Winnipeg couple fights immigration after baby born in India

Winnipeg couple fights immigration after baby born in India, Vladimir Volenyuk

Canada is known for being open to immigrants from all over the world and excepting refugees to help them feel safe and build a new life in a new country. Many of those refugees found a good job and a happily married to people they chose for themselves, they are also being productive members of Canadian society, often taking part in charity events and contributing as volunteers as much as they can.

Joby Varkey and Robin Roy are both Indian citizens and permanent residents in Canada, with full-time jobs in Winnipeg. Last September, Varkey had to fly to India to visit her dying father while she was pregnant — doctors wouldn’t let her fly back to Winnipeg because she was too close to her delivery date.

The baby, Iris, was born a citizen of India on September 25th, but she is prevented from living with her parents in Canada after an application for a temporary resident visa was denied. Iris and her mother have been stranded in India ever since.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) said the application made on behalf of the baby was denied because she was not going to Canada for a temporary purpose. Varkey understands the unfortunate timing that led to her situation but says she can’t be reunited with her husband at her home in Winnipeg soon enough.

“I just want to bring my baby back, be with my husband and just start my family again.”

The Government of Canada has slightly modified the requirements for candidates applying for the Express Entry program.

1.5% increased the minimum financial requirements for candidates. If earlier it was enough to show that you have 12,474 dollars in your account (for each candidate), now this amount is 12,669 dollars.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) encourages candidates to check that after the changes they continue to meet the minimum program requirements.

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