Uneven Delays = Discrimination
If you are a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident, and want to sponsor your dependent child who resides, say, in China or Turkey, you will likely wait about four months to be reunited. On the other hand, if your child happens to reside in Egypt, the same process will take 34 months. Why should that be?
Similarly, a Brazilian applicant for Canadian Permanent Residency under the Skilled Worker Category will wait, on average, 14 months for a visa; while a Skilled Worker applicant in Pakistan can wait more than five years. Again, what’s that about?
According to federal opposition Member of Parliament, Jim Karygiannis, more than incompetence is involved. “It’s discrimination when you have people applying from one part of the world and it takes eight months from one part of the world and two years from another.” I have to agree.
The current Minister of Immigration blames the previous government for the delays in general and the uneven application processing times in particular. However, her Conservative Party came to power more than two years ago and that excuse is wearing awfully thin. What say you?