Ombudsman 4 Cnd. Immigration DESPERATELY NEEDED * Cnd. Citizens treated like dirt
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This is not about refugees. This is not about taking Canadian jobs. Help stop the emotional abuse and discrimination to Canadian citizens and Cubans at the Canadian Embassy in Havana.
We paid $1,000.00 for the Labour Market Impact Assessment and advertised the job for a home care worker for our 89 year old mum on Service Canada and other websites for 5 months. The best applicant interviewed didn't speak english well enough to be understood. Yes I have to keep each resume etc. as proof this is the truth.
No cost to Canadians. Under the home care program we agreed to provide a room, food, pay medium wage and treat the home care worker with respect. The government would get more tax money. I could hire more Canadian entertainers.
I am the Main Care Giver for:
-my 89 year old mother with disabilities, a brother with an acquired brain injury who is going through cancer treatment, who's 36 year old son passed away recently.
The Canadian government sends generic letters "we know you must be disappointed and it's unfortunate.” The whole process has been flawed with government errors costing us more money than necessary, more time and huge stress which is the last thing I need as a beyond overwhelmed caregiver to everyone else in my Canadian family. The LMIA/temporary foreign work program does not work hand in hand with the immigration. "Opinions" given by the officer at the Canadian Embassy in Havana don't even apply to the approved LMiA job ad.
Canadian Immigration in Havana used discrimination by gender for the job, (against the law in Canada) and discrimination by profession of the employer. Through another MP's office it was discovered that the Canadian Embassy in Havana did not compare the Cuban's qualifications with the approved Labour Impact Assessment job as a home care worker. His qualifications were compared to other Cubans !
The Temporary Foreign Worker had more qualifications and more home care experience caring for a senior with cerebral palsy than the approved LMIA job ad. For more than 5 years the Temporary Foreign Worker has also supported my now 89 year old mother on yearly vacations in Cuba. This year he was a rock to our family when my mother got pneumonia in Cuba supporting her and translating with his good english in the resort clinic, the ambulance, the hospital, getting her food etc. My mother said "we don't know what we would have done without him." Our family witnessed his excellent care and suitable personality to fit into our Canadian family when help is urgently needed.
I am a Canadian citizen of 64 years for in Canada and a Canadian business owner of 30 years, my mother was born in Canada 89 years ago.
As a Canadian citizen I was shocked that” I was treated like a criminal at the Canadian Embassy in Havana” even although I was being polite and calm trying to get help as to why this insanity was happening.*those are exactly the same words "I was treated like a criminal" other Canadians have used also, complaining to a provincial member of parliament as to how they were treated when requesting help for a lost Canadian resident card so you can imagine how Cubans are treated !
The Canadian government recommended the best immigration lawyer in Toronto at $56,000 with no guarantee to get justice on the work permit. Funny the Canadian government recommending fighting themselves as they are so disgusted with the Canadian Immigration as what they have done to my Canadian family and the Cuban worker.
Our MP's office informed us:
The Temporary Foreign Worker passed his interview and no further documents were required
My (now) 89 year old mother was so happy that finally she would get a good, suitable home care worker. I was over joyed that some of the burden of taking care of my mother would be taken off my hands and I would have more time to take care of my brother who has an acquired brain injury and run our business as my husband has a hearing and memory problem.
Two days later on a Sunday (no criminal record or changes) the rejection letter arrived, devastating the Cuban temporary foreign worker and my Canadian family, especially my mother.
This emotional abuse should never have happened and there has been no explanation for it except perhaps "they used the wrong word." We will NEVER FORGET THE PAIN THIS CAUSED MY FAMILY, ESPECIALLY MY MOTHER. WE WILL NEVER FORGET THE DEVASTATION THIS CAUSED THE TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKER and that is why I am making the Canadian public aware and won't stop until there is justice.
THIS WAS NO WAY TO TREAT THIS YOUNG MAN OR MY CANADIAN FAMILY.
Because we work as children's entertainers running a clown entertainment agency the officer used discrimination by profession against us.
-all our financial documents were not believed when OUR FINANCES WERE ALREADY INSPECTED AND APPROVED IN CANADA BY THE ESDC CANADIAN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT. After that she said our financial paperwork was outdated and stressed us out even more requiring more documents, that were not necessary.
The temporary foreign worker Braulio desperately needs to make money to repair the roof on his cement house so the rain does not come in and bars on the window for safety and a shower so his for his (now) 75 year old uncle with cerebral palsy.
The Temporary Foreign Work Program/Labour Market Impact Assessment process need to work with the Canadian Immigration. One hand doesn't know what the other hand is doing.
The officer told me to my face she had concerns about the home care worker working for a female senior in her residence. We had the superintendent of the Canadian government senior's building were my mother lives send an e-mail stating it is against Canadian law to discriminate by gender and that several male home care workers supported females in the building. LMIA Ad is for a home care worker. We did not ask for a nurse, which is what senior's have if they have no family to care for them in Cuba.
-Letter from a pharmacist who lives next door to worker agreed to care for his uncle while the temporary foreign worker would be in Canada. She has provided care before.
Over 49 categories were passed on the work permit generic rejection letter.
Rejection of Work Permit Excuses on The Canadian Embassy's generic Form
"never travelled outside the country before.”
-most places a Cuban can go without a visa have a high crime rate, war, major health issues or are too expensive. This is discrimination.
A home care worker comes to Canada will be paid a medium wage, thus no money issue.
Home care program the Labour Market Impact Assessment rules require:
-the Canadian employer provide free rent and free food
-pay medium wages, not minimum
-with no rent to pay, no food cost to pay, and making a medium wage it is ridiculous to say he can't support himself
The Canadian government advertised on t.v. an African man on tv. saying how low the wages were in Africa and how much he likes living in Canada yet Cubans are judged by their economy.
"Purpose of Visit"
Make money to
-repair roof to stop rain coming in Uncle’s bedroom, other rooms on his cement house, put bars on windows for safety, put a shower in for 70 year old uncle with cerebral palsy. Improve his moderate english and gain more Canadian experience working with Canadian seniors. The plan on return to Cuba is to start a business supporting senior tourists and get more education. Education in Canada for international students is way too expensive.
"Economy in Cuba"
This is discrimination.
The money is desperately needed to have his cement house safe in Cuba for his 71 year old uncle with cerebral palsy and himself.
Braulio and his uncle own their cement house. He has most things young men at his age need. He simply wants to work and make money to repair his house to make it safe.
-After being left as an orphan at age 11, Braulio reconnected with his father at age 18.-Dad has 9 siblings thus a huge family connection which Braulio visits often for meals, family celebrations etc.
-The Doctor's family that he lived with while getting his grade 12 have a strong connection with Braulio.
-He feels obligated to care for his uncle as his Uncle supported him growing up. His uncle has threatened suicide at home if someone tries to put him in a senior's home. Braulio does not want this to happen thus wants to make his house safe and care for his uncle.
-My brother, my nephew and ten of my friends vacationing in Cuba have witnessed Braulio's strong connection to his family and his excellent support to my mother.
-The officer used discrimination by gender for the job, discrimination against us by profession as Canadian family entertainers, unnecessary and inappropriate questioning of the temporary foreign about me as a Canadian employer, on and on.
The "opinions" of the officer at the Canadian Embassy in Havana were not even applicable as the temporary foreign work program and immigration work separately which is precisely the problem.
Braulio loves his home, loves his climate, loves his culture, loves the cement house he owns with the same luxuries most people his age have here. He loves his huge family he has connected with at age 18, and doesn’t want to lose more precious time away from his family but it is necessary for him to repair his house to make it safe.
The work permit was submitted Dec. 2015 and rejected May 1/2016. That was the Canadian Embassy's standards of processing an URGENT application. Near the end The Embassy requested if I send the doctor disability form yet again if it was to be urgent with a letter stating why it was urgent.
I have been writing MP’s, the Minister of Immigration, up to Justin Trudeau’s office from Dec. 2015 to present and it appears Immigration at the Canadian Embassy in Havana is not accountable to anyone for their errors, wrong information, twisted opinions not even based on Canadian values, discrimination and emotional abuse to Cubans and even Canadians.
Change is needed so each work permit, visitor visa, student visa are really treated objectively and in a fair manner as the immigration claim they do.
Canadian values and the ten commandments are indeed needed at the Canadian Embassy in Havana and an Ombudswoman/Ombudsman over the Canadian Embassy in Havana is DESPERATELY NEEDED as this is NO WAY TO TREAT ANY HUMAN BEINGS !
If rules are not working they need to be changed. Someone in Canadian government needs to be a REAL CANADIAN and act NOW and get an Ombudsman for Immigration at the Canadian Embassy in Havana. The Canadian Embassy in Havana is known as "The House of Pain."
As a Canadian employer I was witness to how Canadian citizens and Cubans are treated. I am so disgusted with the Canadian Embassy's unbelievable inhumane tactics, discrimination and negative opinions that are not even applicable because the system is so broken causing so emotional pain to anyone that has to deal with the abuse they dish out.
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