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Time to Change the Rules

January 28th, 2014

I never knew Edna Aldovino. She passed away last August in Toronto. Nonetheless, this blog is dedicated to her memory because Edna’s determination and motherly love are deserving of tribute.

Edna was from the Philippines and she came to Canada in 2009, under the Live-In Caregiver Program. This particular Canadian immigration program is different from other programs in that live-in caregivers are not granted permanent resident visas upon arrival in Canada. They first have to complete two years of full-time employment in Canada before becoming eligible to apply for permanent residency status.

This often means leaving behind children, who can only rejoin their live-in caregiver parent at the end of the permanent residency application. Edna, like many other live-in caregivers, was willing to put in long hours and withstand being without her child in the near-term so that her child would eventually have an opportunity to join her and make a better life for himself in Canada.

After a year in Canada, Edna was diagnosed with breast cancer. She knew it would be a race against time to accumulate the two years of employment and become a permanent resident, along with her only child Kenneth, before cancer got the better of her. So desperate was Edna that she put off her medical treatment until she completed her two years of work in early 2013. By then it was too late.

As sad as this story is, it gets sadder. The application process takes time and at the time of Edna’s death she had not yet received her permanent resident visa. When a principal applicant is deceased, the entire application is terminated. Though her son, now 20, was visiting her in Canada, he had only been granted temporary status. So not only has Kenneth lost his mother, but also his chance to make a life for himself in Canada, which was what Edna’s hard work and sacrifice was all about in the first place.

I understand that as a general rule it makes sense to terminate a permanent resident application if the principal applicant dies before a decision is made. However, live-in caregivers should be the exception to this rule.

We know how important live-in caregivers are to the families who employ them. We understand the quid pro quo – put in two years of hard work and you and your immediate family can call Canada your home forever after. We know in Canada that a handshake is a handshake. Edna completed her end of the bargain. We should now complete our end and allow Edna’s son to become a Canadian permanent resident.

Edna deserves to rest in peace.



 
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29 Responses to “Time to Change the Rules”

  • On January 29th, 2014, Angelique said ...

    What an awesome women!
    And I do agree with your statement regarding making an exception……

  • On January 29th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    Your write up is very ok. One believes Edna’s son Kenneth should be allowed to complete the mum’s dream.

  • On January 29th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    Thank you, attorney for this wonderful story.
    Helping Filipino workers in Canada their future home.
    I salute you. God Bless!

  • On January 29th, 2014, ugwa Angela said ...

    may her soul rest in peace.And ur decision is right

  • On January 29th, 2014, Pet Orolfo said ...

    In the sense of being a human give kenneth a chance to get live in canada with permanent resident might be once you gave a chance might be big help to the social life.

  • On January 29th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    Great Mother!!!, Help Her son to have a decent life, A dream that Mama Edna belaboured with pain, let the rule be flexible for her memory.

  • On January 29th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    Hmm, Honestly David i dont know what to say i just hope that her sacrifice will be rewarded by granting her son permanent residence.

  • On January 29th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    This us really the agony that live in caregivers are suffering now and most specially our children whom we promised to migrate and live with us here in canada. The program is really promising and it is supposed to be definite from the beginning that we started here. But to our disappointment processing times keep on changing and upon checking on the site it is now 39 months after we submitt our application for permansncy to cut it short most of us now the caregivers have worked 5 years and even more. Our children are getting old, giving up continous education, they are losing hope because we can say any promise at all. Their future are at staje because they can not work though they are educated and employable because of the requirement to study snd atudy until they come here. It is not fair for our children because the very fact that we are here, endure the separation are for our children.. Their future… Please help us the nannies like the other programs after 3 years they are unified with thrir families. Please… Please… We are already loosening in hope. Thank you for reading my plea… The caregivers’ plea and our agony.

  • On January 29th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    For now, due to very long uncertain waiting time, my children are almost giving up…. They finished their 4 years bachelor degree and up to now tsking courses and spending a lot of money from tuition fees but sad to say…nothing yet has been received any kit or anything after 5 years of working here in canada, we are really dismayed considering that backlog reason control the good future in store gor our family here in canada. To all to those concerned, please take jnto account our problem… Our children on’t believe noore… They want their life back… They wang to work and be productive and lastly but most important… They want to be with their mothers who left them behind and who promised them that after a definite time will get them and compensate with the years thy are apart … That is tsking care of other families’ children … To whom they consider as theirs.

  • On January 29th, 2014, PR Bedro said ...

    Agree. a handshake is a handshake. Edna completed her end of the bargain. We should now complete our end and allow Edna’s son to become a Canadian permanent resident.

    Edna deserves to rest in peace.

  • On January 29th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    It is sad, I am totally agreed that she needs rest in peace, her son should have the opportunity to become a Canadian Resident

  • On January 29th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    Edna deserves to rest in peace.

  • On January 29th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    Truth be told, this is one rule that needs to be looked into.

  • On January 29th, 2014, Hallie said ...

    Yes, a good blog and a sad story.

  • On January 29th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    It is only fair to her son, his mother lost him from the time she left home (leaving him behind). She made a sacrifice, let it pay off. Bravo! God Bless. Thank you.

  • On January 29th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    That is true and us filipino who work harder giving up everything & sacrfice everything & others end up to a broken family because the husband cant wait anymore..i can say most of us getting a divorce because our partners having an affair with someone because they dont understand the situation please help as to change some rule of CIC for us caregivers

  • On January 30th, 2014, Rose said ...

    Everything happens for a reason I believe and there is always a good thing out of every situation. Edna’s son will be granted permanent resident visa. to me its a good news because it will reduce the worry and sorrow of losing his mother.

  • On January 30th, 2014, Darshan Pachapurkar said ...

    Very touching story. There are so many of us who take our status for granted. Hope Edna’s son gets his residency although the principal applicant is deceased. Is there a way or a clause in the immigration book about such circumstance to continue his application for PR.

  • On January 30th, 2014, Ikram Khan said ...

    Only a mother can do this for her child!

  • On January 30th, 2014, saman kareem said ...

    Why do not change these rules? If there is one qualified and competent it must be respected because of he useful for this country, I am one of them in my country i am a planer but because i am not apart to a party they don’t count anything to my thoughts. Thank you very much

  • On February 1st, 2014, Vincent said ...

    A very sorry story indeed.Yes, even if the son becomes beneficiary of a residency and all,why did she put off cancer treatment ? Did she doubt the lethal end of cancer or was it a financial situation ?

  • On February 6th, 2014, Visa Consulting & Processing said ...

    A very touching story. A mother love is the most great gift that our God gave. Change the rule. It is prove that she worked really hard. Prove her son a visa- Cody

  • On February 6th, 2014, Home care calgary said ...

    Hats off to Edna Aldovino.
    Thank you because you dedicate this blog to her.

  • On February 11th, 2014, E.Chukwuemeka said ...

    It’s indeed a sad story and i wish the canadian immigration authority gives her son a permanent residence. Let the rule be flexible in memory of her.

  • On February 14th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    after tryingto get information on a very simple “Rehabilitation” request sent in (canada cashed the check) it has been over 2 Years….yes 2 years and not a word, Contacting anyone in Canadian government has been terrible……..could not be any worse! Over two years!

  • On February 17th, 2014, MUSINGUZI FRED REUBEN said ...

    Everything happens for a reason I believe and there is always a good thing out of every situation. Edna’s son will be granted permanent resident visa. to me its a good news because it will reduce the worry and sorrow of losing his mother

  • On February 21st, 2014, AnOnymOus said ...

    Nope, I think her son should not be given PR rather he should only be given fast track PR option only if he intends to apply in any category. This way his mother’s time would not go waste. At the same time, it would prevent frauds which can occur if Canada starts making exceptions.

  • On February 24th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    the immigration system must be faster ,when u have been chosen ,othe steps must be faster no reason 4 the delay

  • On February 25th, 2014, Maria Peneva said ...

    Sad story. I had such a wonderful, loving mother. She died 12 years ago. One such mothers as children grow strong! I believe that the son of A will succeed in life.Mr. Cohen, you know this woman, I know her, all the people whose hearts have touched this story! Thank you!

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