|Subject: To Sharon- my thoughts
I know that you are a well informed person when it comes to Immigration issues but after reading a previous posting of yours thought I might be able to give some new ideas to you. I don?t know the exact situation you and your fianc? are in but I just had a few thoughts; after all you?ve been helping others a lot.
I was wondering if your fianc? could apply for US visa?if he can get there (or any other developed country) he can apply to the Canadian consulate there for a visitor visa. My gut feeling from the cases I?ve seen is that it might make a difference and he might be able to get a visitor visa for Canada. If he can get a new passport then nothing like that as it will not bear the rejection stamps.
If he can get into US and still is denied Canadian visitor visa you can always go across the border to meet/ stay with him for sometime. From my understanding he must?ve met you in Canada and since he has already ?resided and RETURNED? I am really surprised that the Canadian consulate to which he?s been applying denied the visitor visa.
Another option can be that he can apply to some university for a course or some research work and come on a student research scholar visa. Since you know Canada inside out you can choose the course, university relevant to him. In fact you can go to the University and enquire about the credits he can get for his prior degree.
Just my thoughts...for your privacy you need not reply to me with details.
Cheers and wish you guys good luck!
| (in reply to: To Sharon- my thoughts)
Robinhood, you are a sweetheart. thank you for all your helpful ideas.
Actually, one of our visa attempts was an ´add on´ for a trip he made to Washington DC. He was invited there by the US dept of Commerce... Canada still said no. I was went to Washington with the plan of accompanying him back etc to insure there was no problems... now way. It was a very sad goodbye at the airport. It has been a year since I have been able to be with him. We keep thinking he will be arriving soon, and it never seems to happen that way.
When we first applied at Paris we thought things would go much more quickly according to their embassy documents. I think the background checks are taking longer now than IA.! Now we are 4 months past Medicals. How much longer is anyone´s guess. It is not a good time in this world to be Arab.
A student visa might have been a good plan earlier on. maybe we should look at it again. The down side is he needs to show so much money for living expenses.
We are both crossing our fingers that we hear something positive before the end of summer. Right now the phone bills are outrageous. Thank goodness for instant messaging!
| (in reply to: To Sharon- my thoughts)
My dear Sharon,
First of all, I don´t want u to be upset with me U r a very lovely and close friend has always been very helpful to all members in our group
. I´m really sad for the way we as Arabs being treated in Canadian immigration system. I´m sure not only me, the whole applicants who r from my ethnic feel it and taste it every where.
I want u to know that, it is not a matter of September attacks in USA, it is older than this age decades and decades. I my self suffered so much from this point. U know I traveled so much for many European countries and I feel it in people´s eyes in streets without even say one single word.
Just looking at our faces as Arabs make them good gloooomy and angry!!!!! in air ports we are being treated like animals officers talk nicely to people in front of me and when I come he is shouting and open eyes very wide and ask stupid questions despite of the fact that I have special visas as sports professional but still shout, scream and ask ask ask ask.
I don´t know what we have done to be treated this way!!!!!! the whole world is against us now. Don´t ever think it was because 9/11 noooooooooo I´m sure it was before that decaadesssssss ago. I felt it and tasted it many times. I admit the situation went worse after 9/11 but what, Democracy supporters have proofed to be not supporter of democracy but OIL supporters. They made atrocities that even the most extremist terrorist would not do it. We never heard about a terrorist throw the holy bible in a path, we never heard terrorist force people to eat their wastes so many so many ............... and we are still described as the dangerous ethnic in the modern history!!!!!
It will take hundreds of years and years to get this situation resolved.
Canada, the country that implements immigration system to attract people but feels shy to say no for ARABS so just keep bothering them till Arabs by themselves quit the hope!! then why Canada in having embassies in our lands, why Canada is charging thousands and thousands for immigration. It is like the rich man who begs the poorest man and yet, Canada doesn´t promise any job and the scene looks very tough. They have just declares that they will process things up more faster and faster!!! and just few days ago I got a letter that we expect to be able to process your file in Sept 2006 so that will be 3 years since I applied!!! and this means they will start so it will take at least another 3 years!!!!! I don´t know what the immigration minister have dropped a declaration of his statement to speed up things he should have said this does not include Arabsssssss and to add more oil to the fire it does not include Muslims. I´m sorry I´m making it more politically but we feel bitterness and bad treatment and disrespecting. They should know that, days change and now middle east are poor and not developed 300 years ago Europe were so and we were very developed and rich and Canada was nothing. We like Canada but it seems it still insist to make us hate it before even we land there.
One more word that, you as Canadian have just begun to feel 1/4 of what we feel and u started to be angry so never never just keep defending the wrong side
Please SHARON accept my apologize if I touched a very sensitive nerve her and never be angry with me, u know how dear u r to me.
God helps us and Canada