getting married to a canadian citizen

A Filipino woman found out that getting married to a Canadian citizen wasn’t the quickest way to go to Canada.

Canadian Sean Casey was helping his Filipino wife Michelle apply for a tourist visa to come and visit him in St. John, NB. They’ve been waiting for a year for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to process the paperwork, but the couple has found it “so slow”.

The two met in Singapore and married in the Philippines last year. Her first application for a tourist visa to Canada was rejected. They got married hoping to speed up the process, then submitted a second application. IRCC does state in their official website that this isn’t the case.

We’ve noticed that foreign nationals (including Filipinos) who marry Canadian citizens actually face even closer scrutiny by visa officers. According to IRCC sources, applications made by foreign nationals married to Canadian citizens must go through the same process as everyone else.

Oh, just in case you were wondering what Mr. Casey does for a living: he’s a city councillor for St. John. Take a look at that picture, he’s the guy standing behind the mayor, to the right.

Let this be a lesson to anyone who might be considering going down this path: getting married to a Canadian citizen probably isn’t the quickest way to go to Canada.


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