JUDGE PASSES ON WOULD-BE-DIRECTOR’S PITCH FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCY

It was the audition of a lifetime — for a real-life role as a permanent resident of Canada. But aspiring film director Zhiming Wei earned two thumbs-down from an immigration officer and a federal court judge.

Zhiming Wei claimed he wanted to establish himself as a player in Vancouver's film industry. But a federal court judge said he had only the vaguest of plans. (David Horemans/CBC)

It was the audition of a lifetime — for a real-life role as a permanent resident of Canada.

But aspiring film director Zhiming Wei earned two thumbs-down from a pair of critics whose opinions carry real weight: an immigration officer and a federal court judge.

Justice Peter Annis gave Zhiming’s plans to become a self-employed player in Vancouver’s film scene a withering review last week in a rejection of the Chinese man’s bid to overturn an immigration officer’s decision to reject his application for residency.

“(He) was unable to provide anything but vague statements of limited participation in the past film productions, with minimal research for the planned 30 episodes of a TV drama,” Annis wrote.

“(He) appears to have little idea of what is conceived in meeting the definition of a self-employed person who can make significant contributions to a specified cultural economic activity in Canada.”

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