Canada opens doors to Afghans who worked with military, diplomats

Policy would protect workers whose lives at risk because of association with Canada
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 05/26/2009

The federal government is putting the final touches on an immigration policy that will make immigration to Canada easier for hundreds of Afghans who have worked with the Canadian mission.

Afghans who have been severely injured working with the Canadian military or diplomats, or who can prove they face threats will be eligible to fast-track their entry to Canada.

To be eligible for the program, Afghans will need at least 12 months' service with the Canadian mission, have a recommendation letter from a senior soldier or diplomat and pass a medical and security check.

The first of these ex-employees and their immediate families could arrive within months.

The program, inspired by ones in other countries such as the United States and Britain, is much broader than the one initially considered by the Canadian government that would have only fast-tracked entry for severely injured interpreters.

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