N.B. woman, U.S. husband in immigration limbo
Couple growing frustrated with months of waiting on residency application
A New Brunswick woman living in the United States is trying to move home with her family but is blocked by her American husband's residency application.
Jodi Munn, her husband Jefferson Quitazol and their 10-month-old daughter have been in immigration limbo for months.
Both Munn and Quitazol have nursing jobs lined up in Saint John and are growing frustrated with continued silence from Ottawa.
"It doesn't make sense to me," said Munn. "I feel like we should just be able to go home," she said.
Munn has been working as a nurse in the U.S. since 2006. Now in Virginia, she wants to move back to New Brunswick but is still waiting on immigration processing for her husband.
"We tried calling and contacting, and the lawyers tried, and they won't give us any information. So we don't even know what that decision is," said Munn.
Quitazol applied for permanent resident status in March 2012 at the Canadian consulate in Buffalo, but the consulate was closed in August.
Janet Thompson-Price, a Saint John-based immigration lawyer, helped with the couple’s application.
"Buffalo closed without any advanced notice and then they sent all the Buffalo files up to Ottawa," she said. "And once they were sent up to Ottawa, things really got bogged down and delayed."
To make matters worse, Munn and Quitazol both have June start dates for the jobs they've lined up in Saint John. With no answers from the government, Munn is beginning to worry.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada declined an interview with CBC News.
But as a result of the CBC’s inquiry, CIC has contacted Quitazol and said it is working to resolve the issue.