May 19, 2015
This Month’s Success Stories!
At Bellissimo Law Group we are privileged to work on behalf of many wonderful people, companies and associations. We represent people from the application stage to the Supreme Court of Canada. Every month we will be featuring a few of our success stories to offer some comfort to those who will soon embark on a similar journey . . .
Large Company Successfully Granted LMIA’s
A large company approached us for assistance transferring short-term specialized trade workers into Canada. Using Employment Service Development Canada (“ESDC”) exemptions to advertising for specialized workers as well as their 10 day service processing for high-demand skilled trades, we were able to obtain Labour Market Impact Assessments for these workers in less than one week.
We are now preparing the work permits for these workers and expect the same positive result.
Families Granted Refuge in Canada
Over the last few weeks, three more families were granted refuge in Canada after their claims for protection were allowed. All three claims were based on religious persecution suffered in the claimants’ countries of origin. In advance of the hearings, we helped these claimants prepare for oral testimony and ensured that they had sufficient documentation to substantiate their religious affiliations. As sectarian violence continues to escalate across much of the Middle East, these families are very grateful to be able to remain safely in Canada.
Deported Refugee receives ARC and PR Visa
A young woman who had made a refugee claim in Canada, to be refused and deported from Canada afterwards, entered into a relationship with a Canadian man while still in the country. The couple retained our office to assist with an overseas spousal sponsorship and, if that was approved, an application for Authorisation to Return to Canada (ARC). On making a refugee claim in Canada, claimants are given a departure order; many claimants do not leave Canada within 30 days of their claim being refused and so the departure order becomes a deportation order and the individual requires ARC (special permission) to return to Canada in the future.
Our submissions explained why our client had overstayed in Canada, emphasizing her compliance with immigration authorities and her willingness to cooperate even by purchasing her own ticket to leave Canada. Her applications were accepted, and she was granted both ARC and the permanent resident visa. She will soon re-enter Canada to be reunited with her husband.
Successful Work Permit, Study Permit, and Visitor Visas for Family of 5
A family of five, two adults and three children, approached our office wanting to stay in Canada by way of applying for a study permit for one of the adults. The situation was difficult because they had no status in Canada when they contacted our office and they already spent an extended period of time in the country. Prior to coming to Canada, they were issued multiple entry visas valid for two years. However, when they entered Canada, they were granted visitor status for six month only. They mistakenly thought that their entry visas entitled them to stay in Canada for two years, which was not the case. They wished to stay in Canada during the processing of the study permit instead of going back to their home country and applying from there. We managed to restore their status in Canada as visitors. Then, we applied for a study permit for one of the parents. The permit was granted without an interview, which would have been outside of Canada. Subsequently, the other parent was issued a work permit and the children’s status as visitors was extended, giving them the right to study in Canada. The family now has status, enjoying the studies and work in Canada.
Permanent Residency Granted to Medically Inadmissible Parents
We were recently successful in assisting our client in receiving permanent residence for their parents, following an initial medical inadmissibility finding for a medical condition of Hepatitis B. The individual was determined to require medical treatment that was expected to result in an excessive demand. We assisted in sourcing out the appropriate medical specialists and prognostic findings, and in accurately determining what medical care would be required in their intended province. Following extensive research and a comprehensive mitigation Plan, presented together with our specialized legal submissions, the medical admissibility finding was overturned without having to resort to litigation.
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