OTTAWA — Former media mogul Conrad Black has been given permission to return to Canada after his release from a Florida jail, which could happen as early as Friday.
The federal government has cleared the way for Black's return by granting him a one-year temporary resident permit which is valid from May 2012 to May 2013, according to a source.
Black has been serving the final days of a jail term for fraud and obstruction of justice. He has declared publicly he wants to return to his home in Toronto, which he shares with his wife, Barbara Amiel.
The authorization of a temporary permit is the first step in Black's quest to return to Canada long-term — but he will have to pass through a series of immigration hurdles to become a Canadian citizen again.