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Feds should switch to points system for parent, grandparent visas

By Ghazy Mujahid      

It’s fairer and smarter than the new lottery process.

Liberal MP Marwan Tabbara tabled a petition in the House in May saying the current lottery system for sponsoring parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada 'mocks a very serious family issue of reunification,' and calling on the immigration minister to repeal it. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
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MISSISSAUGA, ONT.—For the Canadian government to reach its annual quota of visas for parents and grandparents (PGP), which in 2017 was 10,000, prospective sponsors are required to file basic information about themselves during the first 30 days of the year on an online “interest to sponsor” form. From these, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) randomly selects those to be invited to submit completed sponsorship applications within 90 days. The random selection “lottery process” has caused considerable concern

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