emergency Steps to Explore During COVID-19
We have been dealing with cases involving newborn children in the United States born to Canadian parents abroad without confirmation of citizenship and the need to return to Canada imminently. There can…Continue Reading
Looking Back at Past Pandemics is Both Sobering and Inspiring & What it Teaches Us About COVID-19 Canadian Immigration Port of Entry Measures
Looking at past pandemics in the last three hundred years is both sobering and inspiring, and the past can as always, give us insight into the future. Looking back is useful in health…Continue Reading
Although suspensions remain in place at the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD) until June 1st and the Canadian Federal Courts until May 15th, 2020, respectively, in light of COVID-19 except for urgent matters,…Continue Reading
Despite the unprecedented challenges that COVID-19 is inflicting on the world, the work must inevitably go on. With regards to Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA) applications, ESDC has communicated that officers will…Continue Reading
Immigration Document Collection Affected by COVID-19 – Good for Immigration Canada Allowing for Reasonable Exceptions During an Unreasonable Time!
Canadian immigration is critical to the functioning of our country. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been placed in an unenviable position of balancing this essential flow of permanent and temporary…Continue Reading
As the New Post COVID-19 Business World Begins to Emerge, Expect a Rush of Canadian-Immigration-Related Activity
It is incredible in so many ways that it has not even been three weeks since COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. The days indeed seem long,…Continue Reading
There have been so many updates from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the Immigration and Refugee Board, and the…Continue Reading
It is difficult these days to find much reason for optimism as the COVID-19 virus rages into its fourth month, and Canada is facing increasing numbers of those afflicted. It is important…Continue Reading