There are many things that makeup who I am, one of those being that I am an ex-pat. Originally from Australia, I have dual Irish citizenship and have lived on and off in Ireland over the last12 years. However, for the last 4 years, I have lived in Canada and have come to call Canada my home. This is where I want to settle down and build my life. With 9 days left until my work permit expires and the Canadian government pause on immigration applications, I am left in a hard position, my mental health worsening and lost on what my next steps will be.