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Mario D. Bellissimo, LL.B. C.S.
Mario D. Bellissimo is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and is a Certified Specialist in Citizenship and Immigration Law and Refugee Protection. He is the founder of BELLISSIMO LAW GROUP PC and the principal lawyer with a practice focus on citizenship, immigration and protected person litigation and inadmissibility law. Mr. Bellissimo has appeared before all levels of immigration tribunals and courts including the Supreme Court of Canada. He is the past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association National Immigration Law Section and serves on multiple stakeholder committees involving the Federal Court, the Immigration and Refugee Board, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Canada Border Services Agency, Service Canada, and the Department of Justice.
Mr. Bellissimo has taught several immigration law courses, lectures across Canada and appears frequently in the media on breaking citizenship, immigration and refugee stories. Mr. Bellissimo acts on a pro bono basis for Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital and Pro Bono Law Ontario and as National Immigration Law and Policy Advisor for COSTI Immigration Resettlement Services. He and his team represent clients from all over the world and Bellissimo Law Group PC is exclusively committed to Canadian citizenship, immigration and refugee matters. Bellissimo Law Group PC handles hundreds of files each year and represents clients at every stage of the immigration process.
Mr. Bellissimo was lead advocate when Canada’s medical inadmissibility system was under review. He represented the Canadian Bar Association before Parliament and was pivotal in the introduction of a fairer and expansive national Medical Public Policy still in effect and issued on June 1st, 2018. Mr. Bellissimo argued to deliver a successful immigration program, there exists a pressing need to protect public health and the integrity of the Canadian health care system while striking a balance with the legitimate needs of migrants, in a manner consistent with Canadian Charter values and international human rights standards. The implications of this work transcended many layers of our society.
Over the years Mr. Bellissimo has restricted his practice but continues to personally train staff members to provide a wide spectrum of citizenship, immigration and refugee legal services. Mr. Bellissimo has authored several publications including (1) Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Inadmissibility Law, Second Edition, (2) Labour Market Impact Assessments, Compliance and Enforcement: A Practical Guide, (3) Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Inadmissibility: Criminal Law Edition, (4) Practical Guide to Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Inadmissibility Law: Corporate Edition, (5) Practical Guide to Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Inadmissibility Law: Refugee Law Edition and (6) Practical Guide to Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Inadmissibility Law: Immigration Practitioner’s Edition and (7) he is the Editor-in-Chief of ImmQuest and the (8) Immigration Law Reporter. Mr. Bellissimo has also taught several immigration law courses across Canada, and is commonly featured in the media to discuss breaking citizenship, immigration and refugee issues. He is consistently selected as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada.