Canada is in the process of accepting ten of thousands of refugees from Syria. These refugees are coming to Canada with permanent resident status which I think is wonderful for those refugees and better for the country. I believe refugees will more quickly adjust to life in Canada when they realize that there is a permanence to their status in Canada. The problem in my mind is: What about all of the other refugees who have to apply for permanent residence, but furthermore have to pay hundreds to thousands of dollars, not including legal fees, to do so?
Is it time for the government to automate the process to becoming a permanent resident for refugees, or more simply, should the government drop the costly application fees for permanent resident applicants that came to Canada as refugees?
Matthew J. Van Den Hooven
Matthew is a lawyer based in Nanaimo, B.C. Please note that the accuracy of the information in this blog is not guaranteed and that the law does change. It is not a replacement for independent legal advice. Contact Matthew to arrange for an appointment today.