In 2014, Joy had to leave her husband and five children in Nigeria to travel to Canada. Luckily, after a long application process, she was granted permanent residency and her family will join her there, come Sept. 8.
Joy, who is so excited to have her family with her, told, LeaderPost, that there were times she thought her application would not be granted but she kept her hope in God without giving up.
She added that she believed that Canada and Saskatchewan had a system that worked.
Joy explained that living far away from home was challenging because of the weather, as well as the culture.
“The culture shock is there. Like, in my country we speak English but when I came to Canada I had to learn how to speak English the Canadian way, it was quite challenging,” she said.
According to her, she wants her story to be an encouragement for other immigrants hoping to be joined by their families in Canada.
On her son born shortly after she travelled
He is three years now. I left him when he was a year-old and he doesn’t really know me. And now he can talk, now he can recognize people. But when I left, he wasn’t talking, he had not started walking, so it’s really going to be, I don’t know how to explain it. I’m thinking of words to describe the reunion.
On her family
We only talk on the phone and video call, it’s been really hard. Psychologically, emotionally, your children are not there. You don’t get to see people and if I need to talk to my family, we have seven hours’ time difference between my country and Canada so at times I have to stay awake to talk to them, I am not able to sleep.
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