Posted by: Singh Is King | Saturday, August 18, 2007

Passport Canada says Sikh photos rejected by mistake

VANCOUVER (CBC) – A spokesperson for Passport Canada said Friday the rejection of three Sikh children’s passport photographs because they were wearing religious headgear was an isolated mistake.

Three photographs of the Sidhu children wearing head coverings were sent back to the Surrey, B.C., family by Passport Canada with a letter saying they were unacceptable.

The photos were later accepted when the family resubmitted them, but the family has been demanding an explanation. As a result of the delay, they say they had to cancel their U.S. vacation

Fabien Lengelle, a spokesman for Passport Canada, said in accordance with international standards, Canadians are allowed to wear religious headgear in their passport photographs as long as their faces are fully visible.

Lengelle says the officer involved will receive remedial training to prevent similar errors in the future, and Passport Canada will issue an apology to the family.


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