Woman Lived in Canada without Citizenship for 66 years and Granted Now

Posted on: 21 Jan 2018  |   Tags: student news , visas , World News ,

Irene Gyselinck is a German woman who arrived in Canada more than 66 years ago on August 25, 1951. But it wasn't until 2012 that she found out that she isn't a Canadian citizen. Her mother, who is now 95 and suffering from Alzheimer's disease and dementia, missed applying for her citizen. Immigration Canada confirmed that she entered in 1951 and had been living as a Canadian for almost all her life and deserves citizenship. There are many of such cases, but Immigration Canada chose not to disclose the count. The elderly woman has a social insurance number, driving license, health insurance, and has always paid taxes. She never applied for a passport because she didn't travel much. Gyselinck would often go to Canada in her car. According to an agreement made between Canada and the US, citizens of either nation who pass the border using their license, don't need to show their passport or visa. Gyselinck was just one-year-old when her family moved to Canada. Over the years, Irene has worked as a car detailer, welder, and an artist. She got married, has two children of her own, but now is a widow since her husband died a while ago. The woman is from British Columbia and wonders how she was left out of the citizenship form. During an interview, she said that she always felt like she was a part of Canada. All these 66 years of living in Canada don't count anymore. How she discovered Like usually, she was crossing the US - Canada border when Homeland Security officials stopped her and asked for her passport. She didn't know that the driving license as citizenship policy was only until 2009. So in March 2012, when she crossed, the officials denied her license and asked her to show real travel documents, but she had none. After a lot of discussions, she sent back to Canada.

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