For around seven years Uzma Jalal was trying to bring her parents from Bangladesh to Canada. As a Canadian citizen & federal government employee, Uzma first attempted for immigration sponsorship application in the year 2011. After being rejected, she tried again for years from 2011 till 2017 except in 2012 or 2013, but to no avail.
Many attempts were made by Uzma and in 2018 his application was accepted but his parents still not have permission to come to Canada. As her supporting documents were still pending.
But Uzma Quoted that it was nothing to do with the eligibility of her family members to Canada. But backlogs of applications was the reason for the delay. Given the application, quotas were full before their members reached the head of the line.
This made Uzma Jalal a young mother frustrated. But it lighted up again his hopes after the Trudeau government announced a contentious lottery system in favor of quotas and admit up to 20,500 parents and grandparents in 2019, up from 17,000 in 2017.
The application period will be reopened at the end of January month 2019. There is great excitement about re-opening of the parents & grandparents’ program as marked by a spokesperson for IRCC in a social media post.
“The unfair System”
No doubt Ottawa has stepped back to the previous system, but it is stated as a temporary fix by one lawyer.
“The system itself is unfair. It’s not the means,” Rezaur Rahman told CBC News.
He said this lottery system will make things worse. Even he marked it as a “stopgap”.
Moreover, he said “The fairness is gone,” “Why should I be penalized for the failure of the IRCC to process this application?”
Heading to the Future
Politicians must address the quota system serious as it may affect the future of families as said by Rahman. In concise, he said IRRC must agree that it doesn’t employ sufficient people to process the application in a timely manner.
Backlogs of massive applications have resulted in overwhelming the family reunification system for years.
Nearly 167,000 applications are backlogged in 2011. But this was decreased to 26,00 in June according to IRCC stats.
The process times with most of the application being processed has been shortened from 8 years to 2 years.
Uzma is still holding to prove that her parent’s immigration to Canada will be good.
She said “They’re not going to come here and be dependent on the social welfare system. Rather, they’re going to be investing here,” “Not all parents will come here and be a burden.”
Rahman said “It’s not only the money. Their presence means a lot.”
He also debated that it adds economic value to new Canadian families to have grandparents around them to look after young children.