Let Kenneth Aldovino Stay in Canada.
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Kenneth Aldovino, 20 years old arrived in Canada in July 2013 under a visitor’s visa to be with his mother during her final days. Kenneth is the only son and dependant of Edna Aldovino, who worked in Canada as a live-in caregiver since 2009. Kenneth was only five years old when Edna left him to work overseas as a migrant worker.
Edna left the Philippines because of her desire to provide a better future for her son. Edna was diagnosed with cancer but did not stop working because she was determined to bring Kenneth to Canada. In between cycles of radiation, Edna continued to work until she successfully completed the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) requirements and filed the application for permanent resident status that includes Kenneth. Edna succumbed to cancer on August 6, 2013. Edna did not get to achieve her dream of becoming a permanent resident in Canada and be reunited with her son. All her years of sacrifice and enduring the pain of separation with her only son came to naught.
Kenneth’s long term immigration status is in limbo. His application for temporary resident permit was denied and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) letter sent him a letter asking him to leave Canada by January 28th, 2014. This is a procedural letter. His visitor’s visa expired after 6 months, but a request for extension was applied for. He is currently on implied visitor’s visa.
Kenneth filed an application for permanent residence on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. He would not have to re-apply if only CIC policy would not deem Edna’s application “inactive” or “dead”. Under the current IPRA, CIC stops processing the application for permanent residency upon the death of the principal applicant. Kenneth situation is not isolated. There are other children in similar situation, and quite a big number of caregivers who are suffering terminal illness and not knowing whether they will benefit from the much awaited transition from a temporary foreign worker status to permanent residents and the reunification with their families. This is one of the biggest flaws in the Live-in Caregiver Program and the Temporary Foreign Workers Program in general.
WE, the undersigned is appealing to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Hon. Chris Alexander to grant Kenneth Aldovino permanent residency on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. That his application is strongly rooted on Edna’s application after completing the 24 months live-in requirement under the Live-in Caregiver Program. Kenneth would enjoy a much better life and opportunities here in Canada than being in the Philippines. Edna strongly believed in this that’s why she sacrificed being separated from Kenneth and worked hard to complete the requirements.
Since his arrival in Canada, Kenneth has been engaged in the community and has developed a strong social network. A guardian is providing for his basic needs and medical insurance.
We ask that Kenneth be allowed to stay and be given the right to live in Canada as a permanent resident, a right that his mother had worked for and justly deserved.
We strongly believe that you as the Minister and the face of Canada on Immigration issues will grant our appeal. After all, this is what Canadian compassion is about.
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