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jodi.jean
jodi.jean
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Posted On: 2/14/2018
jodi.jean
jodi.jean
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Good day


I was wondering who I would need to contact in order to check my immigration status in Canada.


When I was 6 years old, in 1996, my family and I immigrated to Canada. We had permanent residence but never got our citizenship before moving back to South Africa in 1999 due to family reasons.


A few years later in November 2005, we went to visit our extended family on holiday and the Canadian government had changed its laws at the time and we had to get visitors visas although we never officially renounced our Canadian PR.


My family then reapplied for permanent residence 2 years later in 2007.


In 2008, I went to Canada on a Student Visa and began my studies at U of T. With the backlog of applications for permanent residence, my family's application was kicked out when the new system came into place. I returned to South Africa in 2010 unable to complete my degree due to this.


Since then I have visited Canada twice on a multi-entry visitors visa and am now applying for another visitors visa.


Is there a way for to check our immigration status to see if we do still have permanent residence and will we have to apply for a Permanent Resident Card?



If not, is it possible to reinstate our PR or would I need to apply on my own under the Express Entry option?


We have all of our original landed papers (they look very different as this was 22 years ago) both my parents SIN cards and Ontario drivers licenses as well as my SIN card.

I have contacted the Canadian embassy in South Africa and the CIC home office but I can't get any answers other than "If you wish to live permanently in Canada you need to apply under Express Entry". My current position, my mother and father and brother all have our jobs listed on the NOC.


Any help would be greatly appreciated
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Posted On: 2/22/2018
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Hello,

Thank you for sharing your situation and question with us.

We can appreciate that you would be concerned about this situation.

Thank you for sharing your situation in such detail with us. Unfortunately, it is difficult for us to provide a definitive response regarding your situation as we are not aware of all of the information and why certain decisions were made by IRCC (CIC) at the time.

It is important and probably best that you speak to a Lawyer who is familiar with Canadian immigration issues for additional information regarding your situation.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

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Anna
Settlement.Org Content and Information/Referral Specialist, CIRS
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