New government, new immigration laws?

With the federal election complete and new immigration policies potentially on the horizon, Vancouver immigration lawyers Alex Stojicevic and Rudolf Kischer joined Stirling Faux on CISL 650’s The Law Show on October 25 to talk about the latest in Canadian immigration news.

During the campaign period, the Syrian refugee crisis had party leaders making promises about improved processes for accepting refugees. Now, only time will tell what incoming Prime Minister Trudeau will do on the issue.

“The baseline here on the Syrian refugee crisis is so low on the government side that really, any amount of resources thrown on it will be an enormous change in terms of impact,” says Alex. “The reality is, one-hundred and thirty million dollars out of that budget went unspent in 2014. If they simply spent the money that was allocated last year, we’d be a lot closer to the targets.”

 

An issue not tackled during the election, but one that has made headlines over the past year, is temporary foreign workers and the challenges they face gaining permanent residency.

“These people have the hopes and aspirations of staying, they’ve been given a foot in the door and the promise of a pathway,” says Alex. “But, when that pathway closes…then they’re put in a tough position, and Canada’s put in a tough position. This is something the next government will have to tackle.”

 

In the case of immigrants who are working in Canada as semi-skilled laborers, such as in hospitality, Rudi says there may be opportunities for them to move into skilled jobs and obtain residency, but these are limited.

“The provincial program used to allow for this. It will reopen and they’ve said that it will have a hospitality component for it, but my guess is it’s going to be a very scaled-back version,” explains Rudi.

 

As for those who have travelled in and out of Canada easily for years, new rules requiring a special visa before travel will make things more difficult.

“People who have come to Canada for years that may have had a small infraction, maybe they have DUI from 30 years ago…they’re going to have their flight booked, their holidays planned…all of a sudden, you can’t come over because we have access to the English records that say you have DUI from 30 years ago and you won’t be able to get on the plane,” says Rudi. “And you’ll have to call Maynard Kischer Stojicevic.”

 

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The Law Show with Stirling Faux airs every Sunday at 11:00 am on CISL 690.

 

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