He calls it “an interference with a basic human right—the right to be with the person you love.” The nosing around, of course, is mostly aimed at sniffing out scam marriages.
“They want to be sure that the potential immigrant isn’t immigrating for immigration purposes as opposed to love,” says Rekai.
In Canada, recently, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced that a focus on “economic growth and prosperity” would come with a clampdown on visas across migrant categories, including a 20 per cent reduction in federal skilled-worker visas in 2011. K., a favourite destination for Canadians, the government since 2008 has been making changes to the immigration system to reduce net migration.
But when his job didn’t require him to fly south anymore, he couldn’t get his girlfriend on a plane headed north.
Canadian immigration officials kept asking for proof that 23-year-old Garza would not overstay her visa, and remain in the country illegally.
Advocates of open borders say public officials have no business weighing in on romantic relationships.
“It offends any serious concept of justice that governments get to decide who we can date, and be in a relationship with,” says Philippe Legrain, the British author of .
On the last attempt, Vienneau even included a letter of support from his local MP, Peter Braid. When immigration authorities read that Garza had a romantic relationship with Vienneau, they probably saw a clear motive for why she may never return to Mexico.
For countries that require a visitor’s visa from Ottawa, “the more you don’t need to come to Canada, the more likely they are to give you a visa,” he says.The two met at the hotel where Vienneau was staying, and where Garza managed the front-desk staff.“It was a great relationship,” he says, and he was considering tying the knot.“There were buses going by, people everywhere,” Brent, 24, remembers. We would see what happens.” The pair was on a study abroad program—she from outside Manchester, U. They had spent six months exploring Hong Kong, travelling in China.That night, they promised their relationship wouldn’t end with the university exchange.“I would have to wait up until 11, 12 at night, for Brent to come home from work so we could talk.” Phone calls were rushed, sometimes exhausting.