Each week we collect stories related to Canadian immigration, and we provide a brief summary of each story in our weekly blog edition. Below you will find snapshots of stories that range from the ongoing changes in Canadian immigration laws to success stories. We then give you fresh links at the bottom that link to each story within our summary. Let’s dive in!
This week a West African man named, Kashif Ali, was detained in jail under Canada’s system of indefinite immigrate detention while the government tried to deport him for SEVEN years. Ali learned this week that he was going to be released from maximum security prison. “There are no words for it,” Ali said when he learned he would be released. “I went through a lot; I thought there was no end to it,” Ali told Metro Morning. Thankfully Ali was released from the Canadian government.
Immigration experts reviewed Trump’s intentions to reform US immigration to the Canadian merit system. There are several reasons that it may be harder for the U.S. to transition to a merit-based system than President Trump thinks: 1. Undocumented migrants are a particularly American dilemma because of some undocumented immigrants that migrate from Mexico 2. Unskilled workers are necessary for the US 3. It’s hard to implement immigration reform in the US because laws allow blocking bans such as the Travel Ban.
Although the US may not be able to take on the same immigration policies as Canada they have helped Canada’s increase in immigration business. Since November 8th, 2017 Canadian Immigration law firms have been flooded with phone calls from around the world looking to immigrate to Canada. During the election campaign of 2017, many Americans threated to immigrate to Canada if Donald Trump was elected, but many people didn’t take the threats seriously.
On a more positive note, this week Canada removed the condition that applied to some sponsored spouses or partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to live with their sponsor for two years in order to keep their permanent residence. The Canadian government eliminated the condition of conditional permanent residence to combat gender violence. In the past, many people have voiced their opinion that forcing sponsored immigrants to live with their sponsor created the sponsored to feel vulnerable and in some cases, stay in an abusive relationship.
Approximately 10,000 people have randomly been chosen to bring a parent or grandparent to Canada. Over 95,000 people applied for the Family Reunification Lottery in the last year. Those 10,000 people who received the Family Reunification have 90 days to submit their full applications in order to sponsor a parent or a grandparent. Those who did not win the lottery can enter the lottery again in 2018.
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