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Express Entry Draw #72 Results: 2,871 Invitations Issued on September 20th

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September 20, 2017

Mario BellissimoThe latest Express Entry Draw took place during the period of September 20th ending on September 21st. During this round 2,871 Invitations to Apply have been issued to foreign nationals who had 433 points or more. For more information on Express Entry, please click here.

This Week’s Success Story: Finding of Medical Inadmissibility Overturned on Appeal

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September 18, 2017

DanielaThis parental sponsorship had been refused based on a finding that the sponsor’s mother had a heart condition which would cause an excessive demand on Canadian health services. The sponsor retained our office to appeal this decision. In preparing for the appeal, we worked closely with the sponsor and medical professionals to both contest the Medical Officer’s diagnosis and to challenge the legal basis of the finding. Extensive medical evidence was filed and the sponsor was prepared to provide oral testimony at her hearing. After providing detailed legal submissions, the…

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The Next Time You Travel To Toronto From Montreal It Could Be In Under 39 Minutes!

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September 18, 2017

DanielaThe Montreal-Toronto route has been named one of the strongest candidates for the Hyperloop One route. The Hyperloop is a ground transportation system which can reach speeds superior to aircraft! The system consists of pods that can move safely at extremely high speeds through low pressure tubes. Much like a puck gliding over an air hockey table, these pods carrying passengers would travel through the tubes at speeds topping out over 700 mph. The Hyperloop concept was proposed by billionaire inventor Elon Musk and it could revolutionize mass transit as we know…

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New Judge Appointed to the Federal Court

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September 15, 2017

Mario BellissimoSeptember 15, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Justice Canada The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointment under the new judicial application process announced on October 20, 2016. The new process emphasizes transparency, merit, and diversity, and will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity. Shirzad S. Ahmed, a sole practitioner based in Calgary, is appointed a judge of the Federal Court. He replaces Mr. Justice L.S. Mandamin, who elected to become…

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Impact of Escalating Refugee Influx to Canada’s Refugee System Complex, Multi-Faceted and Potential Source of Conflict

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September 13, 2017

Mario BellissimoIn my last blog, “Huge Influxes of Refugees to Canada is Not New but the Numbers May Be!” continued a discussion we had on CTV’s Your Morning with a focus on potential Salvadoran refugees.   As has been widely reported, the large volume of irregular crossings, mainly Haitian, at the Canadian border so far has resulted in Canadian Officials setting up a temporary welcome centre in Montreal at the Olympic Stadium amongst other locations, as the shelters in Montreal are already full.[1] As noted, the number of Salvadorans effected by the…

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Have you heard the buzz? It’s the second week of TIFF!

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September 12, 2017

DanielaIt’s that time of the year again in Toronto and film lovers are excited to kick off the second week of TIFF. Toronto’s International film festival which started 40 years ago has now become the world’s most important publicly attended film festival. If you love cinema this is an event you can’t miss! Whether you are attending a world premiere, the screening of the most anticipated movie of the year or simply there to spot your favorite celebrity, this is the hottest event in town and the city is buzzing…

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This Week’s Success Story: Couple Reunited After Years in Limbo!

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September 8, 2017

Fabiola ArevaloA spousal sponsorship appeal was recently allowed for a deserving couple separated for far too long. After her application to sponsor her husband to Canada was refused, the sponsor retained our office to initiate an appeal. We worked with the sponsor and applicant to provide strong evidence that their relationship is genuine and was not entered into primarily for immigration benefit. After the sponsor testified at her hearing, the Minister agreed that the evidence was irrefutable and consented to allowing the appeal. The Member also agreed, and the appeal was…

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Express Entry Draw #71 Results: 2,772 Invitations Issued on September 6th

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September 6, 2017

Mario BellissimoThe latest Express Entry Draw took place during the period of September 6th ending on September 7th. During this round 2,772 Invitations to Apply have been issued to foreign nationals who had 435 points or more. For more information on Express Entry, please click here.

Huge Influxes of Refugees to Canada is Not New but the Numbers May Be!

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September 5, 2017

Mario BellissimoFurther to our discussion on CTV Your Morning huge influxes of refugees into Canada are not new.  In fact, they date back hundreds of years.  One of the first most notable influxes was in 1783 when 35,000 Loyalist refugees from New York entered into Nova Scotia. Some settled in Quebec, and others in Kingston and Adolphustown in Ontario.  More recent examples include 37,000 Hungarians in 1956, 11,000 Czech refugees fled the Soviet and Warsaw Pact Communist invasion in 1968-1968 and in 1979 -1980: more than 60,000 Boat People found refuge…

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Mario D. Bellissimo weighs in on the next wave of asylum seekers into Canada!

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September 1, 2017

Fabiola ArevaloMario D. Bellissimo sits down with Anne-Marie from Your Morning to discuss the new wave of asylum seekers from El Salvador! See full interview below!


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