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Afghan Translators Still Waiting for Canadian Immigration Help

Over a year ago the government of Canada promised to fast-track immigration paperwork for translators who worked in Afghanistan but only 50 have been approved so far, and they still await medical and security screenings.

Afghan Translators Must Meet Requirements to Receive Immigration Help

Over 200 people have applied but Canadian immigration officials say that they only expect about 50 more translators to qualify by the time the program ends next summer.

The requirements for the program are a recommendation from a high-ranking Canadian soldier or diplomat, as well as 12 months of supporting Canada’s mission in Afghanistan while proving they’ve faced extreme dangers related to their work with Canadians.

Immigration Help is Moving Applicants Forward

Melanie Carkner, a spokesperson for Citizenship and Immigration Canada, told the Toronto Sun this week that, “as a result of our reviews, close to 50 applicants are now moving forward in the immigration process. Should they all pass security, criminality and health screening, they will be accompanied to Canada by some 75 eligible family members, wives and all dependent children,” she said, “Canada still expects that approximately 50 principal applicants plus an average of two family members totaling 100 people will be eligible each year.”

Fast-Track Immigration Help for Translators is Not That Fast

The Afghan translators assist Canadian soldiers in communicating with locals in war-torn Afghanistan, an extremely important service that puts their lives at risk. Canada should be keeping their word with the translators, and NDP immigration critic Olivia Chow says she will be bringing up the issue later this month when the House of Commons resumes.

“Judging from the statistics so far, it’s not fast-track. In fact, there’s no track whatsoever for the majority of the Afghan interpreters, leaving them no hope and in dangerous situations,” she said.

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Michael Niren

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 Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

40 thoughts on “Afghan Translators Still Waiting for Canadian Immigration Help

  1. Rohuddin

    To whom it may concern;
    Hi, Rohuddin Zia has worked as an interpreter and translator with Canadian advisors in Kandahar province, in ANP – RTC-K NCO-A, FOB WALTON.
    I have recieved a recommendations from Canadian high ranking officer, and also i have worked as a security guard in Canadian embassy Kabul Afghanistan, i would like to apply for Canadian visa.
    sincerly yours.
    thank you.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Rohuddin. Thank you for your service. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  2. Idrees Ahmad Samadi

    hello dear: sir/madam this is Idrees Ahmad samadi i use to be an interpreter with Canadian armed forces in Afghanistan during 2009 to 2010 in Kandahar province of Afghanistan i have done many missions at the time of crisis alongside of Canadian armed forces service men and women and right now my life and my family life is in danger and i want to immigrate to Canada so i could safe my life and my family life i have recently received some threats from Taliban that if they catch me our my family they will kill us please help and support me out and safe my life
    Thanks and regards

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Idrees. Thank you for your service. I would suggest that you apply for refugee status when you arrive in Canada.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  3. Basir

    Hello Dear, I am Basir and I was an interpreter for the Canadian Brigadier General Devlin and Canadian French brigadier General Loxros from 2003-2004 and I am have been warned to death many times. I have evidence, like photos and videos that show my service with the Canadian force.
    Please let me know how to apply for a visa. I am living in Kabul and changing locations time by time. I need a quick help. thanks

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for writing to us Basir. There is definitely something that we can do either under Refugee, or Humanitarian grounds. I am going to suggest that you contact us as soon as possible to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who can assess your situation and advise on the best strategy to take. To make the appointment you can call us at 1-855-886-8472 or book the appointment online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  4. Shafi

    Hi…!
    I am Shafi one of the Interpreter of Canadian Forces in Kabul Afghanistan. I worked as an interpreter for Canadian Forces for more than one year between 2003 and 2004. I have one memorandum contains file number and appreciation letter given by our commander including lots of my photos with Canadian Forces while running the meetings and doing daily duties. But on that time there was no program for Immigration Visa for Canada to be recommended by our supervisors, therefore, I do not have any recommendation letter, only what I have are certain evidence as aforementioned. So please, How to take step forward to get asylum in Canada. However, the Canadian Embassy stopped this process in Kabul.

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Shafi,

      Thank you for your post. I can definitely provide you with some guidance by determining your eligibility, what documents are required to apply, and the proper steps to take in order to claim Asylum here in Canada. But in order for me to do so, I must first learn some more details about you and your situation in Afghanistan. Kindly complete this form for me Shafi, http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ as it will give me the information I need to proceed. You will be contacted once it has been reviewed. MF

      Reply
      1. Hewad Najeeb

        Hello dear madam , This is Hewad Najeeb , I had previously worked as assistant for one Afghanistan parliament member whom was under treath from taliaban and also attacked once , as assistant for seven years I also received many times messages and calls from unknown peoples and they were also given me life threat messages , kindly do let me know , am I eligible to apply for asylum for canada .

        Reply
        1. Mira Freiwat

          Hello Hewad,

          Thank you for your inquiry. I would be more than happy to obtain more details about you to be able to determine which options for immigration are most suited for you. Kindly complete this form for me Hewad, http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ and you will be contacted once your submission has been reviewed. MF

          Reply
  5. alamkhan

    Good morning sir I have question this is thirds time I typing on this site and crying for help I swear that I lost my land my home my property tha district I am from I have worked three years with Canadian troops in kandahar Provence I did not qualify for visa I had family problems since tow years I am applying for visa sending mail every where my name is Alex when I was working with canadain I went to islamabad but the security did not let me to the embassy to explained my issue please help me or give an appointment

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Alamkhan,

      Thank you for your post. I am sorry that you did not receive a response on your previous posts, but if you are in urgent need of assistance and wanted an appointment, our email and telephone number are available on this very website.

      We would really like to provide you with the care and assistance you need, please email us at [email protected] and we will schedule a consultation with you whenever is most convenient. MF

      Reply
  6. Ahmad Kakar

    Hi dear concern,

    I was working in one of NATO/ISAF Project under supervision of Ministry of Defense and Project was Maintenance of military and Police Weaponry. I was supervisor over there and my duty was to supervision a maintenance team having four weapon specialist, as the project is over i can not communicate with family side and i feel i am in danger over here, i want your kind assistance to guide me which section should i choose to fill (your free visa form for application). hope to hear a solution sooner,

    With Respect Ahmad.

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Ahmad,

      Thank you for your post. Please email me directly at [email protected] to further discuss your immigration inquiry. MF

      Reply
  7. alamkhan

    I want to apply for special immigration visa which had been promised with when we were in war along with Canadian forces Canadian forces safely return to their families and we still facing the trouble of that was the result of our jobs with Canadian troops when we are going out of the war the office er were telling you people will go together with us to Canada

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Alamkhan,

      Thanks for the question. We would be happy to help you immigrate to Canada if you were a translator for the Canadian forces, and we can also help you explore any other options that may be available to you and your family. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call to setup a consultation with one of our experienced immigration professionals.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  8. Muhammad Zurmaty

    Hello.

    I have a question, WHAT if someone has worked with US Armed forces as an interpreter in Afghanistan, can he apply for Canada visa?

    If so please advice.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      Your service with the US Armed Forces will likely not be helpful in immigrating to Canada, however, you may have other options available to you, and we would be happy to guide you through the entire process. Please fill out our free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly. http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  9. Ahmad zaki

    Hi dear Sir/ madam:
    My name Ahamd zaki
    I joined on 2008 with Canadian Army as Interpreter in Panjwahi District, Kandahar province and I worked with them honestly over then one year as my family member. I Leaved my job & my lovely country and went to Goa, India on June /2009. And got admission in one college and started my higher education and part time of work in one hotel as waiter. Thus I heard from one of my friend about Canada visa opportunity to their Interpreter In 2014 from Afghanistan to Canada so I came backed to Afghanistan on 2014. But unfortunately I lost chance of the Canada visa . And now as know the present satiation of our lovely country, please help all your .remaining Interpreter in Afghanistan.

    Dear I have got many Achievement Letters, appreciation letter, certificates Letter from High Ranking Officers in Panjwahi district of Kandahar province as proof of my work. And I would like to apply for the Canada VISA to live and work with friendly and humanitarian people of Canada. Have good time bye and thanks so……….much from Government of Canada .

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Ahmad,

      Thank you for the question. We would be happy to help you come to Canada, and depending on the details of your personal circumstances, there may be a variety of options available to you even if you don’t qualify under the program which helps Afghan nationals who are at-risk. Please fill out our free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  10. bakhtullah

    hi sir? application-my name is bakhtullah i from afghanistan i have mich very difficulty here in afghanistan too here in afghanistan civil wat here peace no they arent here in afghanistan destabilization is very ihave one demand for usa usaid immigration office nataralize in usa thank you for the compliment good luck thank my no +93-0775778479 good bey

    Reply
    1. renata

      Hello Bakthtullah,

      Thanks for your inquiry. We can help you, but in order to provide some assistance, we need to have more details. Please complete our free online assessment and our immigration team will contact you shortly: http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Reply
  11. bakhtullah

    hi sir? application-my name is ahmadullah i from afghanistan i have mich very difficulty here in afghanistan too here in afghanistan civil wat here peace no they arent here in afghanistan destabilization is very ihave one demand for canada immigration office nataralize in canada thank you for the compliment good luck thank you

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Bakhtullah,

      Thank you for the question. I understand that your current living situation is very difficult, and we would be happy to help you come to Canada. In order to further assist you, please fill out our free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  12. Bashir ahmad

    i have worked withe canadians as a language assistant .
    as you are aware that security situation is deteriorated in the whole kandahar province
    i am the only member of my family to support my family therefore i continued my job as a language assisstant.
    therefore i would like to request the government of canada to help me in this regard and grant me permanent resident in canada to save my life. i would be grateful from the canada government to accept my application for permanent resident visa.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Bashir,

      Thank you for the question. We would be happy to help you explore your options for immigrating to Canada under the Afghan translator program. This can be a lengthy process involving scrutinizing medical and security checks, but we have helped people in this program successfully come to Canada before, and we would be more than happy to help you do the same. In order to further assist you, please fill out our free online immigration assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  13. Mohammad Omid

    hello dear: sir/madam this is Mohammad Omid i use to be an interpreter with canadian armed forces in afghanistan during 2009 to 2010 in kadahar province of afghanistan i have done many missions at the time of crisis alongside of canadian armed forces service men and women and right now my life and my family life is in danger and i want to immigrate to canada so i could safe my life and my family life i have recently received some threats from Taliban that if they catch me our my family they will kill us please help me out and safe my life thanks

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Hello Mohammad,
      Thank you for writing! I have passed the contact information that you provided to one of our experienced team members. You should receive an email from her very soon.

      All the Best,
      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  14. khan

    Hello
    My Name is khan as i worked for Canadian troops at Kandahar at different district attended many dangerous mission me in that scared then i left country now back to Country so deeply threat have success to go my village so please help me in my visa.

    Reply
    1. Donnell Kent

      Hello Khan,

      Thank you for your post. Kindly go to http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ and fill out our free on-line assessment. From there we will be able to complete a thorough assessment and then be able to give you immigration advice to assist you in your immigration goals to Canada.

      Reply
  15. Fazel Ahmad Noorian

    Dear Sir, Michael Niren!

    I am interpreter Fazel Ahmad Noorian and I have worked in Kabndaher Province of Afghanistan in OMLT team at 205TH – ATAL Corps G6 section in spearing and summer of 2007(for 14 months), and to make you sure I can send my ID cards, my certificate and my recommendation Letter, that my Supervisor recommended me for the VISA.
    Dear Sir, I passed money dangerous missions with them but Canadian people were very friendly with me, but I faced with money threats through Taliban (bad guys) so that I had to leave the job, even the bad guys threaded my family till now….and still I am under threat and the life is too difficult for me and for my family in Afghanistan.
    So you are kindly requested to please help me to get the SEPCIAL IMMIGRANT VISA FOR INTERPERTER and go to Canada and continue my life and my education with my family in there …

    Sir , most of my colleagues has been got the visa and now they are in Canada ,but unfortunately I missed the first chance ,because I was not inform and now I got he information that next session of this process will start ,so I only want your support and kindness to help me for this process. And my Supervisor is recommended me for this VISA .if you have any question regarding me you can ask from my supervisor.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Fazal
      Thank you for your post.
      Have you applied for the Visa yet? I would recommend that you make an application and explain your circumstances in detail to the Embassy.

      Michael Niren

      Reply
      1. Fazel Ahmad Noorian

        No sir I have not applied yet. And I have recommendations from my Canadian supervisor as well and all other documents.
        The Canadian embassy in Kabul stopped this process, what should I do?

        Reply
        1. owen

          Hello Fazel,

          It would be best if you called us directly at 416-410-7484 in order to setup a consultation with one of our experienced immigration professionals who will be able to provide you with personalized advice for your specific situation.

          Regards,
          Owen

          Reply
  16. Abdul Wahab

    Hello Mr. Michael,

    I am Abdul Wahab from Afghanistan- I worked as a interpreter for B Squadron, Lord Strathcona ‘s Horse ( Royal Canadians) as part of the 1st VP Battle Group of the Canadian Task Force 3-09 at FOB MA ‘Sum Ghar, Kandahar -Afghanistan . I got threat from Taliban during my mission in kandahar, but still my life is in risk. I have job certificates and job recommendation letter , Can you please do me a favor? How can I apply for immigration visa I would appreciate if you help me regarding this issue please. So many time I try to get a positive answer but could find.

    Your comment is awaiting moderation

    Reply
  17. Abdul Wahab

    Hello Mr. Michael,

    I am Abdul Wahab from Afghanistan- I worked as a interpreter for B Squadron, Lord Strathcona ‘s Horse ( Royal Canadians) as part of the 1st VP Battle Group of the Canadian Task Force 3-09 at FOB MA ‘Sum Ghar, Kandahar -Afghanistan . I got threat from Taliban during my mission in kandahar, but still my life is in risk. I have job certificates and job recommendation letter , Can you please do me a favor? How can I apply for immigration visa I would appreciate if you help me regarding this issue please. So many time I try to get a positive answer but could find.

    Reply
  18. jahanger

    i have been worked with the Canadian forces in Kandahar province in Afghanistan for at least 16 mounts i am at risk now in Afghanistan i got warnings from the Taliban insurgents also the immigration process is closed now on afghan interpreter how worked for Canadian forces can i apply for Canada immigration now thanks so much from your attention .

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Jahanger

      This is a serious situation. Did you contact the authorities about this situation? You can apply for a Canadian visa but you have to prepare a formal application. Given the nature of your case, the first thing I would do is get help to secure your safety

      Reply
  19. Mohammad .Javeed

    i been worked atleast 4 years with Canadian Forces in Afghanistan .but i still here .my live is on the risk with my family .i been applied 3 times .tree times i been rejected .finaly in the Jan2012 i got i call from the IOM to fill out the forms for the permanent resident in Canada .so im soo happy with my family .but the process is soo solly .and the insurgents are looking after me .im from Urozgan province which close to Kandahar and soo danger .i born in Kandahar and i never been to my home .and i cant go up there any more .i got a call 4 times from my uncle and he said to me pls do not come here the insurgents are looking for u .i been worked for a long time with Canadian .. and i have 2 support letters from my 2 mentor i been worked for 1 Maj and 1 Capt .and i have like 13 recommendation and appreciate letters from my all mentors i been worked with them from 2007 until 2011 . so i want to be safe with my wife and my 2 daughters i don’t want to be target by the insurgents i wish to be free and start a new life in Canada with my small family
    Thank u soo much from the Canadian gov

    Reply
  20. Hameedullah

    I just wanted to say that I have worked with Canadian Army in Kandahar province for over one year and I have got three Achievement Letters and one Recommendation Letter from High Ranking Officers in Dand District of Kandahar province. and I would like to Apply for the VISA to live and work in Canada.

    Thanks and Regards.

    Reply

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