The Balanced Refugee Reform Act: Canadian Immigration changes you need to know about
Canadian Immigration changes to refugee system
Citizenship and Immigration Canada has announced that The Balanced Refugee Reform Act (also known as Bill C-11) has received Royal Assent and will therefore come into effect on June 29th, 2012 and affect Canadian Immigration. However, Royal Assent also made the changes put forth by the bill to humanitarian and compassionate applications as well as temporary resident permits into effect immediately.
According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the changes to Canadian Immigration include:
– the implementing of a Refugee Appeal Division at the Immigration and Refugee Board
– the faster removal of people whose refugee claims have been denied
– More authority in determining if an application is fraudulent
Changes to the Immigration and Refugee Board itself include:
– An interview at least 15 days after an asylum claim is handed to the Immigration and Refugee Board, which will schedule hearings at the same time. The hearing will be held by a different person than the interviewer within 90 days. If someone is coming from a designated country of origin the hearing will take place within 60 days.
– The interview is expected to make the process of approving or denying a refugee claim much faster and prevent backlogs.
Canadian Immigration changes effective immediately
Effective immediately, with regard to humanitarian and compassionate applications and temporary resident permits:
– Refugee claimants who are denied cannot apply for temporary resident permits for one year.
– Decision makers processing humanitarian and compassionate applications can not consider refugee risks such as risk of torture or death but instead can only consider hardships in their decisions.
– Applicants can only have one humanitarian and compassionate application pending at once.
The content and comments of this blog are not legal advise and and may not be accurate or complete. If you require legal advice, contact a licensed legal practitioner directly. If you post on this blog, you assume full responsibility for disclosing your identity to the public and VisaPlace nor its affiliates are not responsible for protecting your privacy nor your identity concerning your participation in our blog and you assume any risks in participating.
Completely smooth process. Rania did a great job in my Canada work permit. The team is absolutely competent and knowledgeable. Alicea was so amazing and was able to answer any of my questions immediately. I had peace of mind throughout the application. I would recommend them to other friends looking for assistance with their applications.
I highly recommend VisaPlace to anyone seeking help with navigating the legal minefield that is Permanent Residency. As someone who is very easily stressed, Lauren & Mariana have saved me a lot of sleepless nights. They are fast, efficient, reliable and honest and I will be telling any of my friends to use them for immigration. Thanks to them, my future with my husband in Canada is bright
Visa place is the best!!! I use Yasmeen to do paperwork work for my mom to come to Canada and she was amazing. Very helpful and always reply to your email promptly. My experience was awesome everything was a success and I will recommend VISA PLACE to anyone who want quick and successful results. Thank to all the team at Visa Place but a special thank you to Yasmeen again.