A man reports that he met the requirements and therefore was accepted by the
Canadian immigration agency as a landed immigrant.
RES.: And why did you decide to leave Greece and come
Γ.Α.: I worked for three years in Corcyra at a very
large foreign hotel. I worked there as a supervisor, but the issue was that
there I was employed only six months. The other six months the hotel closed
and I was left without a job and considering that I couldn’t stay for six
months without a job, I decided to leave.
RES.: Yes, yes, yes, yes. And why Canada?
G.Α.: Canada came by luck. I made an application to go
to either America, or Australia, or Canada, whichever accepts me. America
turned me down because I had no sponsorship, Canada and Australia accepted me
both. I could go as a landed immigrant. Why did I come to Canada? Because the
tickets were cheaper.
RES.: Ok. And that’s how the immigration was, they were
telling you all that you can be a landed immigrant?
G.Α.: No, no. I belong in a category, back in those
years there were people who when they spoke French or English and they had a
degree and they had work experience somewhere and they were unmarried up to
thirty years old, they had priority in Canada. They were… they were taking
them in easily. So, I went for an interview in language in… in… in the
Canadian embassy in the French department, because within the embassy Quebec
has a special room, those who want to come to Quebec will have to have an
interview with the Quebec representative in there and the interview is in
French. But I convinced them that I spoke French well enough and they brought
me over here. They offered me that, the landed immigrant from then onwards.
Unlike the majority who came over here with the ships. I constitute a
different case myself. That is, I had the landed immigrant status from Athens
as soon as I left.