Unfair that it takes so long for some immigrants to get into Canada

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I am a first year student at UPEI, and I moved to P.E.I. with my family from Italy four years ago. One of the most difficult challenges when we moved here was to live without my mother as she did not receive her Visa, even though she had a United States’ visa for 10 years without any problems.

The first time she applied was when we were on a trip to the United States in 2008. We decided to visit relatives in Toronto, but we could not because my mother did not get her Visa because she needed some papers from our bank in Italy.

The second time was in Italy, before moving here. She did not get it this time because they thought that she was going to stay in Canada once her visa expired. Another person, also applying for a visa, did not get it to simply go to a wedding.

After we moved to P.E.I. without my mother, she tried to apply for a visa two more times without success. She was eventually able to move here after we became Canadian residents in April 2012.

Personally, I find this unacceptable because of the pain we went through. There are probably a lot of people going through what we went through, and most of them do not get a visa even though they have good intentions.

I think that this is extremely unfair and has to change. Keeping it the way it is will most likely do more harm than good.

Kulji Singh,

UPEI student

Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Organizations: Visa

Geographic location: Canada, Italy, United States Toronto Charlottetown

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Recent comments

  • Concerned as well
    January 10, 2014 - 08:35

    Very well put Concerned. Canada is being taken advantage of because of our want to be fair and share in our great country. It has gotten to the point that if we don't move quick enough and provide enough support , we are the bad guys ?? I think we are still to lenient as it is !! Please do not take this the wrong way as the trend seems to be, if we stick up for our country we are deemed prejudice.

  • Concerned
    January 09, 2014 - 14:51

    Why do you think your personal wants should affect Canadian Immigration laws? Your mother's status as an immigrant in the United States has no bearing on this issue - Canada is not the USA, and does not share their immigration laws. Personally I find your me first demands to be offensive. Consider yourself fortunate to be here, you were not born a Canadian citizen....feel free to return to your previous country if you find things so difficult here.