Bass River Brit family still fighting to stay in Canada

Published:  3 Oct at 6 PM
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The Platnauer family, formerly from the UK, are still working with friends, supporters and local politicians in a last-ditch attempt to prevent their deportation back to Britain.

Sean, his wife Becky and their daughter Angelica emigrated to Canada over four years ago, and quickly became popular figures in their local community. Angelica is doing well at her school, Cobequid Educational Centre in Truro, Nova Scotia, and all three were happy in their new life.

Having decided to apply for permanent residency after their temporary visa permits expired last spring, they were dismayed to be told that their application has been rejected. Worse still, they were recently informed they must leave the country immediately.

Sean is certain all the correct procedures had been followed in the family’s application for residency, including the fact that they were told they had 90 days to file an application after their temporary visa expired. Taking no chances, they filed within two weeks, and hoped that a temporary visa would cover the time taken in approving their permanent residency.

Since the appalling news hit the family, Sean has been in contact with several companies regarding job opportunities, and the local school board has been approached in an effort to arrange an international student visa which will allow Angelina to continue with her education. Local MPs and county councillors are working on the family’s behalf, but there hasn’t been one word from the Immigration Bureau as regards their present status.

Continued support from the small community is helping to relieve their stress, with friends and neighbours up in arms at the way the family is being treated. Becky told reporters that Sean’s job prospects are bright, but she can’t allow herself to hope until they are told they can stay.
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