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.

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

71 thoughts on “Citizenship and Immigration Canada Still Failing Afghan Interpreters

  1. sahar

    Hi we are four sisters in india as afghan refugees and also under age
    just once listen to our case you will 100% will help us plz

    Reply
    1. Rachel

      Hi Sahar,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! We would love to help you and your sisters, but would need to know further details of your case to determine the best pathway for you to immigrate. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  2. Mohamamd Arif Siddiqui

    Hi Dear Sir/Madam

    I am Afghan and was work for a US army and NATO, ISAF as Network and Optical fiber Engineer I have all document from them But now I lost my Point of connect I need help for my Family to save I face with treat my sayings have reality they said that they embassy in Kabul is not working for immigration please tell me away from where i can get help and move my family from Afghanistan as soon as possible before I lost one or all my family members I need immigration visa for me and my if you can really help give me information coz I really need help for my family

    Reply
    1. Atiqullah

      Dear sir . I was interpreter with Amreican.
      Now i am in india as refugee becuase taliban attack on me and i came hear to india . I have very bad condation in india my wife is in bad condation hear . Please help me 😢 please
      Please….help

      Reply
      1. Immigration Lawyers

        Hi Atiqullah,

        I am so sorry to hear about the troubles you are currently facing, but we would love to find a way to help you. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

        The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

        Reply
  3. MohiburRahman

    Dear Sir/Madam!
    Respects,

    Sir, I have worked about one year under the Canada Government Agencies for Reconstruction and develoment of Afghanistan, now I am faced extremely security problems by insurgents, I have more evedince and proves that the insurgents attacked me and my house several times which the government of Afghanistan also knows clearly this issue also they have officialy warned and targeted me for my killings.
    So, I am kindly requesting to Please help me regarding this issue.
    Best Regards

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello, We will need to know more about the details of your situation. 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 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  4. OBAIDULLAH

    Hello sir I was working with candian TASK FORCES in Kandahr as an interpreter for three months and I was in a walking petrol and tank which face with IDE and I was in side in distrct in Kandahr which face with ambush so I was with Engineering for IDE team FOB MSG Then I find a chance for Higher Education BIT Bachler Information Technology I gave resign and gone to University I told during resigning interview when I Pass my education I come back to support Canadian task forces when I finished my edu in 2015 came back to work with Canadian all forces leaved Afghanistan now I am in Ghazni with bad situation Please to need your help to immigrate in Canada. Because me, my wife in high risk.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Obaidullah. 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 and your wife. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  5. SULIMAN BIK

    i am suliman bik from foryab province i have been worked with Canadian troops in Kandahar province afghanistan in 2010 so i applied to IOM ORG IN KABUL SO MY CASE WAS REJECTED
    BECAUSE OF I WORKED FOR 10 MOUTHS NOW MY FAMILY LIVES IN DANGER I REQUEST THAT PLEASE HELP ME GET CANADIAN VISA

    Reply
  6. jawid khan

    hi sir,
    i am an Afghan citizen i was working as a teacher in balkh province after i got warnings from taliban (ISIS) i left afghanistan and came to pakistan now i want to apply for refugee status
    i have a brother he is canadian citizen living in canada now the question is here
    can my brother sponsor us for groups of 5 sponsors a refugee? waiting forthe answer
    kind regards

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Jawid. Thank you for writing to us. Yes, your brother and four other people can apply for a Group of 5 sponsorship to bring you and your family to Canada.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  7. Mohammad Sadeq Arianfar.

    Dear Sir

    I, Mohammad Sadeq S/O Abdul Hamid was working as an interpreter with ISAF (NLD forces) at camp Hadrian in Urozgan province, Deh Rawod district, Afghanistan from December 19th 2006 until November 5th 2007.

    During this period I have received a lot of warnings from OMF (Taliban), however I had to support my family and to serve for my country, moreover I loved working with ISAF, so I continued my job and didn’t care about warnings.

    Afterward I have found a warning letter from inside of my house yard in Kabul city at 5am morning on October 23rd 2007 while I was on my vocation.

    They threatened to kill me and my family through the warning letter; I really felt danger. My family scared a lot; we didn’t know what to do. Anyway we have escaped from our original place and I went to Pakistan, my family escaped to another province of Afghanistan.

    In Pakistan I applied for refugee and received the refugee card of UNHCR. I stayed in Pakistan for 8 years just waiting for response. I had several interviews and the documents will be shared if needed.

    Despite Afghanistan is not a secure place particularly for me and my family, but I have to live together now with my family. My family insisted that I should come back from Pakistan and I did so because living in Pakistan without having a proper job is extremely difficult.

    We are not living in one place now and to reduce any possible risks we have to shift from one place to another place in order to hide ourselves from our enemy (Talliban).

    We are really in danger and life is getting difficult for us day by day.

    Therefore I kindly request you that please pay attention to me and help me regarding processing my refugee application to CANADA.

    I have the required documents to sublimit to you and please let me know if needed.

    Thank you so much in advance for you kind consideration.

    Yours Sincere
    Mohammad Sadeq Arianfar.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for writing to us Mohammad. I understand the stress that this situation has put you and your family under. We have been practicing Canadian immigration law for over 18 years, and we are regarded to be one of the country’s top immigration law firms. If you want us to help you with your refugee application I am going to recommend 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, Vahe

      Reply
  8. Anonymous

    Hi sir I am one of USA interpreters I can’t write everything about me because of security I want to apply for Canada visa if there is chance for me I am not save here in Afghanistan Kunduz please give me your email I will send you full information about me.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello. 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, Vahe

      Reply
  9. Najeebullah Azimi

    Hello dear sir/mam
    I was with Canadian army in kandahar province as an interpreter in OMLT team.
    I don’t want to say that my life is in risk and this is true my life was not in risk and it’s not in risk since four years I’m living in Germany I have three years visa but I want to live in Canada can you please help me? How I can apply for citizens visa.
    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Najeebullah. First, thank you for your service. Although Canada no longer has a special program for Interpreters, there are many programs open for Canadian immigration. I suggest that you book an appointment with one of our legal team advisers to look at all your options. You can book your appointment by following this link http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  10. Abdul Manan

    Dear sir I am Abdul manan I was working with Canadian Guard force in Kandahar province for 4 years

    I would like to move to Canada because life is not secure for me and for my family please help me that how can I apply for your visa thanks NOTE THAT I HAD WORK IN CAMP GRACELAND KANDAHAR CITY

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Abdul. Thank you for your service. Although there have been some problems with the program for interpreters, there are still opportunities. Please Abdul, complete this form for me http://goo.gl/RvRtRK it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to get you to Canada.
      Regards,
      Vahe

      Reply
    2. Ahmad

      Hello Brother,
      Is Canadian special immigrants program started again in Afghanistan. I need to know it for my brother. Thanks

      Reply
      1. Vahe Mirzoyan

        Hello Ahmad. That program has not started again, but there are many Canadian immigration paths that might be appropriate for your brother. 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, Vahe

        Reply
  11. parwiz

    hello dear sir/mam.
    i am an afghan and i studied in Pakistan. recently I completed my education there, and I returned back to my own country Afghanistan, now there are some groups in our village (chaprarhar,jalalabad) by the name of Taliban and ISIS,the have given a warning to me that leave this country or others wise we will going to kill you, the government can not do anything because they are very powerful ,recently they (ISIS) beheaded one of the taxi driver in our village and people can not do anything, so please sir/mam i would request you that give some information how to get out off this.
    thanks

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Parwiz,

      Thank you for your post. I am truly sorry to hear about the fear and worry that you are feeling as a result of what is going on in your country! We will do our best to see what options you have available to you to get you to Canada so that you and your loved ones can be safe! Please email us directly at [email protected] and advise us of your availability. We will of course need to learn more details about you and your family so that we may advise you accordingly, as this is not a matter to be discussed on a public forum. MF

      Reply
    2. Shafiq Abdulrahimzai

      Hi dear sir i was as Interpreter and superviser in Canada Embassy i am from logar Provence and there is a very bad saturation in my Provence som People inform me the killer group of taliban naw now about you to work for Foreign People please i Need To your help

      Reply
      1. Vahe Mirzoyan

        Hello Shafiq. You are in a very serious situation. 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, Vahe

        Reply
  12. Abdul Wasi Sherzai

    Abdul wasi {sherzai}
    IOM file number : 365
    Address : jalalabad Afghanistan
    Dear sir :
    I was interpreter with Canadian force in Kandahar province I have started the process of immigration to Canada in 2011
    And I had an interview with Canadian in 2012 after the interview they sent me email they have written on email that your process is refused that you can reapply .
    Dear sir can you give more information how can I reapply for this process if you want I will send you those email that I got from Canadian .
    Our life is full of risks in Afghanistan and after the process I got threat letter and cell phone calls from insurgents.
    I will be very appreciated to you if you help in this way
    Thank you for helping me

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Abdul,

      Thank you for your post. In order for me to serve you better, I would need to gather details about you and your application history here in Canada. Please complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ and once I have reviewed it, I will contact you to advise you on whether or not you can apply as well as what programs you are eligible for. MF

      Reply
  13. muhmmad asif

    Hi ,
    Sar i was interpreter with dutch army.and with us ,
    Now my life is not save i want apply for canda plz help me

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Muhmmad,

      Thank you for your post. We are here to help! I just need to gather details from you to determine your eligibility as well as which program to help you apply for that you would be successful in getting approved. Kindly complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ you will be contacted once it has been reviewed! MF

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      1. Said Najim Zewary

        Hi, I am Said Najim one of Canadian interpreters in Afghanistan. I worked with Canadian forces for more than two years. Now I am looking for a visa to move to Canada. I am not safe to live here.

        Reply
        1. Mira Freiwat

          Hello Said,

          Thank you for your post. I can definitely asses you and your situation to determine your eligibility as well as the best option for you to Immigrate to Canada. In order for me to do so though, I must first learn more information about you and your situation. Kindly complete this form for me Said, http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ as it will give me all the details I need to proceed. You will be contacted once it has been reviewed. MF

          Reply
        2. Muhammad Karim Amiry

          Hi, I am Muhammad Karim Amiry one of Canadian interpreters in Afghanistan. I worked with Canadian forces for more than one year. Now I am looking for a visa to move to Canada. I am not safe to live here. please help us

          thanks

          Reply
  14. Baktash

    Hi
    Hi dear sir/madams!
    I have worked as a convoy interpreter OPS interpreter & ops supervisor for international security companies in Afghanistan we had managed & secured all the fuel & food services of ISAF/ NATO forces in southern Afghanistan , I was faced for the threat, I have certificates and many appratiated latter as well,
    I had managed convoys for the all compounds,
    My question is May I can apply for the Canada visa ?
    Please help me and show me the right way

    Kind regards

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      Thanks for the question. You may qualify to immigrate on the basis of being an interpreter, but there may also be other options available to you. We would be happy to help you immigrate, and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  15. Anonymous

    hello
    my name is Qasim,I have worked with the US army for 10 month,and about few month I came to turkey,am I eligible to come to canada

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      Thanks for the question. If you were a translator for the US Armed Forces then you may be able to immigrate to the US. We would be happy to help guide you through the entire process, please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  16. ali amiri

    Hi sir
    this is Ali from Afghanistan can i become a Canadian citizen if it is passible please help me.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Ali,

      Thanks for the question. First you will need to become a Canadian Permanent Resident, and then you may naturalize to become a citizen. 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
  17. masood barak

    from Kandahar Afghanistan and also i worked in Kandahar Airfield with Canadian Army as a contractor in 6 year and how can i apply for Canada and would you please help me?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      Thanks for the message. We would be happy to help you come to Canada, and please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us so that we can schedule a consultation and provide you with personalized advice.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  18. rajab sepehry

    what should i do to make an application
    please help me because my life is danger

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hi Rajab,

      We can definitely assist you in an application for asylum, as we have done for many clients in the past. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office at 416-410-7484 in order to setup a consultation with one of our experienced immigration lawyers.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
      1. Anonymous

        I was working with US Army, and have al documents and certificates how I can apply ?

        Reply
        1. owen

          Hello,

          We can certainly help guide you through this application process if you want to be considered as a translator for the US Army, and we can also help you explore other options that may be available to you. Please see http://www.visaplace.com/usa-immigration/ and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

          Regards,
          Owen

          Reply
  19. rajab sepehry

    Dear sir
    this is rajab sepehry from Afghanistan my father has been worked for Canadian for several month if you can take me to Canada we would be pleased thanks

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Rajab,

      Thanks for the inquiry. We can definitely help you make a strong application to maximize your chances of being able to come to Canada. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any further questions.

      Reply
  20. alamkhan

    My name is that I do not to mention for security reason but I worked with Canadian troops as a interprter for three years and all certificate s and re came recommendation letters I received including the officer with whom I have worked their email address on them and my life u know better is in danger beside that I am jobless please answer me back

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      Thank you for the message and for your service. We can certainly help guide you through this process which a couple hundred people have qualified under over the years, however many people don’t end up qualifying because they cannot provide sufficient evidence, but this is something we would help you with. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  21. No name

    Hello dear sir iam living in afghanistan and our laves in truble we need to leave here and come to canda if you help us .

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      We can definitely help you, and I am very sorry to hear about situation. The best thing to do would be to setup a consultation with one of our experienced lawyers who would be able to help you explore your options in regards to asylum. Please feel free to contact us at your earliest convenience.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  22. Lina

    Hello sir or meadam i worked with us army and now my life in truble can i apply for candan visa and how will i start my prosece..

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      We can certainly help you explore your options in regards to asylum. Please feel free to contact us at your earliest convenience.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  23. feroz faiz sahil

    Hello
    Dear sir
    I worked for Canadian tropes as an interpreter and currently I am working at the ministry of agriculture irrigation and livestock as a procurement officer.
    My life is not save here in afghanistan that is why I need to move to canada.
    If there is any possibility for me to move there please help me.
    thanks
    Best
    sahil

    Reply
  24. Mohammad

    Dear Sir or Madam
    My name is Mohammad…And im 16…im looking for canada citizenship,,coz i hardly can continue my life in here,i also speak Dari,persian,and english fluently,,,is there any way i can get citizenship?
    thankx
    looking forward hearing from you
    Regard

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Mohammad,

      Thank you for the inquiry. Depending on your particular circumstances, it may or may not be possible for you to become a citizenship through your parents or by first becoming a permanent resident of Canada. We would be happy to help assist you in becoming a Canadian Citizen, but first we will need more information about your personal circumstances. 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
  25. Zainuddin

    Dear sir
    i am from kunduz khanabad and we are work with forgieners aid orgnization and now we want to travel canada so pleas how can i apply help me

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Zainuddin,

      Thank you for the question. We would be happy to help you travel to Canada. You may be eligible under a variety of programs, but in order to further assist you we will need some more information about your personal circumstances first. 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
  26. Anonymous

    I have worked with Canadian army and I have all the requirements. but unfortunately I was not aware of this program. and now I want to apply for this program. so please pass my massage to the respnsaibile department.or give me their contact addresses.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      Thank you for the question. We would be happy to help you come to Canada. 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
  27. Nazery

    hi my name is Nazery and i have worked with Canadian for 14 months. can some body please help me with the process of how to apply for a special immigration visa for afghan at risk interpreters

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Nazery,

      Thank you for the question. If you meet the requirements for the Afghan’s at risk program, then you must go to the Kandahar Air Field or the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team site where a Canadian official will assess your eligibility. If you are not eligible under that program, then depending on your personal circumstances you may be eligible to come to Canada under a different program. 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
  28. Rohullah Q

    hello sir
    this is Rohullah from Kandahar Afghanistan
    sir I worked for Canadian forces in KDH Afghanistan for 1 year as interpreter
    I was with Battle group in fob welson in Jaray district of Kandahar province
    I have been trying to apply for Canada immigration would you please help me to succeed for immigration to Canada.
    my life is in danger here I can’t come out from home
    I am as a prisoner at home all day & night
    please help me
    best regards.

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Hello Rohullah,
      I have passed your contact information on to one of our experienced immigration consultants. You will be contacted via email soon.

      Best Regards,
      Sarah Jane

      Reply
  29. Kaihan Shadab

    Dear sir i have been working with canadin troops in Khandahar as interpreter more then 19 months and i am face with lots of probles here in afghanistan. and my other friends they are all in canada now please help in my case to go forword.

    Reply
  30. Bashir ahmed suleman

    Dear Sir

    My name is Bashir ahmed suleman and i am a contractor,i had served and canadian forces for over a year as a contractor i did several projects and now i would like to move to canada because life here is not secure for me and me i am still working as contractor i have my own company,so please if you could show me the way how i can apply for visa it will be appreciate.,

    bashir Ahmed Suleman

    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Bashir
      Thank you for your question. You can apply for a visa at your local Canadian Embassy. For more information contact us at [email protected] or go to our website at http://www.visaplace.com

      Reply
  31. Dounia dost passon

    dear sir
    this is dounia dost passon from Afghanistan i have been worked with Americans for 10 months as interpreter i wanted to prolong my job but unfortunatly the Taliban threat me that they will kill me finally i decided to leave Afghanistan and come to Canada.so now i am in Greece and i couldnt come further because i dont have enough money so kindly i want you people to help me and take me from here to canada. thanks

    Reply
    1. Samim

      Hello sir I was working with candian troops in Kandahr as interpreter for two months and I was in a love (tank) which face with IDE and I was in side of love in distrct in Kandahr which face with ambush we ware under the fire of for two days then we receive convey and came back to FOB hotal
      Then Taliban called me that if you don’t resin form your job we well kill you then I resin for troops and escpt to need your help to immigrate in Canada.
      Because me, my wife and my children are in high risk.

      Reply
      1. owen

        Hello Samim,

        We would be happy to help you immigrate, and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

        Regards,
        Owen

        Reply

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