facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Canada easing Afghan helpers' immigration

Feb. 7, 2012 at 8:56 AM   |   Comments

OTTAWA, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- The Canadian government is cutting red tape to keep immigration promises made to interpreters and aides in Afghanistan, the Toronto Star reported Tuesday.

Since Canada joined the NATO international military intervention in 2001, it has employed locals as translators, guides and "fixers" with a promise of expedited immigration for those who put themselves at risk for at least 12 months, the newspaper said.

However, as of Dec. 31 only 97 applicants and their families had been granted immigration and scores more had been rejected or delayed, the report said.

Unidentified sources told the Star Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper has quietly ordered Immigration Minister Jason Kenney to cut red tape, review 159 previous Afghan immigration denials and speed up the process.

The sources said decisions will be made by Feb. 15 and Afghans who are approved will be flown to Canada before July 1.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Pakistani leader intimately connected to IS Pakistani leader intimately connected to IS
2
John Wayne Gacy room at Rob Zombie's haunted house angers victims John Wayne Gacy room at Rob Zombie's haunted house angers victims
3
Boston Herald apologizes for 'racist' Obama cartoon Boston Herald apologizes for 'racist' Obama cartoon
4
Loose mountain lion spotted in Brentwood Loose mountain lion spotted in Brentwood
5
Court: Democrats don't have to run Senate candidate in Kansas Court: Democrats don't have to run Senate candidate in Kansas
Trending News
x
Feedback