Live-in Caregiver Granted Permanent Residency While In Coma

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

Photo from the Toronto Star

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.

Live-in Caregiver program provides pathway to permanent residency in Canada

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.

The family is currently working with an immigration lawyer to see if there is the possibility of a humanitarian and compassionate exception, as has been done in the past with similar cases.

Meanwhile, a fund has been set up to support the daughters and the information is found in the Star article here.


Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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