dian, appealing to the Indo-Canadian community in Lower Mainland - the region around greater Vancouver - for help.
"The community was united to help this boy," the Province quoted radio talk show host Gurpreet Singh as saying. "We did some shows with Dhaval, and we got a very good response."
Although Dhaval has been unable to attend school or work, he taught himself English by reading and watching TV, and took math lessons from a retired teacher who donated his time, according to the Leader report.
His application for Canadian citizenship was twice rejected by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
Price then hired a lawyer for the family and a federal court quashed the second rejection, calling for the citizenship process for Dhaval to proceed.
Finally, in May this year, Dhaval received word from CIC that, pending some medical and security checks, he will be allowed to become a Canadian citizen.
According to the Patels' lawyer, the citizenship process will take between one and 11 months.
Now, with the senior Patels back on a six-month visitors' visa, it is one happy family.
What has made matters even better is that Dhaval has also secured a work permit and is looking for a job.
"I can't do a physical job, but I'm good with mathematics and I'm good with my computer," he told the Leader.
"I am really happy," the Province quoted Ramesh Patel as saying. "Thank you, Canada."
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