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Rules for Immigration to Canada Relaxed for Haitian Applicants

New Rules for Haitian Immigrants

As has been reported, the Canadian government has introduced new rules to ease the immigration of Haitians affected by the tragic earthquake. The earthquake, which was over 7.0 on the Richter scale, has left the country with devastation that was “instant, utter and widespread,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper said last Saturday.

Priorities for Family Class Immigrants

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has said that priority will be given to Canadians wishing to sponsor protected persons, family members and immigrants from Haiti.

However, the federal government’s definition of “family” is causing protest from much of Canada’s Haitian community. While Canadians can sponsor Haitian family members such as grandparents, parents, children and spouses, this does not extend to other relatives, including cousins, uncles and aunts.

“Immigration Canada will respond on a priority basis to those directly affected by the disaster,” he said, “we will prioritize processing of new sponsorship applications made by Canadian citizens.” While the applications have been expedited, it is unclear how much faster the process will actually be. Minister Kenney also assured that the applicants must identify themselves as being significantly and directly affected by the earthquake, as well as meet standard admissibility requirements.

Rules for Haitian Temporary Residents to Canada Relaxed

Other ways Immigration Canada is planning on helping immigrants from Haiti include allowing temporary residents to apply to extend their stay without additional fees, granting temporary reprieve to Haitian nationals who are in the process of being removed from Canada, as well as offering implied status to those who have previously applied to prolong their status in Canada but have not yet been approved. Canada has also opened up a satellite immigration office in the Dominican Republic.

Immigration to Quebec for Haitians

The province of Quebec has since stated that they would try to open their door to more Haitian immigrants, but an agreement with the federal government will make it difficult to increase the quota for permanent residents, which is currently between 52,000 and 55,000 this year. Minister Kenney has addressed these suggestions, saying that Ottawa will neither increase the quota nor alter the definition of family, and he said this would be unfair to all other groups faced with hardship or disasters in their home countries, and even in an attempt to be more flexible, the government must abide by immigration law.

On Thursday, January 21, Quebec Immigration and Cultural Communities Minister Yolande James said, “I think when something like this happens it is important to be as flexible as possible, there is an understanding that we are really under an exceptional situation.”

Fast Tracking Canadian Adoptions

Another way the government of Canada is attempting to help the people of Haiti is by fast-tracking the adoption process for Haitian orphans and other children that were already in advanced stages when the earthquake hit, and the first group of children is expected to make it to Canada by this weekend.

We applaud the Canadian government and Canada Immigration for taking decisive action for Haitians and their families in Canada.

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14 thoughts on “Rules for Immigration to Canada Relaxed for Haitian Applicants

  1. I'm Juliane Casimir

    I ,my is Juliane have been lived in the us for about 15 years I got married 3 years ago I had son he’s 3 I been approved for permanent resident since last year , but they never send it to me I don’t know what to do .could a lawyer tell please?

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  2. Stephanie Lacrete

    I have a cousin in Haiti he is s bright but in a horrible living condition how would I be able to get him into canes to further his education

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    1. Stephanie Lacrete

      I have a cousin he is very bright but is in a horrible living situation how can I help him get into Canada to further his education. I am a US citizen

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    2. Rachel

      Hi Stephanie,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! Depending on his eligibility, your cousin may be able to apply for a student visa, or possibly apply to enter under humanitarian and compassionate grounds or as an asylum seeker. We would have to take a closer look at his case and qualifications to determine the best pathway. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

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  3. Myriame Joseph

    Hi, my name is Myriame Joseph I am a citizen haitian American I am a single mother with 2 kids, 14 and 10. I am tired of this country what I have to do to leave in Canada.

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  4. Colin Hanley

    Good day. I am Haitian and I have lived in the US since 2011. Currently, I have temporary protected status (TPS) which I am sure will expire in January 2018. I do not have a home to go back to in Haiti. My aunt who lived in Toronto has invited me to live with her. What do I have to do to legally work and go to college in Canada?

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  5. Malina Michel

    Hi, my name is Malina I live in Brooklyn New York. I have a work permit and soon the US government will probably deport a lot of Haitian with TPS . Before that happens I would like to find a safe place for my children and me where I can work without any worries. In fact I need help to get the opportunity to move to Canada with the Canadian government permission. Thank you for offering your help.

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      Hi Malina,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! Canada is a very welcoming country, and we would love to help you immigrate! First, we need to take a closer look at your case to determine the best immigration plan for you and your family. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

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  6. Julien roche

    Good morning I have born on us my name julien Roche I’m married all my families deaths on eartdquake 2010 I’m not reside on us I need fill asylum politics please to move canada

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