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By Staff Jun 28 Bala Kamallakharan Bala worked in the Icelandic financial industry before focusing on helping Icelandic startups receive foreign venture capital funding. He has lived in Iceland for 11 years, is married to an Icelandic woman and has two children in Iceland. The Directorate of Immigration found that a single speeding ticket outweighed all of this, denying his citizenship application. The Icelandic Directorate of Immigration has come under heavy criticism after the citizenship application of an Indian man was turned down due to a single speeding ticket.
The man, Bala Kamallakharan, is married to an Icelandic woman. The couple has two children. Bala is an investor who founded Startup Iceland, an annual conference which brings Icelandic startups and foreign investors together. Bala has never been found guilty of any crime, and he has only received a single speeding ticket since he first came to Iceland.
Immigrants face enormous hurdles Bala wrote in a Facebook post that the decision was a reminder that foreigners, immigrants and refugees face obstacles when trying to gain acceptance in a new community. Even more disappointing is the different standards that are set for immigrants. I have always known that I am going to be measured on a different scale on everything. It just became extremely obvious today. To all those immigrants and refugees out there, it is a difficult world for us It took Bala six months to get answers why his citizenship application was rejected.
He points out that he has only received the single speeding ticket during his 11 years living in Iceland. A ruling based on a misunderstanding? According to the rules of the Directorate of Immigration citizenship applications can be delayed for a year if the applicant receives traffic fines which exceed 50, ISK. Nothing in the rules of the Directorate would justify rejecting Bala's application, although his application could be delayed as his single speeding ticket was smaller than Bala paid the speeding ticket on the spot.
The Icelandic Directorate of Immigration has ly come under fire for inhumane and blatantly absurd rulings. The rejection was based on the fact the woman had spent 6 months in Finland as an exchange student. Directorate to review its ruling Since Bala's story broke the Directorate has announced it will review the decision. The Directorate has clarified that the decision had been based on information that Bala had received a of speeding tickets, all but one of which had in fact been issued to his wife. Do you want to know more about this subject? Please send us a line at icelandmag Have you had an experience related to the contents of this article?
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