A special program allowing Afghans who helped Canadian Forces in Kandahar working as translators and in other jobs to come to Canada was open from 2009 to 2011 and allowed these Afghans to come to Canada in exchange for the work they did, as many of these people risked their lives.
But the program has been problematic, denying entry to many of those who helped Canadian
soldiers abroad. One such person is Esmatullah Meherzada, who according to the CBC assisted Canadian soldiers on the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team.
Meherzada applied to come to Canada out of fear that he would be killed by the Taliban for the work he did, but he was denied entry in a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada that stated he was not trustworthy. But Meherzada had Department of Defense clearance in Afghanistan, and according an expert quoted in the article one can’t get more secure and trustworthy than that.
This program has had more than its share of issues, as one Afghan interpreter had his visa denied apparently because he discussed his difficulties in obtaining a visa with the media.
Our own immigration lawyer Michael Niren was interviewed on this very subject on CRFB radio last year, and you can read more about that as well as listen to the interview here.
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