Moncton: Elian Elias finds it difficult to bring brother, sister-in-law, nephew and mother-in-law to Canada
Elian Elias says as a Canadian citizen with a job for his family, the immigration process should be easier
By David Bartlett, CBC News Posted: Jul 27, 2016 11:55 AM AT Last Updated: Jul 27, 2016 11:55 AM AT
A Moncton businessman says he is frustrated by delays in his attempts to bring family members from Lebanon to Canada.
Elian Elias, a Canadian citizen, who is originally from Syria, said the biggest obstacle that he is discovering is getting information from the federal government about the immigration process.
Elias has opened two businesses, one in Riverview and another in Moncton, since immigrating in 2010.
“I am here with my mom, my dad, two sisters who are all Canadian citizens,” he told Information Morning Moncton.
“I still have my older brother, his wife and his five-month old son and my mother-in-law. We’re trying hard to bring them over here since the last three years.”
Elias applied to bring the rest of his family to Canada but has received no response from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
He then went looking for a local church to sponsor his family, but found no help.
Application process difficult
Elias said the application process wasn’t easy and took months to complete.
He sent the documents to Lebanon, where his family are living, and after months of waiting, he tried to contact the Canadian embassy in the country to find out what was going on.
Delays in bringing relatives from Syria
Elias then contacted the International Organization for Migration in Lebanon, which helps refugees, and sent it the file number for his family.
The organization contacted his brother and scheduled medical exams for the family members, which they need to immigrate to Canada.
A couple more months went by and his brother got another call to bring the family in for interviews.
While his mother-in-law was told she would likely be approved, but would have to wait for official confirmation, his brother was told nothing.