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Petition to Government of Canada, Government of India

Kindly revoke Canadian transit visa requirement for Indians urgently

My name is Chinmay Ujjwal Vanjare. I am a master's student studying at Syracuse University of the United States of America. In August 2019, I booked my air ticket to Mumbai via Toronto through an Air Canada flight. I thought everything will go well and it will be a pleasurable experience but I was proved wrong. My friend's roommate told me about the possibility of a Candian transit visa when I booked my flight which I initially ignored considering the assumption that I would not require a visa just to transit through any country. One and half months before my actual trip, I casually searched on the internet about the Canadian transit Visa requirement for Indians and I was shocked to notice that there was a requirement of transit visas to transit through Canada. I had my academic obligations at that time. I had to apply for a Canadian transit visa at the expense of academics. I had a deadline in two days for one of my assignments and I lost those two days as I had to complete the procedure of applying for the Canadian transit visa. It took a toll on my academic performance. Furthermore, It took 21 business days for my Canadian transit visa to arrive in my inbox. During the whole process, I underwent a lot of mental stress and agony. Additionally, I had to bear for the Canadian visa processing charges. The story doesn't end here. On 15th December 2019, when I reached Newark airport in New Jersey in the United States, I saw my junior Ms. Manisha Galani at the Air Canada counter. I went to her with curiosity as I knew her and I talked with her. After talking to her, I came to know that she had the Air Canada ticket of the same flight which I was about to board but she didn't have a Canadian transit visa. Despite knowing the fact that she couldn't board the flight, I decided to make some efforts. I talked with the Air Canada representative at the counter and he told that he couldn't do anything about it. I asked him to call his supervisor. When the supervisor came, I told him about the scenario and requested him to allow Manisha to board the flight. The supervisor called up his higher authorities and told them about the issue. The higher authorities conveyed the representative that they couldn't allow Manisha to board the flight. Manisha tried to call the Canadian consulate in New York but the consulate was closed as it was Sunday.  I was in no mood to give up so I went to the US immigration officer at the Newark airport with Manisha and requested him to allow her to board the flight. The Visa officer refused by saying that it is an internal matter of Canada and he couldn't do anything about it. Ultimately Manisha had to cancel her flight and stay nearby for a day. She had to book a new flight for the next day. She had to undergo a lot of mental stress. Additionally, she had to bear the expenses of the hotel stay and air ticket. The airline people and the Canadian immigration officials together could have collaborated to give her an on-arrival Canadian Visa by making an exception to their immigration policies. I was disheartened by the whole incident but I couldn't do anything. I completely empathize with Manisha and her pain. The same incident could have happened with me or anyone else if I or anyone else wouldn't have known about the Canadian transit visa requirement for Indians. As per the statistics of 2016, there were 1,374,710 people of Indian origin in Canada which was 4 percent of the total Canadian population. I have seen many Indians working at Toronto airport which confirms this fact.  Furthermore, The requirement for the Canadian transit visa is taxing and obsolete. Additionally, countries like the United States, Germany, France, and many other countries do not have Canadain transit visa requirements for their Citizens.  Due to the above reasons, I have decided to start a petition so that in future no other Indian citizen has to undergo similar circumstances. I would like to request all Indians in India as well as abroad to sign this petition. Jai Hind.  

Chinmay Vanjare
15 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Department of Homeland Security

No child should die from the flu

For most of us, the flu season is inconvenient, but for people confined to immigrant detention centers it’s scary. Children held in detention are 9 times more likely to die from the flu than the general pediatric population. With flu season well underway, we urgently need your help to get flu vaccinations to the people who need it most. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is blocking a group of doctors from offering the flu vaccine to children and families in detention.  Immigrant detention camps function like prisons: physically and emotionally stressed migrants are held in these overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, often for months on end. Without the flu vaccine, it’s almost guaranteed that we’ll see more outbreaks, putting more lives at risk. No one in 2019 should be dying from the flu in these camps. Carlos' death could have been prevented. Send a message to DHS before the disease spreads even further.  This is a heartless way to punish people who are seeking safety in the United States. Let’s be clear: our government put these people in camps simply because they are seeking asylum; they have not committed crimes. It doesn’t have to be this way. Our organization, Doctors for Camp Closure, wants to offer the vaccine to people in a detention center in California at no cost to the government. All we need is permission to enter. Join us in requesting permission to offer the flu vaccine to vulnerable children and families in migrant detention. P.S. – If you’re a physician, medical professional or medical student, please leave a comment indicating that when you sign.

Doctors for Camp Closure
63,724 supporters
Started 5 days ago

Petition to US Department of Justice: Board of Appeals, US Department of Homeland Security, irwin county detention center

Free Pauline!!!! Do it for Samiyah...

Hi,  My name is Millie Mpay Binam and my little sister, Pauline Binam, has been held in an ICE Detention Center in Irwin County, GA for the past two years; It's going on three now. She's been there since Oct. 13, 2017, and they refuse to let her out. A little background: Pauline started off a well-behaved child, who loved kids, friends and having a good time with loved ones. This allowed Pauline to turn into a very generous, caring and fun-loving adult. While not all her mannerisms stayed the same, the caring, fun-loving, generous part of her remained. Growing up, from High School to College, Pauline turned her ways to the wrong associations and wrong crowds. This eventually led to Pauline getting into a lot of trouble. Most of this was caused by the hardship my family had to endure growing up as foreign household without any help or support, other than my Father, who struggled and scrimped, to raise 5 kids all alone. The most recent event took place when Pauline was caught "shoplifting" with a group of people, in SC, that she barely knew. The reason I put quotation marks (" ") around the word shoplifting is because Pauline was not one of the people who put her hand, or had any involvement, in stealing the damaged goods. While all this was happening, Pauline said she was just trying to get a ride to SC to see my family before she headed home. I believe Pauline, in this instance, not because she's my sister, but because I was actually with my parents that day, at their house, and I remember hearing from Pauline, saying she was on her way there (meaning my Parents' house), and that she had a ride. No one thought to question it because Pauline was a very likable person and had many friends. We, also, not having cars, had no way of getting her ourselves. So, we did not think anything of it. The people she was riding with went into a gas station, telling her they were going to pay for gas, and instead came running out with cases of beer in tow, leaving Pauline an innocent bystander, sitting in a car with people committing a crime that she didn't even know. Anyone who knows Pauline knows that she cannot drive and that she does not know how to operate a motor vehicle (Pauline does not know how to drive). She also does not know much about the law. This pretty much left Pauline an innocent bystander, "guilty" of a crime she was not aware of. This was literally a crime of Guilt by Association. Pauline was literally in the wrong place at the wrong time. And if that isn't enough, Immigration Court is trying to use her charges against her, ones she got from 2007 when she was just a child (17 years old), just because they are similar to the crimes she's dealing with now. The crazy thing is, the State of South Carolina and the SC Immigration Court let her go, dropping all the charges. It was the NC Immigration Court that did not want to let her go, due to all the charges she was dealing with in NC. Pauline is currently facing deportation due to the Judge in Irwin County not wanting to let her go. At this point, it is up to the US Dept. of Justice: Board of Immigration Appeals, Clerks Office, in Falls Church, VA (5107 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041) to grant her appeal and authorize her release. I am not a lawyer, and I am not asking for money, but I am concerned sister who wants to see her sister again and does not to see her sent back home to a country she does not know. Pauline came to the US, LEGALLY, at the age of 2 and lost her good standing in the US when faulty/shady Immigration lawyers stole my Parents' money and did not file our Immigration paperwork by the time the documents would have been accepted. Pauline will know NO ONE if she is sent back home. Pauline deserves a fair shot; ESP. when the Immigration System and US Gov't are failing her by not giving her a fair shot, regardless of all the people AND the US entities that are trying to help her. I ask that you sign this petition.... That's All. Maybe this will shed some light on the inaccuracies and fallacies that the US Gov't tries to place on people who don't have a voice in America and do not have the right to speak up, and/or receive help. Pauline has a daughter, Samiyah, who is 11 years old and who she has not seen her mother in 3 years. That's 3 birthdays, two gradutions, 3 Christmases and so many more that Pauline has not gotten to see or be with her daughter. We are her relatives and we love her and miss her very much. We don't need money. We just need you to get the word out. We love her and we miss her, and we cannot do this without you. Your help is so vital. Please help. Thank you. GOD bless you.

Millie Mpay
88 supporters