This past June the Canadian government passed a law that would permit Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to terminate most Federal Skilled Worker applications that were submitted prior to February 28, 2008. If this law is implemented, approximately 280,000 people will have their applications returned along with their government processing fees.
Attorney David Cohen feels very strongly that in abandoning these applications and dashing the hopes of all of these innocent individuals who applied in good faith and waited patiently all these years, the government is morally and ethically wrong. The important question though is whether it is also legally wrong. For the answer to that question applicants are entitled to a decision from the appropriate court.
A group of Canadian lawyers, including Attorney David Cohen, has recently filed legal proceedings in the Federal Court of Canada in an effort to prevent CIC from terminating Federal Skilled Worker applications prior to February 28, 2008. An agreement has been negotiated whereby CIC will not initiate the termination of applications and the return of processing fees for 90 days (starting from June 29, 2012). During this period, the lawyers involved intend to ask the Federal Court to certify our legal proceedings as a Class Action lawsuit.