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December 13, 2010

A Proposed Immigration Appeal Process

Out of the one million visitors visa applications received by Canadian visa posts annually, 20% are refused over concerns of alleged fraud and misrepresentation by applicants. Officials fear these individuals would remain in Canada upon arrival.

However, legitimate applicants who have been invited for important occasions such as weddings and funerals are often refused as well and when their applications are rejected they have no avenues of appeal. Having been rejected once also decreases their chances of having future applications approved significantly.

New Democrat MP, Olivia Chow, has proposed a private-member’s bill in the House of Commons which would allow refused applications to be reviewed and appealed before the Immigration and Refugee Board. While the bill still must pass a second reading, it has been successful in raising public awareness of the issue.


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