60-70% of constituency work related to immigration, say Liberal MPs

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum welcomes new immigrants

Ottawa, February 5 (CINEWS): Liberal MPs told The Hill Times that as much as 60-70 per cent of their constituency work relates to immigration, specifically for family class applications.
McCallum told The Hill times that the problem had been created by the cutting down of resources by the Harper government.
By tightening requirements to immigrate to this country, the previous government ended up delaying processing time of immigration applications and so Liberal MPs are now demanding that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum clear this up and let most of them into the promised land.
Surrey-Newton MP Sukh Dhaliwal told The Hill Times: “He has publicly said and he has privately said that he’s going to fix and fix [this issue] once for all. The pressure is on and this is one of the toughest ministries and tasks to handle and John McCallum comes up with a lot of experience behind him. He’s a thoughtful individual and working on this file. We are trying to help him by giving our input and he’s consulting people.”
In some cases, the processing time is taking more than six years for family class applications.
On September 25, Trudeau made the following speech and campaign promise: “The wait time now to bring parents and grandparents to Canada is almost four years on average. If your family lives in China, Pakistan, the Philippines or India, you can expect to wait five or six years or more. And in the case of India, family members who are being approved to come to Canada now would have applied in the New Delhi visa office back in April 2009. That’s not acceptable. It doesn’t help Canadian families, and it doesn’t help Canada.
“We’ll change that. A Liberal government will make family immigration at the core of its immigration policy, making it easier for families to be together here in Canada makes more than just economic sense. When Canadians have added supports like family involvement in childcare, it helps drive productivity and economic growth and it brings in skilled workers we need so badly. A Liberal government will immediately double the number of applications allowing for parents and grandparents to 10,000 every year. Second, we will double the budget for processing family class applications. Wait times will come down.”
Given the multiple demands made on the new Liberal government all of which requires resources, manpower, money or all three will prove to be a challenge given the current economic reality that has to be factored in.

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