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Minister Alexander: Please bring Baby Ella home!

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Baby Ella is a lovely, curious, 17-month old child from Sierra Leone.  Her adoption, by a Canadian citizen, was granted by the High Court of Sierra Leone on 2 July 2014.  In keeping with the Hague Convention, the adoption was deemed by the High Court to be in the best interests of the child.

Per the requirements of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), the adoptive father submitted Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) and Canadian Citizenship applications for Ella to Canada’s High Commission in Accra – both that were received by the Commission first in mid-July and finally on 8 October (after having provided additional information that had been requested).

Based on the application processing timelines available on the CIC website, the adoptive father travelled to Sierra Leone on 26 October, planning to bring Ella home to Canada soon thereafter.

On 30 October 2014, CIC announced that it would stop issuing visas to people from the three West African nations where Ebola is widespread.  This includes Sierra Leone, which prompted the following media coverage (and public outcry) related to Canada’s decision that seemed to be blocking Ella’s TRP (visa).

http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/immigration-canada-blocking-adopted-sierra-leone-baby-from-coming-home-father

http://tvanouvelles.ca/video/3875474570001/quebecois-coince-en-sierra-leone-avec-sa-fille-reportage-18h/

 

 

 

Since then, Kevin Menard, a spokesman for CIC has said that ‘the visa ban has nothing to do with Ella’s case and that discretion remains to approve visas for essential travels’.

 

Ella and her father are in danger.  They are living in the middle of a humanitarian crisis brought on by the Ebola outbreak, which is already estimated to have killed over 5,000 people in the affected West African countries.

Despite this, CIC refuses to provide any indication as to when the TRP (visa) may be issued.

Why won’t Canada process Ella’s application and allow them to come home to Canada, where they belong?

Sign the petition today and ask Minister Alexander to ‘Please bring Baby Ella home’!

 



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