submissions to the standing committee on citizenship and immigration on bill c-24 - strengthening canadian citizenship act
The following submission was co-authored by NLS lawyer Jennifer Stone. The introduction to the document is produced below. The entire submission is available in .pdf format.
Family Day was celebrated earlier this week in Ontario, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, and last week in British Columbia. On the occasion of celebrating time spent with family, we urge you to keep in mind our friends and neighbours who long to be reunited with theirs.
Last year, the Federal Government cut the Interim Federal Health Program to deny basic health care to refugee claimants in Canada. The move was strongly criticized by most stake-holders across the country, including immigration and refugee advocates, human rights activists, and doctors. Many believed that cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program were designed by the government to appeal to its core supporters but would not save the government any money. In fact, the cuts raised concerns about more expensive emergency treatment, and the spectre of a public health crisis if refugees were refused any preventative care or treatment.
This information update is provided courtesy of HALCO
In May 2013, the government announced proposed changes to Canada’s immigration regulations that will affect people who want to bring their children to Canada. In most cases, the law allows a person to include any “dependent children” in his or her application for permanent residence. The law also allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their dependent children to come to Canada.
The proposal would make two major changes to the definition of “dependent children”:
The proposal is expected to become law on January 1, 2014. If you apply before January 1, 2014 (or have already applied), your children will be considered under the current law.
The NLS Blog
Our blog shares information with our community on legal developments and other important issues. As such we hope you'll find this blog informative - and maybe even fun.