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e-2207 (Immigration)

E-petition
Initiated by Johanne Boivin Drapeau from Terrebonne, Quebec

Original language of petition: French

Petition to the House of Commons

Whereas:
  • The Havana office of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been closed since May 8, 2019;
  • People who are required to provide their biometrics (fingerprints and photo) must go to a visa application centre (VAC) outside Cuba;
  • People who are invited to an interview must now go to a Canadian embassy outside Cuba;
  • Sponsored Cuban citizens must also have their dependent children undergo medical examinations (which means that the children must obtain a travel authorization, passport, etc.) to accompany the parent in the third country EVEN if the parent is not immigrating to Canada;
  • Invited parents/grandparents, who often speak only Spanish, must leave the island and go to a third country alone to provide biometrics (such as Trinidad and Tobago, which does not require Cuban citizens to have a visa but does impose entry conditions); and
  • Minors aged 14 and older invited by either their mother or father (Canadian citizens or permanent residents) must also provide biometrics in a third country.
We, the undersigned, Canadian citizens and permanent residents with family and friends in Cuba, call upon the House of Commons to ensure a plan is in place to help our Cuban family members, friends and clients who are sponsored or invited to Canada carry out their medical examinations, biometrics and interviews in Cuba.
Open for signature
June 18, 2019, at 12:37 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
July 18, 2019, at 12:37 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Robert Aubin
Trois-Rivières
New Democratic Party Caucus
Quebec
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