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Years: Immigration Papers and Immigration Office

years: When the officer said to me, Congratulations, you are now officially a Canadian permanent resident,' I thought I was dreaming, said Godroy, 43, who was a midwife in the Philippines, according to Toronto Star. And I started crying, but those were tears of joy, thinking back about all these years of my sacrifices for a better future for my children. After 13 agonizing years away from her family during which her marriage broke down and her mother passed away, Godroy finally managed to put up a genuine smile earlier this month when she got her immigration papers after a final interview at the immigration office in Etobicoke. How did I survive the hardship or am I still dreaming Godroy's heart-wrenching story was featured in a Star story this summer about how an immigration backlog is keeping live-in caregivers from their families back home. However, NDP immigration critic Jenny Kwan said it takes 56 months up from 53 in July for the government to process these permanent residence applications and almost 30,000 caregivers are currently caught up in the backlog. Article Continued Below Under the old live-in caregiver program before its overhaul in 2014, foreign caregivers were eligible to apply for permanent residency after two years of work in Canada. ( As reported in the news.