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This Week’s Success Story: BLG Makes History – Success with First “Start-Up Business Class” Federal Court Judicial Review

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November 1, 2017

Michelle AtkinsonBellissimo Law Group is proud to announce a recent successful outcome in Federal Court challenging a Start-Up Business Class (SUBC) permanent residence visa refusal. This is the first time an SUBC application has been the subject of a Federal Court Judicial Review. The case involved an inventor who had established a solar energy company in Canada and had the support of a Canadian business incubator, making him eligible to apply for permanent residence under the SUBC program. His application was refused because a Visa Officer concluded that he had applied…

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Young Adult Children Can Now Qualify as Dependents

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October 30, 2017

Rebecca KimImmigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) raised the age limit for dependent children in immigration applications to under 22 years of age, as of 24 October 2017. The increased age limit enables Canadians and permanent residents to bring their young adult children to Canada. A child under 22 years of age can now be included as a dependent on his or her parent’s application as long as he or she is not married or in a common-law relationship. Furthermore, individuals who are 22 years of age and older can also be…

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Significant Benefit – Entrepreneur and self-employed Work Permits

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October 16, 2017

Chi-Young LeeImmigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently made some clarifications with respect to the Canadian Interests – Significant benefit – Entrepreneurs and self-employed work permit category. This work permit category consists of two categories of candidates, temporary or permanent residents who wish to operate a business in Canada. Temporary resident Applicants Candidates who wish to work for themselves in Canada or to operate their own business on a temporary basis must show their business would generate “significant economic, social or cultural benefits or opportunities for Canadian citizens or permanent residents”….

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Permanent Residents Who Work Frequently Outside of Canada: How to Calculate Physical Presence For Citizenship Purposes

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October 2, 2017

Adam SadinskyDespite living in an increasingly globalized world, most of us live no further than a train commute from work. Our jobs don’t take us far outside of our home cities except for the odd business trip. For a small segment of the population, however, travel is the rule rather than the exception. This can present issues in the immigration context, including when counting of days physically presence in Canada for the purposes of citizenship. First, let’s look at the law in the Citizenship Act. Section 5 of the Act requires that a permanent…

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

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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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Client Secures Permanent Residence Status Based on H&C Grounds

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June 28, 2017

Marisa MastrogiovanniWe are most pleased to advise that we worked closely with our clients for many months to protect and then secure their permanent residence, allowing them to re-settle in Canada together with their family members – despite being outside of Canada for a number of years. This was possible, based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds advanced on their behalf as we were able to establish that the reasons that they were outside of Canada were proven to be well beyond their control.

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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Catch Some Art.. At Your Local Airport!

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May 3, 2017

DanielaAirports are not necessarily a place of relaxation, for many people it’s hectic and stressful. But would a beautiful sculpture or a thoughtful painting change your airport experience for the better? Some people seem to agree! That is why various airports across Canada are becoming much more savvy to the ways that good art and design can improve people’s mood. Whether it’s the dinosaur skeletons at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, or the large-scale sculpture Aperture in Winnipeg’s Richardson International Airport, these pieces allow travelers to take a break in a…

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This Week’s Success Story: Permanent Residence Granted After Re-determination of Previous Refusal

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May 3, 2017

Marisa MastrogiovanniA young lady approached our office for assistance after being refused permanent residence under the Canadian Experience Class category. Unfortunately, Canadian immigration determined that her employment documents did not meet their requirements. Our office assisted the client to file a judicial review of this refusal and was successfully able to have her application re-opened and sent back for re-determination. We assisted the young lady with her re-determination package at which time we put forward extensive submissions and additional documentation related to her employment. Her application was recently approved and her…

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This Week’s Success Story: Refusal and Five-Year Ban From Canada Overturned; Family’s PR Application Approved

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April 26, 2017

Marisa MastrogiovanniWe succeeded in settling a Federal Court case and overturning the refusal of a Federal Skilled Worker application for permanent residence on grounds of misrepresentation. The Visa Office concluded, after conducting on-site verifications, that the applicant had misrepresented his work experience. As a result, the application was refused and the applicant and his family were deemed inadmissible to Canada for five years. The case was settled soon after our initial arguments were filed, and the application was sent back to the visa office for redetermination. After assisting our client in updating…

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