Lot­tery for par­ent spon­sor­ship to be re­placed

The Western Star - - CANADA -

OT­TAWA — The Trudeau gov­ern­ment is scrap­ping an un­pop­u­lar lot­tery sys­tem for im­mi­grants look­ing to re­unite with their par­ents and grand­par­ents and is in­creas­ing the num­ber of spon­sor­ship ap­pli­ca­tions it will ac­cept next year. Im­mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Ahmed Hussen was to an­nounce the changes Mon­day at an event in Van­cou­ver.

The changes, which will take ef­fect in 2019, will re­place the ran­dom se­lec­tion process for spon­sor­ship ap­pli­ca­tions with a first-come-first-served ap­pli­ca­tion process.

The so-called lot­tery sys­tem drew crit­i­cism when it was in­tro­duced last year af­ter many po­ten­tial spon­sors said they felt it was un­fair.

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