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The program fast tracks the permanent resident application process for skilled workers, provided they are sponsored by an employer. businesses, the program allows them to recruit skilled workers from around the world to fill positions in high demand.

Lee says he'd like to start his own business, but self employment is also barred under the program. Lynn, who has no restrictions on her work visa, offered to start a contracting company in her name, and sponsor Lee as an employee, but the couple was told that wouldn't be allowed, either.

While the Dennis family say they've lost all faith in the provincial and federal governments, they're thankful for the support of their Canadian friends and neighbours. The Pitt Meadows neighbourhood has rallied around the family, many of them helping with meals and letting the family use their phone and Internet after their's were cut off.

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Lee's brother was already living in Canada, and part owner of a contracting company. He offered to sponsor Lee under the Provincial Nominee Program if Lee would come to Canada and work for him.

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"There's a mountain of paperwork they have to fill out," says Lee. "Employers don't want to put up with any of that, they just want someone who can do the job."

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The family can't even afford MSP coverage.

"Once people see you're not a permanent resident, they don't want to hire you because they think you'll be gone six months," Lynn says.

"He begged Lee to come and work for him," says Lynn. "He needed to get his contracts done, and knew Lee was a fast worker."

now and paying taxes instead of collecting EI," he says. To get recertified in Canada will cost her close to $6,500.

Currently, the only work she has been able to find is walking dogs in her neighbourhood.

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Those requirements have scared off many potential employers, he says, and have prevented him from taking less skilled jobs in his field.

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The family of three has had to make do on less than $500 per week from Lee's employment insurance.

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So the family uprooted themselves and moved to Canada with the promise of a better life, and specifically, the promise of at least five years of permanent full time work. After that, they would be permanent residents, and some day, Canadian citizens.

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With Lee unable to find work, the family has struggled to make ends meet.

"We've been discarded by the government and the PNP," says Lee. "They've wiped their hands of us."

Because she can't work in her field, she has had look for unskilled jobs.

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However, when the company Lee worked for folded earlier this year, Lee found himself out of work.

As a skilled brick mason, Lee's trade was one of the dozens identified by the province as being in high demand.

The family was hoping to have permanent resident status approved soon, which would lift Lee's work restrictions.

have given up on the Canadian dream, understandably considering how the country has given up on them. Provincial Nominee Program .

Lynn suffers from fibromyalgia, and can no longer afford her medication.

However, nearly a year after the family filed their application with the federal government, they were told this week the application had been lost.

But even those have been illusive.

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Lee says he Nike Air Max New York doesn't understand why he isn't allowed to work.

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"Becky needs braces, and that will cost $8,000," says Lynn. "There's no way we can pay that right now."

To make matters worse, the restrictions on his work visa made it impossible for Lee to find work elsewhere. Because Lee came to Canada under the PNP, he can only work in the exact same senior position he previously held with his brother's company, and only for another employer who is willing to go through the process of formally sponsoring him.

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