Following up on some earlier posts of mine "Should Canada Deport Juana Tejada?" and "Dying Caregiver Gets Some Good News," her lawyer announced this morning that Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has given in to public pressure and allowed her and her husband the right to apply for landed immigrant status.
Juana had completed all the requirements to the live-in caregiver program only to discover during her original application for status that she had terminal cancer. This discovery let the government to reject her application due to the financial burden it would place on the healthcare system.
Her lawyer received a letter (yes a letter, not a call of apology) from the CIC yesterday and the public announcement occured during a press conference this morning.
"My husband and I are very grateful to Canada. It was been our wish to have an opportunity to start a better future here. This decision has a big impact on my health, in a positive way. It makes me more powerful in fighting the illness I have," said Tejada.