CBC News Posted: Jul 16, 2014 11:30 AM PT Last Updated: Jul 17, 2014 5:22 AM PT
A teenage girl’s six-year-long battle for Canadian citizenship is finally over after Immigration Canada admitted it made a mistake and lost her approval due to a technical error.
The error was uncovered after CBC News ran a story on the plight of the 19-year-old and her B.C. family.
In an email to the CBC, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) said Erica Dipuo Barnes’s citizenship was approved in 2013, but not entered into its global case management system due to a technical error.
Spokeswoman Nancy Caron said the error has been fixed and Barnes’s citizenship papers are now on their way.
“We recognize that this has caused undue frustration. We apologize for the error and delay.”
Barnes is both pleased and angry after the mistake made by Canadian officials in South Africa meant she could not work, study or even get medical care for the last year. Continue reading