I remember lining up 18 hrs to apply for Immigration to Canada. I also remember becoming a Canadian many years later, and am proud to have become a Canadian. It took me 15 yrs to & more than half of my life – becoming a Canadian is one of my greatest achievements.
Prior to applying for Immigration, I was the Son of a diplomat, had lived everywhere and did not belong anywhere. Born in USA and denied citizenship because my Father was a diplomat at time of my birth, grew up in Portugal as a Child but was not Portuguese and moved to Canada in my early teen age years. By the time I was in my twenties, I was a Canadian only in mind and spirit. Being the Son of a Diplomat, did not qualify me for Immigration – I overcame the impossible, without money, connections or being part of any of the immigration guidelines.
I am a proud Canadian & conquered our complicated and difficult immigration process.
I don’t have answers about the best approach… I feel empathy for new immigrants being exploited, I do believe that we have to make immigration decisions that benefits Canadians, living in Canada. Therefore, I will say yes to Immigrants taking positions that regular Canadians don’t want for a period of time. But, once they have passed all requirements, they will become a Canadian – all Canadians have the same rights. The immigrant pays dues for 3 yrs, some more because they may have to re-educate. Immigration is like a University, and becoming Canadian is the degree.