Eric Meredith just spent another Christmas without his Filipino wife, Kathleen. Application denied, reason given by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) gave? He didn’t submit his in-law’s email addresses.
Meredith and his wife met online using a Christian dating website in 2015, and carried on a long distance relationship over the course of four years.
In November 2019, Meredith travelled to the Philippines to get married. He went home shortly after, expecting that she would be able to join him in Canada very soon.
Thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Meredith hasn’t seen his wife since.
“We’re happy and we love each other. But it’s extremely debilitating,” Meredith told the CBC. “It’s hard to explain to people, ‘Well, I’m just really struggling with the fact that I can’t see the woman I love.'”
Kathleen and her son, Abdiel have submitted an application for visitor visas in the Philippines, but were denied.
Meredith had submitted a sponsorship application for Kathleen and Abdiel in March 2020, but it was returned by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
IRCC returned the application and marked it incomplete, forcing Meredith to start all over again.
In September 2020, IRCC minister Marco Mendicino had announced that Canada was looking to approve 49,000 applications made by Canadian citizens and permanent residents to bring their spouses and common-law partners by the end of 2020.
IRCC provided the CBC with the number of spousal and common-law partner applications they had processed, indicating that the ministry was falling behind quite significantly.
The CBC report that since Mendicino’s announcement, IRCC had only processed 10,181 spousal and common-law partner applications.
The report did not include sponsorship applications made for children of spouses.
IRCC had hired more staff to help with processing the backlog of applications. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, capacity was reduced to approximately 38% in March.
IRCC told the CBC that it is currently operating at 90% capacity.
“We are committed to returning to our service standard of 12 months [for spousal applications] as quickly as possible,” IRCC told the CBC in a statement.
The improvements made to IRCC staffing levels is of little comfort to Meredith, who had hired the services of immigration lawyer David Nurse.
Nurse spoke with the CBC and said that Meredith had failed to submit the necessary information about Kathleen’s family members.
Information such as email addresses for her parents and siblings were not provided. Nurse felt that Meredith’s failure to submit the email addresses were not a reason to return the application.
“If we’d received an email, we could have returned the correct information within 24 hours or less,” Nurse told the CBC. “Instead, the whole application comes back, you know, eight months after it’s submitted.”
Meredith is still looking forward to having his family join him in Canada.
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