The Directorate of Immigration’s decision to deport Brazilian jazz singer Jussanam Da Silva has been put on hold while the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights reviews the case.
In 2008, Jussanam moved to Iceland from Brazil, along with her Icelandic husband and 21-year-old daughter. Last Spring while she was in the process of divorce, her application for a renewed work permit was denied. Jussanam then applied for a residency permit in September, which the Directorate of Immigration also denied.
She received a letter from the Directorate of Immigration informing her that she was to leave the country with her daughter by October 29, which gave them 30 days notice. At this point, Jussanam was still legally married to her Icelandic husband.
On her behalf, lawyer Jóhannes Eiríksson brought the case to the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights and asked the Minister to look into it. While the case is being reviewed, the Directorate of Immigration’s decision to deport her this month has been put on hold.
“If I knew that I was here illegally and didn’t have any reason to be here, then I would clearly pack up my stuff and leave Iceland. Of course there have been times when I felt precisely that way that I should just give up and go along with the Directorate of Immigration’s procedures. But, I have strong feelings for the country and if I give up then what is right will never be realized,” Jussanam told DV news.