Sikh Names Need to Change

Published: Wednesday, 07/25/2007 12:00 am EDT

CBC reports that a Calgary woman is upset that the Canadian High Commission in India is forcing her husband to change his name before immigrating to Canada. Tarvinder Kaur says her husband Jaspal Singh was sent a letter stating "the names Kaur and Singh do not qualify for the purpose of immigration to Canada." Both traditional Sikh names are given to baptized females and males, respectively. A Citizenship and Immigration Canada spokeswoman Karen Shadd-Evelyn says the 10-year-old policy "is because it [those names are] so common. [With] the sheer numbers of applicants that have those as their surnames, it's just a matter for numbers and for processing in that visa office."

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