Ambassador of Venezuela in Canada, Orlando Viera-Blanco, held a meeting with the community of Venezuelans residing in Ottawa. The occasion was propitious to review the situation of compatriots in matters of refuge, work permits, consular services, sponsorship, among other aspects.
“This week we held meetings with the Immigration, Refuge and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). We evaluated issues of interest to Venezuelans seeking to migrate to Canada or regularizing their status in this country. It is important to improve the times of conversion from refuge into permanent residence, possible adoption of special programs, improve the rate of rejection of visitor visas, times for granting work or study permits, and other related issues such as sponsorship of family members for humanitarian reasons. We have given the IRCC some incidences related to our compatriots in Canada,” said Ambassador Viera-Blanco.
Also, the attendees asked about the perspectives, outcomes and possibilities of change in Venezuela. In this regard, the diplomat appointed by Interim President Juan Guaidó, stated that Venezuela is entering a new spiral of popular and citizen movement. Bolivia shed light on what popular protest is capable of generating. “The challenge is still ours and we are the ones going to solve it,” he said.
“I invite all our compatriots to organize ourselves and to go out into the streets, in Venezuela and the world, to light our torch for freedom, for a dignified life and to follow together the call of President Juan Guiadó, which is a conscious call. Let us make November 16th what each one of us wants it to be. Only civil society, people and leadership will set us free and give us peace,” were the final words of Ambassador Viera-Blanco at the headquarters of the University of Ottawa, Canada.