Saint Lucian facing deportation from Canada gets eight-month reprieve

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Cotter arrived in Canada when he was 12. Photo credit: Mike Adler/Torstar

(SNO) – A Saint Lucian who was brought to Canada when he was 12 and who now has no legal status in that country has received an eight-month reprieve after facing deportation.

Dylan Cotter, 24, was brought to Canada by his father, who is from Laborie, in 2008, according to reports, but it appeared as if nothing was done about his status in the country.

Online news organization reported that his problem surfaced when tried applying to study Human Resources at Centennial College.

One requirement for applying was a social insurance number but he didn’t have one.

The news source reported that Canada Border Security Agency arrested and detained him in August 2017 after he went to Family Court in Durham Region seeking access to his daughter, although he has no criminal record.

With no legal status to back him up, Cotter applied to stay in Canada on compassionate and humanitarian grounds 22 months ago.

But that did not work out and he was told he would be deported to Saint Lucia, a country he hardly knew, on January 26.

However, he told that on the morning of his deportation, he got a call from Canadian Border Security Agency and was told that he had just been given an eight-month temporary residency permit.

Cotter now hopes that his application for remaining in Canada will be heard.

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