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Lottery system makes sense for parent, grandparent reunification

The federal government's new lottery for parent and grandparent sponsorship is a major improvement on the old system, says Toronto immigration lawyer Robin Seligman.

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada unveiled the new process after several years of operating on a first-come, first-served basis for the family reunification program. However, with demand far exceeding the annual application quota, sponsors were resorting to extraordinary measures to get to the front of the queue.

“People were talking about lining up overnight in the middle of winter to get their applications in, which I don't think is a reasonable way to do business,” Seligman tells “The lottery is a better system.”

Peter Baraian