Immigration Minister Kenney considers doing away with older immigration applications

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney said on Wednesday that simply getting rid of the backlog of immigration applications using legislation might be an option, similar to what New Zealand did in 2003 – basically putting all of the “old ones” in the same pool with new ones, where potential immigrants to Canada are chosen by how they best suit Canada’s needs. There was no mention of what would happen to the parents and grandparent applications.

According to this article in the Globe and Mail, some newcomers to Canada are waiting up to eight years for their immigration applications to be processed and to even hear whether they are approved or denied. The wait is so long, that people with certain skills in high demand might find themselves no longer needed when their application is finally reviewed.

In 2003, a class action lawsuit prevented the Canadian government from creating regulations that would eliminate the backlog, so the government would actually have to create new legislation to do it this time.

The backlog currently consists of a million applications, most of which are skilled workers, parents and grandparents.

Another option is a program that would allow provinces to get an extra 1,500 skilled workers if they choose them from the backlog. Several provinces have asked the government to give them more choice in the amount of workers they get. But again, this doesn’t account for the parents and grandparents who are still waiting.

Unfortunately the government’s inability to process immigration applications effectively may result in just getting rid of the applications that have been sitting around for years – while the living breathing people behind those applications wait for their chance to come to Canada, watching people who applied after them get approved instead.

Seems like the Minister may have never learned the lesson that it’s wrong to  ” to bud in line”

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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