Jamaica-born human rights champion Bromley Armstrong dies at 92

Jamaica-born human rights champion Bromley Armstrong dies at 92

By Lincoln DePradine In more than 70 years in Canada, Bromley Armstrong faced death threats, experienced racial discrimination firsthand and suffered health problems in an endless struggle for equity and human rights for all people. But Armstrong – who died last Friday at 92 – never has had any regrets about his actions and was […]

Canada scraps family reunification lottery

Canada scraps family reunification lottery

OTTAWA  –  The Canadian government  said on Monday that it is scrapping a family reunification lottery and going back to a first-come, first-serve immigration policy as it looks to double the number of parents and grandparents admitted to the country. The change back to the old system follows a backlash from frustrated sponsors who described […]

A spousal application should always be fully documented

A spousal application should always be fully documented

Immigration Matters Sukhram Ramkissoon   A spousal application should always be fully documented I have often written about spousal sponsorship applications and the obstacles that sponsors and applicants face in having their applications approved. But who is to be blamed when a spousal application is refused?  The visa officer?  Or the applicants? The  applicants often […]

Guyana to establish temporary settlement for Venezuelan refugees

Guyana to establish temporary settlement  for Venezuelan refugees

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -– The government of Guyana has announced plans to establish a settlement area for over 200 Venezuelan refugees. This was disclosed by Minister of Citizenship, Winston Felix, who said the homestead settlement will be for 260 Venezuelans who are occupying areas in the community of Barima-Waini. Felix made the announcement during an interview with the […]

Action can be taken against a spouse for misrepresentation

Action can be taken against a spouse  for misrepresentation

Immigration Matters Sukhram Ramkissoon Action can be taken against a spouse for misrepresentation Over the many years that I have been writing my weekly Immigration Matters column, I have had numerous  inquiries from readers about  what action could be taken against cheating spouses – persons who got married to a Canadian resident or citizen for […]

New York governor pardons Caribbean nationals

New York governor pardons Caribbean nationals

NEW YORK, United States–  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has granted pardons to Caribbean and other immigrants convicted of minor offences, even as President Donald Trump and the United States Federal Government continue to wage war on immigrant communities. On Monday, Cuomo issued pardons to seven individuals, including nationals from Jamaica, Barbados and the Dominica […]

Judicial review granted in case of husband who was ordered deported

Judicial review granted in case of  husband who was ordered deported

Immigration matters Sukhram Ramkissoon   Judicial review granted in case of  husband who was ordered deported Canadian immigration policy and legislation have a long tradition of supporting family reunification which permits both recent immigrants and long  established Canadians to  be reunited with members of their family. The reunification of families in fact is a principle […]

Caricom States to have entry refusal procedures in place by August 1

Caricom States to have entry refusal procedures in place  by August 1

KINGSTON, Jamaica – All member States of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) are to have in place procedures on the refusal of entry of CARICOM nationals travelling across the region by August 1, 2018. The procedures, which will be applied at the border of each country, were adopted by Caricom leaders during the just-concluded 39th Regular […]

Man with criminal convictions granted stay of deportation

Man with criminal convictions granted stay  of deportation

Immigration Matters Sukhram Ramkissoon Man with criminal convictions granted stay of deportation Many persons who have been issued with deportation orders tell me that the sad news that they have been asked to leave Canada leaves them “devastated.” Some say they experience a sense of hopelessness, failure, even shame. “Mr. Ram, to think that I will […]

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