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Visa appeal bill to be tabled in the Commons

Today, New Democrat MP and immigration critic Olivia Chow (Trinity-Spadina) will table a private-member’s bill in the House of Commons to allow rejected visitors’ visas applications to be reviewed and appealed, as is done in the United Kingdom and Australia.

Today, New Democrat MP and immigration critic Olivia Chow (Trinity-Spadina) will table a private-member’s bill in the House of Commons to allow rejected visitors’ visas applications to be reviewed and appealed, as is done in the United Kingdom and Australia.

Chow said one-third of the immigration cases at her Toronto office involve visitors’ visa applications being rejected, sometimes in what she calls “arbitrary decision-making” by Canadian visa officers.

Currently, there is no appeal for failed applicants from abroad. The proposed bill would ask the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada to hear the appeals.

 
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