Cit­i­zen­ship and Im­mi­gra­tion web site sows con­fu­sion over fam­ily re­uni­fi­ca­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

OT­TAWA — The Lib­eral gov­ern­ment says it re­mains com­mit­ted to dou­bling to 10,000 the num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions it will process each year for fam­ily re­uni­fi­ca­tion of par­ents and grand­par­ents. How­ever the web site of Cit­i­zen­ship and Im­mi­gra­tion says ap­pli­ca­tions are now be­ing ac­cepted for 2016 — and the gov­ern­ment web page cau­tions in bold that the num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions is capped at 5,000. Justin Trudeau promised in Septem­ber dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign that a Lib­eral gov­ern­ment would dou­ble the cap as part of a pack­age of im­mi­gra­tion re­forms. The an­nual limit on fam­ily re­uni­fi­ca­tion ap­pli­ca­tions for ag­ing par­ents and grand­par­ents was brought in by the for­mer Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment, which called the pro­gram an abuse of gen­eros­ity. The Lib­eral gov­ern­ment did not ex­plain why the 5,000-ap­pli­ca­tion cap re­mains flagged on the web site, but in an emailed state­ment, Im­mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter John McCal­lum said he still plans to dou­ble the cap.

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