Finding out that you, or a dependent family member, may be medically inadmissible to Canada can be one of the worst days of a foreign national’s life. Just when the prospect of becoming a Canadian permanent resident is clearly in sight, you receive a fairness letter from IRCC that threatens to unravel everything you have worked so hard to achieve. In this episode of the Canadian Immigration Podcast, I was extremely fortunate to catch up to one of the country’s foremost experts on medical inadmissibility, Mario Bellissimo. Mario has pretty much established himself as the go to immigration lawyer for any foreign national facing the terrifying reality of an IRCC procedural fairness letter related to medical inadmissibility.
If you have just received a fairness letter from IRCC, do not do anything until you have first had a chance to listen to what Mario has to say. It could just mean the difference between realizing your dream of immigrating to Canada and being forever barred from ever becoming a permanent resident.
Mario Bellissimo is the founder of Bellissimo Law Group in Toronto, Ontario. He is a Certified Specialist in Citizenship and Immigration Law and Refugee Protection with a practice focused on litigation and immigration inadmissibility. He is truly the perfect choice to discuss this complex area of Canadian immigration law.
Mario has appeared before all levels of immigration tribunals and courts including the Supreme Court of Canada. He is a Past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association National Immigration Law Section and serves on multiple stakeholder committees involving IRCC, the CBSA, Service Canada, the Federal Courts, the Department of Justice, the Immigration and Refugee Board and Continuing Legal Education.
He has consistently been chosen by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada garnering Lawyer of the Year honours with “Best Lawyers” for 2016. This is the only purely peer reviewed guide to the legal profession.
In this episode Mario shares with us his Top 5 considerations when responding to a fairness letter related to medical inadmissibility.
- the importance of requesting an extension of time to provide fuller and more comprehensive submissions and supporting evidence;
- the need to address the legal timeline within submissions and evidence;
- the consequences of failing to properly research and understand the interplay between Federal and Provincial delivery of health and social services and private versus public health coverage;
- applying the right legal test;
- knowing the case that must be met to succeed.
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- The best way to reach Mario Bellissimo:
- 1-877-787-8850 (toll free)
- 416-787-6505 (local)
- Mario’s law firm – Bellissimo Law Group: https://www.bellissimolawgroup.com/
- Medical Inadmissibility Page: https://www.bellissimolawgroup.com/medical-cases/
- Latest Immigration Court Decisions: https://www.bellissimolawgroup.com/medical-refusals/
- Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Inadmissibility Law, 2nd Edition: http://www.carswell.com/product-detail/canadian-citizenship-and-immigration-inadmissibility-law-2nd-edition/
- Radio Interview: Mario D. Bellissimo Interviewed by John Oakley on AM640 (A foreign national who was denied Permanent Residence due to autism): http://bit.ly/2paVQYt
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