Minister Kenney (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) apparently agreed to answer immigration questions on the Huffington Post website. Sadly, I did not see the offer to answer questions soon enough so while I posted a question (a pair of questions) it was past the time that it would receive a review. Nevertheless, I found the comments illuminating. It is certainly clear that a fair number of those posting about their experiences with CIC came from non-native speakers of English, yet the anguish in their entreaties was heart-felt.
Many of the posts were from people experiencing the increasing wait times for sponsored spousal applications. For example, in the past five weeks (since we submitted our application, in fact) the waiting time has increased linearly – ergo, there has been no reported progress on the CIC website. I’m not convinced the CIC website is really reflective of the actual processing time, but it is the best source of information made available to us (I will post a bit more about our application soon, but for the moment let’s stick to the matter at hand).
I also found the statement from someone that “we should just shut down all immigration until the job situation improves” to be symptomatic of the feelings of some Canadians – that immigrants are “taking our jobs away”. As I pointed out, in my situation I brought my own revenue stream, my own customers and have been able to hire existing Canadians to assist in my business. I’d like to hire more, but to be honest I cannot legitimately make the case for doing so in the face of the very real possibility that I might not be allowed back into the country at the whim of a CBSA agent. That would be a true nightmare situation – to have to default on my obligations to others simply because of my own bizarre situation.
So I will continue to muddle along. And I hope that I have added a unique perspective to the discussion.
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