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Family Reunification, or Immigration by Lottery?

Is it time for Canada to revise its minimum requirements for immigration under the parent and grandparent class?  Here is my CBC op-ed on the issue: How to Avoid “Immigration by Lottery” in Canada.

The government’s commitment to increase the intake of applications in this category from 5,000 to 10,000 may be a 100% increase  but is it going to be enough of an increase to accomplish what this category of immigration application is designed to do – to reunite families?

According to a notice posted to the Government of Canada website last January, “Canada has one of the most generous family reunification programs in the world”.  The problem with this “generosity” is that it is limited to the first 10,000 applications a year. At this rate, there are always going to be more people wishing to apply under this programs than there are spaces available.

So, how can this problem be remedied in the future? What are your answers to the questions I pose in my CBC piece?


About Reis Pagtakhan

Reis Pagtakhan is an immigration law partner with MLT Aikins LLP. His extensive experience includes assisting businesses obtain temporary entry to Canada and permanent residency for their executives, employees and contractors from all over the world. Reis has lectured on and written papers on immigration law for the Law Society of Manitoba, the Manitoba Bar Association, the Human Resources Management Association of Manitoba, the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, and the Community Legal Education Association of Manitoba. He has presented position papers before the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Immigration Department officials and Manitoba Labour and Immigration. He has written articles on immigration for the CBC, the Winnipeg Free Press, trade, industry and ethnic publications.


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