Haitians in Canada want More Time to Apply For Permanent Residence

On Monday, May 25, 2015, about 30 members of Montreal's Haitian community gathered outside the Citizenship and Immigration office in Montreal to denounce a federal government decision to resume deportation of about 3,200 Haitians and 300 Zimbabwe nationals. In an earlier statement dated December 1, 2014, the Canadian Government has informed that in acknowledgment of improved conditions in Haiti and Zimbabwe, the Government of Canada will lift the temporary suspension of removals (TSR) to these two countries, unless the people from Haiti and Zimbabwe living in Canada for decades, fulfill the immigration criteria and apply for a permanent resident status before June 1, 2015. People without any legal status from these two countries in Canada will be removed.


We may recall that because of political instability and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, thousands of Haitian moved to Canada and the Canadian government with its shared political and cultural history in mind upheld a moratorium for Haitians since 2004 and for Zimbabweans since 2002. However, as per a statement on December 1, 2014, the Canadian Immigration Minister Chris Alexander and Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney have said that "we have extended that generosity for over 10 years to Haitians and Zimbabweans by allowing them to stay in Canada because of unsafe conditions in their countries. However, the uncertainties have ended with improved situations.

The temporary suspension of deportations to both countries will be lifted and migrants from Haiti and Zimbabwe can face removal after six months if they remain without legal status." He had also mentioned that the Quebec government will find its own ways to help Haitians become permanent residents.

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