A father stuck in France comes up against bureaucracy

A father stuck in France comes up against bureaucracy


The news is not encouraging for a Saguenay family whose father, originally from France, has been stuck in Paris for nearly two weeks.

His card Canadian permanent residence having expired, Lou Ridet could not return home after a trip to France. The minimum time to receive a travel document for a permanent resident is two months. He will therefore have to wait before being able to find his loved ones.

“My brain is always spinning,” said his wife, Valérie Corneau. […]. If they tell me two months, I will wait. But right now [the problem] is not knowing. Is it going to take six months or a year?”

Two options are on the table for bringing the father of three home. The first is to wait for your permanent resident card to be received, despite the long delays caused by the summer season and the lack of staff. The second is to cancel everything and apply for an urgent passport, via the United States by land.

“I know what bureaucracy is and I'm scared,” said implied Valérie Corneau.

Financial stress is beginning to weigh on the family, however.

“I leave her alone with the house to manage and the children, said Lou Ridet, by videoconference. Afterwards, I spend all my holidays, but we will no longer have any money coming in. Financially, it's going to be difficult.”

“I've been in Canada for 12 years, I'm not entering the country illegally, that's what I find difficult,” he added.

MNA for Jonquière Mario Simard intends to speak directly to Canada's Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser.

“What we are asking of the department is not big thing is to give him a permanent resident card which is effective to give him a travel document, explained the Bloc member. It's something that should be resolved quickly, but with [Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada], we are used to unnecessary administrative complications.”

The family gives themselves another week or two before make a decision on what to do next.