Form Letter to MP

Date

Mr/Ms Name, MP
Address
City, Province, Postal Code

Dear Minister,

Record Backlog:
The citizenship backlog is at a record high of 344,516 cases. This includes the approximately 22% of applicants who have been given the onerous Residence Questionnaire (RQ) with no explanation or forewarning as part of the CIC leadership’s “anti-fraud” efforts. The RQ extends a recipient’s citizenship timeline by years. While the CIC has the right to verify the integrity of citizenship applications, they also have a responsibility to administer the grant of citizenship in a fair and timely manner.

Opacity of CIC’s Concerns:
Residence Questionnaires provide no indication of what deficiencies or falsehoods citizenship officials suspect. Applicants are asked to disprove the unspecified suspicions of unspecified officials within 45 business days and then left to wait years for any response. This lack of transparency does not engender confidence in the process but instead suggests that it could be arbitrary and vulnerable to prejudice.

Deliberate Policy Decision:
By increasing the frequency of the RQ without allocating the resources to process them, former Minister of Citizenship Jason Kenney decided to increase the wait times, increase the backlog and delay the grant of citizenship to many thousands of qualified, tax-paying applicants. Despite receiving record numbers of applications, the CIC approved fewer citizenship applications in 2012 than at any time in the last five years. [http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/statistics/data-release/2013-Q1/index.asp]

Fear of Mass Application Elimination:
The growing backlog of citizenship applications leaves us vulnerable to a “wipe-out” of in-process applications. In March 2012 MP Kenney arbitrarily eliminated almost 98,000 backlogged Federal Skilled Worker applications representing 280,000 individuals who had been in queue for four years or more.

Request:
Like the overwhelming majority of RQ recipients, I am not a fraud and I do not deserve to have citizenship withheld from me indefinitely. Canada has long enjoyed a reputation for good governance. Unfortunately this is not strengthened by an opaque and seemingly capricious citizenship process rife with unknown delays. Taxpaying, longtime permanent residents who have built their lives, careers and families here deserve better. Canada deserves better.

Sincerely,

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Address
City, Province, Postal Code

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