My parents moved to Canada about seven years ago. For the last three years we've been trying to arrange my move to your country, but without any positive results so far, though there is nothing to prevent my moving - I have the necessary sum of money, I speak English and French, I don't have a criminal past, I have parents in Canada.
When I tried to get a tourist visa, about three years ago, I was told by an embassy official that I earn too little money and that I don't have travelling experience, that is why I cannot come. and when I told him that I wanted to make that trip to Canada because my parents were about to get their citizenship and I wanted to be with them at that moment, he just told me that my parents can come to Russia, if they want to see me. And when some time later I applied for a permanent resident visa, I was refused as well.
And I have that feeling that my country is still behind the iron curtain. Citizens of most other countries have absolutely no difficulty in getting to Canada. For instance, if you are a citizen of Israel, you just buy a plane ticket and go, no need to get a visa. And when it comes to Russia, the only difference from cold war is that at that time it was very difficult to get out of Russia, and now it is difficult for an ordinary Russian person to get admittance into another country. We are not all mafia! There are some decent people here, too. Or is it because Russia is considered to be an under-developed country? I'd really like to hear a few opinions. What do you all think?