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The grandparent, parent visa process is overdue for streamlining

By Ghazy Mujahid      

The immigration minister should take note that all of the approaches used so far for the family reunification program have fallen short of meeting the objective of fairness.

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen should consider a new approach to family reunification based on the same points system used for brining skilled workers to Canada, writes Ghazy Mujahid. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Canada has a family reunification program under which citizens and permanent residents can sponsor family members, including parents and grandparents, for immigration. The Liberal government has been committed to this program and, in line with it, an election pledge doubled the number of entry applications for parents and grandparents visa to 10,000 a year from 2016, raising it further to 20,000 in 2019. At the same time, in its quest for ensuring that the process of selection is fair, the government, in its current four-year term has tried three procedures.

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