I get a lot of questions from citizenship applicants about their personal cases through email and through the blog comments. In general I don’t approve blog comments or questions about specific personal cases because the website is geared towards organizing resources that address the general challenges and questions faced by tens of thousands. The citizenship and immigration forums listed on the “social media” links can be a great place to get feedback on your individual case. More complex situations are best directed to a lawyer, a settlement worker or a reputable immigration consultant.
Finally, on a more cranky note: there is one type of comment which really gets to me. It’s my “bête noire” comment. I see it every once in awhile on the citizenship forums and occasionally get one here. Those wishing to make suggestions based on little more than their individual good fortune in a recent or ancient CIC application, please try to respect that your personal experiences are not universal and do not necessarily qualify you as an expert. One personal anecdote does not negate the experiences of tens of thousands. CIC statistics show that the processing timeline is longer than it has ever been and the backlog is bigger than ever. Variations of comments suggesting that “Things are better now because it didn’t take my application very long” or “My aunt applied for citizenship 30 years ago and had no problems with the CIC, so I’m not sure what you guys are doing wrong” can feel very disrespectful to the legions of us mired in this process despite our qualifications for citizenship.
So, please consider:
- Individual cases cannot be interpreted as universal.
- One person’s good treatment by the CIC does not mean that people who are treated badly by the CIC deserve their bad treatment.
- The fast or slow processing of an application by the CIC may be completely irrelevant to the quality of that application.