Migrants call for ‘status for all’

Migrants call for ‘status for all’

  More than 200 migrants from Toronto and other parts of Ontario came to Hamilton on Monday to call on Prime Minister Trudeau for a “regularization program” – permanent resident status for all undocumented people. Trudeau was in Hamilton at a cabinet retreat at the time. At a rally organized by the Migrant Rights Network […]

Visa officer erred in assessing family class application

Visa officer erred in assessing family class application

By Sukhram Ramkissoon The Immigration Appeal Division (IAD) recently allowed a Family Class Sponsorship Appeal with respect to a sponsor’s parents and their accompanying dependents’ applications for permanent residency in Canada. Firstly, let us look at Canada’s Immigration Laws dealing with Family Class Sponsorship applications: A foreign national may be selected as a member of […]

Sponsor found eligible to file spousal sponsorship

Sponsor found eligible to file spousal sponsorship

By Sukhram Ramkissoon Canadian immigration law allows a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant to sponsor a spouse so long as the sponsor meets certain requirements. For the purposes of this article, I will discuss a common ground of refusal that some sponsors encounter during their sponsorship application. For example, if a sponsor is not free […]

Giving recruited Kenyan health-care workers a soft landing

Giving recruited Kenyan health-care workers a soft landing

Plans are underway to make sure health-care workers recruited from Kenya will have what they need to start their new lives in Nova Scotia following a provincial recruitment trip to refugee camps, as well as the capital Nairobi. Housing should be available before people arrive, according to the federal program that jump-started the hiring initiative. That’s why long-term care provider MacLeod Group has […]

Igogo family reunited in New Brunswick after fleeing Ukraine

Igogo family reunited in New Brunswick after fleeing Ukraine

 Touching down in Fredericton was a “precious moment.” Getting on a plane to come to Fredericton felt “too good to be true” to Shadrach Igogo. He had been waiting months to come to Fredericton with his son Ivan — and be reunited with his wife, Faith Igogo, and their baby, Viktor — after months of trying to flee the […]

Woman who suffered gender-based violence granted protection in Canada

Woman who suffered gender-based violence granted protection in Canada

By Sukhram Ramkissoon A 41-year-old woman, who I will refer to as Norma (not her real name) is a citizen of a tiny island in the Caribbean measuring only 389 square kilometers and a population with slightly over 100,000 citizens. Norma was recently granted refugee protection in Canada as a person who was a victim […]

Poilievre promises to fix immigration system

Poilievre promises to fix immigration system

  By Lincoln DePradine The leader of the Conservative Party of Canada has promised that, if elected as prime minister, he would fix the country’s “broken’’ and “incompetent immigration system’’, including a pledge to “speed up’’ the process of recognizing the professional credentials of new immigrants to fill job vacancies in the country. Pierre Poilievre, […]

Migrant farm workers rally against ‘exploitative’ treatment

Migrant farm workers rally against ‘exploitative’ treatment

  Scores of migrant farm workers from the Caribbean held a rally at Dundas Square in Toronto on Saturday to protest “exploitative treatment” by their employers. Several injured workers at the rally spoke about how employers and businesses benefit from the labour of migrant workers while migrant injured workers are made “invisible and disposable”. Workers […]

Basic information concerning family class spousal applications

Basic information concerning family class spousal applications

By Sukhram Ramkissoon In my many years of practice in Canada, I have encountered a number of persons who are frustrated and upset as their Family Class Applications made on behalf of their spouses have been returned for a variety of reasons. During the past few years, application form versions have changed dramatically and have […]

Diagnosed in Canada, migrant worker pleads to stay in Canada for cancer treatment

Diagnosed in Canada, migrant worker pleads to stay in Canada for cancer treatment

  A seasonal farm worker from Jamaica is fighting to stay in Nova Scotia for cancer treatment, saying it would be a death sentence for her to go home. , 42, was hired by a Colchester County farm through the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) in April. She picked strawberries for about two months before […]

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