An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) is asking for help to appeal her case in Immigration Canada at the risk of deportation.
Daisy Lonogan has been ordered to leave Canada immediately following the denial of her work permit. She said she received an e-mail from her agent stating that her working permit was refused.
Lonogan came to Canada from Hong Kong in April 2014 to work as a domestic worker in Prince George, British Columbia. She worked unpaid for the first 15 days, after which she was let go then asked to come back again in July.
However, she resigned after four months. She found a new employer but had to wait five months before she could sign a contract.
Lonogan applied for a new work permit but instead got a letter from immigration asking her to explain what she did in the months after resigning from her first employer.
An immigration officer visited her and told her someone had reported that she’s already working for her new employer even without papers and without proper authorization.
Migrante BC urged advocates and Filipino groups in Prince George to assist Lonogan. However, the group added that her case emphasize the Philippine government’s need to educate OFWs with the laws of the countries where they will work.
Lonogan regrets that she violated the law, but she asks the Canadian government for leniency.