Canada PR applications of more than 300 UG and Ph.D. Iranian students have been delayed to screening in the processing. These students have said that they are being made to wait unreasonably.
The projected waiting times for Canada PR applications on the website of Government of Canada is 6 months. On the other hand, several Iranian students have said that their applications are delayed by many years now. Many of these have told that they have been informed that their applications are under security screenings, as quoted by the CBC CA.
The students from Iran have further elaborated on their immigration status in Canada. They have said that this has pressurized them to keep their professional and academic lives on hold. The students have said that the absence of PR status is causing huge professional loss to them. They are losing out on job offers, participation in global conferences and are unable to settle in Canada.
One of the students from Iran, Abdi said that it is accepted that security is a vital part of the migration process. But we are really keen to understand the reason for the delay, added the students.
Members of Parliament and lawyers in Canada who are now assisting the students have said that the delays give a hypocritical impression of Canada. The reason is that the Government of Canada has already made investments for their academic careers in Canada, they added.
Ontario Willowdale Liberal Member of Parliament Ali Ehsassi said that he has taken up the issue of delay in Canada PR applications for Iranian students with his colleagues on Parliament Hill. He said that it is understandable that security screenings are mandatory. However it appears that the Iranian students have been singled out, he added.
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