Immigration experts feel that many of seniors wanting to come to Canada to reunite with their children living in Canada will probably be unable to survive after waiting for a period of 13 years.
Everyone is furious and surprised by the plans of Immigration Canada for reducing the number of Canada visas, says chief executive officer of SUCCESS immigrant services in Canada, Thomas Tam.
Parents depend on grandparents for childcare while grandparents look forward to meeting their children, adds Tam maintaining that grandparents are not considered a financial burden in any way.
Richard Kurland, a leading immigration lawyer in Vancouver, while quoting the data from Access to Information request said that Immigration Canada is likely to reduce number of Canada visas to 217,800 in the year 2011 from 230,450 in the year 2010.
This will result in a reduction of 5 percent in the total Canada visas issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Kurland added.
Long waiting periods for Canada visas--
The new reduced number of Canada visas along with significantly long waiting period for receiving Canada visas will enable grandparents to reach Canada not before their grandchild graduates successfully from high school, Kurland quipped.
Already, a minimum waiting period for getting Canada visas is 13 years as nearly 147,769 applicants are in queue for a total of 11,200 Canada visas, Kurland added.
The number of Canada visas for Asian and South Asian immigrants is being reduced while the Canada immigration department is introducing an increase in the number of visas for wealthy investors and foreign entrepreneurs wanting to establish their businesses in Canada, noted Kurland.
Alternative suggested by Kurland---
Kurland accepted the fact that Canada immigration is justified in its concerns about the rising costs of healthcare for aged immigrants coming to Canada.
However, he suggested a simple alternative according to which each sponsored immigrant could buy a group medical insurance below $15,000 for elderly immigrants. Tam also highlighted about the pledge regarding financial responsibility of the sponsors towards new immigrants for a minimum period of ten years.