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"Terranes are a gift from God," says a Jamaican-born coach after exploitation

Machel Rayner is a fitness. He manages to help people get healthy and well.

But after he told a year about CBC's news about its immigration issues, he overthrew our attention and jobs exhausted from various sectors.

"The RNC [Royal Newfoundland Constabulary] called me and offered me their contract, because they wanted something like me, "Rayner said on Friday.

Similar offers were made by small businesses in St. John & s. Even the office office in Gander left, Rayner said.

Memorial University's Human Kinetics and Entertainment School has created a fundraising campaign to help the former student with financial challenges.

"It was wonderful, wonderful retroversion and support for all lives … I know many people where I worked, they support me. But at this magnitude, it was the best feeling ever."

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Originally the Trenchtown, Jamaica, the 31-year-old Rayner lived in St. John for eight years and two months.

He was in the final stages to complete his permanent residence this fall when he said he accidentally injured his chances to stay in Canada.

Rayner was part of a nominated program that the Newfoundland and Labrador government are running to increase immigration and fill out workplace deficiencies.

If you are Newfoundlander, they stand behind you all the way.– Machel Rayner

After losing part of his wages in his personal training position in St. John's, Rayner said he had decided to seek employment temporarily in Halifax.

Leaving the province to work – although provisionally – Rayner said he had automatically removed from New Terland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program.

It left him with a number of options, including bold audiences, which could result in him being banned from the country for up to five years.

Rayner, seen here on the work as a personal coach, says his interests lie in preventive health. (CBC)

Without work, Rayner felt he had no choice but to return to Jamaica and apply through a federal program. It would be a displacement, he said that he and his family would finance cruelly.


After Rayner told his story, he said that a provincial government officer had called him to say that restrictions had been raised on his work permit. He can now work wherever he likes in the province.

His lawyer, Meghan Felt, said that this is a movement that does not happen very often, and is a great gift to Rayner.

On Friday afternoon, the provincial and federal governments told Rayner, they discussed their case behind the scenes and sent audiences from January.

Rayner and his lawyer, Meghan Felt, before a CBC Friday interview. (Paula Gale / CBC)

"The work permit is good now, because I can continue to support my family and recover," he said.

"Newfoundlanders are a gift from God to this world, they have your back in any way. If you are Newfoundlander, they stand behind you all the way. I'm glad and happy to work and live here."

The rules exist for a reason

Felt, who is a partner at McInnes Cooper and specializes in immigration, said that the rule Rayner broke working in Halifax exists for a reason.

She said the idea of ​​the provincial candidate program should have the person to stay in the province, but that does not always happen.

Machel is exactly the type of person that Canada wants.– Meghan Felt

"Much of a time when they get their permanent residence, they go to other cities and they have not contributed to our province here," Felt said.

Felt will represent Rayner, if the hearings go ahead in January.

"Machel is exactly the type of person that Canada wants. He is young, he is educated and he speaks really good English."

The other choice for Rayner is to go through a federal expressive program that could see him back in the country in about six months.

An Atlantic Migration Pilot program is another option, but it has a time span of between nine and 10 months, Felt said.

Now to continue

It was 1:30 a.m. Friday before Machel Rayner went to bed after a full day of field calls and support messages.

He was one last person he needed to say: his mother, Bela, who goes home to Jamaica, and prayed for him will not have to come back.

"With tears in her voice, she said:" Thank you, Jesus, thank you, Jesus, thank you, Jesus. You answered my prayers, "said Rayner.

"She broke and said: God answered her prayer and she would continue to pray to see all this."

Rayner promised to bring her mother to Newfoundland and Labrador. It's a promise he still wants to keep. (Submissive)

Despite the support and good wishes, Rayner said that the tension may have to leave Canada still thinks.

"Now with this support, I am more confident," he said. "But it can still go the other way."

His purpose, however, remains equally. After years calling Newland and Canada, he wants to make it official with citizenship.

"It would be a great moment for my mom … if she was still around. I have to work quickly to get her here."

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