A bad taste has been left in the mouths of the tens of thousands of applicants whose applications were terminated following the scrapping of Canada’s millionaire migrant scheme.
Many of the applicants had already made ‘huge life changes’ in preparation of their move prior to the visa axing. In a last do or die attempt to dodge Ottawa’s decision to shut its borders, 1,300 rich mainland Chinese have jumped on the legal bandwagon to pursue a lawsuit against Canada’s immigration authorities.
The Toronto-based lawyer heading the case, Tim Leahy, is set to go before Justice Mary Gleason today. He’s pushing for a brazen C$5million (HK$35.7 million) in compensation for each applicant unless their cases are reassessed.
The total payout the immigrations authorities are looking at is whopping C$18 billion. Leahy regards the threat of such a payout as the “poison pill” that would force the processing of the applications.
The lawsuit encompasses would-be migrants from all around the globe but 1,335 of his 1,446 clients are from Hong Kong.
Leahy claims that the Immigration investor program purposely slowed the visa application processing down. “If CIC had allocated to the rest of Canada an FIIP quota equal on a per capita basis to the quota it allocates to Quebec, there would be no FIIP inventory. All the files would have been finalised by now,” he claimed.
Leahy would not comment on the fee he was charging for his services but did mention that the the total fees would be in the four-figure Canadian-dollar range. Wowza.
By Sophie Regan