Stop Canada's discriminatory policy against some foreign students. Stop bogus refugee applications.

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Dear Mr Prime Minister, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, and Honourable Members of Parliament, Ottawa

With this petition we are asking you to stop the government’s discriminatory treatment of students from certain countries such as Turkey, and to stop the liberal admission of bogus refugees that are a heavy burden on all Canadians. For the past four years we have witnessed an increasing number of study permit refusals of applications by those who are perfectly capable of studying in this country as bona fide students in spite of the exorbitant tuition fees charged to foreign students. Most of these refusals are based on the so-called “Purpose of Visit”, or “I don’t believe you will return back to your country after your studies”, a ludicrous claim to clairvoyance by your visa officers who are supposed to be impartial professionals. Even if your fortune tellers are correct, the law gives every foreign student the right to apply for immigration through legal channels after graduation. This type of speculative visa refusal therefore amounts to nothing less than ethnic discrimination proscribed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as our Charter. Whether by reasons of incompetence, abject disorganisation or plain bigotry, your visa policy for foreign students is explicitly discriminatory and in violation of universal conventions.

It has been suggested that one reason for this dysfunctionality may be an effort to weed out refugee applications. If that is the case, your visa officers have been doing a miserable job since we know that many bogus refugees have been admitted as permanent residents within the past few years. You have the authority to refuse refugee applications based on false pretences such as study permits to stop this abuse. There is no excuse why the government has not done so already.

We are also disturbed to see that this government is one of Canada’s least accessible and arrogant federal governments we have seen in years. The letters we have sent to ministers of immigration on these issues have been answered by aides lecturing us on the unbridled authority given to visa officers, with no return address. Your ambassador’s email auto responds that he will not read or respond to letters concerning immigration. With no appeal process in place, students who have been unfairly or incorrectly treated have no one to turn to. We have seen families and businesses torn apart by Canada’s broken visa system. This is an issue that will diminish Canada’s credibility on international affairs.

We are asking you to take immediate steps to ensure that Canada’s visa policy reflects this country’s fundamental laws and values, and international conventions that this country has signed on to. We are of the view that anyone who has sought consideration on Canadian territory must be subject to the protection of the Charter with respect to equal treatment under the law.

Executive Committee

Turkish Canadian Chamber of Commerce

595 Burrard, Box 48734

Vancouver, BC V7X 1A6

Email: admin@turkishcanadian.org

Turkce Tercumesi:

Kanada’nin bazi ogrencilere uyguladigi ayirimciligi ve sahte multecileri kabullenme politikasini sona erdirmesini istiyoruz.

Kanada Basbakani Trudeau, Disisleri ve Gocmenlik Bakanlari, ve Kanada Parlamentosuna hitaben yazilmis bir dilekcedir.

Sayin Basbakan, Bakanlar ve Saygideger Parlamento uyeleri

Bu dilekce ile Kanada’nin Turkiye gibi ulkelerden ogrencilere ayirimcilik siyasetini durdurmasini ve butun Kanadalilara yuk olan sahte multeciligi sona erdirmesini istiyoruz. Son 4 sene icinde bu ulkede ates pahasi okul ucretlerine ragmen gercek ogrencilik icin basvuru yapan (Turk) vatandaslarinin gittikce artan vize reddine maruz kaldigini gozlemlemekteyiz. Ogrenci vizelerinin buyuk bir kismi “Seyahat Amaci” denilen, veya “Ben egitimden sonra geri donecegine inanmiyorum” iddiasiyla reddedilmektedir. Bu, tarafsiz profesyonel olmasi gereken vize memurlarinizin gulunc bir muneccimlik ornegidir. Muneccimleriniz hakli olsalar bile, yasalar butun yabanci ogrencilere mezuniyetten sonra yasal yollardan gocmenlik basvurusu yapma hakki vermektedir. Dolayisiyla, bu cesit vize reddi hem (Kanada) anayasamiz hem de Birlesmis Milletler Evrensel Insan Haklari Beyannamesi tarafindan yasak edilen etnik ayirimcilikdan baska bir sey degildir. Sebebi gerek profesyonel yetersizlik, gerek organizasyon bozuklugu, ve gerek irkcilik olursa olsun, yabanci ogrencilere uyguladiginiz siyaset ayirimcidir ve uluslararasi anlasmalara aykiridir.

Bunun bir sebebi multeci basvurularinin onlenmesi olarak gosterilmistir. Eger bu dogruysa vize memurlarinizin vazifelerini gerektigi gibi yapmadiklari bellidir. Cunku son birkac sene icinde bircok sahte multecinin gocmen olarak kabul edildigini biliyoruz. Hukumet olarak ogrencilik kisvesi altinda yapilan sahte multecilik basvurularini kabul etmemeniz icin yetkiniz var. Bunu neden simdiye kadar yapmadiginizi merak ediyoruz.

Ayrica bu hukumetin son senelerde gordugumuz en kibirili ve ulasilmaz bir hukumet olmasi bizi rahatsiz etmektedir. Boyle sorunlarda gocmenlik bakanlarina gonderdigimiz mektuplar bize vize memurlarinin sonsuz yetkisi oldugu nutkunu ceken ve yanit adresi vermeyen asistanlar tarafindan cevaplanmaktadir. Elcinize gonderilen epostalar gocmenlikle ilgili mesajlari okumayacagi seklinde otomatik olarak yanitlanmaktadir. Herhangi bir temyiz sistemi olmadigi icin yanlis veya haksiz kararlara maruz kalan ogrencilerin basvurabilecegi bir denetleme islemi yoktur. Kanada’nin kirik vize sistemi yuzunden zarar gormus aileler ve isyerleri gorduk. Bu Kanada’nin uluslararasi duzeydeki inandiriciligina zarar verecek bir sorundur.

Sizlerden, Kanada’nin temel degerlerini ve yasalarini, ve imzaladigi uluslararasi anlasmalari, yansitacak bir vize siyaseti icin hemen girisimde bulunmanizi istiyoruz. Kanada yasalari altinda istekde bulunan herkesin anayasamizin ongordugu esitlige hakki oldugu gorusundeyiz.

Yonetim Kurulu

Turk Kanada Ticaret Odasi

595 Burrard, Box 48734

Vancouver, BC V7X 1A6

Eposta: admin@turkishcanadian.org

Web: http://turkishcanadian.org/

 

 

 

 

 


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