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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

"Lost in Migration" - The Star's good start

Taking a break from my Summer blogging vacation to alert you to a must-read series in the online version of the Toronto Star. "Lost in Migration" is a three-part series detailing the abuses rampant in the immigration "industry" in Canada, and in particular, by so-called Certified Immigration Consultants, who are overseen by the quasi-governmental Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC).

Having suffered a loss of thousands of dollars myself at the hands of a boilerplate consultant, it was great to see these individuals exposed for what many of them are.

Now, if only the Star would expose the capriciousness of the entire immigration process, we might really get somewhere. Here's an example: say your application is rejected. If so, you have the right to appeal. The appeal is heard by ONE appeals Minister, who is not required to take notes and no record is kept of the proceedings. The minister then makes a ruling, based on their recollection of the hearing (not based on evidence or fact). If the ruling goes against you, then you can appeal to the Federal Court. If the Federal Court agrees with your appeal, you would think that would be it - that you would be done and in...but not in Canada. In Canada, if the highest court in the land agrees with your appeal, then they send you back to the SAME appeals court that heard your case before, with the same lack of rules or accountability.

Investigate that, Star!

1 comment:

  1. That brings me back a few years back.... I'm French and got Permanent Residency in Canada (not Quebec !) a few years ago.

    I was lucky, the process was very straightforward for me and only took 4 months.

    My biggest fear at the time was to have my application rejected. I was only 22 when I moved there, and there's no way I would have found the money to appeal the decision. Not to mention it's quite subjective...

    Anyway, I had the chance to work with the CIC after all that ( I teach French) and got answers to my questions. Some grey areas remain though...

    Great blog !