Medical Inadmissibility – Top 5 considerations when responding to a fairness letter

Demystifying this complex area of immigration law with immigration lawyer Mario Bellissimo!

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.

  1. the importance of requesting an extension of time to provide fuller and more comprehensive submissions and supporting evidence;
  2. the need to address the legal timeline within submissions and evidence;
  3. 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;
  4. applying the right legal test;
  5. knowing the case that must be met to succeed.


[Tweet “What to do when faced with medical inadmissibility in Canada.“]

Additional Resources:

Listen to Mark Holthe’s Canadian Immigration Podcast

Topics for our Next Podcast

If you have a suggestion for topics we could cover in the Podcast, please drop me a line. If you know of anyone that would be interested in coming on the Podcast as a guest, please send them my way. share on facebook, share on twitter, share on LinkedIn

Binge on all of our Canadian Immigration Podcast Episodes!

If you want to listen to more episodes, you will find all the episodes here.

Ask Mark an Immigration Question

Periodically I answer listener questions on my podcast. If you have a question, comment, thought or concern, you can do so by clicking here. We’d love to hear from you. You can also leave me a voice message on the Ask an Immigration Question widget on the side bar of this website.

Subscribe to the Canadian Immigration Podcast

If you have enjoyed this podcast, please subscribe.


If you enjoyed the show, please rate it on iTunes and write a brief review. That would help tremendously in getting the word out and raising the visibility of the show. Share the Love