Petition update

Good News!

Birken Forest Monastery

Aug 11, 2017 — Thank you very much – Anumodana! Your kind support means a lot.

We would like to update you about the efforts to obtain Permanent Residence status – there is good news!

A Sri Lankan immigration lawyer in Toronto learned of the petition, and has kindly offered to help us.

She met Ajahn Sona many years ago, and in her work she has helped many monks and nuns in Toronto & Ottawa to get their work visas. She has looked through Sister Mon’s documents and believes that she can help secure Permanent Residence status.

Canadian immigration law keeps changing very fast, and since the last PR application was rejected, there has been a positive change regarding the requirement for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for religious workers.

The lawyer now feels confident that this obstacle has been removed from the path, and that the application has a good chance of succeeding. She suggests filing a new PR application again, through the Canadian Experience Class route (for religious workers), not through the Humanitarian and Compassionate Consideration route.

Sister Mon also had a long meeting with our local MP’s assistant, who kindly spent many hours trying to help after the previous PR application was rejected. She agrees with the lawyer's advice that Sister Mon should submit a new PR application.

Our original intention with launching the petition was to submit a request to the Minister to intervene. Hundreds of people, including many senior monks (Ajahn Sumedho, Aj. Pasanno, Aj. Tiradhammo, Aj.Viradhammo, Bhante Rahula, Aj. Jayasaro, Aj. Amaro, Luang P Paisal and many others) and senior nuns (Ayya Medhanandi, Ayya Anandabodhi) as well as many Dhamma friends including yourself are kindly supporting us in this peaceful act. We want to honor everyone’s kind, caring, and good intentions.

The lawyer has strongly recommended that we do not involve the Minister yet. She feels it is premature to alert him to Sister Mon’s case at this stage. However both our kind lawyer and our very knowledgeable and helpful local MP’s assistant fully support the petition and our wish to keep the petition active. In the event that the new PR application is rejected, the petition and any personal letters of support will be very helpful in the appeal process.

It seems that the proper strategy right now is to hold off on sending letters to the Minister or MPs, which some of you have kindly offered to do. If you have already written a letter, Sister Mon would be very happy to read it – she feels that it will be a nice reminder for reflecting on how fortunate she is to have many kind and caring Dhamma friends.

Again, to everyone who has signed and left comments: Anumodana! Thank you very much! And please remember – Practice, and follow the Dhamma according to the Dhamma, especially in the middle of a challenging situation.

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