Taking a moment…
The Service Canada application to extend her VISA took forever to complete, and even though we had tonnes of help (especially from our super-supportive families), a big part of it was just time. Time to post the ad, time to review Canadian applicants, and time for “processing.” In the meantime, the VISA expired, and she had to leave. But we wanted to bring her back!
You helped us raise the funds for the $1,000 fee, you followed up with suggestions and stories of your own immigration experiences, and you wished us well, making Denet feel truly loved, and making me so proud of the amazing people all around me.
This week, after a 90 minute phone interview, the representative from Service Canada assured me that the process was complete and that she would be mailing me the final response. I should have it next week. Did I have any questions?
Well, there was only one question going through this whole application, and that is, can Denet work at Buddings? Please?
She couldn’t tell me conclusively, but she said that the answer was 90% positive. It sounds good, but we won’t know for sure until the letter arrives.
So why am I writing this?
I guess, because if the answer next week is negative, I will probably be so disappointed that any account of the experience will be quite negative. For better or for worse though, I’ve learned a lot, and that’s always valuable.
Until I was personally affected, the changes to Canadian immigration laws put through under Harper’s government were sailing over my head. I had believed that our country was a welcoming place for immigrants, and that helping a small business hire the staff they need would be a political priority. I have been similarly disappointed everytime I delve deeper into the changes to environmental review processes, and when I see how cuts to publicly funded science forces us to rely on interest groups for impartial information.
There will soon be a federal election, but I remember 2011, when the Conservatives won this majority in a landslide.
It might be that my impression of Canadians, as environmental leaders, inclusive society members, and creative business owners is no longer accurate. Or maybe this year’s election will turn it all around. I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it, and sometime next week, I’ll hear back about Denet. Regardless what it says, I’ll be sure to let you know.
Thanks for your time. 🙂