OTTAWA. The new online app “first come, first served” for immigrants who want to sponsor their parents and grandparents coming to Canada, is condemned as “deeply discriminatory” after the program opened and closed in less than 10 minutes on Monday.
All 27,000 vacancies for the family reunification program in 2019 were announced within a few minutes after the application form was launched on Monday, which caused outrage from disappointed potential candidates.
Matthew Jenest, a spokesman for Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, said that the initial analysis did not reveal technical problems with the system.
He says that anti-bots features were also used to ensure that all applications were legitimate, and not from automatic computer programs that take up space faster than people could.
Genest says that with more than 100,000 people who fought for 27,000 places, demand was simply more than space.
But immigration attorney Clifford McCarten, among many, is currently concerned about the fairness of access to the program, because only those who have reliable Internet access, fast typing skills and a good understanding of English or French have hoped for success.