Some immigration consultants violating rules of private refugee sponsorship program

CBC INVESTIGATES

Some immigration consultants violating rules of private refugee sponsorship program

Syrians in Gulf states being asked to pay settlement funds that are supposed to be paid by private sponsors

By Laura Lynch, Ghalia Bdiwe, CBC News Posted: Apr 19, 2016 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Apr 21, 2016 6:00 PM ET

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CBC News has learned about a troubling aspect of the drive to bring Syrians to Canada: professional immigration consultants, in partnership with some refugee sponsorship groups, are charging refugees thousands of dollars in arrangements that critics say are unethical and violate federal rules on sponsorship.

The immigration consultants have been targeting Syrians living in the Gulf states, many of whom are there on work permits and are able to earn a living. In that sense, they are potentially a more lucrative client base than those in refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

The consultants advertise on social media and make visits to the region, setting up shop in five-star hotels.

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Edmonton resident Nhung Tran-Davies welcomes a family of Syrian refugees she helped to sponsor in March. Canadians across the country have been raising money to privately sponsor Syrian refugees, but a CBC investigation has found that some Syrians coming from Gulf states are being asked to pay the cost of their resettlement up front by immigration consultants who are also charging thousands of dollars to process their applications. (Terry Reith/CBC)

In the case of one such agency, information available online and documents obtained by CBC News reveal that the consultant is not only charging prospective refugees thousands of dollars to process their applications but also asking them to pay the full cost of their resettlement up front, which violates the financial guidelines of the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program.

“I find it appalling, honestly,” said Toronto lawyer Jackie Swaisland, who is part of a network of lawyers, immigration consultants and law students that has helped hundreds of refugees get to Canada without charging for their services.

Canada has resettled more than 26,000 Syrian refugees since last November, about 9,000 of whom are privately sponsored and another 2,225 of whom receive a combination of government and private funding.

The Express Entry program will bring more cooks than engineers into Canada

In its first year, the Express Entry program allowed more cooks and food workers than engineers and professors to apply

Canada’s Express Entry immigration favours low-wage workers: Experts

In its first year, the Express Entry program allowed more cooks and food workers than engineers and professors to apply

The results of a new immigration program meant to match the flow of foreign workers with Canada’s job market should be a wake up call for policymakers, experts say.

Under the new Express Entry system, immigrants applying for low-wage, precarious jobs in Canada are being favoured over those applying for more professional positions, said Toronto immigration consultant Parmjit Mangat.

CANADIAN ORGANIZATIONS REACT TO QUEBEC INCIDENT INVOLVING MEMBER OF THE SIKH COMMUNITY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CANADIAN ORGANIZATIONS REACT TO QUEBEC INCIDENT INVOLVING MEMBER OF THE SIKH COMMUNITY

 

We Need To Discuss Root Causes and Solutions

Having closely investigated the recent incident in Quebec City, our organizations and subject matter experts would like to communicate with the relevant authorities about root causes and proposed solutions.

The unfortunate incident in Quebec City is a direct result of the widespread and systematic failure of many Sikh groups and leaders to adopt or support Canadian values. The Sikh community has permitted many fundamentalists to hijack their voice in Canada.

The following examples illustrate the shortcomings:

  1. Various Sikh organizations applied extraordinary pressure to force Quebec’s Soccer Federation to allow players to wear turbans. Similarly, Sikh groups demanded that institutions such as the Parliament of Canada and the Quebec National Assembly permit the wearing of sharp knives known as kirpans. These demands came despite the fact that India’s Parliament does not allow kirpans to be worn and many soccer leagues in India’s Punjab state do not allow turbans to be worn by players and coaches.
  1. Hundreds of Sikhs protested in various Canadian cities against the arrest in India of a convicted Sikh Khalistani terrorist killer named Rajoana. Canadians routinely see fundamentalist Khalistani Sikhs, backed by some community leaders, snarl roads in the center of major cities to support genocidal terrorist causes in foreign countries.
  1. The worst terrorist massacre in Canadian history occurred when suspected Khalistani Sikh terrorists blew up Air India 182, slaughtering over 330 mostly Hindu men, women, and children. This slaughter occurred at the same time that many fundamentalist Sikh leaders called for genocide against Hindus and spread false accounts of abuse in India.

In a broader context, this incident, however reprehensible, speaks to the mounting anxiety of patriotic Canadians over the massive influx of immigrants with incompatible values into this country as well as frustration with Ottawa’s seeming indifference to the enormous social and economic costs occasioned by it.

The leaders and groups signing this joint statement are available for interviews and assistance in designing solutions to prevent communities from supporting causes and beliefs which contradict Canadian values and principles.

Brad Salzberg: Liberal-Socialism And The Erosion Of Christian Canada

Liberal-Socialism And The Erosion Of Christian Canada

writer: Brad Salzberg, March 2016

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In the world of politics, as with many situations in life, making promises often leads to unexpected results. Nowhere is this more apparent than when considering the post-election behaviour of Canada’s ruling Liberal government.

The examples are many— a pronouncement of a 10 billion dollar federal deficit, which turned out to be triple that amount.  An increase in the Syrian refugee quota from the original 25,000 to 55,000—a quantity the majority of Canadians oppose— are two of the most prominent.

In fairness, broken promises are not exclusive to our Liberal government. What is exclusive to the Liberals, however, is the extent to which they disregard public opinion. Of course, there is a good reason for this. The Canadian public—at least those of us born and raised in Canada— are all but meaningless to our ruling Liberal government.

Under PM Justin Trudeau, Canadian citizenship easier to obtain, much harder to lose

Trudeau government’s ‘total reversal’ of Tory policy also slashes residency requirements and gives credit for time spent as visitors or students
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 March, 2016, 5:26am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 March, 2016, 3:24pm

When Canada’s new Liberal government last week unveiled its sweeping rollback of the ousted Conservatives’ citizenship crackdown, much of the focus was on the decision to remove terrorism as grounds for revoking dual citizenship.

But the amendments also carry huge implications for anyone who simply heads back to their country of origin after obtaining a Canadian passport. This modern phenomenon of reverse migration is one that has been thoroughly embraced by tens of thousands Hong Kong and mainland Chinese immigrants alike, to varying degrees of legality.

The changes, for the most part, put things back the way they were in 2014.

The proposed amendments to the Citizenship Act, unveiled last Thursday, remove the requirement that new citizens must intend to live in Canada after obtaining citizenship. According to the government, the intent-to-reside provision “created concern among some new Canadians, who feared their citizenship could be revoked in the future if they moved outside of Canada”.
[Previously,] citizenship was harder to obtain and easier to lose; now it’s easier to obtain and much harder to lose
IMMIGRATION LAWYER RICHARD KURLAND

The proposals also shorten the period of physical presence required of new citizens to three years (1,095 days) out of the previous five, compared to four years out of six under the Tories; allow periods of non-permanent presence in Canada – for instance, time spent as a student, temporary worker or even a visitor – to be credited among those three years (albeit up to a maximum of one years’ credit, with each full day of non-permanent residency counting as half a day); and shrink the age band for applicants who must pass language tests, from 18-54, compared to 14-64 previously.

Edmonton Freedom Talk : Valerie Price and Alexandra Belair speeches

Youtube: Valerie Price – The Financial Cost of Refugee Resettlement in Canada

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Youtube – Alexandra Belair on Europe’s migration crisis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1Rv2U1t87c&feature=youtu.be