Are overseas students in the UK immigrants? Trump rejects ‘Chain Immigration’ but in Canada some family immigration is welcome.
Argument continues in the UK about immigration to the country in general and overseas students in particular. Government plans to include overseas students in the UK, in the immigrant figures are meeting stiff opposition from MPs and Universities. The government says that excluding students from official figures make it look as if the government is ‘fiddling’ the figures’ but opponents to the plan say that classing the students as long-term migrants is deterring young people from coming to Britain to study and damaging its successful higher education sector.
In the US, Democrats and Republicans continue to argue over Donald Trump’s plan to end what he calls ‘horrible chain immigration’ and limit family reunification visas to the spouse and minor children of US citizens. The opposition democrats are opposed to the plans, saying that the administration is exaggerating the problem. An American wanting to bring a sibling from say Mexico or the Philippines often has to wait up to 20 years due to annual caps. On the other hand, Trump wants to reduce extended family immigration and in its stead, to have merit based migration.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has reopened to parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents whom desire to sponsor the immigration of their parents and grandparents. The online form went live on January 2 and will remain available until February 1, 2018 at 12 PM local time.