Immigration Minister John McCallum: 6 challenges he faces

Winnipeg-based immigration lawyer Reis Pagtakhan’s recommendations (for his testimony at the May 2014 Citizenship Act changes, see C-24 Citizenship Act Hearing – 14 May):

Syrian refugees

The Liberal promise to bring in 25,000 refugees by the end of the year will require a lot of work in processing, security screening and transporting them to Canada. However, these are the least complicated challenges the government will face….

Temporary foreign workers

Currently, the federal government only allows temporary foreign workers that are considered “high skilled” to apply for permanent residence. So-called “low skilled” temporary foreign workers do not have a pathway to permanent residence…

Prioritizing provincial nominees

Currently, the vast numbers of fast-tracked permanent resident applicants go through the federal government’s express entry system….

Changing family-based immigration

In the campaign, the Liberals promised to double the number of parents and grandparents who could be sponsored to Canada from 5,000 per year to 10,000 per year.

Revoking Canadian citizenship of terrorists

The government has also promised to overturn the law that strips citizenship from dual citizens convicted of terrorism.

Source: Immigration Minister John McCallum: 6 challenges he faces – Manitoba – CBC News

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One Response to Immigration Minister John McCallum: 6 challenges he faces

  1. Marion Vermeersch says:

    I was very happy to see that John MacCallum was to be our new Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Refugees. He certainly has a wealth of knowledge about those areas, along with a positive, caring attitude. It will take some time, I expect, to reverse some of the harsh measures and legislation now in place.

    Along with the list here, I am sure Canadians have other items to add. I would like to see our new government discontinue adherence to the “magic date” of 1947 to determine citizenship. That stance by the previous government caused so many of us to lose citizenship as we were told our parents, WWII veterans of the Canadian forces, had never been citizens. That meant that, according to government, our families should never have received citizenship either, if born abroad. (The War Brides did get their citizenship restored in the amendments of 2009,) But the 1947 date meant that those who died while in service are still not presently seen as having been Canadian citizens but only British subjects. The families of veterans’ children born abroad are now part of the new group of “second class Canadian citizens” even though they may be born in Canada and have a history of life here. The dismissal of those veterans as non-Canadian citizens prior to 1947 may have been part of the apparent lack of responsibility shown toward present-day veterans.

    Remembrance Day is fast approaching. These are still early days for the new government, but I hope they, with Mr. MacCallum as Minister, will make it the last time we will remember our veterans as being anything less than citizens of Canada, the country for which they fought and proudly represented..

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