Will This Ukrainian Ex-Army Get Canadian Residency?

A Ukrainian man was denied Canadian residency because the Canadian Embassy assumes the man engaged in activities like spying during his years in army of the Soviet Union from 1985-87. The man has appealed the Canadian federal government and asked the definition of a ‘spy, since nowhere in the country’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act a definition for the same is mentioned.

According to the lawyer of the Ukrainian man, the latter, along with his family has applied for the Canadian PR a decade ago. In July 2004, a visa officer approved the forty-three old as well-prepared candidate, but he was later refused residency by the Canadian Embassy in 2008, following background checks and interviews with the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service.

According to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act of Canada, a person who engages in activities like spying or plotting against a democratic government, or if he/she happens to be a part of an organization that has valid grounds on the basis of which the person can be suspected his/her engagement in spying, then the person is likely to be not qualified for permanent residency in Canada.

The immigration department said that Afanasyev was engaged intercepting and listening to English communications from East Germany that came from the U.S. bases in West Germany. Besides, he used to identify various frequencies and telegraph codes, while in the army. But, according to the Afanasyev’s lawyer, the immigration officials have exaggerated his client’s role in the army and clarified that Afanasyev was just a transcriber. On the other hand, the federal government has to say that Afanasyev’s responses to immigration questions were just not up to the mark, along he was unable to address the visa officer’s concerns.

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