22 August 2013, Ottawa – This week, Yavar Hameed, one of the lawyers acting for Deepan Budlakoti, filed a Mandamus application in Federal Court, requesting that Citizenship and Immigration Canada render a decision on his request for a work permit within its own regularly stipulated timeframe. For an unknown reason, Citizenship and Immigration has put a hold on the work permit as of July 3, 2013.
This means that Deepan is effectively barred from working in Canada, despite having worked before and even having owned his own small construction business. He is also prevented from accessing basic services including health care, which he now has to pay for out of pocket, despite having been born in and having lived in Canada his entire life.
Says Deepan, “It’s really unfair – I’ve lived here my whole life and all of a sudden I’m not allowed to work, I can’t see a doctor – even volunteering is almost impossible.