“They wouldn’t even let her come up for a week,” says Vienneau, a 26-year-old product engineer at Research In Motion.
With her British law degree, she had planned to get a skilled-immigrant visa, but the Canadian economy didn’t call for the services of a lawyer, and Gemma didn’t have the experience Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) was looking for: “Taxi cab driver, tobacco worker, or exotic dancer,” she says.
“That was really what was needed then.” She’s now working as a receptionist at a Toronto law firm, waiting to find out whether she’ll be able to stay on here. universities went up 30 per cent between 19, and over the last seven years, the British border agency has issued over 65,000 short-term visas to Canadian nationals.
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.
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.
Now it’s more difficult for foreign students to stay after graduation, and skilled worker visas have become “business friendly” so that those earning nearly 0,000 are exempt from an immigration cap.
By 2031, Statistics Canada estimates, nearly half of Canadians aged 15 or over will have at least one foreign-born parent or will have been born outside the country. The Canadian visa office in Rabat, Morocco, reported that roughly half of the 977 family visas issued in 2009, for marriages between a Moroccan and a Canadian-born spouse, were the result of a relationship born on the Internet or a meeting while on holiday.
The embassy at Kyiv recorded a “high proportion of Internet relationships” among those applying for family visas in Canada. C.-based immigration lawyer, has been watching this trend.
Gemma and Brent Charlton remember the moment they agreed that, against borders and distance, they were going to stay together.