MASSE’S DEMAND FOR TYPHOON VICTIMS AGREED TO BY GOVERNMENT: Government of Canada issues special immigration measures for typhoon victims in the Philippines

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 1, 2009

MASSE’S DEMAND FOR TYPHOON VICTIMS AGREED TO BY GOVERNMENT
Government of Canada issues special immigration measures for typhoon victims in the Philippines

Ottawa, On- Brian Masse, M. P. (Windsor West) and NDP Industry, Automotive, and Border Critic, acknowledged the government agreed to his demand, which was requested in a letter written to the Minister of Foreign Affairs earlier this week, for the speeding up of family reunification immigration to Canada for residents in the Philippines who are significantly affected by Typhoon Ketsana.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank the government for responding to my request and issuing these priority immigration procedures for victims of this horrible tragedy. Now is the time where they need to be with their families here in Canada,” Masse stated.
Effective immediately, Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC) visa office in the Philippines is responding on a priority basis for those directly affected by the disaster.

This will be applied to new and existing applications from Canadian citizens, permanent residents and protected persons who have close family members in the Philippines. They must, however, identify themselves as being directly and significantly affected by the current situation and notify CIC.

New sponsorship applications should have “Philippines” prominently written on the mailing envelope. Sponsors and applicants presently in Canada who have applications in process should notify the CIC Call Centre at 1-888-242-2100 (in Canada only) to identify their existing applications, if they or the family they have sponsored have been adversely affected.

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