Mohsen Sanayei, an Iranian student, came to Canada four years ago in 2014 and wanted to visit his ill father in Iran but he cannot. His father is suffering from colon cancer. Sanayei is a Ph.D. student at the University of Saskatchewan. If he leaves Canada, he won’t be able to re-enter the country because he is still waiting for permanent residency to come through. Many of his Iranian friends are going through the same issue as they have to wait for more time than other country nationals for their permanent residency.
Sanayei said that the stress has severely affected his mental health as he can’t focus on his work and move ahead with his research. He, along with other Iranian students, met Thomas Mulcair, former MP and NDP leader, and expressed their concern but nothing has been done yet. More than 300 Iranian students have informed the Iranian Canadian Congress about the permanent residency delays. The Congress is lobbying on behalf of all students asking the government to teach each and every application fairly. Sanayei applied for permanent residency in December 2016 and should’ve received it as the process around six months.
Ministry of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada and Ministry of Public Safety issued a joint statement acknowledging frustrations of Iranian applicants because of permanent residency delays. The statement said that security checks are done on a case-by-case basis and therefore, processing time is different for nationals from different countries. Canadian Border Security Agency performs security checks on immigrants, refugees, and visitors who are 18 years or older.
Not expected to be treated like this
Sanayei’s partner said that because of his uncertain status she is unable to come to Canada. She is neither a citizen or a permanent resident, which means only after they marry, she can get sure employment in Canada. He is paying fees what international students pay instead of paying domestic fees and has to take a lot of loans to survive.