Cancer patient fate now up to Jason Kenney

Published:  7 May at 6 PM
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As reported by Ottawa Citizen, the destiny of Fatemeh Kamkar, the Iranian who wishes to stay in Canada after she finishes her Ph.D in molecular and cellular medicine, is now up to federal official Jason Kenney.

Signed by 771 people, a petition was handed to the House of Commons this week by Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar. The petition asks Kenney, who is minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, to re-exaimine Kamkar’s request for permanent residency in Canada--under compassionate and humanitarian grounds.

Kamkar’s application for permanent residency was rejected in April 2011 since she had breast cancer. A letter from immigration informed her that her cancer may have caused “excessive demand” on Canada’s health services.

Dewar announced to the House that Kamkar’s cancer was diagnosed over four years after she sent in the visa application. Her denial was not based on “health grounds” as stated in the immigration letter, but stemmed from “lengthy processing delays” in her visa application and her breast cancer diagnosis, said Dewar.

Still hopeful that Kenney will aid her, Kamkar explains that internal and external radiation treatments she had during the winter seem to be working well. The tumour found in her left breast is now shrinking, and she should know within two months if it is gone. Kamkar is paying for all her hospital bills with her own money as well as her own health insurance.
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