Family’s Immigration Paperwork Lost In Mail, Faces Deportation From Canada

Humanitarian Grounds application never received, leads to deportation from Canada

A family originally from Guinea faces deportation from Canada after their immigration paperwork was lost in the mail.

After initially having their refugee claim denied, the family appealed on humanitarian grounds, which never made it to any immigration offices. Despite a new application being filed, a deportation order was filed and the family was expected to be deported from Canada on Sunday.

Mother Kankou Keita and her five children arrived in Canada in 2007, filing a refugee claim in the grounds that her daughters would be forced to have their genitals mutilated and could have been forcibly married if they were to return to Guinea.

On Saturday, many protestors rallied outside of the Citizenship and Immigration offices in Montreal in support of the family.

Once a deportation from Canada order is issued, the Canada Border Services Agency has to comply with it as soon as possible.

Latest update on family facing deportation from Canada

The family had gone to the airport on Sunday to begin their trip back to Guinea, but did not end up boarding a plane because one of the daughters became ill shortly before boarding. They ended up going to the hospital, and according to CTV News the daughter was in a trance-like state.

What is the Big Lesson here?

Track your application package! Not always easy to do. At our law firm, we make it our mission to ensure our immigration applications arrive at their intended destination, are properly processed, reviewed and handled by the immigration authorities and all updates and correspondence is received and communicated to our clients. Again, not always easy. Immigration is a large bureaucracy and can be a challenge to navigate. But  not doing so can, as we have seen, mean the difference between status and deportation.


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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