Mario D. Bellissimo is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and a founding associate of Bellissimo Law Group. Mr. Bellissimo is a Certified Specialist in Citizenship and Immigration Law and Refugee Protection. His practice is focused primarily on litigation with an emphasis on immigration inadmissibility. Mr. Bellissimo has appeared before all levels of immigration tribunals and courts including the Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. Bellissimo acts on a pro bono basis as National Immigration Law and Policy Advisor for COSTI Immigration Resettlement Services and serves on multiple stakeholder committees as Vice-Chair of the Canadian Bar Association National Immigration Section. His service includes committees involving Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency, Service Canada, the Federal Courts, the Department of Justice, the Immigration and Refugee Board and Continuing Legal Education.
He represents clients from all over the world and Bellissimo Law Group is exclusively committed to Canadian citizenship, immigration and refugee matters. The firm handles thousands of files each year and represent clients at every stage of the process.
Mr. Bellissimo has authored a publication entitled Immigration Criminality and Inadmissibility and is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of ImmQuest and the Immigration Law Reporter. Mr. Bellissimo has taught several immigration courses, writes extensively and is a frequent guest on TV and radio discussing citizenship, immigration and refugee issues. He is a sought after speaker at Immigration conferences and sits on various committees with immigration officers and court officials on a volunteer basis to work towards collective improvements to the immigration, citizenship and refugee system.
**Immediate Past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association, National Immigration Law Section
Canadian Bar Association
Sapru v. Canada, Federal Court of Appeal — Significant decision related to Canadian immigration medical inadmissibility law.