Immigration Canada: New Asylum Visa

There are many different ways by which you can get a Permanent Resident Card in Canada and Immigration Direct is here to keep you informed on the best course that you can take when applying for Permanent Residency. Check back frequently for additional updates. Today’s news comes from the CIC’s media centre and concerns asylee visas.

Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) have announced new changes in the process for those immigrants seeking asylum in Canada.

Historically, the Asylum visa program has been habitually abused by foreign fraudsters who cannot enter Canada any other way and resort to illegal methods. Minister Kenney has made it very clear recently that immigration fraud will not be tolerated in Canada and he is not afraid to deport these fraudsters.

However, Asylum and Refugee immigration programs are still very important, especially in such a compassionate country as Canada. There are people all over the world who suffer from immense and oppressive persecution due to their religious or political beliefs and Canada wants to help those people.

This new process is supposed to make the process significantly easier and faster since it will eliminate all wastefulness. Considering Minister Kenney’s prior successes in this position it is likely that it will add yet another feather in the Tories’ caps.

The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) holds the authority to grant asylum to immigrants, but the problem is that people may end up waiting almost two years in order to get a hearing in front of the board. With the new system it should take a maximum of two months in order to get a hearing with the Immigration and Refugee Board.

A new division has been created for refugees from countries with typically legitimate refugee claimants and they will be able to appeal the IRB’s decision. This is a brand new option for applicants and is designed to enfranchise legitimate refugees. Canada will be developing a list of countries that generate immigrants eligible to this alternate division called “Designated Countries of Origin”.

A country of origin that is unlikely to send legitimate claimants to Canada would be, for example, Britain. A person who is from a Western European country likely has access to a great amount of personal freedom and the democratic process. If they are persecuted for anything it is likely that they would be persecuted for it in Canada as well (for example, a hate criminal).

Failed applicants will also be removed quicker than ever before to avoid wasting taxpayer money and using social programs on people who are undeserving of Canada’s generousness. Whereas previously failed applicants were deported after a series of years they will be removed within one year.

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