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Where to Celebrate Canada Day in Toronto

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June 26, 2017

Daniela ArevaloCanada plans to celebrate its birthday this year with grand festivities happening across the country. While many people are packing up to enjoy a relaxing weekend getaway, others are heading to our Nation’s capital for Canada’s big birthday bash. But if your plans are to stay in Toronto then lookout for some of the festivities coming your way! Concerts will be held at four locations across Toronto including a four-day festival at Nathan Phillips Square from June 30 to July 3, and one-day events at Mel Lastman Square, Humber Bay…

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Initial Medical Inadmissibility Finding May Not be the End of the Story!

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June 26, 2017

Mario BellissimoAt Bellissimo law Group PC we are privileged to work on hundreds of medical inadmissibility cases and receive many inquiries.  Unfortunately, we encounter a number of cases if the applicants had proper representation and/or knew what was truly involved the applicants and their family may not have been refused.  Here are the types of questions we receive: Q. I am from the Philippines and have applied 5 years ago for Permanent Resident status and included my husband and three children.  We now get a letter that my husband, who had a…

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Citizenship Bill C-6 Received Royal Assent

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June 21, 2017

Maria KogaySome changes to the Citizenship Act take effect immediately upon Royal Assent, while others take effect at later dates. As of June 19, 2017 applicants are no longer required to intend to continue to live in Canada once granted citizenship. Another immediate change includes repealing the ability to revoke citizenship from dual citizens convicted of crimes against the national interest. Dual citizens living in Canada who are convicted of these crimes will face the Canadian justice system. The upcoming changes that are expected to take effect later this fall include…

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World Refugee Day

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June 20, 2017

Marisa MastrogiovanniEach year on June 20th, individual’s come together to celebrate World Refugee Day. Today gives people the opportunity to focus on the plight of refugees around the world, the causes of their exile, their resolve, as well as how we can assist and support those forced to flee. Canada is strongly committed to helping refugees, and has one of the largest refugee resettlement programs in the world. In recent years, Canada has welcomed over 40,000 Syrian refugees who have made significant contributions to our communities and have helped define us as…

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This Week’s Success Story: Young Professional Granted PR Under the Express Entry System

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June 15, 2017

Marisa MastrogiovanniOur office was approached by a young professional to manage her permanent residence application under the Express Entry system. We worked diligently to complete and submit her permanent residence application pursuant to the Express Entry category – Canadian Experience Class within the deadline provided to our client by Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Only two months after submission, we received a request for original passport for IRCC to place her permanent resident visa inside. Her original passport was submitted to IRCC and we expect our client to get landed…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Immigration to Canada, 2012 – 2016

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June 13, 2017

adminCanadian Immigration has been a hot topic lately. But just how many people immigrate to Canada each year and where do they come from? Let’s take a closer look at how many immigrants landed in Canada from 2012 to 2016 and their top 5 countries of birth. People choose to become permanent residents of Canada not only for economic reasons but also to be reunited with their families. Others come as refugees seeking for a better future. Many immigrants choose Canada to have access to interesting and rewarding job opportunities….

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Canada Among the Safest Countries in the World

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June 12, 2017

Daniela ArevaloOnce again, Canada has been recognized as one of the safest countries in the world! Protecting our communities from the threat of danger and terrorism has always been our Government’s top priority and we feel proud to live in country that ranks high when it comes to peace and safety. According to the 2017 Global Peace Index (GPI), Canada takes the 8th spot out of 163 countries. Each country was evaluated and ranked based on various factors: Homicide rates, death from internal conflicts, violent crimes, impact of terrorism among others….

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New Judge Appointed to the Federal Court

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June 11, 2017

Mario BellissimoJUDICIAL APPOINTMENT The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced that Roger R. Lafrenière, a prothonotary with the Federal Court, is appointed a judge of the Federal Court. He replaces Mr. Justice R.B. Camp, who resigned effective March 10, 2017.   Department of Justice (Canada) News Release

Canada’s Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen Visits Middle East to Promote Immigration Interests

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June 7, 2017

Daniela ArevaloCanada’s Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen, took a trip to the Middle East last month to promote Canada’s immigration interests with leaders. Mr. Hussen travelled to Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Syria where he visited the grounds of various refugee camps. During his trip, he had the chance to meet and personally connect with Syrian refugees not only as Canada’s Immigration Minister, but as a former refugee who had once been in their shoes. During his trip, he also met with UAE’s minister for higher education to promote Canada…

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Conditional Permanent Residence for Certain Sponsored Spouses No Longer in Effect

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June 6, 2017

Ann WelshAs had been anticipated for some time, in late April 2017, the Government of Canada announced the repeal of conditional permanent residence which had been in place since October 2012. This condition had required certain sponsored spouses and partners to live with their sponsors for a period of two years from the day they obtained permanent residence.  If a couple did not live together for that period of time, the sponsored partner and any accompanying family members were at risk of loosing their permanent residence status, regardless of the reason…

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