In the devastating aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, the Canadian government touted a promise to fast-track visa applications for Filipinos “significantly and personally affected” by the deadly superstorm.
Six months later, Citizenship and Immigration Canada is keeping information on how the special measures fared secret.
The government will say only that roughly 1,100 applications have been approved; officials won’t reveal how many typhoon victims applied, how many were rejected and how long it took to process the emergency claims.
Immigration has ignored the Toronto Star’s repeated requests for this information over the past two weeks.
“I cannot think of any reason why they would not answer this question,” said Duff Conacher, co-founder of Democracy Watch, an organization that advocates for a more open and accountable government.
Andy Semotiuk is a Canadian and US immigration lawyer with immigration law firm Pace Immigration. You can learn more about Andy at My Work Visa.