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    Just wondering if anyone can give me ideas.....? Not sure if this is the right place for this post...
    My husband and i have been married for a year and half. I'm Canadian, and he is Dominican. He is living down there and i'm living in Canada. We put in his immigration paper work in October and it is now in Haiti. We applied for a visitors visa back in June and of course it was denied for a list of reasons that didn't make sense. I just found out that I'm pregnant with our first child. We are both very excited. However, the distance between is still our biggest challenge. Will the government speed up the process if they know i'm pregnant or will they not care?! I know i can apply for another visitors visa with which he could come for up to 6 months. Thats what we want to do. I'd like to get him here maybe in February or march for six months so he'll be here when the baby is born in August. Is there much hope of that? As a last resort i'd look into getting an immigration lawyer to help us get him a visitors visa, but don't want to pay for then $1000. Any info that anyone may have, i'd be very grateful!!!!
    Thanks so much.

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    I'm not sure where you live. I know you say you are canadian but are you residing in Canada or someplace else? If you live in US I know the "politic" of an issue like this would be to contact your local senator or congressman and explain the situation. They can sometimes speed things up for you if you explain how it will affect you if your husband is not with you at the time of birth and why you need him here for the baby's birth. I did this when I got pregnant. I was desperate at the time because I didn't want to be alone when the time came to have the baby. I wanted the support. So one of my congressman sped things up really fast for me (the interview). We had to rush at the last minute to get everything ready. I'm not sure how politics run in Canada if that's where you live. Try to find out if they have some influence over the canadian consulate in the country where your husband is.

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    Pregnancy will not help your case. And applying for a visitors visa is most likely a waste of time and money. They mostly get declined. What does your husband to for a living?

    I dont' know if an immigration lawyer will help much. Trina: your thoughts honey, you are more the expert it seems......

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    If everything goes well and your application is now in Haiti there's a good chance he might get his permanent residency by August. Don't waste your time and money getting him here as a visitor while the application is already in for a PR. It won't happen.

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    Perhaps some of you may have misunderstood my question. I'm not asking for a timeline as to when my husbands papers may get approved. I already have the information regarding that. I'm just wondering if anyone has had a personal expeierence or knows someone that has had one in a similar situation to mine. There is not an option of me sitting here alone for the next nine months waiting for my baby to be born without my husband. And i'm not willing on taking the chance that he may not. We're hoping that he will be approved by June/July but thats just our personal dreams. Nothing to back it up. So, no one seems to have any advice except for don't waste my whole $75 on a visitors visa application because it will probably be denied? Thats it? So, sounds like the only way that we'll be able to be together is if i go live down there until his papers are processed?
    I'm living in Canada in answer to an earlier post. Any more ideas from anyone with expierence would be appreciated. Thanks so much.

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    You can try contacting your MP (Member of Parliament) and see if he/she can be of any help to your situation. My husband and I are also in the process of getting him to Canada and I completely understand your frustration and anxiety. Unfortunately, the system is how it is and the chances of speeding up the process is unlikely, regardless of a baby on the way. If it were the contrary, don't you think there would be more women getting pregnant just so they can expedite the immigration process?

    I do suggest though that you call your MP and see what help he/she can offer. It's a very long shot but I guess at this point you might as well try all your options. Maybe you can find an MP like this guy and who knows. Bob Mills, Member of Parliament - Immigration help for our community.

    Your only other option may be to move to the DR if you really want to be with your husband throughout your pregnancy. Just don't stress too much...think about the baby. I know it's a long process and there are a lot sacrifices you gotta make but like everyone keeps telling me, your husband will get here...

    Good luck and I wish you the best.

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    Thanks Wendy,

    Before I submitted my husbands paperwork I went to my local MP and asked if they could help. They told me that there is absolutly nothing they can do. So thats a dead end. Thanks for the suggestion though. I think we're gonna try for a visitors visa once again. If we're given a no, we are going to see if we can go for an interview. We have to try something. As a last resort i will move down there, but would rather stay here close to friends and family who would also like to share in this special time.

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    I had a friend who applied, he is Dominican, and his wife is Cdn. She was pregnate, and they advised Haiti (where they papers were at the time) and it did not make any difference. He missed the birth of his son, and arrived 4 months after the fact.

    Immigration does not care one way or another if and when your husband comes to Cda. And if there is a child on the way, makes no difference to them. All you can do is show documentation, and prove your relationship is real and on going and valid. That is all they care about.

    I know it's not the answer you want to hear, but unfortunatley that is the reality of it.

    Good Luck

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    It won't hurt to let Haiti know. It may not make a difference, but, who knows, it very well could. No two applications are the same so you cannot go by the experiences of others. Cover all your bases with immigration. I wouldn't waste any more money on the TRV, its very unlikely to happen.

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    We applied for a visitors visa back in June and of course it was denied for a list of reasons that didn't make sense.
    Why would you waste your time and efforts in re-applying for a visitors visa when the first one was denied? What reasons were given for the denial of the visa? If you made a list of the reasons - and nothing has changed in regards to them, then they are not going to grant a visa the second time around, they will most likely list the same reasons again, right??????????

    Marlie

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