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Old Jul 1st 2003, 2:30 pm
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Jain
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Ottawa to permit refunds, grace period for tradesmen

OTTAWA (CP) - The federal government is backing down from some of the
most controversial aspects of tough new immigration rules, Immigration
Minister Denis Coderre announced today, while hinting at further
changes down the road. The changes address several issues in the
controversial immigration act passed last fall that make it much more
difficult to become a landed immigrant.

Critics argued the retroactive law unilaterally changed the ground
rules for applicants who had already paid fees of $500 per adult and
$100 per child.About 70,000 would-be immigrants who applied before
Dec. 17 are now being offered the opportunity to drop their
application and get a full refund.
Those who decide to stick it out will get an easier ride.

Skilled workers and business immigrants who applied prior to the
December cutoff will continue to be graded using the old criteria for
an extra six months - until Jan. 1, 2003. If they still haven't
received a decision by then, they'll be graded using the new selection
criteria but can pass muster with a lower mark - 70 out of 100 points
rather than the proposed 80-point cutoff.

Coderre said the criteria for change was "fairness, equity,
do-ability." "We have to find a way to make sure we send the proper
message to the rest of the world that we need some skilled workers."
The moves come after intense pressure within the Liberal caucus from a
number of MPs with multicultural ridings. The retroactive nature of
the rule changes were considered particularly offensive considering
there is a backlog of about 220,000 applicants in the system.

Coderre, appointed to the immigration portfolio just last month, said
he'd still like to see "some major change" in the selection criteria
grid and the passing grade level at some future date. In the meantime,
most of the new immigration legislation comes into effect June 28.

Immigration lawyer Lorne Waldman said the changes are significant. "I
think they realized, given the vehemence of the response both in the
caucus and in the public, that they couldn't change the rules
retroactively without notification," said the Toronto lawyer.

"They were on very weak ground. This is a major backtracking."
Allowing early applicants to opt out with a refund was only fair,
Waldman said. And the six-month extension of the old criteria coupled
with the lowered passing grade also mean the number of rejections will
drop significantly.

Steve Mahoney, Liberal chairman of the Commons immigration committee,
lauded the changes as "a first step" but said much more needs to be
addressed in the selection criteria, especially for skilled workers.
"I wouldn't call it tinkering, there's still some surgery that needs
to be done in that area," said Mahoney.
Coderre appeared to agree.

He noted that under the proposed criteria, his carpenter father
wouldn't be eligible to enter Canada.
"My dad doesn't have a PhD but, boy, he can build a house. So what's
the definition of skilled workers?"
The proposed point system reduces the number of criteria for selection
and puts most of the emphasis on education, language skills and work
experience.
 
Old Jul 1st 2003, 2:42 pm
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Andrew Miller
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Old news - it is over 1 year old news my friend. Read it first before
posting. It clearly says about extending cut-off period for "extra 6
months - until Jan. 1, 2003". Since that announcement few more changes came
and transition period was extended to March 31, 2003. Where you've been all
this time?

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"jain" wrote in message
news:[email protected]...
    > Ottawa to permit refunds, grace period for tradesmen
    > OTTAWA (CP) - The federal government is backing down from some of the
    > most controversial aspects of tough new immigration rules, Immigration
    > Minister Denis Coderre announced today, while hinting at further
    > changes down the road. The changes address several issues in the
    > controversial immigration act passed last fall that make it much more
    > difficult to become a landed immigrant.
    > Critics argued the retroactive law unilaterally changed the ground
    > rules for applicants who had already paid fees of $500 per adult and
    > $100 per child.About 70,000 would-be immigrants who applied before
    > Dec. 17 are now being offered the opportunity to drop their
    > application and get a full refund.
    > Those who decide to stick it out will get an easier ride.
    > Skilled workers and business immigrants who applied prior to the
    > December cutoff will continue to be graded using the old criteria for
    > an extra six months - until Jan. 1, 2003. If they still haven't
    > received a decision by then, they'll be graded using the new selection
    > criteria but can pass muster with a lower mark - 70 out of 100 points
    > rather than the proposed 80-point cutoff.
    > Coderre said the criteria for change was "fairness, equity,
    > do-ability." "We have to find a way to make sure we send the proper
    > message to the rest of the world that we need some skilled workers."
    > The moves come after intense pressure within the Liberal caucus from a
    > number of MPs with multicultural ridings. The retroactive nature of
    > the rule changes were considered particularly offensive considering
    > there is a backlog of about 220,000 applicants in the system.
    > Coderre, appointed to the immigration portfolio just last month, said
    > he'd still like to see "some major change" in the selection criteria
    > grid and the passing grade level at some future date. In the meantime,
    > most of the new immigration legislation comes into effect June 28.
    > Immigration lawyer Lorne Waldman said the changes are significant. "I
    > think they realized, given the vehemence of the response both in the
    > caucus and in the public, that they couldn't change the rules
    > retroactively without notification," said the Toronto lawyer.
    > "They were on very weak ground. This is a major backtracking."
    > Allowing early applicants to opt out with a refund was only fair,
    > Waldman said. And the six-month extension of the old criteria coupled
    > with the lowered passing grade also mean the number of rejections will
    > drop significantly.
    > Steve Mahoney, Liberal chairman of the Commons immigration committee,
    > lauded the changes as "a first step" but said much more needs to be
    > addressed in the selection criteria, especially for skilled workers.
    > "I wouldn't call it tinkering, there's still some surgery that needs
    > to be done in that area," said Mahoney.
    > Coderre appeared to agree.
    > He noted that under the proposed criteria, his carpenter father
    > wouldn't be eligible to enter Canada.
    > "My dad doesn't have a PhD but, boy, he can build a house. So what's
    > the definition of skilled workers?"
    > The proposed point system reduces the number of criteria for selection
    > and puts most of the emphasis on education, language skills and work
    > experience.
 
Old Jul 1st 2003, 8:33 pm
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Miacovelli9122
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me and my wife applied for pr in nov 92 under the skilled worker area, we
recieved our reciept in feb 2003 and have heard nothing since. our papers are
being processed at the london high commission.
is this normal and is there any changes we need to get ready for?

please help if u can
 
Old Jul 3rd 2003, 5:29 am
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Goldfinger
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"MIACOVELLI9122" wrote in message
news:[email protected]...
    > me and my wife applied for pr in nov 92 under the skilled worker area, we
    > recieved our reciept in feb 2003 and have heard nothing since. our papers
are
    > being processed at the london high commission.
    > is this normal and is there any changes we need to get ready for?

Are you sure you got the right date? It's more than a decade from 92 to 03.
 
Old Jul 4th 2003, 5:03 am
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Anwer Khan
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Hi,

I am sure you meant Nov02 and not Nov92. If you received the receipt
in Feb03, then it is quite normal that you have not heard anything
yet. It normally takes around 6 months at least to get an assessment
after that, but it can take much longer in some cases as well.
Normally you should be expecting a letter any time now.

Regards

Anwer
 

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