An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (appeal process for temporary resident visa applicants)

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.


Olivia Chow  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of Dec. 13, 2010
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment establishes an appeal process for temporary resident visa applicants under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. It seeks to extend the jurisdiction of the Immigration Appeal Division under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Board by expanding its mandate to include appeals from temporary resident visa applicants who have been refused a temporary resident visa or extension of that visa.


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Immigration and Refugee Protection ActRoutine Proceedings

December 13th, 2010 / 3:05 p.m.
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Olivia Chow NDP Trinity—Spadina, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-604, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (appeal process for temporary resident visa applicants).

Mr. Speaker, as the holiday season approaches, thousands of Canadians are looking forward to their relatives coming from overseas to visit them and share a few joyous days in Canada.

Unfortunately, one in five visitors will have their applications rejected. No clear reasons will be given, as there are no clear criteria and no minimum standards. Canadians and their relatives are extremely frustrated because they have no idea why they are rejected and what they can do to qualify.

Millions of tourism dollars are also lost because 200,000 visitors are refused entry each year.

My visitor visa fairness bill would provide an appeal so there would be transparency and clear standards for all applicants. Such appeal tribunals are already available to all visitors to England and to Australia. It is time we bring fairness to those who want to visit Canada and their Canadian friends and relatives.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)