Canada: Whether Baha'i Centres in Toronto provide upon request letters certifying that individuals attending their centres are followers of the Baha'i faith, and if so under what circumstances are such letters issued
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 July 1998|
|Citation / Document Symbol||CAN29767.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Canada: Whether Baha'i Centres in Toronto provide upon request letters certifying that individuals attending their centres are followers of the Baha'i faith, and if so under what circumstances are such letters issued, 1 July 1998, CAN29767.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6acf74e.html [accessed 18 May 2013]|
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The following information was provided via a 17 July 1998 Internet e-mail by the Manager of the Department of Records of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Canada in Thornhill, Ont.
According to the e-mail,
Only the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Canada issues letters of Baha'i credential. These letters are written on National Spiritual Assembly letterhead, are signed by an officer of the National Spiritual Assembly and usually state:
"This will confirm that XXX is a Baha'i in good standing."
Local Baha'i Centres do not have the authority to issue such letters of credential.
Letters of credential are only issued to Baha'is from other countries who are visiting Canada - that is those who do not have permanent resident status - who have been confirmed as Baha'is in good standing.
Once a Baha'i from another national community has obtained permanent residence in Canada, he or she is transferred into the Canadian Baha'i community and is issued a Canadian Baha'i membership card.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.
Manager, Department of Records, National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Canada, Thornhill, Ont. 17 July 1998. Letter sent by e-mail.