In Canada, a much criticized family reunification program

Starting October 13, and for three weeks only, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be able to fill out a form to bring their parents and grandparents in as part of a strongly condemned lottery system.

Affirming that family reunification is “an important part of Canada's immigration system”, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announces that until November 3, Canadians and permanent residents who want to sponsor their parents and grandparents to bring them to the country will be able to fill out a form to allow them to live in the country. Please note: those interested only have three weeks from October 13 to do so.

Once the applications are received, notes the Radio Canada International site, the Immigration Department “will make a random selection by inviting 10,000 people to submit sponsorship applications. They will have 60 days to do so ”.

Minister Mendicino justifies this approach at the microphone of CBC News: We believe that this is the fairest way to administer the reception [of requests] and [for those interested) to generate their interest ”.

A system deemed unfair

However, many people contacted by the Canadian broadcaster strongly criticize the fact "that the fate of family reunification rests on the drawing of lots". Grace Sorenson says she will be “heartbroken” if her 87-year-old Filipino mother, now without a family in her homeland, is not chosen this time around, because, she says, she is more and more difficult to come to Canada with an entry visa.

Vishnu Mohan and his wife have been trying for years to sponsor their Indian parents. “It’s unfair,” Mohan said. "[The authorities] should not let luck decide the fate of parents." A Canadian of South African origin, Lee-Anne Stuart, has been trying to bring these parents through this lottery system since 2016. If she had known that there was no way her parents could join her, she might have decided not to immigrate to Canada.

Radio Canada International reports that "people are pushing for the Immigration Department to adopt a system that would increase an individual's chances in the lottery based on the number of years they have expressed interest in sponsorship".

The CBC specifies that 20,000 places are available in normal times, but that the pandemic has delayed the process. In all, 30,000 places will be available in 2021.

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