The aunt of a Syrian boy whose lifeless body was photographed on a Turkish beach says she hopes her family members will be in Canada by Christmas.

Tima Kurdi said Friday that Canada has approved her application to bring her brother Mohammed and his family to Canada but security checks are still underway.

Mohammed Kurdi is the uncle of 3-year-old Alan Kurdi, who drowned, along with his 5-year-old brother and their mother, while crossing the treacherous waters from Turkey to Greece.

Tima Kurdi's original application to bring Mohammed and his family to Canada was rejected. She says the rejection led her other brother — Alan's father, Abdullah — to lose hope he would be allowed into Canada, prompting him to make the dangerous journey.

Kurdi said Abdullah is no longer interested in coming to Canada.