January 20, 2010
Our Hearts go out to Haitian Evacuees
Haitian evacuees who are desperate to join their Canadian relatives after the devastating earth quake which has destroyed, ruined and taken lives are finding assistance in the immigration advocates who are pleading their case with the Canadian government.
An article written today in the Toronto Star advised that,
“Immigration advocates are pleading with the Canadian government to be more flexible in allowing evacuees arriving from quake-ravaged Haiti to be joined by their relatives. A coalition of refugee and immigrant groups presented a number of requests Tuesday for Ottawa to further relax its entry rules during the ongoing humanitarian crisis.”
Suggestions by these advocates include broadening the requirements for family class sponsorships to include more distant relatives such as siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews. Also recommended is that no application fee be charged in such cases.
Gladly, the government has announced that they will speed up family reunification files from Haiti temporarily.
The staff at BLG offers our hope and prayers to those who are touched by this tragedy.