Cuts to Family Class Immigration may be coming
Family Class Canadian Immigration may be first to be cut
While in the midst of public and private consultations on Canada’s immigration system, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has said that Canada’s immigration processing is far too backlogged and in order to successfully eliminate the backlog, the government will have to accept fewer applications for the time being – possibly from family class immigration streams.
The minister only has two options he has said, to either increase the number of applications accepted – which he says cannot be done – or to stop taking so many and work on the ones they have.
There is already a 10-year wait for parents and grandparents to come to Canada.
The minister also recently announced that he wants to focus on immigrants who will improve the Canadian workforce and economy and who already speak English or French.
If you are in the process of or are thinking of becoming involved in Canada’s family class immigration stream consult an immigration lawyer as soon as possible. Even in a worst-case scenario, it is likely that Canadian family class immigration applications that are already being processed will be grandfathered in and still accepted as long as they are sent in as soon as possible and are free of errors and omissions. For your best chance of success with Canadian family class immigration applications including parents and grandparents, contact an immigration lawyer today.
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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