Recently the Federal government announced that all privately-sponsored refugee processing would more or less return to business as usual after Feb 29. After a backlash, they extended accepting priority applications to up until March 31. After a further backlash, Prime Minister Trudeau said they would add Immigration Visa staffing positions back in the middle east.The situation is far from clear, and we feel like we have been betrayed.
We’re hoping you can help us by writing (sample below – feel free to copy) a letter and emailing or faxing it to your MP today. Apparently, Fax may be better, but e-mail is definitely easier. We have had some incredibly passionate letters submitted by individual MACA partners today.
Contact info for all area MPs here: http://kitchener.foundlocally.com/Local/Gov-FederalMPs.htm
Early this coming week, Immigration minister, John McCallum, will be meeting with MP’s to hear the concerns of private sponsorship groups regarding the delays in processing and arrival of sponsored refugees to Canada.
Almost two weeks ago, Heather and I wrote to Bardish Chagger’s office, informing her of our particular sponsorship situation. Her office is currently looking into it on our behalf. We need to continue to make sure that the gravity of this situation remains a high priority.
It is our hope that the government will continue to act quickly and respond to this crisis – processing the applications in a timely manner, as we were led to believe they would be. The only delay is the processing itself.
The MACA/Emmanuel community, and similar communities across Canada, rallied in 2015, responding to the call of the government to get involved and sponsor Syrian refugees. The massive outpouring of money, volunteers, housing, donations of all kinds was/is amazing. There are millions of dollars sitting in bank accounts – not government dollars – but citizens’ dollars such as ours, waiting for people who desperately need our help to begin new lives in Canada.
Sponsors are ready, the people living as refugees are ready. Our government needs to honour our response to their request for support, involvement, and sponsorship.
IMPORTANT: Please include the following information – specific to our sponsorship application.
- SAH: Emmanuel United Church
Emmanuel – MacGregor/Albert Sponsorship Group
- Application Status: In Process
- Application Number: G000113369
- Visa Office: Moscow
Thank you for considering this VERY last minute request. Please let me know if you have any questions, etc.