Citizenship and Immigration Canada Still Failing Afghan Interpreters

We recently blogged about Canada’s rejecting refugee claims from Afghan interpreters, and our own Michael Niren was quoted in the original article. In fact, we’ve been talking about this since late September when we mentioned that Afghan interpreters were still waiting for Canadian immigration.

Afghan interpreters are translators who have helped Canadian troops in Afghanistan, and thus put their lives at risk doing so. Many have been killed and others face the threat of death constantly for helping Canada, and instead of being rewarded with immigration to Canada (as promised) many of these brave Afghan interpreters are finding themselves being jerked around by the Canadian government.

According to this article in the Toronto Star, one such interpreter was given preliminary approval to come to Canada after his story made the front page and resulted in a ton of criticism of the government. Then out of nowhere, he was rejected from the program with nothing more than a form letter.

According to the article, there is suspicion that the original article in the Toronto Star where the man initially spoke about the process taking so long, angered officials and resulted in the rejection. This is only speculation by the man himself and the reporter. Of the 600 Afghans who have applied for the program, only 180 have been approved so far.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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