Margots still hope to stay in Canada

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The Margot family, including parents Roxanne and Dan and their daughters Rita, 7, front left, and Olive, 9, continue to hope they can remain in Canada. They were photographed on Sept. 7 in front of the home they bought near Muirkirk, in east Chatham-Kent. The Margots will have to move now that the house has been sold, but hope the move will be local rather than international.

The Margot family, who came here three years ago from New Zealand hoping to become permanent residents of Canada, have a big decision to make by Dec. 1.

That’s when the sale closes on the dream house they had purchased near Muirkirk with the hopes of building a new life. However, Dan Margot, his wife Roxanne, and two children Olive, 9, and Rita, 7, have been in limbo since Dan was laid off in January 2016, which also halted their process of becoming permanent Canadian residents.

“At the moment, we’re preparing for the worst-case scenario – we’re preparing to leave,” Dan Margot said Nov. 8.

Margot, who has a highly sought-after skill as an aviation mechanic with a specialty working with aircraft gas turbine power plants, has been trying to find other work, but has hit some road blocks because he is not a Canadian citizen.

He has applied to the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa, noting the organization was looking for someone with jet engine experience.

“Everything in the job description was everything I’ve done before.”

He is anxiously awaiting to hear back, adding the application said the job was open to both residents and non-residents.

“It’s not for the lack of trying, even now we’re still trying,” he added.

In the meantime, the family has spent $2,500 for a permanent resident application to the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), and other $800 to have their temporary resident status extended, because they were supposed to leave Canada on Oct. 20.

Margot said the extension application explains why the sale of their home closes on Dec. 1, and “if we are going to have to leave the country, then please be mindful of the fact that . . . we have equity in the house and we need to get that out in order to move to where we’re moving to.”

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