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What is Implied Status?

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March 28, 2017

Many people have asked, “after my work permit expires, can I continue to work in Canada?” A: If a foreign worker has applied to extend his or her work permit before it expires and physically remains in Canada, then he or she may legally continue to work until the decision on the work permit application is rendered. Under section 186 (u) of Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations: A foreign national may work in Canada without a work permit […] (u) until a decision is made on an application made by…

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Canada Ranked 7th Happiest Country in the World!

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March 24, 2017

Marisa MastrogiovanniCongratulations Canada! According to the World Happiness Report for 2017, Canada has been ranked the 7th happiest place on earth. The ranking is based on a study that accumulates data from 155 countries. The study uses Global Surveys to measure human satisfaction based on economic stability, health, emotional well-being, as well as freedom and social support, to name a few. The top ten happiest countries in the world are as follows: Norway Denmark Iceland Switzerland Finland Netherlands Canada New Zealand Australia Sweden

Express Entry Draw #57 Results: 3,749 Invitations Issued on March 24

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March 24, 2017

Mario BellissimoThe latest Express Entry Draw took place during the period of March 24th and ending on March 25th. During this round, 3,749 Invitations to Apply have been issued to foreign nationals who had 441 points or more. For more information on Express Entry, please click here.

This Week’s Success Story: Parental Sponsorship Granted After Medical Inadmissibility Finding Was Overturned!

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March 23, 2017

Marisa MastrogiovanniWe represented a family in seeking to overcome a medical inadmissibility finding for a sponsored parent, having sought an early resolution with Counsel for the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. This was successful without having to wait for, and advance to a full hearing, which can take years. This was all the more important as the sponsorship application had originally been filed nearly 10 years ago. We worked together with the family providing guidance in securing necessary medical records and made submissions to the Minister’s Counsel seeking to…

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Now That I Have Declared My Criminal Record What Happens at a Secondary Examination?

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March 22, 2017

Mario BellissimoIn Part I of this blog we answered yes to the question do I have to declare my criminal record when I enter Canada even if I am not asked?  With the advent of electronic travel authorizations this may not be the surprise or under the radar issue it has been to date but is still worth discussing.   The Act and Regulations impose positive obligations on persons seeking to enter Canada depending on their status, criminality and reason for coming to Canada.  The objectives of the Act for conducting primary…

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Top 60 Immigration Blog Winners Announced!

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March 21, 2017

Fabiola ArevaloBellissimo Law Group’s blog has been featured in the list of Top 60 Immigration Blogs around the world. We would like to thank Feedspot for this honorable mention.  Our immigration blog focuses on delivering the latest immigration news such as; changing policies, express entry draws, success stories and current events in Canada. We would like to congratulate all the bloggers who made the Top Immigration Blogs list! For the full list please click here.

This Week’s Success Story: Client Granted Authorization to Return to Canada to Visit Relatives

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March 15, 2017

Marisa MastrogiovanniOur office was approached by a client who was seeking our assistance to return to Canada. In the late 80s he arrived to Canada and submitted a refugee claim.  Unfortunately, his claim was refused and an exclusion order was issued against him. Unintentionally he failed to notify Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)/Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) when he departed from Canada and as a result his departure was not formally executed at that time. Years later he tried to enter Canada to visit his relatives, and only at that…

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Vancouver Ranked 5th City in the World for Quality of Life

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March 14, 2017

Marisa MastrogiovanniVancouver, Canada has been ranked one of the top cities in the world for quality of life according to the 19th annual Quality of Living Ranking from the Mercer consulting firm! Vancouver was rated as number five, right after Munich, Germany. Toronto did not quite make the top five, however, did tie with Melbourne for 16th place out of the 231 cities that were included in the report! Here are the top 20 cities in Mercer’s 2017 Quality of Living Ranking: Vienna, Austria Zurich, Switzerland Auckland, New Zealand Munich, Germany Vancouver,…

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“Global Talent” Pilot Stream

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March 13, 2017

Maria KogayOn 9 March 2017, Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development, and Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced a new “Global Talent” pilot stream for temporary foreign workers that will be launched on 12 June 2017. This program will facilitate companies in Canada to bring highly trained and skilled foreign nationals to Canada and create more Canadian jobs. The goal is to help innovative companies grow by ensuring they can access the highly skilled talent they need quickly. The new stream will let eligible…

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This Week’s Success Story: Four Temporary Resident Visa Refusals and Two Misrepresentation Findings Overturned

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March 8, 2017

Marisa MastrogiovanniWe were recently successful in Federal Court in overturning four Temporary Resident Visa refusals and findings of misrepresentation made against a husband and wife who had a lengthy positive immigration history in Canada. The couple was seeking to return to Canada, where they held valid temporary study and work permits. They submitted initial TRV applications to the Visa Office, but neglected to mention on their application forms that they had been refused Canadian visas in the past, leading a Visa Officer to believe that they had purposely misrepresented their immigration…

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