In their April 12, 2015 appearance on CISL 650’s The Law Show, Alex Stojicevic and Rudolf (Rudi) Kischer of MKS Immigration and Citizenship Law in Vancouver talked to host Stirling Faux about the challenges faced by temporary foreign workers in Canada and some of the issues facing those trying to sponsor family members for immigration.
While job shortages led to an expansion of the foreign worker program in the early 2000s, the federal government is now finding it is overwhelmed and is putting in new rules to limit how long foreign workers can stay in Canada.
“A cynic would say this is really because the foreign worker file, which was once a pro story for them when the conservatives were aiming at making Alberta employers happy during boom times, has become a liability and there has to be a way now of curtailing it,” says Alex.
Beyond the temporary foreign worker program, the bulk of applications for immigration to Canada fall under the family class.
“You’re very restricted in who you can sponsor if you have family members outside of Canada that you want to come here,” says Rudi. “It’s limited to your spouse, a dependent child, or parents and grandparents. And that’s it.”
Unfortunately, the rules about sponsoring family for immigration are not always clear, and sometimes people get advice that keeps them from reuniting with family in Canada.
“It’s heartbreaking,” says Rudi. “They feel it’s too expensive to go to a lawyer, they feel they can’t even come in for a consultation, and they don’t get that legal advice, and it really hurts them in the end.”
In recent years new challenges have also arisen in regards to reproductive technology and children that are born abroad.
“You go abroad because you can’t conceive a child naturally. There are options in the United States that aren’t available here. So you decide to go abroad to take advantage of this. You spend a small fortune to be later told that the child that’s been created has an issue with whether it’s Canadian or not,” says Alex.
Both Alex and Rudi advise that the best thing to do when considering seeking reproductive services abroad, or trying to get family members into Canada, is to consult an immigration lawyer that can help set you on the right path.
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