Hon. Im­mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter, Ahmed Hus­sein, vis­its Sur­rey to dis­cuss Bill C-6

The Miracle - - Town News - By Shahrukh Naseer

Ahmed Hussen, Min­is­ter of IRCC (Im­mi­gra­tion, Refugees and Cit­i­zen­ship) was amongst the sev­eral mem­bers of the Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment present at Ma­haraja Restaurant Sur­rey on Oct,13, in or­der to ad­dress the pre­dom­i­nantly South Asian Media. The pur­pose of the Min­is­ter visit was to re­veal the changes made in Canada’s Cit­i­zen­ship Act as a re­sult of Bill C-6. The min­is­ter stated that the Bill pur­pose is to elim­i­nate any need­less ob­sta­cles to cit­i­zen­ship for Cana­di­ans. The no­table changes, which has come into ef­fect since Oct, 11, 2017, in­clude: Ap­pli­cants must be phys­i­cally present in Canada for three out of five years be­fore ap­ply­ing for cit­i­zen­ship, in­stead of pre­vi­ous four out of six years. • Ap­pli­cants no longer have to be phys­i­cally present in Canada for 183 con­sec­u­tive days in four out of the six years pre­ced­ing their ap­pli­ca­tion, so they can now travel for things such as work or ed­u­ca­tion. Ap­pli­cants may count each day they were phys­i­cally present in Canada as a tem­po­rary res­i­dent or pro­tected per­son be­fore be­com­ing a per­ma­nent res­i­dent as a half-day to­ward meet­ing the phys­i­cal pres­ence re­quire­ment for cit­i­zen­ship, up to a max­i­mum credit of 365 days Ap­pli­cants be­tween 18 and 54 years must meet the lan­guage and knowl­edge re­quire­ments for cit­i­zen­ship in­stead of the pre­vi­ous 14 to 64-year-old age range • Ap­pli­cants must file Cana­dian in­come taxes, if re­quired to do so un­der the In­come Tax Act, for three out of five years, match­ing the new phys­i­cal pres­ence re­quire­ment. .The Min­is­ter also took ques­tions from the au­di­ence and ad­dressed some of the con­cerns in ref­er­ence to Govern­ment fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to Syr­ian Refugees. The Min­is­ter reaf­firmed Cana­di­ans that the as­sis­tance pro­vided is only for 1 year and is in place to as­sist the tem­po­rary set­tle­ment of the Mi­grants to Canada. Af­ter this pe­riod, the Refugees are ex­pected, and in most cases, be­come a pro­duc­tive part of the Cana­dian Econ­omy and cul­ture, such as the Hon­or­able Min­is­ter him­self. The Min­is­ter also men­tioned the achieve­ments of the Lib­eral Govern­ment in the past two years of govern­ment in which the there has been sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in pro­cess­ing du­ra­tion of Spousal im­mi­gra­tion, in or­der to en­sure Cana­dian fam­i­lies are united at the ear­li­est. The Min­is­ter said: “to­gether with the mem­bers of par­lia­ment in our govern­ment we have been able to do more in im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem in less than two years of our govern­ment than the last govern­ment was able to do in 10 years”. Hon­or­able Min­is­ter Ahmed Hus­sein ex­pressed the im­por­tance and con­tin­u­ous need for Im­mi­gra­tion in Canada as he stated “We need more tourists, busi­ness­men and in­ter­na­tional stu­dents to come to Canada.” The Min­is­ter also took the time to dis­cuss with Mir­a­cle Media some of the im­por­tant con­cerns facing the Is­lamic community in Canada in ref­er­ence to the rise of Islamophobia, which have gained pop­u­lar­ity in the main­stream in the past few years not only in Europe and USA but amongst Canada as well and the so­lu­tion that. The Min­is­ter sug­gested that it is im­por­tant for Mus­lims to be­come more en­gaged in “lead­er­ship” roles in or­der to im­prove the image of Is­lam and Mus­lims in Canada and to show the con­struc­tive, pro­duc­tive and pos­i­tive at­tributes of the Is­lamic Community. I also spoke to the oth­ers MPs present at the event who echoed the Min­is­ter opin­ion con­tin­ued open and bal­anced Im­mi­gra­tion in Canada in the fu­ture. “We have been able to elim­i­nate 20 thou­sand cases from the spousal back­log. There have been sig­nif­i­cant changes in the amount of pro­cess­ing time that the ap­pli­ca­tion would take in the time of Harper’s govern­ment,” Hussen told South Asian media on Friday. Ac­cord­ing to Hussen, they have been able to de­crease the pro­cess­ing time for most ap­pli­ca­tions by more than dou­ble, some of which are: · The wait­ing pe­riod for cit­i­zen­ship ac­qui­si­tion · Re­newal of Per­ma­nent Res­i­dent card in 52 days from 10-18 months · Visa ap­proval rate of 69% from 40%in Chandi­garh, In­dia Spousal ap­pli­ca­tions from 26 months to un­der 12 months. The min­is­ter said, he con­tin­ued to en­gage him­self with the visa of­fices to make sure gen­uine trav­el­ers are not de­nied en­try into Canada. Speak­ing of the re­cent changes to Bill C-6, Hussen said, “to­gether with the mem­bers of par­lia­ment in our govern­ment we have been able to do more in im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem in less than two years of our govern­ment than the last govern­ment was able to do in 10 years” “Cana­di­ans wel­come peo­ple from all over the world”. He Said Sur­rey as an ex­am­ple of the cities that re­ceived more Syr­ian-refugees in the last 2 years.“We need more tourists, busi­ness­men and in­ter­na­tional stu­dents to come to Canada,” said Hussen. In re­ply to a ques­tion, whether the refugees get more money than an av­er­age Cana­dian, he said, “Refugees get in­come as­sis­tance dur­ing their 1st year only. They do not get more money than Cana­di­ans.” The min­is­ter gave an ex­am­ple of him­self and said, “We do give in­come as­sis­tance to im­mi­grants when they are in the process of set­tle­ment, but they con­trib­ute back to this coun­try. We should be open-minded. Th­ese im­mi­grants will be as suc­cess­ful as other Cana­di­ans will in the long term. Ac­cord­ing to Hussen the num­ber of tourists, busi­nessper­sons and stu­dents ap­ply­ing visa, have dou­bled in the last 2 years. Canada gives the op­tion of im­mi­gra­tion to peo­ple but ac­cord­ing to the im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem.

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