HELP SURJIT BHANDAL STAY WITH HER FAMILY IN CANADA!
December 10th, 2012 - 12:12pm
Surjit Bhandal is an 83 year old woman from India currently residing with her nephew’s family near Victoria, BC. She has been denied Permanent Residence and now faces the possibility of being deported to die alone in a country where she has no immediate family, no support and no place to live.
Surjit’s sister-in-law was severely disabled, so Surjit stepped in and raised her two nephews from the day they were born as her own children. They have always referred to her as their ‘mother” and she calls them her ‘sons’. Surjit has lived with her nephews’ family for over 45 years. She has never lived alone. After most of her family immigrated to Canada, Ms. Bhandal continued to care for her nephew’s mother in India. In 2005, the nephews were able to sponsor their biological mother for Permanent Residence. However, the same was not true for Surjit, the ‘mother’ who raised them. Instead, Surjit has been in Canada as a visitor since 2008 while the family applied to sponsor her for Permanent Residence on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds.
Surjit has no immediate family left in India and no one who could care for her there. The old family home was taken over by squatters years ago and is no longer habitable. Surjit has aged considerably in the past two years; she is now quite frail and arthritic and her memory is diminishing. She needs assistance to get in or out of a chair, or to walk more than a short distance. Despite this, her sponsorship application has been denied three times and requests to extend her visitor visa have been denied as well.
Surjit cared for her nephews since their birth. Now they want to care for their ‘mother’ in her declining years. They have covered all of Surjit’s living expenses thus far and have pledged to continue doing so. One of her nephews is building a house with two bedrooms on the main floor for his ‘mothers’. Instead, at 83 years old Surjit faces an arduous journey thousands of miles away to India, and the prospect of being alone and cut off from her family for the first time in her life.
TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR SURJIT – PLEASE WRITE A LETTER TODAY!
Write a letter TODAY to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada and ask him to let Surjit Bhandal stay in Canada on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds!
Address your letter to:
The Hon. Jason Kenney, P.C., M.P.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Ottawa, ON K1A 1L1
Personal letters always make the best impression. Not sure what to say? Here’s one suggestion:
Dear Mr. Kenney,
I am writing in support of Surjit Bhandal, an 83 year old woman from Victoria, BC who was denied Permanent Residence in Canada on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds. I implore you to use the discretionary powers of your office to find a way for Ms. Bhandal to stay in Canada. Ms. Bhandal has no home and no support in India; she needs the support of her Canadian family. This is a time when Canada needs to show its generous spirit. Please allow Ms. Bhandal to stay in Canada on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds.
You can also send Mr. Kenney an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
FRIENDS OF SURJIT BHANDAL, VICTORIA BC