Foreign-trained doctors file human rights complaint claiming systemic discrimination

Foreign-trained doctors file human rights complaint  claiming systemic discrimination

VANCOUVER – A group of internationally-trained physicians and medical graduates have taken their fight against what they call systemic racism in British Columbia’s residency program to the province’s human rights tribunal. The 33-page complaint, filed earlier this month, names B.C.’s Ministry of Health, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. (CPSBC) and the University […]

Protesters denounce changes to Quebec immigration program

Protesters denounce changes to Quebec  immigration program

MONTREAL — Demonstrators denounced proposed changes to a Quebec immigration program that fast-tracks foreign students and workers, describing the reforms during several protests  on Saturday as a dehumanizing vision of immigration policy. The changes to the Quebec experience program are expected to come into effect soon and demonstrators holding signs that read “A promise is […]

Migrant workers hold rally seeking full immigration status in Canada

Migrant workers hold rally seeking full immigration status in Canada

An activist group supporting migrant workers held a virtual rally on Sunday that called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and MPs to immediately extend full immigration status for all non-permanent residents. The  rally, sponsored by the Migrant Rights Network, featured a series of farm workers, caregivers, construction workers and others who expressed the difficulties of […]

Officials wrong to order deportation of Jamaica-born man, says US court

Officials wrong to order deportation of Jamaica-born man, says US court

CONNECTICUT, United States  — A federal appeals court has reversed a decision by immigration authorities to deport a Connecticut man because he was convicted of felony assault 19 years ago, when he was 18, despite state officials having pardoned him. The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston ruled last Thursday that […]

US immigration agency says it needs to raise fees

US immigration agency says it needs to raise fees

WASHINGTON  – The US government agency that processes citizenship applications and work visas is running out of money because of the COVID-19 pandemic and says it needs to raise its fees and receive emergency funding from Congress to stay afloat. US Citizenship and Immigration Services is typically funded through the fees it charges people seeking […]

Agri-Food Pilot now accepting applications

Agri-Food Pilot now accepting applications

IMMIGRATION Agri-Food Pilot now accepting applications Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has started accepting applications to a three-year pilot which will provide a pathway to permanent residence ” for many temporary foreign workers already in Canada.” According to an IRCC news release, the three-year pilot will test an industry-specific approach to help employers in […]

Activist group calls for immediate action to protect farm workers

Activist group calls for immediate action  to protect  farm workers

Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW), an activist group that advocates for the rights of  farm workers,  is calling on Ontario Premier Doug Ford to take immediate action to protect agricultural workers  employed in the province, among them, thousands from the Caribbean. The group has fired off  a letter to the Premier following recent reports of […]

New protocols for re-entry of Jamaicans during COVID-19 crisis

New protocols for re-entry of Jamaicans during COVID-19 crisis

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith says the Government has implemented new protocols for the controlled re-entry of Jamaicans during the COVID-19 crisis. Speaking at a digital press conference at Jamaica House  on Monday, Johnson Smith said re-entry is subject to the strict protocols and availability of quarantine […]

Hundreds of Canadians fly back home from Guyana

Hundreds of Canadians fly back home  from Guyana

Three hundred Canadian citizens who were stranded in Guyana since last month, returned home on two WestJet “humanitarian” flights – one on Saturday and the other on Monday. Hundreds more are waiting to be repatriated. Lilian Chatterjee, the Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana, told the local media that “there were 600 [persons] who wanted to […]

Fewer than 10 asylum seekers tried to cross from U.S. since border closure – Blair

Fewer than 10 asylum seekers tried to cross from U.S. since border closure – Blair

OTTAWA —  Bill Blair, the federal public safety minister, says fewer than 10 asylum seekers have been turned back to the U.S. since the historic shutdown of the border. Blair provided the figure to the House of Commons on Monday, noting it has been almost a month since the Canada-U.S. border closed to all but […]

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