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Canada Recognizes Expired Venezuelan Passports for Immigration Applications

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in Immigration and Immigration Law

Canada Recognizes Expired Venezuelan Passports for Immigration Applications

The Canadian government announced on August 19 that Immigration and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and border agents recognize the 5-year extension to expired Venezuelan passports published by the Venezuelan National Assembly on June 7, 2019. Venezuelans can use these extended passports to apply for a visitor visa, a study or work permit, or permanent residence or to extend their stay in Canada. Passport holders can travel to or stay in Canada using their Venezuela passport if it expired less than 5 years ago or will soon expire.

As millions flee Venezuela's civic and economic crisis, Venezuelan consulates cannot replace expired passports and other documents.

“Canada remains deeply concerned by the critical and worsening political and economic situation in Venezuela. The inability of Venezuelans to renew their expired passports has posed significant challenges, which were highlighted in my discussions with members of the Venezuelan community in Canada. Our government is resolved to continue Canada’s commitment to and steadfast support for the people of Venezuela."

- The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

CBC reports that some Venezuelans in Canada on legal student visas cannot continue their studies or graduate because they can't update their documents due to expired passports, and others with permanent residence have seen their progress toward citizenship interrupted because their Venezuelan documents are no longer valid.

Applicants must meet all other immigration eligibility requirements. IRCC's website will advise Venezuelans if any additional steps become necessary.

The Canadian government is also easing refugee rules for Venezuelans and allowing challenges to deportation rules issued to Venezuelans whose asylum claims were rejected prior to Aug. 19, 2019.


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It is one thing to earn a living; it is another thing to make a difference in the world.

This is our formal thank you note to Evelyn Ackah and the Ackah Law Team for all the effort they put into helping us navigate and finally resolve the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration back in the spring of 2012.

A friend referred us to Evelyn; he assured us that Evelyn would take good care of us. Our friend was confident we were in good hands and said Evelyn would do her very best to help us and she did! At the time we did not know that his referral would go far beyond finding us help. Slowly we realized that it would become our own personal story of how we received grace and were reminded of the power in paying it forward

We wrote a detailed page of our dilemma, explaining how we came to be in the position we were in (overwhelmed with the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration and the uncertainty that we faced as a young family in Calgary). Evelyn agreed to take on our file with her team. They found the time to personally call us and listened intently and understood the details of what we were dealing with. They gave us their time, an honest opinion and provided clear direction which proved to be invaluable advice. Months went by but in time, we received word from Ackah Law that the Immigration office had finally reviewed our file and a decision had been made allowing our family to finally put the immigration matter to rest. We were finally able to focus again to live our lives without fear or pending doom.

Looking back now, even the sun appeared to shine a little brighter that day. At first we didn’t know whether to bake them a cake, drive out to meet their team, find their offices and personally thank them with a mighty hug or simply cry out to the heavens in thankful relief. Instead we emailed them to express our heartfelt thank-you and we hoped that they would know deep in their hearts just how grateful we were for all of their help.

Even though we relied on emails and phone conversations to communicate with them that year, we will always remember their constant professionalism, their kindness and understanding at a time that brought us so much pain not to mention fear. As if all their hard work wasn’t enough, Evelyn then then casually mentions that all their work was done pro-bono! We were thoroughly humbled!

To this day we are still eager to share how wonderful they all are as human beings but even more than that, we continue to pay it forward in honour of them, their service to us and their continued dedication in helping others.

Eternally thankful

– The Brummunds

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