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Muslim husband gains entry visa to join wife in B.C.

A Vancouver woman whose husband was denied entry into Canada, partly because he is a Muslim and she was born a Christian, has won her appeal with Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

CBC News reported on Oct. 16 that Selena Paskalidis was barred from bringing her husband, Sadaqat Hussain, of Pakistan, to the country, because a visa officer was concerned the two "differ in culture and religion."

However, an immigration judge in Vancouver reversed that decision on Tuesday and her husband, who has been waiting anxiously in Pakistan, will soon be permitted to join her in B.C., Paskalidis told CBC News.

"I feel extremely happy and excited that I am able to plan my future now with my husband," she said on Tuesday. "Immigration realized that the relationship between my husband and I is real and genuine."

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