Immigration board eases conditions on ‘stateless’ Ottawa man

Michael Woods, Metro, 17 July 2015

A man who says the Canadian government has rendered him “stateless” said he has mixed feelings about the immigration and refugee board relaxing his release conditions.

Deepan Budlakoti had asked the board this week to rescind the bail-like conditions he has been living under since the Canadian government told him he was not a citizen, despite living here his entire life.

Those conditions have been relaxed. An immigration board member ruled Budlakoti must report to the Canada Border Services Agency every six months, instead of every three.

He also ruled the condition that Budlakoti must keep the peace is too vague and has changed it so the Ottawa native must instead report to border officials within 48 hours of any arrest, accusation or conviction.

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