Family, Immigration

Parent sponsorship program ‘unfair': Princewill

A federal immigration program meant to bring parents and grandparents of newcomers to Canada is slow and “unfair,” Pickering family and immigration lawyer Angela Princewill tells the Toronto Star.

Princewill is representing a man who applied four years ago to bring his aging parents to Canada from Colombia. But through the final stages of the application, the man’s father discovered through a mandatory health exam that colon cancer had spread throughout his body.

The diagnosis means the man’s father would be deemed medically inadmissible for permanent resident status in Canada. But because the dying man is listed as the principal applicant on the sponsorship for both he and his wife, it also means his wife can’t come to Canada, either. The situation has left the family worried the 71-year-old woman will be left widowed and alone in Columbia, with no immediate family nearby.

The program is “unfair on so many levels,” Princewill tells the Star, adding she intends to ask the immigration department to allow her client’s mother to be named the principal applicant on humanitarian and compassionate grounds, which would allow her application to proceed.

Princewill, of A. Princewill Law Firm, says the family wouldn’t be in such a tight spot if the government processed applications quicker.

“If things moved a little bit faster, it’s easier to say, 'OK let’s withdraw and start over,'” Princewill tells the newspaper.

She adds that if the applications had been processed faster, the parents may have already been in Canada before the man received his cancer diagnosis.

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