The Convention on the Rights of the Child provides that “applications by a child or his or her parents to enter … a State Party for the purpose of family reunification shall be dealt with by States Parties in a positive, humane and expeditious manner”;
Temporary residence visas are taking several months to process, resulting in the prolonged separation of families;
Biometric data is required to obtain a visitor’s visa; and
A common reason for denial of a visa is that the officer has not been satisfied that the applicant will return to his or her country following the visit.
We, the undersigned, residents and citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Never deny a visa to a minor child who wishes to visit a parent when basic health and safety requirements are met;
2. Develop a simplified renewal system for visitor visas following the expiry of a visa granted in the past when the applicant has already demonstrated an intention to return to his or her own country and when basic health and safety requirements are met;
3. Allow biometric data to be provided upon entry into Canada, especially for residents of countries where it is exceptionally impossible to provide such data due to the COVID pandemic or any other reason; and
4. Allow close family members planning to stay with a Canadian resident for the duration of their stay to avoid mandatory hotel quarantine.
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