Labrador West MHA Concerned Over Serious Immigration Delays



Sean Fraser, Minister

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Confederation Building, Suite 733 House of Commons,

Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6

sean.fraser@parl.gc.ca


October 25, 2022


Minister Fraser,


I am writing to present my concerns surrounding severe immigration hold ups for newcomers to Newfoundland and Labrador with the Department of Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).


My office receives numerous calls from newcomers who are looking for information on their files for permanent residency or work permits. They cannot reach anyone at IRCC to answer basic questions or help understand what is being asked of them. I know I can pass it off to our Members of Parliament as it is a federal issue, but immigration is important for this province and for the newcomers I represent in my provincial district. Too many families are having to endure prolonged separation, impacting their mental and physical health.


It is disappointing to learn that the IRCC offices in Newfoundland and Labrador continue to remain all but closed. These closures are creating much of the backlog being experienced in this province. The lack of service for newcomers is disappointing and embarrassing to say the least. People have chosen this province, and this country, for a reason and their lives are being put hold on due to various delays.


Minster, I am asking for your intervention to reinstate staffing levels in Newfoundland & Labrador, to help clear the backlog, to process applications in a reasonable timeframe and provide adequate local IRCC service. I look forward to your prompt response to this important matter.


Regards,

Jordan Brown

MHA for Labrador West


CC. Hon. Gerry Byrne, Minister

Yvonne Jones, MP Labrador


Letter from MHA Jordan Brown to MP Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citi
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