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UPDATE: Mexican mother facing deportation gets temporary reprieve

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WATCH ABOVE: Gabriela Villa, a single mother living in Montreal was scheduled for deportation March 20 but as Sarah Volstad reports, Villa received some much-needed good news on Friday – Mar 12, 2016

MONTREAL – Global News has learned that a Mexican mother and her autistic son have been granted a temporary reprieve.

Global Montreal first brought you Gabriela Villa’s story in late February.

The Mexican woman, a single mother, was scheduled  to be deported on March 20.

READ MORE: Mexican mother and autistic son contest deportation

Villa had requested a stay of deportation from the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA), while her file was being assessed. Villa applied for permanent residence in Canada based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

Villa’s 7-year-old son Nathan, who is Canadian,  has autism and requires specialized care, that according to his mother, would not be available  in Mexico.

In a phone interview, Villa announced that Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) had intervened on her behalf, granting her a three-year temporary resident’s status as she awaits a decision on her file. That process could take up to 36 months.

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And the good news keeps on getting better.  The temporary status means Villa will be eligible to apply for a working permit, allowing her to earn an income.

“When I heard, I almost fainted,” said Villa. “I think I’m still in shock.”

WATCH BELOW: Gabriela Villa talks about why she is contesting her deportation to Mexico

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Mexican mother and autistic son on the verge of deportation – Feb 28, 2016

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