EDMONTON, Canada – Filipina worker and hit and run victim Vicky Venancio has been allowed to extend her stay in the country after Citizenship and Immigration Canada granted her a two year open work permit.
Venancio is happy and thankful for the decision which comes months following an appeal to Immigration Canada last February after facing deportation as a temporary worker.
Venancio arrived in Canada in 2011, but got hit by a car as she was riding a bicycle to work. The accident left her seriously injured, in a wheelchair, and unable to renew her work permit. She also lost her Alberta health care benefits and was told to leave Canada.
But Venancio’s lawyers appealed to immigration authorities to let her stay on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
Community groups gathered to support Venancio’s cause by launching a petition, fundraising, and campaigning for justice.
“Her medical benefits will be restored and that’s something she really needs at this point,” explained Marco Luciano of Migrante Canada. “She has no medical benefits where she can get her rehabilitation going. But then again, this is just the first step towards her struggle for permanent residency. The community will continue to fight for her to make sure she is granted permanent residency through compassionate and humanitarian grounds.”