New policy hurts privacy of immigrants, lawyer says
OTTAWA — People who hope to immigrate to Canada or extend their stay are being asked to sign a document allowing Ottawa to share their information with any foreign country, immigration experts say.
“It’s an abuse of power,” said Guidy Mamann, a Toronto immigration lawyer, who argues that sharing information with foreign governments could put potential immigrants at risk.
It means other countries will be able to learn about the finances, employment, places of residence and relationships of both the immigrants and the Canadians who sponsor them to live in this country, he said.
The policy could jeopardize lives, Mr. Mamann said. He gave the example of someone coming here to marry a homosexual partner from a country where homosexuality is illegal.
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