According to the grassroots civil and human rights organization, Frontera Fund, Mexican immigrants are choosing Canada to call home.
The organization’s founders, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin say immigration to Canada is easier since that country, last December, stopped requiring visas from Mexican travelers. Data from the Canadian government show a big spike in the number of Mexicans travelling to the country. Those numbers have tripled since visa requirements were updated.
It is not a very strong indicator since many who entered Canada are actually tourists, however, the surge in calls and messages left for Canadian lawyers who specialize now in Mexican immigration are a sign of the times. Mexicans arriving to the country are on the lookout for work permits, and everything suggests that this is the new prototype emerging for immigration.
Attorneys and activists have said that Mexicans asking for advice have tripled, compared to the same period in 2015-2016. The Consulate of Mexico in Canada have also reported getting an increase in requests for assistance.
Also, it’s been reported that nearly 70,000 Electronic Travel Authorizations were approved for Mexican travelers. That’s about three times more than those received in the same period of previous years. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
Reservations for flights between Mexico and Canada rose 90 percent in January and February 2017, compared to the same period of 2016. However, the percentage of reservations made by those seeking to enter Canada for vacation was unclear.
Easier To Enter, Harder To Stay
Many immigrants mistakenly are under the impression the ETA (Electronic Travel Authorizations) are the most important aspect to set foot in Canada and stay, but in most cases that belief is wrong. Attorneys say that the ETA only guarantee entry into the country. Many Mexicans are likely disappointed because of the difficulty getting a work permit without the backing of an employer.
Many immigrants set up work, such as in construction and then get an ETA to enter Canada. However, before legally working, you need a work permit, so you must enter as a tourist and then wait to be approved for the permit.
Setting up a job beforehand means you will work illegally, and immigration officers are waiting to question and catch offenders.
Canada also points out that those convicted of crimes as well as members of criminal gangs will not be admitted.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is committed to fighting for civil and human rights, and ending oppression. Since 2014, founders of the Frontera Fund, Michael and Jim have worked tirelessly to combat discrimination and seek justice.
By partnering with other grassroots organizations, Larkin and Lacey have been able to develop a powerhouse of advocates fighting for immigration reform.