Deported for breaking visa rules

Two Nigerian students at the University of Regina, Victoria Ordu and Favour Amadi, are happy that they have been allowed to return to Canada to continue their education after they were deported eight months ago for visa violations.

The two girls were told in June 2012 to leave Canada when they ignorantly took summer jobs off campus at Walmart without proper student work permits. According to the girls, they didn’t know that their social insurance cards only allowed them to work on campus. After a lot of “behind the scenes” effort and support, the girls have been readmitted to the University of Regina and both of their scholarships at the school have been reinstated.

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“I’m still in shock that I can see the faces I saw a few years ago. I’m still in shock that I will be going back to classes, because I was on the verge of losing three years of education and I felt all hope was lost.” -Victoria Ordu deported students happy to return to canada “It’s really important to me because when I go back to Nigeria, I would love to (impart) what I’ve learned here down to my country… I would love to serve as a role model to other people, other women and other people in general, who are going through similar situations and be of help to them whichever way I can.” -Favour Amadi

The University of Regina President Vianne Timmons who is of the opinion that the girls shouldn’t have been deported for their misstep, disclosed that it took a lot of effort and pressure to get back the students.

“You know the saying, ‘It takes a village to raise a child?’ It took a village to get these young women back in Canada. -Timmons

In a way, their experience could be regarded  as a good thing because the student visa regulations in Canada has been reviewed and modified since January. In Timmons opinion, the magnitude of perseverance and advocacy in getting the girls back to school may have been instrumental in the change.