Canada’s New Immigration Policy Causes International Controversy

A controversial decision to wipe out the immigration application backlog has many applicants very disappointed. The Toronto Star reports that the Canadian government has decided to reimburse people who have applied to emigrate to Canada and take them off the waiting list. These people can then reapply under the new skilled applicant system.

Backlash From the Decision

Protestors gathered in China, India, and the U.K. to protest the decision. Since their applications will be cancelled, many applicants have lost years in queue. They feel that the universal principle of “first come, first served” is being violated, and many have lost job opportunities during the time they have waited. To make matters worse, many applicants will not be able to reapply for skilled applicant immigration status because the new system has more stringent requirements for skilled workers.

Backtracking From the Decision

The Toronto Star claims that the backlog of applicants was not being processed, but since this new controversy, immigration agents have been told to continue processing applications until the backlog wipeout becomes law. No doubt, the authorities are concerned about legal challenges regarding the decision, such as class action suits on behalf of the short-changed applicants.

Legal Challenges to the Decision

Perhaps there are other ways the government could reduce its large backlog without harming those who have been waiting the longest. Immigrants who don’t believe that they have been treated justly and fairly should consider talking to an immigration lawyer to discuss their options. In the meantime, applicants may want to consider applying for skilled worker status under the new system.

News Source: The Toronto Star

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