Standing Committee Review on Immigration Canada continued
  1. That during the COVID-19 period, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada contact applicants to correct mistakes, including missing documents, and provide applicants with sufficient opportunity to respond before returning the entire file, and that files regain their place in the queue if re-submitted to the same stream.


This is probably one of the few major issues that happen on applications. See the problem is most Immigration Canada officers do have discretion to tell the client or rep they need another document or there was something missed on a document but they have total discretion on rejecting the application.


Why do they? Well, they always say the amount of application are on backlog and having to deal with this would just increase the backlog.

I happen to totally disagree with this. Sometimes is a very simple thing a missed check in a box or an upload that dating doesn’t fit with the application guidelines.


A perfect example of that is police certificates.


In some countries a police certificate only active in the area you are living in at this time, not the last address you lived at that could be just a different district so if say a representative or applicant doesn’t catch the date not extending back the full ten years even if they have never travelled outside of the country immigration Canada will reject it, but remember this is totally at the discretion of the officer and more times they reject them instead of a quick email saying your police certificate does not extend the 10 years please do within the next 30days or your application will be rejected. Simple fix.




  1. That Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada develop clear rules and guidelines to ensure cases involving the urgent medical needs of adoptive children are expedited. This is simple and makes total sense.


Some children illness could be reversed if treated in time or secondary affects from a primary disease could be illuminated. Example of that is diabetes.


Proper monitoring can avoid blindness in the future of a person if they are on a regular insulin regime.


That Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada allow the income requirements for the parent and grandparent sponsorship program to be the minimum necessary income equal to the low-income cut-off established by Statistics Canada for the years impacted by the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, conducting a yearly review to determine whether to extend allowing the minimum necessary income to be equivalent to the low-income cut-off, all while respecting Quebec’s jurisdiction This is a good point.


Meeting the income cutoff outlined by Immigration Canada under the conditions of the last year does not truly reflect the income of many individuals.


Persons who may have income in the 70,000 plus area did are now in the 30,000 range and with a family of 4 plus sponsorship of 2 parents they would not qualify in any other year this would not have been a problem.


So, using the Stats Canada income outlines would give a much better realistic requirement.




  1. That Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency continue to support international students and designated learning institutions to permit international students to safely enter Canada and study in-person The intake for Sept 2021 for international students to Canada will hopefully not be a big concern for CBSA officials.

Canadian learning institutions are planning on international students being a part of the fall season and with Canadians having their covid-19 vaccine this should remove some of the risk.

Yes, they may need to put additional restriction on international students, like mandatory needles when they arrive or before they leave their home country.

But here we are in late May and over 50% of the Canadian population has had their first shot and they are already starting second shots for groups in high-risk areas figuring at this rate majority of Canadians will be vaccinated and risk will be low.




  1. That Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada expand the standard conditions of study permits to allow international students to work full-time for an internship or co-op placement that is part of an educational program without the need to complete any additional procedures.


This is fee could cause issues with students not focusing on studies. Having the current 50/50 rule for co-op is balanced.

You must remember even students who are on co-op education still qualify to apply for an open work permit while in a DLI and they can work where ever they want and keeping this regulated the way it is will continue to make it easier for Immigration Canada to monitor their work/study balance.




  1. That Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada examine acceptance rates for international students whose applications are processed in Africa, particularly francophone Africa, and develop a plan to address the lower acceptance rates of students from this region compared to other source countries such as Pakistan.

Lower acceptance rates for education have been such an issue for Canada.

Many believe it’s a discriminatory issue other believe it’s because many do not believe validity of applicants in certain countries.

With Canada striving to increase the amount of French speaking individuals within Canada through immigration this certainly should be addressed.

It’s no secret that many students who do educate in Canada plan on applying to Canada for permanent residence in the future once they have completed their education.

I never understand why immigration using section 179 of IRPR is used for students. Denials based on financial support for the term of education I understand but looking at a student leaving and taking all the knowledge out of Canada when they have already put so much into Canada during the education process I just don’t understand.

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