Some criminal convictions can restrict appealing Canada Deportation Orders

Moreno Gallo of Montreal was ordered to be deported to his native Italy last week after meeting all the the requirements of deportation.

The most common reasons  for deportation from Canada are misrepresenting oneself to immigration authorities or non-citizens committing criminal acts, even for relatively minor ones.

Gallo has lived in Canada for almost 50 years, but that has no bearing on his case because of his extensive criminal history. In the 1970s he was convicted of murder, then paroled in the 1980s. However, he was secretly videotaped violating his parole and associating with known criminals.

Gallo is reportedly of high influence in the Montreal Mafia, and despite living in Canada for almost five decades he was not a Canadian citizen having been born and raised in Italy.

Of particular importance is that while Gallo can appeal specific issues of his criminal case in Federal Court, he was not allowed to appeal his deportation or present an argument at his own hearing due to being sentenced to more than two years and not being a Canadian citizen.

He also could not appeal through the Immigration Division of the government because his sentence carries more than 10 years.

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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