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According to this article in the Toronto Star, a woman from the Philippines who came to Canada as a live-in caregiver in 2008 has been granted permanent residency status under extremely rare and unexpected circumstances.
Maricon Gerente, 44, had been waiting to obtain permanent resident status in Canada since 2011 so she could bring her daughters over to Canada, but recent surgery to remove a benign brain tumour has left her in a coma.
Her daughters have come to Canada to see their mother and make the decision whether to take her off of life support or not.
Two days before Maricon Gerente went into the coma, immigration officials were contacting her to set up an interview for her permanent residence application.
The live-in caregiver program in Canada offers a pathway to permanent residence in Canada, which is what Maricon Gerente was hoping for. She had wanted to sponsor her daughters to come to Canada, which she would be able to do once she became a permanent resident of Canada. However, if Gerente were to die the application would be terminated, as is the case with immigration applications upon the death of the applicant.
Meanwhile, a fund has been set up to support the daughters and the information is found in the Star article here.
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