Citizenship revoked then restored after an “error” by Immigration Canada

Citizenship revoked then restored after an “error” by Immigration Canada
Citizenship revoked then restored after an “error” by Immigration Canada

Arielle Townsend of Ajax was originally granted Canadian citizenship when she was a baby.

Thirty-two years later, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship CanadaIRCC) had withdrawn from him, claiming that it was a error because his mother had not yet taken the oath at the time.

Arielle Townsend’s nightmare began when the department said her mother may not have been a Canadian citizen when Arielle Townsend was born in Jamaica.

Since then, the woman says she received notice last week stating that her citizenship application had been approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

She then felt relieved of a huge weight.

I immediately started cryingsays Arielle Townsend.

It was a huge relief to finally be done with this and have my citizenship restored.she adds.

Arielle Townsend was asked to take the oath of citizenship on May 17 and will receive her new citizenship card by mail and electronically, having insisted on getting both versions just in case.

But she says she’s still angry about having to go through months of stress and uncertainty, including being put on paid leave from work after losing her citizenship.

No one deserves to experience something like this. It was so upsetting for meshe says.

Citizenship canceled after 32 years

Arielle Townsend never thought she would question her citizenship, because immigration officials issued her a citizenship card in 1992, when she was less than a year old.

Her status was called into question in September, when the department said it discovered that Arielle’s mother may not have been a Canadian citizen when her daughter was born.

Ms. Townsend was born in Jamaica in October 1991. Her mother, who was living in Canada at the time, preferred to be surrounded by family during the birth.

However, his mother had obtained her Canadian citizenship certificate a few months earlier, in July.

In January 1992, she returned to Canada, without her daughter, to obtain documentation for the child. Her daughter obtained a citizenship certificate in August 1992.


Arielle Townsend, left, with her husband Amani.

Photo: Provided by Arielle Townsend

In early May, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship CanadaIRCC said that although a citizenship card was created for her mother in 1991, she did not take her citizenship oath until a few months after Arielle Townsend’s birth.

In an email, the ministry clarified to its lawyer thatthere was an obvious error in the issuance of Arielle Townsend’s Canadian citizenship certificate.

The woman therefore had to submit an official application to become a Canadian citizen, which cost her more than $600.

I have already lived the oath.

Taking the oath last week was weirdsays Arielle Townsend.

It was a bit comical because there I was 32 years old, I spent my whole life in Canada, I grew up singing the national anthem, I lived my whole life as a Canadian, but I had to take an oathshe explains.

I have already lived the oathsays Arielle Townsend.

She celebrated the return of her citizenship with family over the long weekend.

But the process taught her a lot about the need to stand up for her rights, she believes.

This entire process, [celui de] Revoking someone’s citizenship after building their entire life in a country is immoral. The immigration system really needs to be looked atbelieves Arielle Townsend.

In a statement to CBC TorontoL’Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship CanadaIRCC maintains she cannot comment on individual cases due to privacy legislation.

Arielle Townsend’s lawyer hopes the federal government will reimburse her for the money she spent to regain her citizenship.

With information from CBC News



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