We continue to be hopeful and confident that ‘our family’ will come to Canada and settle in our neighbourhood in the next couple of months.
‘Our family’ is currently in Russia, having fled Syria (separately) to Lebanon, then to Turkey and eventually to Russia. When the paperwork was submitted to the Cdn and Russian governments (last week), the family became protected from deportation. They are currently waiting for the Visa office to contact them for their interview.
We’ve come to learn that the timelines/delays have many reasons:
- Form filling and the absolute need for accuracy with each and every section – lots of double checking and revisions to be done
- Staffing – both Sponsorship Agreement Holder (in our case, the United Church of Canada) and government – no office was prepared to handle the sheer number of cases/requests for sponsorship that have been created by the crisis in Syria – everyone is working overtime and trying to keep up with the volume
- Outside of Canada processes – arranging and conducting the necessary interviews and health checks. Missed communications, out of the way locations, unclear information regarding requirements/process, etc. all contribute to delays.
In the meantime:
We’ll be making decisions over the next week or two regarding the furnishings that will be needed for the apartment. A plan will be made for setting up the apartment and making it ready.
We’d like to invite anyone who is interested to share a photo & information about yourself, a welcome card/note, drawing, etc. and we will collect them and give them to the family as part of their welcome package. You can send things to me electronically or drop them in my mailbox (55 Young St. West). There is no rush and no obligation to do this.
- http://www.macleans.ca/saving- family-no-417/
- http://www.thestar.com/news/ insight/2016/02/14/syrian- refugees-get-taste-of-canada- and-of-long-road-ahead.html
- https://www. opensocietyfoundations.org/ voices/how-private- sponsorship-programs-could- help-resettle-refugees