Supreme Court: Libyan man denied residency status

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The Supreme Court of Canada has denied a Libyan man’s request for status as a permanent residence. In 2009 a decision by the public security minister, rejected Muhsen Ahmed Ramadan Agraira’s application on the grounds he was inadmissible in the national interest.

In 1997, Agraira came to Canada on a false Italian Passport in 1997 and claimed status as a refugee owing to the fact that he was a member of a group, the Libyan National Salvation Front, which opposed Muammar Gadhafi. In 1998, his claim was rejected as his plea was found to be non-credible, and was against Canada’s national security interests.

Subsequently, he married a Canadian woman in 1999, who attempted to sponsor him for permanent residency. Agraira, however, still has a chance to stay in Canada. An application can be made to reapply under humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

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