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End off the Summer Right with Canada’s National Exhibition!

August 17, 2017

Marisa MastrogiovanniThis Friday, the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) returns for its 139th year! For many, the CNE is a great end of the summer tradition, in which it is completely acceptable to enjoy tasty (and bizarre) food, play fair games, and listen to great live music. This year, however, the CNE will also be commemorating Canada’s 150th anniversary with a True North theme throughout the fair’s 18 days. From art created by Ojibway artist Kris Nahrgang, to music featuring Sam Roberts Band and The Sheepdogs, make sure to check out this years Canadian…

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This Week’s Success Story: Family Invited to Finalize PR Application Despite Medical Inadmissibility Finding

August 10, 2017

Marisa MastrogiovanniA family applied for permanent residence in 2014 and IRCC was of the opinion that their youngest child, who is on the autism spectrum, would cause a strain on Canada’s social services. IRCC specifically focused on the cost of the child’s education, required therapies and availability of relief care in Canada. After hiring our firm for assistance, a detailed plan was presented to IRCC, focusing on the child’s individualized circumstances, including medical and non-medical factors, providing details of how the child’s education would be delivered in Canada together with the therapy,…

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Express Entry Draw #69 Results: 2,991 Invitations Issued on August 9

August 9, 2017

Mario BellissimoThe latest Express Entry Draw took place during the period of August 9th and ending on August 10th. During this round, 2,991 Invitations to Apply have been issued to foreign nationals who had 433 points or more. For more information on Express Entry, please click here.

Does Lucky in Love Mean Lucky in Immigration? I Fell in Love but have no Job Can I Still Sponsor My Husband for Immigration?

August 8, 2017

Mario BellissimoI am continuing my “readers series” of blogs.  I am drawing from a number of questions we receive here at the firm.  I want to thank our thousands of immigration followers that reach out to Bellissimo Law Group PC through our Canadian Immigration Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Youtube and LinkedIn with their questions and comments.  We select questions that we receive multiple times to help our immigration followers better understand different aspects of citizenship, immigration and refugee law and policy.  This time I am featuring a question we often…

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Express Entry Draw #68 Results: 3,264 Invitations Issued on August 2

August 2, 2017

Mario BellissimoThe latest Express Entry Draw took place during the period of August 2nd and ending on August 3rd. During this round, 3,264 Invitations to Apply have been issued to foreign nationals who had 441 points or more. For more information on Express Entry, please click here.

Is Diversity Canada’s Biggest Strength?

August 1, 2017

Daniela ArevaloCanada is known for opening its doors to people from different cultures and backgrounds. While Immigrants are encouraged to be proud of their heritages the topic of diversity in Canada is widely talked about and debated. We often hear our Prime Minister say that diversity is Canada’s strength and it is because of our differences that we are able to succeed. Canada’s openness to diversity can certainly be appreciated in times when borders are being shut off and races are being discriminated against. In the wake of horrific terrorist attacks…

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Planning A Trip Soon? Don’t Forget This.

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July 26, 2017

Daniela ArevaloWith technology, our world is more connected than ever before but sadly we are also more disconnected from nature than we have ever been. Most of us would agree that the word “vacation” is like music to the ears and while most of us are eagerly planning our next trip, many of us forget about the powerful benefits of getting closer to nature. According to a 2014 report by the Canadian Parks Council, 80% of Canadians are living in cities and on average 90% of our time is spent in-doors….

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My Marriage is Over and I Want to Sponsor My Girlfriend, Can I?

July 25, 2017

Mario BellissimoQ. My friend was sponsored by his wife and arrived in Canada a few years ago, with his 2 sons, only to later discover that his wife was living with another man. They agreed to separate which they did last year.  Meanwhile, he has a girlfriend in the Philippines, a single mother for many years.  Now he wants to sponsor his girlfriend to Canada, including her daughter.  Is there any problem from the immigration point of view? A. Very complicated question. There is more to this question than meets the…

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This Week’s Success Story: Couple Reunites in Canada After Subsequent Refusals/Removal Order

July 20, 2017

Marisa MastrogiovanniAfter a removal from Canada, followed by a refusal of a sponsorship application, we were recently successful in securing permanent residence for a spouse of a Canadian citizen under the Overseas Spousal Sponsorship application which was supported by a comprehensive application for Authorization to Return to Canada (ARC), that clearly set out the compelling reasons that this individual should be allowed to return to Canada to reunite with her spouse. Prior to hiring legal representation, the couple had experienced many years of separation. We are pleased that we were able to quickly…

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Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream: Issuance of Notifications of Interest by Targeted Occupations

July 18, 2017

Maria KogayThe Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is an economic immigration program designed to improve the program’s responsiveness to labour market and economic development needs and identify more candidates with experience in some of Ontario’s priority sectors and in demand occupations. On June 28, 2017 OINP announced that it would issue targeted Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to candidates who qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream and who have work experience in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. OINP posted a list of occupations for which OINP lowered the…

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