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Detention Reviews, Habeas Corpus and the Charter Navigating a New & Evolving Legal Landscape

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November 15, 2017

Mario BellissimoIn an upcoming issue of ImmQuest and the Immigration Law Reporter we will be examining some of the legal and operational issues surrounding the high-profile cases regarding long term detention, habeas corpus and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms [1](Charter).  The issues surrounding immigration detention are large and national but also personal. The evolving jurisprudence from the Federal Court and the Ontario Superior Court[2] informing the constitutional intersection of immigration detention law with the Charter has national scope and large implications. At the personal level, the Immigration Division (ID) will continue…

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I Live in the United States, Can I Still Sponsor My Future Husband?

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August 25, 2017

Mario BellissimoQ: I am Canadian living in the United States. I met my boyfriend here in Florida almost 2 years ago. He is from Argentina and was deported back to Argentina 7 months ago. I work in the States on a work permit and I should get my green card shortly. We are very much in love and are thinking of getting married. I need to know what the options are for us to be together again in Canada? A:  To answer your question I will have to make at least…

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Mario D. Bellissimo named Immigration “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in Canada!

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August 23, 2017

DanielaOnce again Mr. Mario D. Bellissimo has been named  “Immigration Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers! Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored with this annual title. What makes the honour particularly special is that the selection is voted on by peers, other immigration lawyers. So we are extremely proud to see Mr. Bellissimo receive the top honor as Best Lawyers’ 2018 Toronto Immigration Law “Lawyer of the Year”. On behalf of our team we would like to send our heartiest congratulations for this remarkable…

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

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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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I Withdrew My Refugee Claim & Left Canada: Why Do I Have a Deportation Order?

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May 23, 2017

Mario BellissimoThis is a very common question and I have seen hundreds of people in this situation in my career.  The good news is it is avoidable.  The bad news is it is very difficult to know when this happens.  Let me explain. When refugee claimants initiate a claim for protection they are issued a Departure Order and pursuant to section 49(2)(d) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, (IRPA) this order will automatically become a deportation order 15 days after a claim is withdrawn if the claimant has not left…

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Mario D. Bellissimo Discusses Ghost Representation in LawTimes!

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May 18, 2017

Marisa MastrogiovanniLast week, Mario D. Bellissimo was quoted in the LawTimes, where he discussed the issue of “ghost representation.” As a former president of Canadian Bar Association’s national immigration law section, Mario Bellissimo stressed how despite noticeable improvements since 2011, after Bill C-35 was passed, the problem of unauthorized consultants still exists and “has devastating effects for the people caught up in it.” To read the full article, please click here.

Medical Inadmissibility – Top 5 Considerations When Responding To A Fairness Letter

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April 26, 2017

adminMario Bellissimo joins Mark Holthe in a Canadian Immigration Podcast to discuss the intricate and delicate topic of Medical Inadmissibility. So you’ve applied to come to Canada and the prospect of becoming a Canadian Permanent Resident is closer than ever. That is until you receive a Fairness Letter revealing an uncovered medical condition and deeming you inadmissible to enter Canada. The news of any unknown medical condition alone can be extremely painful, add to this the fact that you may be inadmissible to Canada and it becomes a very emotional…

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Do I have to Declare My Criminal Record When I Enter Canada Even if I am Not Asked?

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March 6, 2017

Mario BellissimoThis is a common question during consultations.  Or if I ask “did you declare your criminality” the common answer I receive is “they did not ask me.”  With the advent of electronic travel authorizations this may not be the surprise or under the radar issue it has to date but still worth discussing.   The Act and Regulations impose certain obligations on persons seeking to enter Canada depending on their status and reason for coming to Canada. The port of entry (‘‘POE”) is defined as the place at which a person…

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Mario D. Bellissimo Interviewed by Atlanta’s News Radio Station!

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November 11, 2016

Marisa MastrogiovanniMario D. Bellissimo was recently interviewed by John Lisk from News Radio 106.7. Mario Bellissimo discusses the immigration process for Americans who have pledged to move to Canada now that Donald Trump is the President-elect. To listen to the full interview, please click here.

Mario D. Bellissimo Selected for Inclusion in the 11th Edition of Best Lawyers Canada!

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August 11, 2016

Nora UrsulescuMario D. Bellissimo has been selected among his peers to be included in the 11th annual edition of Best Lawyers Canada, practising in the field of immigration law! Selection is based on a rigorous peer-review, through evaluations by top lawyers. We are delighted that Mario D. Bellissimo has been included, and it is an honour to be part of the list. To view the listing, please click here.


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