Pakistani woman says working with refugees for UN entitles her to fast-tracked Canadian citizenship

Pakistani woman says working with refugees for UN entitles her to fast-tracked Canadian citizenship

Bushra Halepota says she should be granted special accommodation because her work with the UN to help refugees is of ‘exceptional value’ to Canada.

Bushra Halepota faces a risk of losing her permanent resident status in Canada because of her frequent travel obligations, her lawyer says.Kathmandu Post
A Pakistani woman wants the federal government to fast-track her citizenship application under an obscure provision of the law that rewards people who provide “services of an exceptional value to Canada.”

In the past, such accommodations have been granted to foreign athletes so they can compete for Canada at the Olympic Games. But in this instance, Bushra Halepota, who has permanent resident status in Canada, says her work with the United Nations to help refugees and efforts to further global peace deserve special consideration.

Halepota’s application was initially rejected by a senior representative of Ahmed Hussen, the federal immigration minister. The representative found that while Halepota’s work was “commendable” and “noble,” awarding her citizenship would invite applications from any person who worked for a humanitarian organization.

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