Rallies protest processing charge. Mar 31, 2007. By Nicholas Keung
Refugee advocates will stage demonstrations across Canada today, calling on Ottawa to stop charging refugees a hefty fee to apply for landed immigrant status – a hurdle that limits some from being reunited with their families.
The Conservative government reduced the landing fee paid by all immigrants to $490 from $975 – and exempted UN Convention refugees altogether. But the Tories retained a $550-per-adult processing fee to become permanent residents.
Critics say some refugees, especially women and children, can't cover the fee.
(Click here to reads more)