Canada softens immigration regulations for Venezuelans and Haitians who are in the country

Oscar Vigil

Toronto, Glen. The citizens of Venezuela and Haiti currently living in Canada without a permanent immigration status can now obtain work permits and temporary studio, or easily extend their stay in the country, thanks to several measures announced by the Department of Immigration Canada in recent weeks.

The measures were taken due to the serious political and social conflicts that these two Latin American countries live, and although not include those living without documents in Canada, Yes benefit those who have entered the country on tourist visas and have overstayed the time they were allowed to stay, those who have sought refuge and their cases have been rejected, and even those who already have deportation orders against them that were ready to be executed.

The first announcement made by the Canadian government to put a moratorium on deportations of Venezuelans who are in the country and have an exit order, a removal order or an exclusion order. Then he made the same announcement regarding Haitians. These orders will be frozen until further notice.

Según Vilma Filici, lecturer on immigration and consultant in the field, This also means that people who are with status in the country, for example visitors, workers or students, among others, They can ask for extensions to remain in Canada, since the moratorium has been precisely the situation that is living both in the South American country and the Caribbean, which could jeopardize these people if they return to their countries of origin.

"Now, the fact that they have stopped the deportations, which has a moratorium, leads to Venezuelans and Haitians who are in Canada may make an application for a work permit, study or both, because under the law, If a person can not be taken out of the country, and in this case the Canadian government who has decided not to take them out of the country, They have the possibility, which is very positive ", he said.

also said that another positive aspect of this moratorium is that, under current regulations, a person who wants to make an application on humanitarian grounds or a review of your case to assess the risk that if returned to their country of origin, You can not do that if they have not passed 12 months from the time his case was rejected shelter.

"In this sense, the fact that there is now a moratorium will mean for many people, to reach the year, if there is merit to make an application on humanitarian and compassionate grounds they can do and, depending on the establishment have in the country and how the situation develops in Venezuela and Haiti, They could be accepted on humanitarian and compassionate grounds and obtain permanent residence in Canada ", he said.

The second announcement made by Canadian immigration authorities directly benefits the citizens of Venezuelan origin who are coming to Canada for refuge.

Mainly weighed down by the huge number of asylum seekers in the past year have reached the Canadian border from the United States and have crossed irregularly, the Immigration and Refugee Board (Immigration and Refugee Board, IRB) He announced that it is accelerating cases “less complex” a list of 14 specific countries.

These countries are Afghanistan, Burundi, Egypt, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, Yemen and Venezuela.

According to the authorities, cases of asylum seekers from these 14 It will be evaluated countries under what is known as a file review process, that is to say, IRB officers will make decisions on whether or not to grant him refugee status on the basis of written submissions make applicants, without a hearing itself, but only a brief appearance process where there will be few issues to discuss.