Deepan Budlakoti remembers the nightmarish day when he was told he was not really a Canadian.
"I didn't believe it," said the 23-year-old Ottawa man ordered deported to India, where he's never lived.
"I was like, they're wrong. I was born in Canada. I have a Canadian passport. I've lived here my whole life.
"I am Canadian regardless of what they say. This is my home."
But Budlakoti had to go to federal court this week to demand a decision on whether he';ll get a work permit which officials put on hold -- in the country of his birth.