Canadian High Commission Rejects 36 Fans

GhanaIt has emerged that 36 visa applications by fans wanting to travel to Canada to watch next month’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup have been rejected by the Canadian High Commission in Ghana. Ghana would be represented by the Black Princesses at the FIFA women showpiece slated for August 5-24, 2014 but could do so without the needed support if the problem is not addressed.

Mohammed Alhassan, a member of the Kenpong Travel and Tour Company confirmed to Times Sports that the applicants were carefully selected based on their travel experience, business establishments in Ghana and good bank balances.

According to him even though the 36 applications met the requirement spelt out in the Act and Regulations pertaining to visa acquisition to Canada, the information provided by the them were not accurate.

A copy of the refusal letter issued to all the applicants and chanced upon by the Times expressed dissatisfaction with the information provided, hence the decision to ‘bounce’ them.

“I considered several factors including your travel history, length of proposed stay in Canada and purpose of visit, current employment situation, personal assets and financial status.”

“I am not satisfied that you have sufficient funds, including income or assets, to carry out your stated purpose in going to Canada and to affect your departure.”

“You have submitted documentation which lacks authenticity as part of your application. This has diminished the overall credibility of your submission,” it added.

But Mr. Alhassan debunked the claims, arguing that, these were applicants with rich travel experience and established companies in Ghana. The only reason they want to go is to watch the World Cup.’

“It is clear that the Commission did not even look at the applications and passports of the applicants to determine whether they are financially sound or have travelling experience but just refused the visas,” he said.

He said countries which bid to host FIFA World Cups were obliged to issue visas to applicants who met the requirements and not deny them without any just reasons. He appealed to the Commission to recall the applicants and re-examine their documents. Mr Alhassan also urged the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration to intervene to allow qualified fans to travel to Canada to cheer the Black Princesses.  By Andrew Nortey

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