Prime Minister’s Office intervenes and orders Afghan interpreters’ immigration applications reviewed

Late last year, our own immigration lawyer Michael Niren was interviewed on CFRB radio and by CBC News about the inability of the Canadian government to make good on its promise to Afghan interpreters who put their lives on the line helping Canadians in Afghanistan –  these interpreters qualified for visas to come to Canada.

But those who applied were met with delays – and one Afghan interpreter was denied after speaking to reporters about his difficulties, seemingly as punishment for going public.

Now, according to this article in the Toronto Star, the Prime Minister’s office has ordered a review of these cases – which, according to the Star, could include the case of the interpreter who was rejected after talking to the media.

Previously, the applicants had to prove that they faced “extraordinary and individualized risk and serious injury” – but this was difficult to prove satisfactorily and resulted in the majority of cases being denied.

The program has since been altered – before last December – to accept Afghan nationals who worked with Canadians for at least one year.

Final decisions on all of the cases are to be made by February 15th.

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

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