Deprived of their mother for over a year

Deprived of their mother for over a year


Unable to repatriate his wife to the country during the pandemic, a Quebecer was finally forced to leave Cameroon with his two children who could be deprived of their mother for a year or two.&nbsp ;

Married since 2011 to an African woman, Denis G. Pilote, 65, is the father of two boys aged 13 and 9 who are Canadian citizens. 

En Due to failing health, the man from Saguenay made the decision to leave Douala without his wife after fifteen years of living together. Douala is the economic capital of Cameroon, in Central Africa.  

The 60-year-old managed to raise just under $5,000 to return home. Arrived with almost nothing, he currently lives with his brother in Sainte-Rose-de-Watford, in the MRC des Etchemins, in Chaudière-Appalaches. 

Already in 2020, at the Canadian High Commission in Yaoundé, he was told that only his two children could travel, but not his wife. 


“Lastly, I had difficulty working. I had help from family and friends to come back. I had no choice. If something happened to me there, the children could have suffered financially. I want them to be safe and get a good education. Their mother knows they are better off here. They adapted quickly, even if they miss her very much,” explained Mr. Pilote, speaking of his spouse and his boys, Grégory and Alphonse, who have just started school. 

For the moment, only a sponsorship procedure seems possible in order to allow their mother to come and join them. 

“It takes me five or six thousand dollars to take the steps. I have to collect that money, ”adds Mr. Pilote. 

An amount corroborated by Me Reynaldo Marquez, lawyer specializing in immigration and founder of the firm Lex Boréal. In addition to professional fees, there are immigration costs and medical costs.

“Sir should explore the possibility of submitting a sponsorship application outside of Canada. In practice, processing times are approximately 16 to 18 months. » 

Getting a visitor visa is not impossible, but the chances would be pretty slim.  

With family 

Oliva Flore Pilote

If her application is accepted, Oliva Flore Pilote ensures that she will be able to quickly find a job in Quebec, for several years. 

“It's not easy at all. My children are thousands of miles away. I talk to them every day, but it's very hard. It was the best solution, but I want to join my family. The children still need their mother,” the Cameroonian told the Journal

In the meantime, Denis G. Pilote criticizes the long and costly stages. “We were a united family and we separated because of a procedure that I find discriminatory. » 

In the midst of a pandemic, the ministry replied that solutions exist. “Family reunification continues to be a priority for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada,” said a spokesperson.  

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