December 12, 2017 will be a day that Rashid Ahmed will always remember, as it is the day that he became a Canadian citizen. Taking his oath of citizenship with 96 others during Canada 150 celebrations made the day especially meaningful for him. While his family was not able to be there to support him due to work, he felt like he was surrounded and celebrated by his Canadian family, many of whom may have been supported by Canadian Visa Professionals.
More than 78 thousand people took an oath of citizenship in Canada from the beginning of January to end of September in 2017, and almost three thousand are now living in Saskatchewan. The Canadian Visa Professionals help people from all over the world move to Canada. While there are new Canadian residents from all over the world, most are from the Philippines, China, and India.
Ahmed moved to Canada from Pakistan after feeling persecuted due to his religion. He was warmly greeted by the people living in Canada, one of whom has his uncle. He believes in Canada and the world working together to be at peace, and wants to be living in a country that embraces all people. Companies like Canadian Visa Professionals are a great way for people who want to move to Canada get the support they need to make this huge change.
While he is thrilled to be in Canada, he believes that he can do more than just simply sing its praises and bring the rest of his family with him. Part of his family – his parents and his sister – now live in Saskatoon with him. He works hard volunteering in the community alongside his new friends. On weekends and evenings during the week he is involved in the community, raising food for the hungry, helping at the university, and is part of various other campaigns.
He loves how Canada embraces diversity and multiculturalism and believes that he can still live out the values of his culture while in Canada without suffering persecution.