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    Kim
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    Are there similar horror stories and red tape out there when applying for a Canadian VISA? - time frames, precedure, protocal - TIPS!?

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    Sue
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    YES!!! I've yet to meet anyone who has been successful in obtaining a Visitor's Visa to Canada. I went through the process last summer and even though my friend has a good job and has travelled outside the DR before, he was denied without being given any reasonable explanation, just the old standard beaurocratic government form letter. And try finding someone in the Canadian embassy who can speak English fluently!! On the positive side the process doesn't seem to be as complicated as it is for some countries but the end result is the same. Unless you have mucho pesos and/or property or a business - forget about it. I would love to read about someone, anyone who has been successful and know how it was done. I think the only way of getting into Canada is to get married in the DR and then sponsoring your spouse and that takes about a year. Would love to hear other people's experiences.

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    Jodi
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    Hi........My husband is Dominican and I'm currently going through the nightmare of trying to get him to Canada. He sent his completed application to the embassy in Haiti (where Dominican applications are processed) in October. It's taken over a month just to confirm that they "don't have it" and I was only able to determine that by going through my Member of Parliament. I'm headed back down to the Dominican tomorrow (southeast coast) to help him put together a second application which I am going to send by courier from Canada. It's a very, very frustrating experience to go through!

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    Sue
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    If it takes less than a year before he gets to Canada - consider yourself lucky.

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    Jodi
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    Spousal applications are supposed to take top priority....I'm told that 6 months is realisitic. I surpassed the requirements to be his sponsor, plus he has a job waiting for him here in Canada. The first application was sent by courier, so while I'm down there I'm going to have the courier trace who in the embassy in Haiti signed for it. So long as I get that proof, I'll be demanding that the second application is back dated to October.

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    Sue
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    Good luck - just be warned things don't work down there like they do here. My friend sponsored her husband and it took approx a year. What do you mean you surpassed the requirements, - because I don't think the authorities will care. They will traet your application just like everyone else's. Plus I hope you find someone who can speak English at the Embassy - I found them extremely difficult to deal with. Not the ones in the DR, but the ones in Haiti. You're better off if you can speak French.

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    Jodi
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    I've heard that before about the fact that the employees in the Canadian embassy in Haiti don't speak much english. I'm just going to keep on top of my MP's office to keep on top of the embassy...that's what I pay taxes for.

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    Kim
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    The best of luck to you Jodi. Keep us informed.

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    Charlie
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    My friend and I were also turned down last March. The DR1 has all the details on how to get a visa. I wrote it out for them. I'm sure that if you e-mail them they will send it to you. Sue and I have become friends over this topic. Please feel free to e-mail me about your situation and maybe we can help each other out. It turns out that the 3 girls I have met this way all have male friends in the DR that know each other. It really is a small world. Maybe we know your friend. If he is from the North Coast , we probably do.

    Lynda alias Charlie

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    Tom
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    Can I make the same suggestion I have to U S Citizens? IT IS NOT THE DOMINICAB, but the Canadian Embassy as it is the US. The only way you are going to make any change is to write your Governtment Represenative with these disgusting stories and demand change

    Tom

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