MANILA, Philippines – Canadian Ambassador Neil Reeder said Thursday that the Canadian embassy is speeding up the visa applications of Filipinos displaced by Typhoon “Yolanda.”
As part of the help extended by the Canadian government, Reeder said the embassy is working overtime so that the pending immigrant visa applications of hundreds of Yolanda victims who had met the requirements can proceed with ease.
He said the embassy staff had already identified the cases from the typhoon struck areas in Leyte, Samar, Panay and Northern Cebu, adding that these will be prioritized.
The embassy has already called some of the applicants to ask if they are ready to proceed to the next step of their visa applications. Some are more than happy to do so but others declined saying they are not yet ready as of the moment.
E-mail addresses and committed phone lines had been set up by the Canadian government’s Citizenship and Immigration Counter in Manila, wherein these prioritized applicants and their families may send their messages or call for assistance.
Canada remains one of the top destinations where Filipinos desire to immigrate.