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e-1591 (Issuance of visas)

Initiated by Diego Cobian from Burnaby, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

  • Canada was founded under the influence and affluence of immigrants from all parts of the world;
  • Our Canadian Human Rights Act expresses in its purpose that it is a principle that all individuals should have an opportunity equal with other individuals to make for themselves the lives that they are able and wish to have and to have their needs accommodated, consistent with their duties and obligations as members of society, without being hindered or prevented from doing so by discriminatory practices based on race, national or ethnic origin, among other reasons; and
  • It is very common in Canada to find families divided by borders, families and friends that had been apart for several years.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship to evaluate and implement the following three proposed changes to the Visitor Visa Program, in order to facilitate, and in many cases to enable, the efforts of citizens to invite relatives and friends:
1.  The Invitation Letter, should be considered legitimate, based on its sincere intentions, and trusted by our immigration system as a document that truly expresses the intentions of the visitor to Canada;
2.  The economic conditions, political believes and country of origin of the invitee shouldn’t be considered as a deterrent factor when evaluating his/her prospect to visit Canada and the Canadian resident inviting should demonstrate and provide his/her ability to cover all the expenses of the person visiting; and
3. Both parties, should sign an agreement that prohibits the visitor to stay in Canada once the visitor visa has expired.
Open for signature
March 19, 2018, at 1:51 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
July 17, 2018, at 1:51 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Kennedy Stewart
Burnaby South
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia
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