Montreal: Dubai-born Sami Sheikh to be deported to Pakistan

Montreal man to be deported to Pakistan
CBC News Posted: Dec 1, 2012 4:29 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 1, 2012 4:44 PM ET
Sami Sheikh walks with his five-year-old sister in 2009. Sheikh and his two sisters were originally granted a stay, but now the Immigration Canada says that he must move to Pakistan. (CBC) Facebook

Immigration Canada is planning to deport a 24-year-old man to Pakistan, even though he was granted a stay in 2009.

Sami Sheikh has lived in Montreal since he was 12 years old.

He was born in Dubai, but says that Montreal is all that he knows.

Sheikh’s parents are from Pakistan and were deported from Canada three years ago.

Sabir Mohammed Sheikh and his wife, Seema, lived with their family in Montreal for eight years but lost their refugee status for lying on their application. They failed to mention that they had been living in Dubai for 20 years before arriving in Canada.

At the time of his parents deportation, Sami and his two sisters were granted a stay to remain in Canada. But now the federal Immigration and Refugee Board has ruled that he has to move to Pakistan.

“Because my parents omitted that information, it will always stay attached to me, even though the judge says Canadian immigration is supposed to evaluate us on ourselves,” Sheikh said.

He is hoping the government will intervene before he gets his deportation date in the coming weeks.

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