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.