Wednesday, February 06, 2008

QUESTION PERIOD: How has Citizenship and Immigration Canada touched your life?

As my readership has increased, I had begun to think about how my blog would evolve. I figured I'd start a new series of blog posts, asking a broad question for people to discuss. I know that more people read my blog than comment on it, so this is your chance. You can comment anonymously or leave your name. So, on to the first Question Period...

Considering that I have many, many friends here in Vancouver who are not originally from here, it's not surprising that Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has touched my life. What do I mean by that? Well, that I have had to deal with it at least once, if not more times. Now, how has CIC touched your life? Feel free not to give too many details, but I'm just curious.

Of course, the question is not as much targeted to Canadians who have to wait in line for long for their passports. I am hoping it will be a much broader question. For example, did you immigrate to Canada? Are your parents/friends/family immigrants? Do you have any stories to share on, for example, lost citizenship due to being a war child? Are you sponsoring a loved one to move to Canada? That's the kind of question I am trying to pose. Looking forward to the responses.


Miss 604 said...

Oh I should pass this one to John.

It also allowed for a fully capable and employable American to sit at home, not allowed to work or contribute to the economy on penalty of deportation or criminal charges. It caused us to be a single income family for almost two years.

Wanting to be with the one you love but your government won't let it happen... or they at least make you pay a lot of money, get a lawyer and cause you the most stress you've ever felt. YAY Immigration! But you without doubt it's all been worth it - the ends justified the means in this case. Although when his PR card expires in five-ten years... we'll see how it goes.

tanya (aka netchick) said...

Well, CIC hasn't affected mine, nor any of my close friends that I know of. But, I have to add... the British Consulate has. I'm dual. And, I have to say, I *really* wish I didn't get my dual citizenship in my married name 7 years ago. What was I thinking? Now, I have to go through the entire process again, to get back to my maiden name, even though, I rec'd my UK passport through my Dad, who was British. It certainly didn't have anything to do with marrying into it.

DAMN it. I hate citizenship issues sometimes. They are a huge headache.

Raul said...

I can totally empathize with John's case, Rebecca... it's really a shame that these things happen to perfectly qualified, law-abiding foreign nationals. GRRRR.

And I understand Tanya's case too... it's just a hassle... to think that we live in a 'borderless world'... SO NOT TRUE. If we really lived in a globalized world, labour mobility wouldn't be such an issue.