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August 3, 2010

Mario D. Bellissimo speaks out about Regulation 179

An article published on the Record.com discussed the increased frequency of visitor visa denials as a result of the contentious and vague Regulation 179.  The article explains that section 179 grants Canadian visa officers the discretion to deny a visit to anyone who they feel might stay past the expiration of their visitor visa.

Seen as problematic is the arbitrary nature of section 179 and how there is no actual criteria that can be met or unmet by potential visitors. Also questionable is the rejection letter which doesn’t need to outline the specific reasons for refusal but can merely quote section 179.

Mario D. Bellissimo was quoted as summarizing  section 179 is a “one-size-fits-all approach” with limited flexibility.

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