Update on Surjit Bhandal Deportation Case

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February 25, 2013

Garrison Applauds Latest Decision in Surjit Bhandal Deportation Case

Victoria - Randall Garrison, MP (Esquimalt Juan de Fuca) welcomed the government's decision to set aside the previous ruling on Ms. Surjit Bhandal's application for Permanent Residence on Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds.  "This is not over yet, but I am pleased to see an acknowledgement that the previous decision in Surjit Bhandal's case was wrong," Garrison said.  "This is very good news for my 83 year-old constituent, but unfortunately she still faces imminent deportation from Canada and separation from her family."

Late last week the Department of Justice issued a decision allowing Ms. Bhandal to reapply for Permanent Residence on Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds.  The family now has 30 days to resubmit an application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada. There is no timeframe for how long it will take for a decision on that new application.

Ms. Bhandal raised her nephews as her own children from birth because their mother was severely disabled.  Her relatives are all now Canadian citizens and she has lived with her nephew’s family in Victoria for several years.  However, because Ms. Bhandal is not their biological mother, her nephews have been unable to sponsor her for Permanent Residence.  As a result she has faced deportation to India.  Ms. Bhandal has nowhere else to go.  She has no home and no family left in India to care for her.  Randall Garrison has been fighting to prevent this deportation and has called upon the government of Canada to recognize Ms. Bhandal as her nephews’ “de facto” mother as provided for in law.

"I trust the government will now play fair and not act on the deportation order while Ms. Bhandal's application is being reconsidered," Garrison said. "This case is about more than just one family.  It is about making sure the Conservative government acknowledges all the diverse families that exist in Canada and about making sure that all Canadian families get fair treatment under the Immigration Act," Garrison concluded.