Immigration Canada vows ‘to help’ Burris

April 6, 2015

By Keaton Robbins, Ottawa Sun | Link to Article

Henry Burris’ citizenship snafu has already caught the attention of the feds prompting an Easter Sunday statement.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada responded Sunday — in a statement to the Sun — saying they will work to keep the Ottawa RedBlacks star quarterback in Ottawa.

“We will work with the Ottawa RedBlacks and Mr. Burris to ensure he can remain in Canada.” said Kevin Menard, spokesman for Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

“Mr. Burris has shown a great commitment to Canada over many years, and his community work through his foundation is an example for Canadian youth and all Canadians.”

On Friday, Burris told the Sun he’s frustrated with the CIC in his attempt to secure permanent resident status or full-blown citizenship.

Burris said the main stumbling block is that his job as a CFL quarterback is considered “part-time work”.

But there may be hope for Burris, according to immigration lawyer Julie Taub.

In March, the CIC lowered the amount of points required for their new express entry application for permanent resident status.

Originally in January, they were looking for applicants with around 1,200 points but have since cut the number to below 600.

And because of that drop, she thinks Burris may finally get the status he’s been searching for.

“The initial cut-off was very high. If he’s working six months of the year, that’s more than sufficient to get permanent resident status,” said Taub, a former member of the Immigration and Refugee board of Canada.

“I don’t think he’d have trouble at this point.”

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