Support Ethiopian Family Separated by ImmigrationCanada

Aiyen Omer became a refugee in 2000 and filed soon after to bring her children to Canada. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), sat on the application for 5 years, finally denying the sponsorship based on the children being more than 22 years. This is an error in law, Immigration

Canada’s own rules state that the date where age is to be considered is the date when the application is FIRST filed, in Aiyen’s case this was in 2001, her children were then well below 22 years, the age of cut off.

Immigration Canada’s decision has destroyed Ms Omer. Her legal counsel is filing to re-open the application, based on the error in law, but community support is urgently needed.

Aiyen Omer needs her children’s support to help with her serious medical conditions. Immigration Canada and Minister Diane Finley can choose to correct this situation. Aiyen Omer needs and deserves to be with her family.


* Please sign the petition at:

* Write a letter to Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Diane Finley.

(Please see sample letter).

IMPORTANT: Please send your letter to OCAP and not the minister directly as we will be delivering letters and petition en masse.

Ontario Coalition Against Poverty

Attn: Mac

10 Britain Street

Toronto, ON

M5A 1R6

Sample Letter

The Honourable Diane Finley,

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration,

Parliament Hill

Room 707, Confederation Bldg House of Commons

Ottawa, ON

K1A 0A6

Dear Ms Finley,

RE: OMER, Aiyen

Client ID No.: 3940 3714

I am writing to express my support for Ms Aiyen Omer and her family (Client ID No.: 3940 3714). Ms Omer is a refugee from Ethiopia (she was found to be a refugee in 2000) and applied to bring her three children from Ethiopia after winning her hearing (her children are Nuwera Ahmed Ali born 1980, Narima Ahmed Ali born 1981 and Sozit Ahmad born 1984).

Unfortunately Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) mistakenly refused the children’s application in 2006 based on their age at the time CIC made the decision (which I believe is an error against CIC procedures).

Since this decision, Ms Omer’s separation from her children has resulted in a serious decline in her health, which had already been destroyed by the experiences leading to her flight to Canada. Her doctor has stated that she is “…in urgent need of family presence to assist her…” Ms Omer suffered from a recent stroke, from heart disease and a number of other ailments. Her social worker has stated that her emotional state is “…heart broken and defeated…” but that she nevertheless holds hope that she shall some day be reunited with her family.

As such, I would ask that you use your discretion under section 25 (1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and re-open her children’s application to come to Canada. An error in law was made which has had a terrible impact on Ms Omer and her family, and we rely upon your compassion to take steps to correct it.

Yours truly,

Your name

Your address


Ontario Coalition Against Poverty

10 Britain St. Toronto, ON M5A 1R6




3 Responses to Support Ethiopian Family Separated by ImmigrationCanada

  1. Brian says:

    I see this is perhaps a difficulty with the legal technicalities. How this is racist, I am not sure? I’m sure more people would support if it was approached straight on, as opposed to using kneejerk terminology.


  2. verbena19 says:

    Brian, I agree with you. It likely is more a problem of technicality as opposed to racism. I will emend the title to omit the word ‘racist’. I did not write it, just posted it without taking notice in my haste, as I had to leave…


  3. thanks for the GREAT post! Very useful…


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