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Faster Processing for Haitians with Family in Canada

The federal government has stepped up its commitment to help those Haitians with close relatives in Canada. Ottawa has decided to fast-track applications for Haitians under the family reunification provision of the Immigration Act, where Canadians can sponsor their Haitian relatives to the country.

The expedited process can bring up to 5,000 Haitians to Canada. But of course, applicants will be screened to have demonstrated that they were “significantly” affected by the earthquake.

A simple “Haiti” written prominently on the envelope will move their cases to the front of the queue.

However, the family reunification process has not widened to include more groups of people. The disaster in Haiti has pushed the immigration process to work to reunite families. But the speeded-up process still only applies to spouses, unmarried dependent children, parents or grandparents and an orphaned child under 18 who is a brother, sister, niece, nephew or grandchild of a family member in Canada.

Siblings have yet to be included in this process.

Source: Toronto Star at http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/751774–ottawa-to-ease-immigration-rules-for-haiti


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